October 29, 2012

Our New House

New House Photos from www.kevinandamanda.com

These past few weeks have been a whirlwind of excitement and nerves. We bought a house! I am over the moon about it. It all happened so quickly. We’d been casually looking for almost a year now, but nothing too serious.  When Kevin and I first moved here ten years ago we were newlyweds, just married a week earlier. We lived in a cute apartment within walking distance to everything. Kevin could walk to work, and he came home every day for lunch. Target was in my backyard. I loved it. A year later when we bought our first house, it was 20 miles from everything. I loved our house, but I wasn’t thrilled with being so far out! I grew up in a town that was five minutes from everything, so I was used to having everything close. In our house, you could drive for five minutes and still not be near anything. But I loved our house, and we had a big backyard for the doggies, so we were definitely staying put for awhile.

*Oh my GOSH if you click those links PLEASE for the LOVE of all that is holy IGNORE the super embarrassing photos of me. No one should be forced to look at ten year old photos of themselves!! Shield your eyes! By the way, those super low-tech pages are what kevinandamanda.com used to look like.

At the end of last year a big contract was renewed at Kevin’s work, and it was definitely decided that we would be here for a few more years. We were still very happy with our old house, but sometimes we’d talk about how it’d be nice to be a little closer to town, have a little more closet space, and hopefully find a home with a pool, because Miley and Howie love to swim. And for some reason, none of the community pools were really thrilled with the idea of us toting our two life-jacket-wearing dogs along for a swim. I mean, I know, right?? How dare they! This is what poor little Howie was reduced to using as a pool.

So after that, I’d sometimes browse our local MLS site for homes online. But we weren’t in any hurry.

Then I saw this house. And we fell in love. And we went to see it in person. And we fell even more in love. And basically, the next thing I knew, we were making an offer, scrambling to throw everything we owned into boxes, and with the help of our parents, spending one very long weekend moving in.

New House Photos from www.kevinandamanda.com

It even has a pool for the doggies.

New House Photos from www.kevinandamanda.com

And they still have plenty of room to play!

New House Photos from www.kevinandamanda.com

Here’s a peek at the inside. This is what you see when you open the front door.  PLEASE NOTE, these are the staged realtor photos! This is not my furniture, lol! I wish it was! I would’ve bought this house furnished in a heartbeat. This house is now empty, except it’s completely covered from head to toe in boxes. :) Realtor photos via Cynthia Walker Photography.

New House Photos from www.kevinandamanda.com

And here’s the living room. Does anyone have any tips for taking care of hardwood floors? I know nothing!

Paint Color Update! The previous owners left some paint behind, and it looks like the color in the kitchen and living room is Sherwin Williams Virtual Taupe.

New House Photos from www.kevinandamanda.com

We are having way too much fun standing in the living room and throwing one of Miley and Howie’s toys up to the balcony. They have no idea where it disappears to, lol! They look all over downstairs. :)

New House Photos from www.kevinandamanda.com

The office, which will be the new blogging headquarters. :)

New House Photos from www.kevinandamanda.com

The kitchen gets gorgeous afternoon light, so I can actually make and photograph recipes at a normal time. :)

New House Photos from www.kevinandamanda.com

Another view of the kitchen.

New House Photos from www.kevinandamanda.com

The master bath.

New House Photos from www.kevinandamanda.com

I am in love with this tub. That is all.

New House Photos from www.kevinandamanda.com

I’ve had breakfast out here on the porch every morning this week.

But this is probably my favorite thing of all. I can’t wait until next summer.

Thanks so much for reading, guys. Ya’ll are the best! xoxo.



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Alvina October 29, 2012 at 1:45 am

Your yard is huuuuuuuuuuge. Probably bigger than all the apts we’ve lived in. Combined. Lovely house!

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Joy October 29, 2012 at 1:46 am

Oh my gosh you guys… congratulations!!!! Your home is fabulous.. I love every inch of it. You will have many years of fun and love in that home I am sure… and wow.. the back yard. I would never want to leave it. The pups will really enjoy it.

