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!