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Home Tour: Our Second Home

Home Tour

Did I mention that we move a lot? It’s not on purpose, honestly. The first time we bought a house, we opened a family business 4 months later. And was that business close to home? Of course not! Hubbalicious was driving an hour and twenty minutes to work and back every day. Oh, and did I mention that it also opened the same month that we adopted D? Phew, those were tough times. So after about a year, we’d had enough and knew that the business was worth moving for, so we started the search.

We were sad to leave, (be sure and visit the tour of our first home so you can see how our tastes have changed), but we knew it was the right thing to do. We chose a little town that was halfway in between where we lived and where Hubbalicious was working, believing that it was more important to be close to family (we bought a house next door to my sister) and that a 45 minute drive really wasn’t so bad. Of course, not long after that, I started working at the family business, so now we were BOTH driving almost an hour (it wasn’t 45 minutes like we thought). It started to really take a toll on our quality family time, and despite my intense desire to stay put, I knew we needed to just bite the bullet and relocate close to the shop.

Luckily, this time we were able to qualify for a new home without selling the one we were living in. So now we have renters in there, and she gets to enjoy the home I loved so dearly. Anyway, the point of my story, is that I now have 2 houses on my list of home tours, and I don’t live in either one of them anymore. BUT, I still want them documented, and I love seeing how my tastes change. Our first home had much bolder colors than I would use now, but at the time I loved it. It’s really fun to look back and watch the transformations as the years go by.

So without further ado:

Home Tour: Our Second Home – The GC House

Home Tour Front

This was a new construction home that we built and lived in for almost exactly 1 year. We didn’t get nearly as much done to it as we had dreamed we would… but then again, we didn’t plan on moving. So, we did what we could and then moved on. The front of this house is my very least favorite thing about it. I hate the boxy 2 story look. But it was the floor plan we liked and could afford. And we learned a long time ago, that the front of the house isn’t going to bother you as much as a bad floor plan. :o)

Home Tour Front Porch


When you walk in the front door, the formal dining room is in your right. I don’t have much need for a formal dining room… but this house had one anyway. We tried to use it every now and then, but we mostly sat at the bar.

Home Tour Dining Room


I had big plans for a feature wall over there in the back of the dining room, but alas – we moved too soon. Next time! After the dining room, you walked into the main living space which was all open to the kitchen and living room.

Home Tour Kitchen - Entry


When we built the home, we didn’t pay the builder to put in upgraded flooring. We let them install the gross vinyl flooring and then we picked out what we wanted and installed it ourselves. This is a faux wood tile, with italian limestone inlays. My handy hubby and his friend who does flooring for a living installed this and it was a TON of work. It stretched all throughout our main living space. I might have heard Hubbalicious utter something about never doing that again, but I’m pretty sure he didn’t mean it. :)

Home Tour Kitchen

After the flooring was complete, we got busy on the backsplash, which was another feature we didn’t pay for through the builder. We specifically requested that they just leave it drywall with no backsplash. We used a white subway tile with the glass tile accents through the middle. I had so many more plans for this room too. All the cabinets on the refrigerator wall were going to be ripped out and replaced with open shelving, because seriously… how stupid do those cabinets look? They are like an island all on their own over there.. I hated those. I also never got bar stools (note the dining room table chairs) and most of this house was missing any sort of decor because we hadn’t gotten that far yet. Next time! :o)

Home Tour Kitchen Living Room

Then of course the kitchen goes right into the living room, and then out into the backyard. Our master bedroom is off to the left by the backdoor, and up those stairs were 3 more bedrooms, a full bathroom, and a HUGE game room/loft area.

Home Tour Living Room 2

As you can see, I didn’t get a chance to get much done as far as the walls are concerned, but even still, I loved this room. It was so comfortable and we spent a lot of time putting together those IKEA shelves that you can’t see in this picture. They were brand new and I was still loving just sitting in that room and staring at them. :o)

Home Tour Master Bedroom


There’s the master bedroom we talked about with a walk in closet and full bath. Most importantly, were 3 gigantic windows looking out into the backyard, that probably would have been replaced with french doors if we had stayed long enough. Next time! (I’m sensing a pattern here… I need to stay put.)

