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Amidst the flurry of busyness and excitement that came along with moving into the new house, I realized I had never properly documented a tour of our first house together! I had always planned to do this. I dreamed of the day it would all be done — finished! — ready to present to the world. But there were a few things I never got around to updating — I never shared our kitchen or dining room or master bedroom. When we first moved in, the dining room was my favorite room in the house. I can still envision the plans I had for it. But still, to this day, ten years later, I do not have dining room furniture! It seems like something was always in a state of updating or rearranging or just needing some final, finishing touches to be “perfect”. When we first moved in, I photographed a full tour of the house, with big plans in mind for each room, and promising to personalize each one and share the updates here, in our virtual scrapbook. And I did end up sharing most of it, in bits and pieces, room by room as we got to each one. But before we moved out, I wanted to share one final look at our old home, our first house together. Of course it took moving out to actually get around to doing it! :) I did the same thing with our first apartment. :)

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Welcome to the foyer, won’t you come inside? :)

Note: Our house is officially up on the market! Some of the photos in this tour were taken by the professional photographer for our listing photos. You can click on the photos to see the camera, lens, and settings used. Photos taken with the Canon EOS REBEL T3i are the photographer’s photos. Professional photos courtesy of Parker Studios.

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Here’s one of my photos, from when I shared our foyer makeover.

This cubby and bench are from Amazon.com.

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Howie as a puppy! One of my favorite memories in this foyer. :) He was so agreeable back then!

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A peek into the living room, the view when you step into the foyer.

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Paint Color Check: Sherwin Williams Latte.

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Breakfast area.

Paint Color Check: Sherwin Williams Jonquil

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Here’s the kitchen! There were a few more things on the counter when we lived in it :)

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The laundry room and garage is right off the kitchen. The paint color in here was colored matched to the rug, which is from Bed, Bath, and Beyond. More photos of the Laundry Room Makeover can be found here, along with a link to the rug on BB&B. It is still in stock! :)

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Here’s the master bedroom. I loved this room. I kept meaning to take photos in here, but I was just waiting on a few more “finishing touches”. The furniture in here is the Grammercy Park collection from Lane Furniture. My dad custom made the headboard and bed for us. The headboard has lights with dimmer switches and electrical outlets for phone charging built into the headboard. Underneath the bed are huge drawers for storage, two on each side. He even special ordered drawer pulls from Lane to match the furniture.

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I will have to share more details on this from the new house! :)

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On the other side of the house are the three bedrooms. The guest bedroom is in the back of the house, overlooking the backyard.

Paint Color Check: Benjamin Moore Puple Lace

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Guest bathroom.

Paint Color Check: Sherwin Williams Ryegrass

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The den.

Paint Color Check: Benjamin Moore Dill Pickle

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Ahh — and the office retreat / scrapbook room. :)

Paint Color Check: Benjamin Moore Sapphireberry

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Backyard for Miley and Howie. :)

I loved this house, and I hope the new owners will be very happy here. If you know anyone looking to buy a home in the Huntsville, Alabama area, feel free to contact us for more information! :)

Have a great weekend!

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34 Responses
  1. Debbie Turner

    I love your home, and I can tell you really put a lot of yourselves into the home. I was wondering what you used in the scrapbooking room for the paper. I am working on a scrapbooking studio and have not found something I like until this picture on Pinterest! Please share. Thanks.

  2. nicky

    Congrats on the new home :) I have an odd question; the candle holder in your old den….where in the world did you get that? I love it!

    1. Amanda

      Thanks Nicky! I got it several years ago from Pottery Barn. I remember Target had some very similar at the time as well. Hope this helps! :)

  3. little.empty.room

    Your house looks so nice. Especially your bedroom is really pretty. And the little dog is the cutest one I’ve ever seen.

  4. cakeburnette

    My sister’s Boston used to ride around in her jeans jacket pockets when he was a baby! Baby Bostons are the BEST! (and way more agreeable than grown ones) Do yours sleep with you? Do they hog the bed?

  5. Megan Z.

    WOW! Your first house was just beautiful, I’m sure it was hard to leave. I love your master bedroom, it looks like a hotel room … what a nice retreat. I also love that you aren’t afraid to use color and everything turns out so well and looks so put together! Can’t wait to see what you do with your new house!!!