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libbywilko October 29, 2012 at 1:52 am

It looks awesome inside & out and what great curb appeal! Congratulations! I think the pool will be fun for everyone :-)

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Lynna October 29, 2012 at 2:01 am

Congrats! The house looks gorgeous! ♥

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Heather K Miller October 29, 2012 at 2:26 am

What a beautiful house! Congratulations! I can’t believe how wonderful that backyard is!

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Conna October 29, 2012 at 2:29 am

Congrats !!!!!!!

House is amazing ! Hope you enjoy living there.

Kisses from Greece

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Averie @ Averie Cooks October 29, 2012 at 2:36 am

Your house is stunning, Amanda! Wow, I am speechless. It’s gorgeous, radiant, beautiful, and huge :) And I am so happy for you. You deserve it!!!

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liactk October 29, 2012 at 3:03 am

This is superb!! Love it…

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Fonyl October 29, 2012 at 3:13 am

Wow!!! Congrats on your house. It’s super lovely.
I’m super in-love with your house. Congrats!

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Cheri October 29, 2012 at 3:43 am

I am so happy for all of you! Your new home is awesome! Can’t wait to see Miley and Howie swimming pics! God Bless! C

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debbie October 29, 2012 at 4:22 am

beautiful home!!!!!!

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Mary October 29, 2012 at 4:43 am

It is so beautiful! You used the talents God gave you and look how He has blessed you. Thank you for sharing …… looking forward to more awesome photos.

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Engela October 29, 2012 at 4:47 am

I’m very happy for you four. I was drawn to your blog originally because of your decorating, and I’m looking forward to you making this house your own and seeing the results of your creativity.

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Mindy October 29, 2012 at 4:55 am

OMG! Amanda, the house is beautiful, but that backyard is to die for! Having a pool AND a large plot of land is just so perfect! Got to plant some trees for privacy some day! Love Love everything! It’s so great that you live in the south! I am hoping that you got a great deal on it! Enjoy the un-boxing :-/

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Erin @ Texanerin Baking October 29, 2012 at 5:07 am

I can’t believe the size of that yard! Do you have any plans for it? That’s my dream yard right there. I’d fill it up with fruit trees, berry bushes and then build a high fence so that nobody would be tempted to take my fruit. :)

Congratulations on the new house! It’s beautiful and you must be thrilled to live closer to town. And being able to take pictures at a normal time… yay! I’m so happy for you. :)

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Kim October 29, 2012 at 5:09 am

OMG! Wow! It’s beautiful. I can’t wait to see your moved in pictures. Your dogs are so lucky. Congratulations.

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Paulette October 29, 2012 at 5:28 am

The house is gorgeous. I love the pool as I sit here waiting for Hurricane Sandy to bring nothing but buckets of rain to Ohio. Wish I was there LOL. Good luck and may this house bring happiness and lots of goodies coming out of that beautiful kitchen. Paulette

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Mary P October 29, 2012 at 5:30 am

Congrats on your new beautiful home! So many great aspects, including that great wall color in most of the house. Do you know the brand and color name? I love it!

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Amanda October 29, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Thanks Mary! The previous owners left some paint behind, and it looks like the color in the kitchen and living room is Sherwin Williams Virtual Taupe. Hope this helps! :)

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Sandra October 29, 2012 at 5:31 am

Wow! I love your new house! It’s very very beautiful and the decoration is really lovely! Congratulations! Thanks for share

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Barbara October 29, 2012 at 5:40 am

What a gorgeous new home! Here’s wishing you much happiness in your new ‘cottage’. :D
What a nice yard for your two puppies. They’ll love it.

Barb

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kyleeg October 29, 2012 at 5:41 am

Congratulations! What a gorgeous house. I’m sure you’ll enjoying every second of decorating – and I hope we’re along for the ride (in pictures, that is!). Thanks for sharing your news with us.

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Nicole | Baking it on My Own October 29, 2012 at 5:55 am

When Kevin said you were moving a few weeks ago – I was hoping he meant to Boston ;) When he said no – I’ll admit, I was a little sad!