Home Tour Backyard

And then of course, the backyard… where our landscapers did a HORRENDOUS job on what apparently, they think are “curved garden beds.” Don’t even get me started on that fiasco.. that’s a whole post on its own, which I may or may not bore you with later. We planted 4 crepe myrtles along our back fence, and a red oak in the middle of the yard, which would someday provide awesome shade — except my renter just informed me it’s dead. So there’s that. Apparently we have boring beetles in that tree. Another separate post for another time. :o/

So there it is! The house we LOVED, but never finished. What do you think? Did you check out our guest bedroom reveal from this house? It got transformed into a room for family when they came to live with us briefly, but we sure loved that one too!

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22 comments… add one
  • Aileen August 3, 2015, 1:56 pm

    Such a GORGEOUS house! <3
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  • Jennifer Andrews August 3, 2015, 5:02 pm

    Beautiful home! I love the decor in the living room. And the garden beds don’t look bad at all, at least to my untrained eye :)
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    • Leah Sannar August 3, 2015, 6:48 pm

      Aw, thanks Jennifer! I just felt like they looked kinda notchy. Like someone just went through and cut a few random notches out. :o)

  • StephLeaMead August 4, 2015, 6:58 am

    Adore the rug in the dining room, and the cushions in your living space! So cute. <3
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    • Leah Sannar August 4, 2015, 9:49 am

      Thanks so much! I have seen that rug around on several different home décor blogs… and I smiled to myself and thought, “I must have picked a good one. WIN!” :o)

  • Mary Alice Patterson August 4, 2015, 8:14 am

    You did a beautiful job turning your house into a home while you lived there. I like the nice open floor plan. Moving gives us a chance to try new decorating ideas.
    Thank you for your lovely visit!
    Mary Alice
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    • Leah Sannar August 4, 2015, 9:50 am

      Thanks Mary! We did enjoy that floor plan aside from a few little quirks. We’re now living in a rental until we decide where we want to buy next… and my décor options are limited because my landlord is a bit of a stickler. So I’m having to be even more creative than normal! We’re just barely getting started though, so I look forward to the journey! :o)

  • Daria August 4, 2015, 10:32 am

    You have such a beautiful home, thanks for sharing!
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    • Leah Sannar August 4, 2015, 10:47 am

      Thanks Daria! I appreciate you stopping in to say hello!

  • Keating August 4, 2015, 12:41 pm

    Gorgeous home! I especially love the kitchen and backyard space. I can’t wait until we can purchase our first home. My husband is in the military so we don’t really see a point in purchasing when we move every couple years haha but at least now, we can save up for our dream home and take the time to figure out where exactly we want to settle down and live long term.

    • Leah Sannar August 4, 2015, 2:43 pm

      Thank you! Yes, we are sort of in limbo right now too. Trying to decide when to buy again and the all important question: WHERE to buy again. :) Thanks for visiting!

  • Robyn Proctor Hinkle August 4, 2015, 4:07 pm

    I really love home tours! You have a beautiful home, thanks for showing us :)
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    • Leah Sannar August 4, 2015, 5:40 pm

      Thanks Robyn, I love touring homes as well! I always get so many inspiring ideas! :o)

  • Caitlyn August 4, 2015, 4:18 pm

    Umm can I have you kitchen please?! I want to do a home reno of our kitchen. I love this! thanks for sharing :) http://xomrsslem.blogspot.com/
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    • Leah Sannar August 4, 2015, 5:41 pm

      Aw, thanks Caitlyn! I hope you were able to find some ideas for your reno! Good luck and be sure to post it, we definitely want to see!

  • Fresh, Pure, Sweet August 4, 2015, 7:19 pm

    Love your backyard and kitchen island! Congrats on a beautiful home!
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    • Leah Sannar August 4, 2015, 7:25 pm

      Thank you! We had so many ideas for the backyard, but just never got time to finish it! Maybe in our next house. :)

  • Brooke August 7, 2015, 12:43 pm

    I LOOOVE house tours! Your old home was beautifully decorated, and how fun that your sister was so close! For only being there a year I think you did a great job! Lessons learned and onto the next project! :) We’ve moved because of a terrible commute my husband had…and are considering doing it again in the next year. Those commutes are killer!

    • Leah Sannar August 7, 2015, 1:50 pm

      They really are!! It seriously cripples your quality family time. It was a hard decision, but one that I am SO GLAD we made. And we still do a pretty decent job of getting together with the family, so now it’s a win-win. I’m glad you enjoyed the house tour! I LOVE them too!! So fun that now I get to participate in them. :)

  • Ginger Smith August 26, 2015, 6:07 pm

    Gosh! Beautiful house! I love your decor and style. :)

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