  6. Bren

    What a beautiful house! I’m not sure that I could leave, lol. What I want to know, is with as busy as you are, HOW in the world does your house stay so clean? It’s just me and hubby and I just can never seem to be finished with the cleaning! It just doesn’t seem to stay clean once i’ve done it, lol.

  7. Lori

    Beautiful. The house has a great layout, and you have great choices in paint and decorating. I don’t think you will really have any problem selling it quickly!

    1. Lori

      And I have to say, I don’t know how much real estate is in your area, but where we live in Ohio your old house would go for at least $260K, and your new one would be in in the $350-379K range!

  8. Ashleigh Son

    Hi Amanda,
    All I can say is… WOW! I am jealous and I want your life sometimes. hehe. Your new house looks absolutely stunning though, so even if you miss your first one the new one has soooo much potential.
    xoxox LOVE YOUR BLOG!
    ~Sincerely, Ashleigh Son

  9. Suzanne

    Your office/scrap room was (is?) so inspiring. Sometimes, when my room was a wreck, I’d go look at the picture of yours for motivation to get things back in order, LOL. Can’t wait to see what you do with your new office and what your dad will build for your storage in there. Hope the old house wells quickly for you and that all the boxes in the new house will soon be a thing of the past.

  10. Loretta

    What a sweet home! There’s good karma so bet it will sell quickly to another family that will love it as much as you. I hear you about the dining room table. When I met my husband 38 years ago, he had his family’s 1960’s butcher block formica top/metal legs table (and one of the legs still has the duct tape around it from when he inherited it) and that’s what we moved into our first house after we got married. We kept meaning to replace it, but when you throw a tablecloth over it, you hardly notice the legs. Plus, it’s 60″ wide so can seat two on each end, and with the leaves in, can seat four on a side for a total of 12. Practical, makes a great family story, and full of so many memories of happy meals around it. And there always seems to be something more important to spend the $ on.

    Thanks for sharing the paint colors, too! That is so helpful!!

  11. Angie

    Congrats on the new house! The pictures are so pretty, and old house was so pretty too! I have to ask though, do you know the finish on your kitchen cabinets in the old house? It’s so shiny and pretty! We have the exact same style cabinets in the house we’re in now, and my husband wants them shiny!

    Thanks!

  12. joan king

    I love the scrapbook/office.. Holy Stars!! I could go in there and never come out.. Super cool.. The new house is beautiful. The bedroom colors are super cool also.. I have a question for you about fonts. If you could email me, I would love to ask you!!

    Happy Moving!! Good Luck on the sale of your current house!

    Joan

  13. Heather @ Heather's Dish

    what a beautiful house! the other one is obviously gorgeous too, but the first one always has a special place in your heart, right? and i love the paint color checks!

  14. Sue

    Beautiful home! I love the paint colors, love the peaceful, welcoming feeling the house gives. Most of all though, I appreciate the comment about the kitchen countertops! I cannot keep mine clear!

  15. sandy

    I tried to leave a comment under your new house but it would not allow it? said duplicate comment detected….so I gave up…it was the 1st comment I tried to leave,so NOT a duplicate :O((
    Congrats on the new Digs!!

  16. sandy

    Beautiful home….Looks so cozy and inviting!
    Congratulations
    I love looking at your pictures….one day I shall take a class of 2 :O))
    then I can figure out what my camera can really do…lol
    Love taking pics of our cats but it would be great if I knew what I was doing!
    ~Sandy~

  17. Brandy

    Love your first house! Such great light in your breakfast nook! Are y’all staying in huntsville or did you move out of state?

    I had to mention that we bought the gramercy park living room furniture from Lanes over 7 years ago! Love it even though the kids have done a number on it. :)

  18. Kathi

    Congratulations on your new home! Love the pics from your former home and especially your craft room. Some family will be really fortunate to move in.
    Thanks for sharing!

  19. Anele @ Success Along the Weigh

    Beautiful home and so jealous your dad is such a great woodworker! Always nice to have someone that handy in the family! Your scrapbooking room looks like my mom’s basement. :-)

  20. Caroline @ chocolate & carrots

    What a beautiful home Amanda! I bet you’ll miss it, but you’re excited for a new beginning! We’re in the process of selling our first house at the moment. Fingers crossed! ;-)

  21. SaRaH

    LOVE the bold paint choice in your Master….& 4 years ago I painted my craft room sapphireberry because your room made me so happy :) Congrats on your new home & I can’t wait to see how everything comes together in your new space!! Have a great Thursday!

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