Until I saw these pictures! and now I want to move to Huntsville! Amanda – geeze. I. AM. IN. LOVE. this house is absolutely perfect for you guys and I know you will all create many happy memories together in it. Carl and I are so happy for you both. Congrats you lucky ducks!

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Donna October 29, 2012 at 6:07 am

Absolutely gorgeous!! Enjoy!

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Robin in NC October 29, 2012 at 6:12 am

Beautiful home!! So happy for y’all! Love your blog!!

Robin

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Mandy October 29, 2012 at 6:16 am

Congratulations! It’s gorgeous!!

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Lauren @chigallauren October 29, 2012 at 6:19 am

This is an absolutely gorgeous house, congratulations!!

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rebecca @ beurrista October 29, 2012 at 6:28 am

what a beautiful, beautiful home- congratulations and happy unpacking!

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Southern Gal October 29, 2012 at 6:31 am

Oh, it’s beautiful, Amanda. I know you’ll love every minute in it.

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Brooke October 29, 2012 at 6:35 am

Wow, congrats!!! And here I was thinking your last house was awesome! Eating breakfast on a porch…love.

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Kerry October 29, 2012 at 6:43 am

This is Fall Break in Germany and my 7 about to turn 8 year old daughter is ooooohing and ahhhhhhing over your GORGEOUS new house! As soon as we scrolled to the pool pictures, she decided that maybe she might be living in the wrong country ;) Hehahahha… LOVE it, we LOVE it. So ummmm, did I tell you were are coming to visit?!?! Hehahaha… Congratulations!!! Can’t wait to keep seeing pictures of all the GREAT things you will do to it!!!!! No doubt you will have FUN!!!!!! Thanks for sharing!

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Cristy October 29, 2012 at 6:43 am

What a great house and yard! Congratulations to you, Kevin, and your furry children! My kitchen cabinets are the same style and color, but I’d never thought to use that putty-colored paint on the walls. It looks really great–may just have to copy it! Enjoy your new home. What an exciting time for you!

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Analisa W. October 29, 2012 at 6:46 am

WOW! Great pick! Congratulations. LOVE the sunset in the backyard!!!

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Sara pendarvis October 29, 2012 at 6:47 am

I absolutely LOVE your new home!! Congrats and I can’t wait to see all the pictures to come! Btw your yard is ridiculously Large! :)

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Cindy October 29, 2012 at 6:49 am

The house is beautiful. Gorgeous—I am so excited for you.
My sister and her family live in Madison. I think Alabama is an awesome place to live.
God bless and many wonderful years in your new home!

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Belinda October 29, 2012 at 6:49 am

Love your house-it is beautiful! But you didn’t let me down…you ended with a sunset picture! I loved the tour, but loved that you ended with the sunset! Happiness always to you both and your puppies too in your new home!

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Sherrie October 29, 2012 at 6:49 am

Amazingly gorgeous, breathtaking no doubt, and I love the peaks on your roofs! I fell in love with the pics, can’t imagine it in person! Is it ok for me to be a little bit jealous? Have fun! :)

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Meg October 29, 2012 at 6:50 am

What a beautiful home! I am IN LOVE with your kitchen! Enjoy the new home, and happy unpacking!

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Amy Owen October 29, 2012 at 6:56 am

The new house is beautiful and you look perfectly cute in your pics from ten years ago. : )

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Tina Hicks October 29, 2012 at 6:56 am

OOOH! Your home is beautiful Kevin and Amanda! Do you think I come over for a swim sometime? lol I bet the dogs are lovin it!
Tfs!
Tina

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Barb October 29, 2012 at 7:09 am

Wow, Amanda! It is stupendous! And gorgeous! I am soooo happy for you!
Barb :-)

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Lindsay R October 29, 2012 at 7:11 am

Congratulations, what a gorgeous new house! I absolutely love your photography!

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Kelly October 29, 2012 at 7:13 am

Congratulations! What a beautiful home… I’d split my time between the pool and the bathtub! ha ha, I’m just like Howie… I love water.

