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I still can’t believe they let me buy a house ;)

Yup. There is the casa! Granted, this pic was taken back in August, when the house was still being worked on. It just occurred to me that I don’t have any recent pics of the outside. Although not much has changed – I need some SERIOUS landscaping help. In a major way.

The house is no way near finished, but those things just take time I suppose. I realized if I waited to show you all everything until it was “finished” it would be five years before you would even see it. HA.

So I am gonna go all Young House Love, Property Brothers on ya and show you where it all started.

This house was built in the 60s, and when I say it was completely gutted and everything was re-done, I mean everything.

Here is a little floor plan to help you out. And no I cannot draw.

In the main living space, we knocked out the walls between the kitchen, dining room, and living area to make one big ‘open-concept’ area. And when I say “we” I mean my contractor friend who re-does houses. 😉

When I came into the project, the house still had 4 bedrooms. I said to myself “self, you don’t need four bedrooms, but you need three bedrooms and a sweet closet”.

And the next day the walls came down between the master, and the extra bedroom, henceforth referred to as “closet”.

The third bedroom in the attic is one of my favorite spots for some reason. It is HUGE and quiet, has three windows with lots of natural light, and two closets.

There was an unfinished basement and garage, which we finished into a bonus room-which is now perfect for prime time tv watching and pug cuddling. Laundry room is also off the new finished part.

Things started to really get exciting when the closet started taking shape. I designed the closet myself from things I saw on Pinterest, and other closets I have seen IRL. It was pretty crazy, and i still can’t believe I have a bedroom-sized closet.

It is hard to get a full picture of it all, but I have lots of hanging space, shelving etc. for maximum storage. I also get ready in here at my vanity, but I switched the mirrors out, so don’t pay attention to the one in this pic. There is a more recent one if you keep scrolling…

I love love my door, and the floors. OBSESSED. The original hardwood floors were refinished, and I  am pretty sure the color stain is dark walnut if I remember correctly. I don’t know why I think these two little stairs are so cute, but I love them. The handrails have since come down, but had to be up for the inspection.

I also have a slight obsession with painted brick, so I love my cute little fireplace.

In the kitchen I wanted dark cabinets and lighter granite, a la something I saw on pinterest at some point (seriously, what would we do without it?)

And here is the basement. It’s just a little basement, but it’s my basement 🙂

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Fast forward to now. We have sort of gotten things together. It is just such a slow process. Unfortunately everything costs money LOL, and takes TIME! Which I think we all know I have limited amounts of both, haha.

The dogs seem to be pretty happy…

{bar stools from TXMaxx!}

{pug salt and pepper shakers!}

Master bedroom in progress…

Closet in progress…

Valet pulls= your new best friend. However, do not pay $30 a piece at Lowes. go here and get 3 for $30!

Sadie even has her own closet. Why? Because that is hilarious. I am finding it hard to find hangers so small. Time to google I suppose.

Love love my tile walk in shower. And also my adorable vanity. I think they still have them at Lowes. I found the main part here, but can’t seem to find the side parts. Hmm.

I realize I am going to have a hard time convincing a man to live with me, ever, especially in that closet, HA. But nothing a little paint can’t remedy when the time comes 😉

I Love, love, love my house. I still can’t believe it is mine. While it was hands down the most stressful process of my life, it all worked out in the end.

And thankfully I had plenty of wine to keep me company when I wanted to pull my hair out.

Because we also know I don’t have any of that to spare either 😉

In the words of one of my favorite wines “being fabulous is exhausting”

Cheers to being a (sort of) grown up and owning a house.

And how about a shot or two, because now I have to pay for said house. 😉

  1. Your house is GORGEOUS!!!! Absolutely perfect. And I would die for that closet! This was so worth all the work you put in it to! Congratulations!

  2. OMG! It is beautiful! Seriously! You've done amazeballs with everything!

  3. Morgan Neal says:

    You are so cute! Absolutely love your house. Now I want to redo everything in mine. Hah. I just redid my closet but yours is TDF! Congrats girl!

  4. Melissa says:

    Everything looks so fantastic. I love that you've made it your own. And, you're right, colours can always be changed when Mr. Right moves in 😉

    Those valets are a great idea — must get some!

  5. Katie says:

    absolutely stunning and love all the little details! those bar stools are fabulous and I die for your closet!

  6. Your home is beautiful! I am seriously dying over your closet. Lucky girl!!! 🙂

  7. JR Mazur says:

    Love love love your house! The decor is so pretty! If you are in search of more furnishings, I've had some success with jossandmain.com

  8. Veronika says:

    what a beautiful home! congratulations 🙂

  9. Lauren says:

    Your home is so gorgeous congrats!!!! 🙂

  10. Congratulations on your new home!!!

  11. CMae says:

    Your home is beautiful! And about the guy living with you, nothing a coat of paint and redecorating couldn't fix so he didn't feel all the girly-ness around him lol 🙂 Welcome to homeownership!

