Trust me when I tell you, this blogpost has been a long time coming. I am thrilled to finally be sharing our home renovations with you. It has been put at the end of my to do list for over a year, and I’ve finally been given myself intentional time to make it happen!
A couple of months before Jamie and I got engaged, Jamie’s uncle told him and his brother that he had decided to give each of them a house. I’ll never forget the moment when Jamie shared the news with me. At first, I was completely in shock and incredibly encouraged by such generosity. Then it hit me. This would soon be our home. We weren’t engaged yet, so we couldn’t say what we wanted to each other out loud, so we just looked at each other with tears in ours eyes and smiled really big. To be honest, I contemplated sharing this story because it’s so personal, but when I think about it all, I decided that you can’t get a true understanding and feeling for our home without knowing the whole story. It is the most generous gift we have ever received and has forever changed the way that we view giving generously, living everyday with a thankful and humble heart, and why we feel so strongly about hospitality and allowing our home to be a place to serve others.
When Jamie asked his uncle why he was doing this, he said “When I was young and starting my life, your grandfather helped me buy my first house, and told me that in return I had to do the same thing for someone else.” To this day it still brings tears to my eyes to think that Jamie’s grandfather, who I never got the chance to meet had a hand in our first home. Now that you know the story, I hope you will understand why we are so in love with this little house. It’s more than just a home for us, but a legacy for our family.
After we got engaged, we began dreaming, drawing and planning some possible renovations for our little house. My parents are a dream team. With my dad working in the home building industry and my mom having her college degree in interior design, I grew up moving and living in lots of different beautiful homes that they designed, built and sold. As you can imagine, my parents were an incredible resource for us. They spent countless hours with us discussing and drawing out plans, helping us find contractors, putting out fires through the process, keeping us in line when it came to keeping things within budget and making sure we added value with each decision and purchase, and emotionally encouraging us to not to get too caught up in the little details. We were planning a wedding, renovating a house and trying to make plans for our life together all at the same time. Looking back, we handled it with such grace and confidence, but I’m not sure that I would do it again under those circumstances. It was a lot to handle.
Jamie and I can never thank my parents enough for all of their guidance and support during this process. When it was clear that our renovations weren’t going to be completed by our wedding date, they joyfully invited us into their home. Yes, they picked us up from the airport from our honeymoon and we went home to live with them for 57 days. And although it wasn’t an ideal scenario, we are so thankful for their hospitality and the time that we got to spend with them during that time. The day that we finally got to move into our little yellow house felt so right. It just felt like home and more importantly after we put so much work into it, it felt like our home.
Welcome to our little yellow house!
Built in 1952
1,655 heated square footage
For the next couple of weeks, I’ll be walking through each room in detail about the renovations that we did and I’ll be sharing some of the inspiration behind our design! Be sure to stay tuned!