Wood Floor Care – we have tons of wood floors – the best way I’ve found to care for them is to simply dry dust mop them frequently (I like a dry dust mop that has lots of strings on it, because they really catch the dust particles) … most wood floor organizations would recommend you never damp mop a wood floor, but I have used Murphy’s Oil Soap occasionally to pick up a spill. Consult woodfloors.org or wfca.org for professional recommendations. You’ll want to think about how you’re going to maintain them with the pups’ toenails walking all over them every day.

May your new home be filled with many blessing!

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Carrie October 29, 2012 at 7:15 am

Congratulations on your Beautiful new home! The pool and yard is amazing! It looks like a great home for entertaining and family gatherings. I know your fur babies are loving it. Thanks for sharing your blogs. They are awesome!

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Anele @ Success Along the Weigh October 29, 2012 at 7:16 am

Holy cow that is a HUUUUUGE house! Will your families be moving in with you? LOL I hope you’ll be doing some house related posts as you go from befores to afters!

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Jules October 29, 2012 at 7:30 am

WOW!! That is amazing. It is beautiful. All that room- you have a mile in the back yard! That pool is so awesome. Everything about it is amazing. Congrates!

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Claudia October 29, 2012 at 7:31 am

I would be over the moon too! …Lucky (said in the voice of Napoleon Dynomite). LOL
Seriously, your new home is gorgeous! Congratulations.

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Anne October 29, 2012 at 7:37 am

Congrats on your lovely new home!

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Blog is the New Black October 29, 2012 at 7:40 am

GORGEOUS!!!!

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Sheryl Geddings October 29, 2012 at 7:41 am

Congratulations on your new house! It’s gorgeous!!

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Debi October 29, 2012 at 7:43 am

AWESOME…..Congratulations to you and Kevin….it is just beautiful. Can’t wait to see more when you have your furniture in it…

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Dora Panariti October 29, 2012 at 7:52 am

CONGRATULATIONS !!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am so happy for you, even though I don’t know you in person, I feel very close to all that’s going on!
I wish you lots of happy and fun moments in this house and most of all home!!!

Big hugs,
Dora

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Mary Beth October 29, 2012 at 7:59 am

Congratulations! We can’t wait to see a tour once you are unpacked and decorated, it already looks gorgeous! :)

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Mindy Grant October 29, 2012 at 8:00 am

Congratulations!! What a beautiful home!! And I totally busted out laughing at that video of Howie in the bucket!! Too funny!

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Pamela October 29, 2012 at 8:06 am

OMG. SO gorgeous! Congratulations!!

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Chere Mortensen October 29, 2012 at 8:07 am

How fun and exciting to have a new house to make your own. Okay the Howie in the bucket is still one of my favorite. Had to rematch and LOL. You have this place all yours in no time. How close to town are you? Have fun.

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Robin S October 29, 2012 at 8:12 am

I can’t wait to see what you do with it!

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Janice Whiting October 29, 2012 at 8:15 am

It’s beautiful, Amanda! Congratulations!

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Maria October 29, 2012 at 8:19 am

CONGRATS!!! We can’t wait to come and visit:)

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Lynne October 29, 2012 at 8:20 am

Congrats Amanda! It’s beautiful – you both deserve it! Enjoy!

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Angie @ Big Bear's Wife October 29, 2012 at 8:27 am

Oh wow, Amanda! That house is quite amazing!! Love it! Congratulations!

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soffy October 29, 2012 at 8:31 am

Dear Amanda… I am so HAPPY FOR BOTH!!!! WOW LOOKS AMAZING!!!!!!!!! Enjoy that and
is the kind of the things you deserve for being so sharing and kind woman!!!… Your dogs will be
so happy in that big yard!!! many hugs from Colombia!!!!

Soffy

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Jodi October 29, 2012 at 8:35 am

Congratulations on you new home, it is beautiful.
You will enjoy it I am sure.

Your wood floors should be so much easier then carpet, especially with your doggies, only thing keep their nails clipped so you don’t scratch the floors, but mostly keep the floors (dry) dust mopped and if you need to use something to clean them with, using a damp mop with just water is good. Using cleaners can leave a film on them. There are plenty of websites with tips on keeping wood floors beautiful.

