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Shave the Whales

February 28, 2013 - Author: Amy - 25 Comments

If I had even a little bit of foresight, I would have taken pictures in the new house.  Yet, at the same time if I had, you would have probably wondered why we chose to buy this particular one.newhouse1

 It is a very nice house, and one we feel lucky to have gotten our paws on but it. is. full. of. crap.

Full. Of crap.

Probably the correct word is antiques because it’s actually kind of nice crap, but literally crammed so full of it that based on the listing photos, we didn’t even want to look at it.

However, once we got in there we saw a great layout.  High ceilings.  Tons of light.  More space than we’ll ever need.  But hey, we’re Americans.  (And I also sort of promised my parents that I won’t put them in a home now.  Instead I’ll just stick them in the basement and throw biscuits down there sometimes.)

You can tell just from the outside that this house is entirely different than the one we are leaving.  At first this was a point of consternation for me, but the more I think about the feel of the newbie, the more excited I become.  It’s pretty vanilla inside, so we’ve got a nice blank slate to begin with.  And while we’ll never make this one as rustic as the last – I kind of don’t want to, because it doesn’t fit her personality.

That doesn’t mean we can’t still bring our own feel and love of all things old.  And you know what that means right?  It means the birth of a new Pinterest board.



The appliances are white, and it’s just so dang bright in there that it seems wrong to do anything but a nice light kitchen, and I kind of dig the idea of butcher block counter tops.  You don’t even recognize me right now, do you?

But with a little bit of primitive country charm, of course.



And I’d love to fill it with all kinds of new furniture and pieces.  (D – I can feel you cringing from here.)

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It makes my heart go pitter-pat.

Oh, and this guy.



HAH!  Love him.

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Discussion (25 Comments)

  1. Can’t wait to see pics of the inside. And I’m following your pinterest boards now- which is good, pinterest has been boring me….need some new blood

  2. Ah! Can’t wait to go furniture shopping with you in KC! Woo!

  3. by Angie Essman

    To me…this style seems like a much more acurate reflection of your soul. Country and homey, with a touch of class and sass and a little edge. I can’t wait to see it come together!

  4. by taidgh

    You are very kind to your parents! The basement is a perfect place to keep them! :) Great to hear you have a new house. It’s been quite a journey for you as I’ve come to know from reading your blog. So I’m happy for you! All the best!

  5. Tell D – a little wood glue, some upholstery paint, twine – and you can MAKE all of that furniture. No problem! :-)

  6. by Sara

    Loving it! I can see this fitting your new house personality. Awesome! I sense a new housewarming on the horizon ;) (I’ll bring the alcohol and boozes!)

  7. by Amy

    YES! You are a good friend. ;)

  8. those pins are AMAZING! i can’t wait to see what you do! and now i am following you on pinterest. :) and i am thinking maybe throw some old couch cushions on the floor of the basement for your parents.

  9. Although the house is definitely different than the one you left, you have an amazing ability to transform it from vanilla to perfectly you. I love the pins you put together for it, and I can’t wait to see it develop! This is going to be such an awesome home for you guys! :) {And for your parents…in the basement…when that time comes. ;)}

  10. I’m so anxious to see the inside!

  11. I’m excited to see where you take the new house! Honestly, I could repin every single one of your pins!

  12. But I neeeeeed to see the inside! For real, I’m pretty pumped for those pics. I hear ya on the house full of crap. Hopefully yours isn’t wet & moldy (like ours was)! Is the house going to be emptied before you buy?

  13. Ah ha ha ha… I pinned that whale when I saw him too, I thought he would make a great sign in the old barber shop.

    So, what do you mean this house is full of crap? It came with peoples stuff?


  14. I had always thought about putting my parents in a crappy nursing home but I like your biscuits idea. Pinning!! ;)

    A white kitchen? It’s like I don’t even know you anymore.

  15. I can’t wait to see some pictures of your new house! It can be very tricky to put your own style on a house someone else lived in, but I’m sure that you can do it! :)

  16. by Amy

    I’m excited to get started!

  17. I am excited for you guys! I am happy to hear that you are starting to sound excited about it too. These pins were all gorgeous and I can’t wait to see you work your magic!

  18. Can’t wait to see what you guys do! Are you planning on keeping any of the “crap”? ;)

  19. A whole new house of possibilities!!! You must be so excited. And you will put your primitive touch on it in no time!!

  20. You are going to have so much fun putting your stamp on your new house! Are you keeping any of the crap? How much will be useful crap? Love your new inspiration pictures. Have fun!!
    Debbie :)

  21. I can’t wait to see the inside! I am so happy to hear that you are excited about your new home!! And the inspiration pics are beautiful =)

  22. Goody, goody, goody! A whole new world for you! Can’t wait to see!
    xo Heidi

  23. I love all your inspiration pics!!! I feel like we’re stalking the same pics … so fun to be at a similar stage in home buying … may the force be with us! :)

  24. So excited to see the inside!

    P.S. Bahahahahaha I like cackled out loud when I read your comment about tossing your parents biscuits in the basement. :)

  25. Such a tease with these exterior-only photos!

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