New Homeowners


Hi Everyone!

You read the title right: REB and I are new homeowners!!

Not official until you have the key!

It’s the most exciting feeling ever! We closed on Thursday of last week and we took great advantage of the long weekend to move items into the new house and start painting!

But first, let’s do a quick round up for What I Ate Wednesday! Remember to head over to Jenn’s blog if you want to join the party!

Here are the highlights:

Clockwise we have: a vegetarian version of bagel and lox (no lox) – tomato, cream cheese, capers, red onion no toasted whole wheat bagel (YUM!); a yummy veggie pita packed full with sprouts, sunflower seeds and veggies;  Thai for lunch on closing day: tofu, veggies, spring roll; and celebrating the new house with mojitos and yummy Mexican food! Not a bad week of eats!

So onto the fun part: Updates and some pics of the new digs!
Our house is located within Ann Arbor city limits, close enough to a highway for REB to commute to Dearborn, and still on the same bus line I take to work downtown – WIN. It’s located in a cute neighborhood!

Pretty and ours for the next 30 years! lolz

We met some of our neighbors over the weekend and they’re all so nice and welcoming. Turns out one of them golfs with a few people I work with here, so that’s kind of cool :)

Since our apartment was remodeled (kitchen and bathrooms) not long ago, all our kitchen stuff was already packed in boxes. And since we weren’t going to be painting cabinets or anything, we decided to go ahead and move and unpack the kitchen first – glad we did!

Kitchen before - we put on a first coat of paint over the weekend!

A gas range! SQUEE!! All the appliances are relatively new, too! Double SQUEE! We want to re-do the counters and the cabinets down the road. In the mean time, we might just update the hardware on the cabinets to give it a new look for a lower cost. We did start painting the kitchen, too! I’ll post a pic once it’s all done. The nice thing is that we were finally able to unpack all the wedding stuff we got and throw out the old stuff. Now all the new stuff is packed away in the kitchen. And I also get one of these:

I’m a nerd and get a little cabinet for all my blogging dishes and stuff! I’m pretty thankful I have a hubby who understands my weirdness for taking food photos.

The one thing I love about our house is the backyard. The previous owners did a beautiful job with the landscaping and kept it pretty low maintenance. Luckily, my brother-in-law studied landscape architecture, so he’s going to come visit us and give us the 4-1-1 on everything that’s growing and how to take care of it. We also negotiated patio furniture into the contract, which is beautiful!

Ants helping the peonies open up in the backyard

One of the first days there, our friend came over and we enjoyed some bubbly on the deck!

Happy hubby :)

One thing I wasn’t prepared for, was the amount of time we’d spend in Lowes. I think we made about 5 or 6 trips there in two days over the weekend. We wanted to get a head start on the painting though!

Cart of fun!

I’ve never painted before. Well, I’ve painted in art class as a kid, but I’ve never painted as far as homes go. I didn’t realize the amount of work that goes into it! But it is sort of fun just because we get to make it entirely our own!

Taped off, tarps down!

And it seemed no matter what precautions I took, I couldn’t keep paint off me.

I think the color suits me, don’t you? ;)

Well, we have a long way to go before it’s all complete, but I just can’t wait to start decorating and making it a home! It’s a big step, and we’ve been looking for a long time, and we’re both just so thrilled and excited to finally have a house! Gryff will finally get a yard!

I’ll be sure to keep updates on here as we’re moving, unpacking, painting and decorating!

Any homeowners out there who have tips for us newbs?
Would love to hear from you! 

17 thoughts on “New Homeowners

  1. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    The house is GORGEOUS, Aparna! I just bought my first home a little over a year ago. Such an amazing feeling when you first set foot in YOUR new home! You guys are totally making me feel like a slacker though with all the work you’ve been doing. My home was brand new when I bought it so painting isn’t really something I’m worried about right now (though I’m pretty sure I’ve decided that the master bedroom will be the first to get some COLOR!) but half my rooms are still empty with bare walls! Lol I’m actually hoping to get something on the living room walls this month. I bought some canvases on sale at Hobby Lobby like forever ago and plan on consulting Pinterest for some inspiration…totally addicted to that site!

    Love the “blog cabinet”! I have one too…only twice that size! oops!

    Um, hello?! How can you tell us that the patio furniture is so nice that you’re willing to negotiate it and then NOT show us?? I demand a picture! ;)

    My only tip is not to overwhelm yourself with getting everything done at once…if the stress of that doesn’t get to you, the lightness of your wallet WILL! Haha…oy!

    1. Aparna B. Post author

      Thanks Heather!! We are so excited and we’ve been busily trying to get all the painting done for the big move of furniture this weekend! Crazy! I can’t wait to make my first meal in the kitchen XD lol

    1. Aparna B. Post author

      Hi Jamie!! Thanks for stopping by! Yup, my hubby and I are both vegetarians :) And thank you! We are very excited about the house :D

    1. Aparna B. Post author

      Thanks Andrea!! <3 I’m so excited! YES! My hubs had to remind me to take before pics before we started painting. I was too excited and forgot lol.

  2. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    Congratulations!!! That is so exciting. I have gas stove envy. :)

    Tips: don’t be afraid to try things – accent walls, DIY projects, etc. And always ask the guys at Home Depot for tips. I’m not “handy” and they usually save me from making rookie errors. :)

    1. Aparna B. Post author

      Thanks Laura! Those are excellent tips! We only painted two rooms completely (sans ceiling though) – main room and kitchen. For the other rooms we’re doing accent walls just so there’s some color without being overbearing or making us tired LOL Can’t wait to post more pics to share with all of you! ^_^ <3

  3. sarah @ sarah learns

    wheee!!! congratulations! :) it looks wonderful! can’t wait to see how the kitchen turns out after painting.

    i have to admit that i am beyond jealous of you right now. i can’t wait to have our own house!

    1. Aparna B. Post author

      Thanks Sarah! It is very exciting…though tiring. My arms are hurting like hell from all the painting, but hey! Getting a quasi-workout in while painting, packing, moving and unpacking is A-OK with me! Have you and your hubs been looking for a house?

  4. Hannah@mindrunningwild

    oh my! There is nothing as exciting as having your own house!! You must be thrilled and by the looks of your faces, you are!
    I love the looks and sounds of the house though. Great kitchen and it is a little funny to see the sink on the outside part like that haha

    1. Aparna B. Post author

      Thanks Hannah!! We are beyond excited :) It’s a huge (and expensive) step, but it was time for it to happen. I do find it funny the sink is there too LOL. But the kitchen actually flows quite nicely!


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