Again Congratulations on you new home, Enjoy.
Jodi

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creole wisdom October 29, 2012 at 8:41 am

Oh my goodness that house is lovely.

How exciting to be getting a pool, a bigger home and also getting to be closer to town! It’s a win-win.

I have to say I love how they do finishes in the south. I think white woodwork and all the wains coating and molding is much prettier than what is built in Minnesota.

Can’t wait to see how you decorate :)

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terri October 29, 2012 at 8:41 am

You two are so blessed! I love your new home. Howie and Miley are going to be even happier pups! Love you.

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Steph October 29, 2012 at 8:42 am

It’s beautiful! Can’t wait to see pics of the woofs in their new pool….I hope let you use their pool too!

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Cathy E October 29, 2012 at 8:47 am

Green with Envy!!!!

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Kathy Miller October 29, 2012 at 8:50 am

Beautiful Amanda! What a great place to entertain.

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Lori Mc October 29, 2012 at 8:53 am

Beautiful!!

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Tracey October 29, 2012 at 9:03 am

Stunning and exciting!

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Kat October 29, 2012 at 9:06 am

Can I move in with you?
Wow!
Absolutely gut-wrenchingly stunning.

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Anne October 29, 2012 at 9:10 am

WOW!!!! Congratulations on your new home! It is beautiful and I’m sure all 4 of you will enjoy it immensely.

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TidyMom October 29, 2012 at 9:11 am

ok so we’re all coming to your house to check it out right?! OMG you guys it’s just GORGEOUS!!

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Shaina October 29, 2012 at 9:12 am

I can’t wait to come jump in that pool! I’m so excited for both of you (and those precious pups, too!). Congratulations on a gorgeous upgrade!

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Alisha October 29, 2012 at 9:13 am

Congratulations! It is stunning!

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ElleBee October 29, 2012 at 9:15 am

Beautiful home, congratulations! As far as the floors, my husband used to sell them and installed most of the hardwood floors in our home. He stands by Bona products. They have separate products for hardwood and laminate, and he recommends the hardwood starter kit. You can buy directly from their website or from most Home Depots.

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Kathie d. October 29, 2012 at 9:20 am

Love the new house very pretty. Good luck with it.

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Bev @ Bev Cooks October 29, 2012 at 9:24 am

WOOOOOOOOW. I can’t wait to creep in in the middle of the night without you knowing and set up camp somewhere hidden. Love it!

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Angela October 29, 2012 at 9:25 am

I love it, do you happen to know the color of the walls in your living room and kitchen they are beautiful?

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Amanda October 29, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Thanks Angela! The previous owners left some paint behind, and it looks like the color in the kitchen and living room is Sherwin Williams Virtual Taupe. Hope this helps! :)

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Diane Loviza October 29, 2012 at 9:25 am

Your new home is absolutely lovely! Here’s to many years of love, laughter and happiness there. Congratulations!

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Mary Anne October 29, 2012 at 9:28 am

Amanda – congratulations on your beautiful new home! I know you and Kevin will have many happy years in this beautiful place. To answer your question re: caring for hardwood floors, my best advice is a Swiffer and water. Nothing else. Then after your floor dries, go over it again with a dry Swiffer. We put in new hardwood floors in 1999 and when we sold our house seven years later, the buyers thought we had just installed brand new floors (including the kitchen)! All we ever cleaned them with was a damp Swiffer, then buffed with a dry Swiffer. I’m sure there are plenty of “products” out there for wood flooring, but think about it, you are going to have a “build up” eventually on your beautiful floors. Trust me on this one, ok? Hint: Keep your dogs’ nails clipped because they can cause some little nicks in the flooring.

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Muriel October 29, 2012 at 9:31 am

Awesome, Amanda. I would love to see some pics at Christmas, all decorated up. It definitely has a bigger living room. It looks like your new office is smaller though. I would love to enclose that pool in tinted glass and make it year round, it would also do that planters edge justice, maybe even a matching gazebo with a wet bar and fireplace, oh the fun I could have with your backyard, LOL

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Lauren October 29, 2012 at 9:33 am

Congrats!! What a beautiful house!

