our empty house tour

before the movers arrived on wednesday i rushed around our new house trying to get a few shots of it empty…the calm before the storm.  i know it will never look this way again so i wanted to remember the feeling of the emptiness and crisp white modernism. 

the view from our bedroom really can’t be beat. pool, mountains, beautiful landscaping and lots of bird watching! (it’s a shame we don’t have a cat, really) more after the jump.  i am so excited to share!

the master bath is my dream come to life: double shower heads, teak flooring, hidden drain, connected to an outdoor shower. there’s a gate in the outdoor shower that’s accessible from outside, so you can hop out of the pool, shower and then come inside all clean and refreshed! it’s brilliant.

this view from the living room shows the entry way to the house and the hallway that leads to the bedrooms/baths. i’m having a little bit of a hard time figuring out how i want to decorate it (remember our old home tour here?)  i think i want to go in a brighter, more modern direction with the decor. but i’d still like pops of color and textural/bohemian accents.  more on that later… we need to save some pennies before we can start that process.  in the meantime we’ll be working with what we have and i’ll keep you updated.

the living room facing the other way..towards the kitchen and lou’s office. you can see where it’s wired for a tv.  we’re thinking of putting built-ins there to make it cozier, house the tv and hide the speakers.

this is the view from the living room, and eventually where our couch landed. we want to replace that outdoor patio table with outdoor living furniture- i love the idea of outdoor couches, chairs and spots to lounge around (i’m even trying to convince lou that an outdoor tv would be perfect for movie nights under the stars!)

i forgot to photograph the kitchen and the two other rooms (our offices).  but i’ll get to those. i can’t wait to show you more as we start to unpack, decorate and really make this beautiful house our own! eventually we are going to build a casita (guest house) and add a garage- a construction/design project that will be a ton of fun!  a few people who deserve a gigantic thank you:

solterra development inc tore this 1955 house down to 40% of the bones and rebuilt it to the beauty you see here. they were 98% completed with construction when we purchased it and then were kind enough to make a few changes per our request.  they have been brilliant to work with, professional, kind, and you can see the pride they put into their projects reflected in every amazing detail of this house. i cannot recommend them highly enough.

michael langham – i think he has to be the best damn real estate agent west of the mississippi.  if he hadn’t held our hands (with so much patience) through every step of this process i wouldn’t have made it through to this happy ending. he found us our dream home within our budget and worked tirelessly with us to make it all happen.  if you’re looking for a home in palm springs, i promise you will love him.

our family and friends- your support of us, as always, is what gets us through the days. we love you endlessly and are incredibly grateful to have you in our lives.  all the love in the world to you.

to all of YOU: thanks so much for your kind words and excitement for us, it has made the whole experience that much more fun and exciting.  i am hugely appreciative that you follow along with us and beyond happy to have an internet community to share this with. big x’s & o’s.

a big fat NO THANK YOU to wells fargo who made our loan process so stressful and operate with such unimaginable unprofessionalism that i was on the verge of a nervous breakdown. (i do not recommend working with them under any circumstances!) they took 7 weeks to close with a file that our officer said was clean and perfect (and we had a 4 week escrow- those extra 3 weeks were insanely stressful!). i have heard that all of the banks are notoriously difficult to work with right now, if i had a do-over i would ask around for recommendations on a private mortgage broker and save myself some headaches.

moving on from the well fargo yuckiness.  we feel incredibly fortunate and grateful for where we landed here in palm springs and are looking forward to lots of new adventures!  thanks so much for reading!

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  1. kathleen frank|

    so gorgeous! i am just dying over the crisp white color and wood accents. love the white wood rafters! amazing place, you are going to have so many adventures there!

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  2. maggie|

    The concrete floors & teak shower floor – I'm DYING!
    Congrats you two – you earned it & deserve it! :*

    **Pu-lease share your kitchen!!! ;)

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  3. Krysta|

    DAAAANG girl! What a beautiful place to call home! Can't wait to see how you guys decorate. And if you ever need to refinance your place I have a dream of a mortgage guy!

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  4. kiko|

    congratulations! you guys did it! what an amazing house you've found. can't wait to see you add your touch to it. xoxo

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  5. Autumn|

    WOW your new home gorgeous and is also what I'd consider my dream home! Love it!! and I loved where you were living before so I can't wait to see how you decorate your new home. Congrats and good luck!

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  6. dana|

    What a fabulous spot you found! How lovely to have a HOME you can call your own!
    I look forward to seeing how you decorate it… :)

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  7. raya|

    It's gorgeous. We talk about going to lunch and you up and move to Palm Springs!! I bet you could convince Annie & I to drive out to check out your new house. Just sayin'. I'm extremely excited for you – love the white walls and those floors. Look forward to the decorating updates. xoxo

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  8. Kate|

    What an amazing home – congratulations! I'm just a little bit jelly of that outdoor shower (actually the whole house)!

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  9. sarah yates|

    thank you SO much everyone! i can't wait to take you along the decorating ride with us! :)

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  10. melissa|

    I am so excited to see what you do with the place.
    I am almost as giddy as if it were my home.

    I hope it is filled with nothing but love, laughter, health and happiness!!!
    <3.

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  11. Jessica|

    oh my lands… that house is a dream space! So clean, and open, and with genius little details! I want to run around in that master shower right. this. second!
    Good luck with the next couple of chapters, I can't wait to follow along!
    xx
    Here&Now

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  12. Linda|

    so clever of you to take these pictures, it already looks amazingly cool and SO spacious!! can't wait to see it decorated though ;)
    you guys must feel on top of world…
    wish you tons of fun there!
    x linda

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  13. Linn|

    Wow. This house is amazing! I really like the living room. And the dining room. And the pool. Please share some pictures once you've furnished it.

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  14. Molly|

    Oh my gosh your house is BEAUTIFUL! Can I move in with you? haha just kidding that's creepy but seriously I love the modern design. It is literally a blank slate with all the white. Have fun decorating! I hope the move is running smoothly.

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  15. lisa|

    Oh, those floors! I'm a designer and try to incorporate polished concrete as much as I can…being on the east coast it is often a hard sell. But think of all the fun you can have with area rugs! Can't wait to see what you do with such a blank slate!

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  16. sarah yates|

    thanks so much everyone! @lisa i'm actually at a decorating block! maybe it's because it's TOO much of a blank slate, i've never lived in a home like this and i feel like none of what we currently have really fits. yikes! i'm sure we'll figure it out, we have all the time in the world to get settled…. :)

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  17. Casey Lynn|

    This looks amazing!! Congratulations! Have so much fun decorating the place and adding the love that makes a house a home!!!

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  18. A.Co|

    Your place is BEAUTIFUL!! I looooove the floors and the views are stunning! I wish I lived in a warm climate year 'round, how beautiful it would be!!

    PS – came here through your new couch post–which is amazing, by the by!–and love what you've done thus far :)

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