  12. Caitlin C. says:

    Oh my goodness, your house is gorgeous!!! I am seriously in love!

  13. Girl.fran. This is so amazing, and I can't believe you (and Pinterest) worked the whole thing up on your own. That is crazy talk, and it is BEAUTIFUL!

  14. The house looks amazing! I am totally in love with your living room. I have the same Audrey & Marilyn pictures up aswell 🙂

  15. Lauren says:

    I love your precious living space! How cute is your decor!!!! I can't wait to buy my own house, but I can't imagine how stressful it was/is!

  16. Theresa says:

    Your house is absolutely fabulous!!! I died when I saw Sadie's closet!! <3 it all!

  17. Kerr says:

    I love it! Seriously so so gorgeous. I now hate my condo 🙂
    It def takes time to get everything Like you want it but it is totally worth the wait. You are def well on your way. Enjoy and congrats!

  18. Your home is so beautiful. I wish my honey would let me decorate our home like that. I especially love your wall colors.

  19. Raeven says:

    Your house is wonderful and beautiful!! All the furnishings are perfect. I just bought my first house in November, so I totally understand what you mean about the most stressful process in your life – but so worth it. 🙂 Congrats!

  20. angelica says:

    So awesome! I am moving in a week and looking for some good ideas! Unfortunately, where I live is mostly track homes (unless you pay an arm and a leg), so customizing it is going to be difficult!

  21. THe house is amazing!!! It's like very girls dream house! Love it girl! Great job! 🙂

  22. oh my gosh, i love love love your house.. looks PERFECT!

  23. blown away.

    this is BEAUTIFUL! every last detail down to sadies hanging clothes and the salt and pepper shakers

    you have a design eye!!! 🙂

    ENJOY!!! its perfect!!

    xoxox

  24. Christina says:

    Beautiful!!! We are about to move into our first together (we currently live in my husband's) and this only made me MORE excited. Thanks for sharing!!

  25. Ashleigh Day says:

    Congrats sweet girl. The house is adorable! I am glad you have adjusted into it seemingly well.

  26. Jen Watts says:

    LOVE it all friend!! Great job!

  27. Kristen says:

    Absolutely wonderful! You did a great job with the place! Makes me wish I could decorate my place a little more girly, but I have a husband to think of. Le sigh. haha

  28. Your house is beautiful I LOVE IT! You did a great job. Where did you get your rug in the kitchen from? so cute..

    http://sincerelymissashley.blogspot.ca/

  29. Brooke says:

    Turned out beautiful-How exciting! I think the closet room is a must have 😉

    Brooke

  30. Chelsea says:

    Oh my gosh. Is your house adorable or what? Kudos to you for revamping everything and seeing the vision! I can only imagine what that process must have been like! Everything looks fantastic!! 🙂 Congratulations to you!!

  31. Nicole says:

    I love it!!! Your closet is seriously amazing… I love how girly & feminine everything is! New follower 🙂

  32. Vicky says:

    Beautiful home!!!

  33. it looks AHHMAZING! i gots to come see it in person….and sippy sip some wine while admiring that closet 🙂

  34. K says:

    OMG! LOVE the house! Everything looks amazing!

  35. Kalen says:

    B-e-a-utiful home! It's wonderful you get to make a girly yet I'm sure a man wouldn't complain…too much! 😉 Thank goodness for Pinterest although I bet now people will be using your home for pinspiration!

  36. Just says:

    INCREDIBLE! So happy for you.

  37. Samantha says:

    Ok, your house is AH-dorable. That closet! Congrats! Home ownership can be stressful, but it's SO worth it!

  38. Helene says:

    I LOVE how you decorated. I am so bad at that. it is absolutely gorgeous!

  39. Your home is absolutely gorgeous! I need you to come shopping with me to help decorate my home!

  40. Pop that cork on the bubbly, sister! The house is amazing … and although you have put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into it, I know it was worth every bit! That closet, especially — I would never go out anymore, I'd stay in there all night primping and sipping!

  41. Oh my goodness this is amazing! Beautiful! That closet is a major selling point if you ever decide to sell. What a perfect home!

  42. So exciting! And of course it's gorgeous and well decorated!

  43. It's gorgeous!!! Congrats girl!

  44. This post got me so excited! My apartment lease is up in June so I have been looking for a house to buy. I am a nervous wreck about it but I can't wait until I have a place I can paint and fix up. Your house looks so good! Congrats!

  45. Everything is GORGEOUS! I had no idea you gutted and re-did everything. Hats off to you sista! And when the right man is ready to move in, he's going to move in because he wants to be with you not because of your paint colors/designs.

    And YES wine is my best friend when I'm stressed. I'm mellowing just thinking about my glass of wine waiting for me after work!

