A Busy Two Months for Our Home!


Hello! I hope everyone has been enjoying the summer.  I love the summer season, especially after spending our first winter here in the Carolinas compared to a "winter" in Florida.  We have been looking for ways to enjoy the weather outdoors while it lasts, that is... between everything we have been doing for our NEW HOME!

Closing went well, and after moving, unpacking, and spending consecutive weekends at Lowe's and Home Depot, we are definitely ready to settle back into a routine.  We have been in our new home for two months.  It's time to embrace the fact that we have at least gotten ourselves an organized start, and begin to build a plan to complete "one room at a time."

I can't believe I haven't posted since closing! We have so much to share, and haven't had much time to do so.

Anyway, let's get on with pictures of the finished product!

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Our New Home!

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Ryan Homes Naples Elevation D with Stone
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Ryan Homes Naples Elevation D with Stone

We decided to switch from the accidental "Rustic Suede" stone to our original choice, the "Arizona," complete here at closing.  Since we've moved in, we've pulled all the pine straw out, added black mulch, and hung Boston ferns from the top of the porch for the summer season.

Front Entryway
View of the Study to the right

Since moving in, we've added roller shades to the front windows in the study for privacy, and filled the study with the desk we currently have, along with odds and ends like wall art that we aren't quite sure what to do with yet.

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Dining Room

We have a drop-leaf table in our dining room right now, and a china cabinet.

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Morning Room from Hall

The morning room is our absolute favorite room of the house and we hope to make it into a sunroom to extend our entertaining space, or at least a breakfast room.

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Morning Room from Kitchen

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Kitchen from Morning Room

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Kitchen from Living Room

The kitchen is accessible from the dining room, morning room, and living room.

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Living Room

We have a new Pottery Barn sectional in the living room, posted up the Ikea Hemnes entertainment center we already owned, and have a few decor items in the living room.

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Unfortunately, the polyurethane coat on our stairs was peeling shortly after closing. It was fixed during our "30 day check-in" through Ryan Homes.

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We have our old couch upstairs against the capped wall in the loft.  Eventually we hope to get a bigger TV for the living room and move the older TV upstairs to the loft area.

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Future Nursery
We have deemed the bedroom to the right of the loft the "future nursery" and have pretty much forgotten this room even exists.  It will remain empty until the day we have a use for it :)  We are using the closet space in this room for my craft items and gift wrap, but we don't see a point in filling the room with anything else.

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Master Bedroom
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Master Bedroom
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Master Bedroom

Our master bedroom is a work in progress mainly because we need to purchase dressers and a vanity for our room.  Our king size bed fits perfectly between the two back windows, but we have a ways to go!  Besides our living room, the master bedroom is top priority on the "one room at a time" list.

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Master Bathroom

I only have a picture of the garden tub in the master bathroom at closing.  Since moving in, we've removed the towel bar above the bath in favor of hanging a picture there.  I've never really been a fan of "fancy towels" for our master bath, I will decorate with towels in the guest bath and powder room, but for the master I didn't think we needed them.  The bathroom actually lacks a good space to hang our day-to-day towels.

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Front Guest Bedroom

We have two extra bedrooms for our guests (until the future kiddos take over).  The cute oval window on our front elevation is actually in one of the guest bedrooms, so it is on our to-do list to get the window fitted with custom wood shutters.  The oval trim piece actually had to be ordered twice, and then kept fitting incorrectly, so Ryan Homes ordered a trim piece for the window that was only replaced a couple weeks ago.  Until the trim was in place, we couldn't get anything measured for the window treatments.


Our backyard is pretty private with only woods behind us.  We would not have built our home had it not been for this lot.  At the time we purchased, it was the only lot available that didn't back up to another home.

Our home is definitely a work in progress and I will share "progress" photos very soon!