As I prepare for this big move, I keep looking around Wilson’s and my little house and think, We are really leaving all of this? But there are so many things I love… And so many mistakes I hate… And so many things I haven’t shared on the blog!
I’ll try to avoid waxing poetic about this house on you, but it’s hard leaving this place, I must admit. Building something from the ground up and then leaving it is the equivalent of getting strep throat as an adult. It really hurts.
But as much as we try to pretend it’s not happening… it is, so I figured now is as good a time as any to catch you up on what’s been going on around Casa de Wilson & Anna. Below are some of my favorite parts of the house that Wilson and I designed specifically to suit our tastes and needs. I really wanted to turn our crawl space underneath the house into a wine cellar, but apparently that wasn’t in our nonexistent budget.
Funny fact about me — I thought “crawl space” was actually pronounced “cross base” for my entire life until about a year ago when my dad corrected me. Oy… Sometimes I wonder how I make it through the day…
This is the little desk that is connected to our kitchen cabinetry. Initially I was concerned that a desk would just mean a place to put junk — not a fan — but there is enough storage in this section of our kitchen to store lots of things without being junky. Thank goodness. The black scroll bookend was a $5 find from Homegoods, the wood frame was Target as was the black and white frame.
Photographing a microwave is certainly a strange thing to do, but I love the placement of our microwave in the kitchen. Microwaves are not the prettiest appliance to display and I intentionally designed our cabinetry layout to include the microwave as a creative hiding spot.
One of my favorite parts about this house is this china cabinet, which was a built-in from the original house. Wilson and I saved it and had it built-in in the dining room to display our things. Saved some serious #munz on a china cabinet. The hummingbird prints were a purchase from Joss & Main.
Ah the porch! This house has the coziest porch, I adore it. It is the perfect place to sip on some champagne and watch the world walk by.
Our street does not have actual mailboxes, just slots or small boxes mounted to the houses. This silver mailbox from Pottery Barn makes the perfect envelope to keep our mail. Only $49.
Our front door was a Craigslist + Habitat ReStore special, courtesy of my ever-crafty husband Wilson. Job well done.
Our friends have dubbed this the “Harry Potter bathroom” as it is neatly tucked away under our staircase leading to the second floor. When the architect originally drew out the plans for the house she placed the half bath smack in the middle of the dining room/kitchen, which I found to be ridiculously awkward. I switched its location to the under the staircase where it now happily lives. I had big plans for this bathroom — think the “jewel box” vanities that are so popular now — but never got around to it. Like many other things…
The loft area is such a great space because of its openness and social aspect. It just screams party. PARTY.
This is the vanity in our master bathroom, which Wilson and I bought majorly discounted off the floor at Lowe’s. The vanity came without a counter top so I decided to splurge for the pricey white carrara marble and it turned out to be a great decision. I found the glass hardware from our local Blackhawk Hardware.
Wilson and I loaded the boxes of this black and white tile floor by ourselves at Lowe’s. That was an interesting Saturday. One that ended with the crucial Advil + vodka combo.
This pocket door closes off the master “suite” — I use the word suite loosely here — from the rest of the first floor. It’s perfect for when we have guests and I don’t want them to know I’m watching terribly trashy/bad TV. Bravo is bad. But so good.
Eek. Do we have to move?