Tuesday, February 10, 2015

{Home Series} First Home Tour Part 1

Happy Tuesday! I know it's been a good 1 to 2 weeks since I've blogged. It's just been so hard lately with the way I've been feeling, keeping up with 3 girls and running a business. I am really going to make it a point to keep blogging regularly. I love having an outlet to get some of my thoughts out and share what I know and love. 

I've had several people ask in the past to do a house tour and I just never got around to it. When we were getting our house in Houston ready to sell, I took all the pictures that were used on the listing, so I have plenty of pictures to share now. Just to give a little background in case you missed the announcement. We moved from Houston to Boca last month. My husband was transferred for work and we only had a month and a half to sell our house and find another one in Florida. We are currently renting a condo so we can get to know the area. We are loving Boca, but we aren't used to renting. It's not ours and doesn't feel like home. I miss all the natural light we used to get in our first home, I miss the space, a backyard, and being able to decorate. Other than new sheets and little small things, I have not bought any new decor nor do I plan too until we are in our own home later this year when our lease is up. I seriously cannot wait! 

When we were first looking for our home in Houston, I wasn't crazy about it at first, but it quickly grew on me. I loved the Victorian style, the stained glass windows and all the unique features it had. It really was gorgeous and while I wish I could have done more projects, you know how life goes. There was pregnancies and new babies and life just happened. I will forever cherish all the memories we had in our first home.

The backyard was constantly a work in progress, but most of the time it was neglected. We did a lot of work in the beginning, but with my husband's work schedule and commute, it just didn't leave a lot of time for him to spend on it. When we first bought it, there was bamboo EVERYWHERE! There was so much it had pushed the fence out on one part and we had to take out all the bamboo and have the fence replaced. What I loved about the backyard was the deck (great for parties!) and the built in cooling mist. Truth be told we hardly ever used the mist though. 

Let's move on to the inside. I really loved the floor to ceiling windows throughout the whole downstairs and while I wasn't a fan of our out dated kitchen, I did love the natural light and looking outside during meals. Of course I always wondered if our neighbors across the street could see in into our kitchen through their upstairs. I could see a little into their upstairs bedrooms at night so I'm guessing the answer is yes. Oops! Because there was quite a few times I'd forget and walk in the kitchen at night to get some water in a little nightgown. 

The work we did do downstairs while living there was strip, sand and paint the front door, paint the living room, tear down the wallpaper in the kitchen, and replace the floor with marble. The kitchen was another one of those unfinished projects.

That concludes the downstairs. Not pictured was a small hallway between the kitchen and the dining room where the half bathroom was. Check back tomorrow for a tour of the upstairs.

Have a great Tuesday!


  1. I love the exposed brick! It added so much character, which you don't see in a lot of homes nowadays. Plus, the drapes on your windows look super elegant. That is definitely one classy home! Thanks for that wonderful tour, Francis! All the best to you! :)

    Devin Newton @ Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

  2. Wow! I love the exterior design of your house, as well as the color of the outside walls. It looks classy all around. The amazing interior is caught my eye too. Thanks for sharing that, Francis! All the best to you! :)

    Joel Miles @ DISC My Realtor