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Best Birthday Gift Ever: Our First House!


Yep, our offer was accepted and we will be moving in less than 3 months!

I will get to cook dinner in THIS kitchen:

We will relax and chat with friends and family in our family room:

We will get to sit by our own FIREPLACE (and make S’mores!)

We are going to turn this extra sitting room in to our Master bedroom because it has many closets–YAY! I will finally have a place for all of my shoes!

And our guests will have MANY options!

When you come and visit us, you can stay in Bedroom #1:

Or Guest Bedroom #2 (I think this will be the future nursery):

Or Guestroom #3 in the sprawling basement:

I will make this room my designated office (I finally won’t be teaching and grading papers on my couch!):

I have no idea what we are going to do with the space in the basement–options galore!

So here are my inspiration photos of decorating ideas I *hope* to incorporate into the house:

I think I may incorporate aspects of this sunny room into my office. I could paint bookcases green and the walls yellow…what do you think?

One of our guestrooms will have a nautical motif–I think with Chase in the Navy this will be so much fun.  We can hang little anchors on the wall.

I am determined to find this shower curtain–I just LOVE polka dots–is it too kitschy?

I would love to find a comforter like this for our master bedroom–it is just so serene!

I would also love to use lots of yellows in our family room.  Yellow makes me happy–can you tell?

Last, but not least, I am DETERMINED to do this for the basement steps.  I loooove it!

Help! Any decorating tips? Where are good places to get CHEAP furniture?  I need guidance people! 🙂


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I am obsessed with cooking, running and reading! I teach American Literature at the college level, but enjoy books of all kind! After years of GI issues and being prescribed numerous medications, I found perfection in eating Paleo! I am no longer bloated, nauseous, or miserable on a daily basis. I have delved into creating Paleo recipe-making and embracing an active and playful life!

22 responses »

  1. YAY! I’m so happy for you!!!! 🙂 Congrats on this huge step and it looks like a lovely place to make your roots!
    Making a house a home is the most amazing experience- tough but simply wonderful! (my advice, take it on one by one and know that it will take longer than you think, don’t get burnt out!) ENJOY! It is *so* much fun! I just love all of your ideas! *CUTE*

  2. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance

    Oh my goodness Sally Anne, that is AWESOME news! I’m so happy to hear that you guys finally got the house situation sorted out!

    I can’t wait to see how you decorate it– especially with those cute basement stairs 😉

  3. congrats congrats congrats! Every room is stunning and it seems like there’s so much room!! What an exciting time in your life.

    • Thanks, Katie! Having lived in a 1bedroom/1bathroom for the past 5 years and dorm rooms for the 4 years before that I am STUNNED by the space! I am not going to know what to do with it all! I may need to hunt down some roommates. haha! 🙂


    OMG – Its so BIG. Clearly I need to get the heck out of London. Im way jealous!!

    Did you have a fabulous birthday lovely??? xox

  5. Love love love the house! Congratulations! Let the decorating begin 🙂

    Based on my own advice would be not to rush though the decorating process..take your time and do it right the first time!

    I love those stairs! Such a great idea ❤

  6. This house looks exactly like you and Chase!! We are sooo excited for you! Digging all the extra bedrooms!!

  7. Congrats! That is so, so exciting & the house is adorable!

    While I haven’t had to decorate a house yet, I plan to move room by room rather than trying to tackle the whole thing at once (even though that will be hard for me since I’m so impatient!). Chris & I don’t have much furniture & I think we’ll sort of be forced to take it a room at a time when we do get a house simply for financial reasons!

    I can’t wait to see what you do with the new place!

  8. Congrats! I love it! I suggest Pinterest for all the decorating ideas that you could ever want!

  9. Ahh I am so happy for you! Congrats on your first house!! I would definitely use Pinterest for decorating ideas. I’m glad you had a very exciting birthday! 🙂

  10. Congrats!!!! So exciting! And I LOVE the green of those bookshelves.

  11. Congratulations!!! Love the look of this 🙂

  12. Congratulations!!!!! In the DC/MD area there are a lot of furniture warehouse stores. They look shady but they are full of beautiful furniture that you can negotiate prices down. We looked everywhere, and were overwhelmed with the $3000 kitchen tables! But this place is all Ashley Furniture brand, which is middle of the road, but we’ve had it for over a year now and are really happy with the look, quality, and especially the low price tag considering we were furnishing an entire house! I highly recommend!!

  13. Congratulations! I LOVE love love it!

  14. CONGRATS ON YOUR HOUSE!!!!!!! I adore the hardwoods and the simplicity. Of course, cheap furniture can be found at IKEA – if you have one near you, check it out. Also, I love West Elm’s bedding and bath collections – they also have some great house accessories, but their furniture is overpriced and low quality. So, IKEA for furniture, West Elm for decorations 🙂 Have fun decorating – it’s one of my favorite things to do.

  15. Congrats on the beautiful home! Wow, it’s huge! I love it! I’d recommend checking out the BX on base – we found some furniture that we had been checking out at other stores but for less money, plus no tax! Good luck decorating, I can’t wait to see photos once you’re all moved in! Eeee! 🙂

  16. This is SO FREAKING EXCITING!!!! That house is adorable and I absolutely love the paint colors and the gorgeous basement! How exciting!


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