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Rosemary S. October 29, 2012 at 9:37 am

Squeeeeel!!!!!!! :) I’m so happy for you and Kevin! (and Miley and Howie!). What a beautiful home you have………..Congratulations!

You’re gonna love your hardwood floors. I have them in my (tiny, tiny, tiny!) condo – and I just love them. They’re so easy to keep clean – it’s easy to keep dust down – it doesn’t get trapped into carpets. You just dry mop them…………..As for cleaning – just plain warm water (don’t use tons of water, either) – with a small amount of vinegar, if you like……….and then, I go over them with a dry Swiffer mop, when the floors dry…..for a little buff – if I’m feeling industrious. :)

Congratulations again – I know you’re going to spend many happy years in your beautiful home.

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Rhadonda October 29, 2012 at 9:39 am

Congrats!!! Wow!!! So beautiful and big. Move-in ready. Love it all.

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Cookbook Queen October 29, 2012 at 9:39 am

So gorgeous!! Congratulations!!!

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TaMarsha October 29, 2012 at 9:44 am

Congrats to the newest adventure in your lives!!! Your new house is beautiful and I know you both will make it amazing!!!!

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ryane October 29, 2012 at 9:45 am

Congratulations! Beautiful home. Now to make it yours with your personal touch , Look forward to seeing your photos. Many many happy Years in your new place.

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Kristin S October 29, 2012 at 9:51 am

What a stunning home!

Wood floors. My mom made me by a Bona system from Bed Bath and Beyond when I moved in to my home with hardwoods. I’m so thankful! Easy peasy and works great.

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Angela Harden October 29, 2012 at 10:10 am

Oh Amanda, I’m SO happy for you! Your new home is just beautiful and I know you’ll
love every new project and joy of turning this house into your home. Blessings to you
and Kevin! Angela

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Leslie Mac October 29, 2012 at 10:25 am

Congratulations to you both! Well deserved, especially for Howie & Miley!

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Nancy Munroe October 29, 2012 at 10:30 am

Congratulations Amanda. Your new home is a jaw dropper. Absolutely stunning! So happy for you.

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Sandy Young October 29, 2012 at 10:35 am

Congratulations on such a beautiful home. Keep us up to date on the decorating.

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Lori October 29, 2012 at 10:40 am

Wow your new house is beautiful!!

We use this on our wood floors and they look great after 7 years:

http://www.bruce.com/floor-care.html

Congratulations! Lots of room in that house for your family to expand!

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Dalis October 29, 2012 at 10:50 am

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!
What a gorgeous house and backyard and pool!!!! wow! Kuddos to the wonderful staging of that house to the realtor… darn it… I want to live there w/ all that too! LOL!!!

For our wood floors I usually do vinager and water mix.

– dalis

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San October 29, 2012 at 10:51 am

Holy crap! That is a NICE house!

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CJ at Food Stories October 29, 2012 at 10:55 am

Wow, wow & more wow … I’m so jealous … Gorgeous & so much space :-)

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Lori @ RecipeGirl October 29, 2012 at 10:57 am

oh my gosh! Congratulations! It’s absolutely beautiful. I want to come visit!

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Thais October 29, 2012 at 11:01 am

OMG How gorgeous. And look at that kitchen for all your baking. And the long, long, long yard. Miley and Howie won’t even be able to see the ball when you throw it!!! And sunset; even in winter sitting in a lounge chair outside, wrapped in an electric blanket to pretend you are in LA, is breathtaking. Congrats!!!

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Summer Davis October 29, 2012 at 11:01 am

How GORGEOUS is that house? And the back yard is positively stunning. Lucky Pups!

WAR EAGLE!

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Becky October 29, 2012 at 11:02 am

Congrats to you and family. Your new house is gorgeous. I know you will enjoy it to it’s fullest esp. in the summer time. Hugs, Becky

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