Inspiration Tuesdays - A Whole Big Beautiful House to Call Our Own.

I've been a terrible blogger.  I've also been a terrible eater/exerciser/sleeper/and maker.  Actually, the making has been somewhat active, but really, everything else has gone a little out of control.  The big closing and move took a lot out of us.  The move ended up being a giant 14 hour adventure (adventure is the nicest way I could think of to describe the agony of this move).  But....we did it!  

Right after we closed!  Super excited!

Right after we closed!  Super excited!

It's literally everything we wanted in a house.  Built in 1924, with gorgeous hardwood floors (under some gross old carpet), woodwork, a big back yard and a driveway!  The driveway is such a huge plus after parking on the street for the last 5 years.  We're pretty excited.

The first thing we did was rip up the old carpet, pull out one million carpet tacks, rent a sander and refinish the beautiful old oak floors. 

Alex and I split up the sanding, it was actually kind of fun.  

Alex and I split up the sanding, it was actually kind of fun.  

The natural color of the floors was stunning.  Why does anyone like carpet?

"Sit down on the floor so I can get a photo of us with our beautiful sanded floors!" - I was feeling very proud.

"Sit down on the floor so I can get a photo of us with our beautiful sanded floors!" - I was feeling very proud.

After about a week of ripping up carpet and sanding, we put the poly down.

Much better, right?

Much better, right?

We were beyond thrilled with how they turned out.  It really makes such a huge difference, and the amount of love you feel for the house instantly increases.

Dining room view.

Dining room view.

We decided against staining them - these almost 100 year old floors were beautiful just the way they were.

Then the floors were ready for our big (and kind of terrible) move.  There are now boxes covering all of our gorgeous floors - but every time I step on them, I feel so much love for them!  It sounds weird, but it's a great feeling.

Our kitchen wallpaper, wainscoting and all.

Our kitchen wallpaper, wainscoting and all.

The next big project was ripping off this pink wallpaper from the kitchen and painting both the walls and wainscoting.  It definitely needs some updating in here.

White Wainscoting.

Here is post wallpaper, after we painted the wainscoting.  This was the first project because we needed to put the appliances in that little nook.

AND brand new appliances!  Feels so grown up.

AND brand new appliances!  Feels so grown up.

I love a yellow kitchen.  It looks so much better in there - and eventually we will paint the floors and add a faux tin ceiling.  

Needless to say the projects are never ending, but each time we fix something up or unpack a box I fall a little more in love with this house.  It's beauty is amazing and I love trying to imagine the past families that have lived here over the time it has existed.  

This as my inspiration post today because I am ridiculously inspired by this old house.  I know a lot of good things will happen here and I'm sooooooo excited for the next chapter to begin!  It feels good to be grounded and planting our roots.

Perk- Botanical Gardens is right around the block!

Happy spring you lovely people, and I hope the spring is bringing you as much love and optimism as it is me.  

Cheers!