Happy Wednesday, friends!
My Type-A self would like to wait and share pics of our house once every little detail is finished, but the Type-A person in me also understands that houses are a work in progress, and this will one will continue to grow and warm up and become even more of a home over lots of time, so I should just share what I have now and then bring you along as we tweak.
(The Type-A person in me also understands that last sentence was way too long, but I’m going to embrace it instead of correct it 🙂 ).
A little backstory because I’m a writer and clearly, I like to over-use words, but for those who are interested, we were casually looking for homes online for about six months, but then last June, we met with our realtor for the first time and started really looking at homes.
God bless all of you realtors out there.
I bet we looked at over 30 homes over a four month period (and then he looked at so many more while we were off island!). Nantucket is not very large (only 14 miles long and 3.5 miles wide), but there were two areas in particular we just “knew” we wanted to live. We looked and we looked, and we even put in offers for three of them.
In October, our realtor and his wife invited us all over one evening and also invited another couple we’ve gotten to know (three of the four are born and raised islanders). While we were all sitting on the deck talking about us finding a home, one of them suggested a neighborhood that was way more mid-island and very close to “town” but perfect for families. Our realtor said one was just about to go on the market, and he could show us the next morning (and then made a joke that it took a non-realtor to get us to look somewhere other than where we had been looking for year. ha!) . The six of us met him there the next day, we all fell in love with the neighborhood and the house and put an offer in that day. Before we left the island the next day, they had accepted it and we closed in November.
You guys, I’m only on day four, and let me tell you, THIS IS EXACTLY WHERE WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE! We love our neighbors, we love how easy it is to walk into town, go to the beach, bike, scooter, visit a park, ride bikes…it’s a wonderful neighborhood, and I cannot believe we ever looked anywhere else.
So, that’s how we ended up here 🙂 . We started remodeling on December 1st with the MOST AMAZING contractor ever (I’ve used several in my life, and he’s by far my favorite) and here we are today. I’ll insert some “before” pics too below.
Come on in and check it out (per usual, lots of pics, info at the bottom)…
Come on in!
We painted the front door as well. The island has only a handful of colors you can chose from, and I loved this blue.
Now, when we bought the house, they had stairs that came down and did this…
Terrible picture (sorry!) I got it off a video, but you see how it came down, there was a platform and then stairs came down on the side? Yeah. It was huge, bulky and took up most of the entry, so we…
…redid the stairs (and obviously the floors too!).
Poppy is right at home 🙂 .
We tore out the existing fireplace and put in a gas one here. My new fireplace screen is supposed to arrive today!!
I had everyone pick some of their favorite blankets from our house in McKinney to bring here too.
We had custom glass cut to fit the top of the coffee table because you know…four kids.
…(a before pic), see how the space above the kitchen was open?
…made that upstairs space larger and then closed it off to the downstairs so that the kids have a bunk room 🙂 . More on that later!
And now, Poppy and I are going to call it a blog post.
Obviously, there is way more to share (the kitchen will be next!), and I will for sure do that sooner rather than later! For today though, welcome in, we’re having the best time ever already, and we’re so blessed that you’re on this adventure with us.
I have some resources below, to share. We decided only to purchase art work (and remaining accessories) here on the island, so the walls will continue to get more finds that I will share along the way.
Also, FYI, for the floors, they stripped and sanded the pine floors and then used a water-based white-wash paint to give it that “white washed effect”.
In the meantime, I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday! I’ll see you tomorrow!
Our contractor: the Carey Company
All paint (walls, trim, etc): Sherwin Williams High Reflective White
End Table: Rattan Side Table
Coffee Table: Serena and Lily, we added the glass after we received it
Floor Mirror: Serena and Lily
Floor Lamp: from Restoration Hardware
Doormats: Sailor Knot Doormat
Large Basket: from Pottery Barn
We replaced every doorknob with THESE.
Our new ceiling fan is HERE.