    As for little hangers for Sadie, try ordering baby hangers from Babies R Us which can even come in pink! 😉

  46. P!nky says:

    CONGRATS miss loulou, I LOVE YOUR HOME! You did such an amazingwazing job! Look at you all big girl in the house!

    I die for your cloest…D…I…EE!

    xoxo

  47. Danielle says:

    I'm amazed with your patience in this whole process. I've always thought it would be neat to redo a house but I know myself well enough to know I could never do it. You made great choices! Everything looks great 🙂

  48. Rachel says:

    I'm dying over how beautiful YOUR house is!! Isn't that exciting!! Congrats! It's just perfect!

  49. Wow!! Your home is PERFECT! I love it! For Sadie's outifts, get baby hangers! Babies-R-Us has them!!

    tristancollins.us

  50. Marjorie says:

    Wow, it looks great!!! Love that you did neutral wall colors and the open area spaces. Congrats!

  51. Congrats!!! The house looks great! You did such a nice job with all of the finishes. Love the closet, of course. 🙂
    xo Crystal

  52. itsallaboute says:

    I am in LOVE with your home! So beautiful and especially what I invisioned PLL's house to look like! Congrats!

  53. Carolyn says:

    It's so cute! 🙂 Owning a home is definitely stressful and time consuming, but it's also amazing!!

    And get baby hangers! They're teeny tiny, just the right size for puppy clothes!!

  54. Lacey says:

    LOVE your house and pretty sure I have closet envy! Oh, and you can buy infant hangers at Ikea… they should be the perfect size for Sadie's clothes!

  55. Alice says:

    Your house is ADORABLE!! I totally have closet envy! As soon as my son is off to college I'm getting my own closet…yay! 10 more year! 😉

    Congrats on a beautiful home all your very own!

  56. michelle says:

    i love your house. 🙂 it's so pretty. and your closet is quite possibly my favorite part. it's like 100 kinds of amazing.

    also, try baby hangers for sadie's clothes. they might work.

  57. Arielle says:

    it's so cute!!! love it! 🙂

  58. Melanie says:

    OMGOSH!! Love it!!! I have been in my house for almost 2 years & I haven't even began to decorate! You definitely have inspired me!!

    xoxo
    Melanie

  59. CONGRATS! Girl, your new casa is way too adorable and totally PLL'ed out! 😉

  60. Congrats on becoming a home owner…I hope one day I grow up to own one too. And how adorable all of your decor is…your vision is amazing! 🙂 I love that closet and a girl can simply drool over the fabulousness of it!

  61. Sami says:

    Girl it looks amazing! When can I move in 😉 I'm sure all of that hardwork is feeling pretty grand now that you live in such a pretty house! Love it!

  62. Katie Brooks says:

    Great job!! I wanted to suggest itty-bitty clothes hangers can be found at American Girl or Target by the doll section! My daughter has about 1,000, and I use them for my dog as well 🙂

  63. Wow your house is amazing! I'm obsessed with your closet, and love the granite in the kitchens with the dark cabinets! gorgeous!

  64. SH says:

    I'm basically in LOVE with this house – an exactly what i want to own one day. I've been creative in our small apartment to create a small vanity area. I can only dream of a closet like yours. LOVE IT!!!!

    Happy Monday!

    Sheree
    The Hartungs Blog
    thehartungs.blogspot.ca

  65. Incredibly gorgeous house!! I hope that one day I'll be able to live in a space even half as fabulous!

  66. Incredibly gorgeous house!! I hope that one day I'll be able to live in a space even half as fabulous!

  67. love it all! and so worth it, right? my two favorites are old plantation houses, and bungalows from the 20's – 60's. so cute! you did a great job! yay!

  68. Kristen says:

    I love, love, love your house! It looks perfect? Need a roommate? Haha!

  69. Love it!! The barstools and closet are incredible.

  70. Katie says:

    Hey I just found your blog and love it. Could you by chance tell me what the name/brand on the underneath of these barstools is? We saw them at TJ Maxx and loved them, but my husband wanted to look online for these if possible. Thanks!

  71. Lisa Heaston says:

    Love your home. It is beautitful and love the girlyness.

    Where did you find the rug in your kitchen I have been looking for exactly that rug.

  72. Jill says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE.
    No other words – it is totally awesome! 🙂

  73. Oh my goodness… I LOVE LOVE LOVE your house!

  74. Your house is gorgeous!!!! I have closet envy now. 😉

  75. jessica says:

    i love it! it's so grown up like, the perfect little bachelorette pad!

  76. This is the most beautiful house I've ever seen. Seriously want it. Today! My husband could handle it, I'd just need to make the basement a man cave… Thanks for sharing!

  77. Ashley H says:

    the house is gorgeous! love all the colors & the decor you chose. especially loving that bathroom sink!

  78. BREI says:

    Just gorgeous and great idea on turning that room into a closet. I'm super jealous!

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