All night yesterday I kept saying (in my best Ty Pennington voice of course), “Welcome home, Bosse family, welcome home.” I can hardly believe Andrew and I are officially home owners! While for the sake of money (and my sanity) we will be taking the next six months to a year to fully decorate, furnish and landscape everything, I did want to share some pictures of the house prior to getting our things moved in. Welcome to the Bosse home!
If there’s one thing I’ve learned throughout this journey (besides the fact that houses can be expensive!) it’s that spec homes get a lot of negative attention. “They are so typical,” and “That’s going fall apart in no time,” and “Looks just like that model over there,” were or rather are, phrases I’ve heard and read over and over throughout this process. But guess what? I love our house. I love 99.9% of everything about it. It’s perfect for us and thanks to our upgrades, we were able to take a ‘typical’ home and turn it into something a little more personalized.
That little built in bench in the foyer is one example of an upgrade we were happy to make. It’s great for storage and is nice for guests to sit on when they need to get boots or shoes on and off. The foyer gives an open concept view into almost the entire first floor. And our stone fireplace is amazing. It feels so grand and cozy and traditional all at the same time. The top and bottom left photos above were taken from standing in our flex room. The bottom right photo above is the view as if you were standing right behind our couch in the dining room.
In our dining room, which is actually more of just a dining area, is our West Elm’s capiz shell chandelier. I know this light is fairly popular and slightly overdone but again, guess what? We just love it. During the day it looks so soft and pretty and at night it really gets quite bright and casts fun shadows on the ceiling. All of the elements with both the actual house and then our existing and soon to be decor and furniture work perfectly with this chandelier. And as much as I hate to say, we truly based a lot of our design and decor decisions around this light, which was good news for my non-vintage loving husband. We actually purchased this chandelier the week we broke ground. Eager beavers. Ha!
Moving even deeper to the house (check out our floor plans here) you end up in the kitchen which I must admit is my most fave part of the house. I have been dreaming for years of the day when I could have a brand new, all white kitchen, with the prettiest farmhouse sink. And now I get to lay on my kitchen floors and shriek with happiness whenever I please. Seriously. The moment I told Andrew I wanted white cabinets he was adamant that darker wood would look better. Then when we came home from California to find all of our cabinets installed I remember him giving me the whole “Babe, you were right” schpeal. The white cabinets look so clean and bright and beautiful. Our stainless steel appliances are from Lowes as are the metal island lights and silver hardware. Our counter tops are a little something I like to call farble (faux marble) and will do just perfectly until we can afford corian or granite.
Remember this photo here? It’s sort of served as our biggest source of inspiration from the get go. I loved the sink, the white cabinets and the way they contrasted with the dark floors, the marbled countertops, the dark island. And that window. That window is what sold me on that photo. I knew I had to have a window like that in our kitchen. Of course it was an upgrade, but isn’t it funny how the small little change from a regular rectangular window can make such a difference? Without fail, every single person who has walked through our house has commented on how much they love that window! I love that such a thought out detail is noticed by others! Our hardwood floors are a distressed dark bamboo, the light over the sink is from Lowes and the sink faucet was a score from Ebay. The green drawer liners are from Target.
Join me upstairs will you? I think I may have already lost a little weight from trekking up these things so many times…
Once you get to the top of the stairs, you hit our fancy new laundry room (and by fancy I mean we actually have an entire room for laundry with machines that don’t run on quarters and don’t smell bad from previous owners). We picked a really gorgeous blue hue for the walls and we have a pretty patterned runner to sit along that narrow strip of tile in front of the washer and dryer. We have a small laundry tub, going in to the left of the dryer which excites me just a tad but what’s even more exciting is the matching hampers (from Lowes) with the cute Pottery Barn signs for lights and darks. Andrew doesn’t know it yet but the signs are to entice him to do laundry. Or to at least put his laundry somewhere pretty.
To the left of the laundry room is our guest room. Which is suffering from a case of the paint-on-the-wall-doesn’t-look-anything-like-the-color-of-the-paint-swatch (a pale green that we are trying to figure out what to do with). And to the right is the smallest of our four bedrooms, which will house a workspace for Andrew and Lord-willing one day, a Bosse babe. All of the walls in our house are painted with Benjamin Moore’s ‘Stormy Monday’ which is a darker gray with tints of lavender, with the exception of our guest and master bath, and front flex room which are painted with Benjamin Moore’s ‘Cement Gray’ the truest gray we were able to find and definitely my most favourite! Beside the smallest bedroom is our guest bath. Et voila!
You know, every person who has seen that mirror in the guest bath has openly told me they think it’s ugly (including Andrew). But I really like how quirky it is and think it works well with the sconces that were $18.00 from Lowes (and identical to these rather pricey ones I wanted). The mirror along with the knobs are from Lowes and the sink and faucet came from Ebay. I am not a big towel-rack fan so instead we opted for hooks for guests to hang their towels on. The one downside to this bathroom is there’s no window, but having a bathroom solely dedicated to our guests is going to be so wonderful.
Our cathedral ceiling hallway is another something I dreamed up. And something that gives our upstairs such a cool vibe. It makes our house seem much larger than it is and I really love the openness it gives off. The wicker shade lights are from West Elm and following the kitchen, is one of my favorite details in the house. They are just so crazy looking; a little Dr. Seuss almost, but they just work within the space. The doorway to the right leads to my current office, and that extra wide doorway below the light in the background is the entry way to our master bedroom.
Our gray felt pendant light is from guess where; it rhymes with Vest Telm. We also have a pitched ceiling over our bed which I can assume will be something I am going to enjoy waking up to every morning. On either side of where our bed will sit, we have the sweetest little square windows, which match the same ones on either side of the fire place on the main floor. On one side of our room, sits our fabulously altered his and her walk in closest. That my father in law and I lovingly wallpapered….
We didn’t have the mirrors up on the wall when these photos were taken but they were a steal from Home Goods at $40.00 each. The knobs were on sale at Anthropologie at 75% off, the bowl sinks and faucets are from Ebay and the tile and clawfoot tub are from Lowes. The tub is actually acrylic which is why we got away with having it on our second floor; if it were the real deal it would be too heavy to not have it on a main level. We used the same countertops that we have in the kitchen.
There are a few things I left out like our eggplant purple powder room downstairs, my finished office, the unfinished basement, and the exterior and backyard of the house just because these details aren’t really anything exciting quite yet. But the minute they get exciting I will be sure to keep everyone posted. In the meantime, here’s us happy homeowners loving our new house. Oh and I lied. The kitchen isn’t my fave part of our new home; our perfectly yellow front door is.