Monday, October 19, 2009

Our new home!!

Welcome to the Pearsons!!!! While we were in Iowa, we were greatly anticipating any news that may come with the house we had in escrow. It was a short sale, so needless to say, there are many unknowns, ups, downs and straight up disappointments that come on a daily basis. We prayed and prayed that this would be the house God would give us... and sure enough---He is faithful and provided an "above and beyond" gift that we did not deserve. The house was built in 1988 and the previous owners bought the house in 2005 and started a complete renovation in 2006. They did not cut any corners on high end materials including 42" rustic alder wood cabinetry throughout the home, 5 1/2" panel Brazilian Cherry wood floors, wrought iron spindle staircase and cherry wood steps, granite countertops throughout kitchen, built-in office area and every bathroom... it's just a dream come true!! We would have never been able to do a $100,000 renovation, so we are SO thankful that someone else did it and we were able to buy it! I know this market/economy has caused much devastation in so many ways, but in this case, buying a home we wouldn't normally be able to buy was a giant blessing. 

Here is the entry---and you are being greeted by our sweet, 11 year old, gorgeous Pit Bull, Marli. Chance has raised her since she was just a few weeks old. I am now a proud step-mother and she is a shameless mama's girl :)

Tis the season... I plan on changing this arrangement with the seasons :)
Living Room Sectional... very comfy.
From behind the couch looking towards the front door..
One of my favorite views of the inside... you can see all the beautiful details..
The dining room and my housewarming gift from my mom... I was DYING for this chandelier and couldn't wait to put it up. It was fairly inexpensive (comparatively) but shipped in 1,000s of tiny pieces... We put it together in shifts and took probably 8-9 hours total. Totally worth it. And when I was out of town, shooting a wedding, Chance and our friend, Scott completed the installation and even put it on a dimming system!! Wahooo!! Sexy mood lighting!
I love green and navy together :) And these mugs??? Casual china from Macy's that Chance and I originally registered for, but I kinda had a small heart attack when I saw the price... around $25 PER MUG! I know, you register for things you wouldn't normally buy for yourself and of course my life is contradictory in so many ways... (Chance would now remind me of my latest camera upgrade and how much it cost us) But you know... perspective is everything. So, I immediately thought of starving children and took the mugs off the registry.... and I was totally ok with it. 1 month after we got married, I was doing some GOODWILL shopping (for photography props) and walked down the dishes aisle. Lo, and behold---a set of 4 before my eyes. Same brand... straight from Macy's. $1 each. I shrieked and ran to the checkout counter like someone was watching me and about to steal them out of my hands. 

Part of the kitchen and view into the dining room.

Long view of one side of the kitchen... the built in office in on the end by the sliding glass door..
The undone fireplace room.. the fireplace is to the left :) and that is the door to the laundry room.
I love exposed brick... and we're a little premature on our Christmas decorations.. I put them up to show Chance and get his approval and ended up leaving them for now.. We want to really do this place up for Christmas, so I'm sure I'll take more photos when we do!
The undone guest room.. and attached bathroom (not pictured)
The master bedroom!!
The sliding glass door to the back patio and our patio furniture "end of the season" deal we got at Home Depot. In the back yard, though not quite finished, we have a lime, grapefruit, orange and pear tree!!!!
Of course, this is all a work in progress, but with as much character is in this house already through the renovations, it is easy to give it a clean, polished look! We are so grateful and welcome visitors!! :)