What Makes a House Into a Home (1st house)?

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This has actually been the most accurate statement for me in this past year.  I once thought that I had moved a lot back in 2013 when I moved 4 times.

Back then I was in my early 20’s and was getting reacquainted to being on my own.  It was both an exciting and terrifying time, but everyday I was finding my way.

It has been a couple of years since I have done any real decorating.  In this past year (well, maybe 2) my style has been very minimalist because it was practical.  And also, once we got cats it became nearly impossible to have nice things.

Our 1st house:

Our 1st house was a modern 3 bedroom 3 bath with the fenced in yard and lots of bells and whistles.  I enjoyed our time here, but it was way more space than we knew what to do with.  After 6 months we decided to start renting out rooms and that made the house feel less empty and it covered our mortgage for years 🙂

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Our 1st house

These are some pictures from the day we moved in:

We also got some luxuries through the years.  Our 1st joint purchase (furniture wise) was a porch swing which we got the day after we moved in and assembled together (successfully in the dark.)

For our 1st Valentine’s day in that house we got a greenhouse and enjoyed years of gardening and growing lots of greens.

Alleyjandra, Ruby, and I used to spend hours outside in the garden.  We loved watching everything grow.

How many people can say that they have lived in every single room in their house?!?!  Through the years, we accomplished this.  It was fun to experience the different rooms depending on what was going on in that season.

Right before we got ready to sell the house we put hard flooring in downstairs and it transformed the place.

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beautiful zen space

Downstairs was also a gym and construction zone at one point.

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I loved my yoga room
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This was right before we showed the house to the family that bought it.
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I miss the baths.

If you were to ask me what I miss the most about that first house, I would say the amazing baths!

I thought that I was going to talk about all the places that I have lived in the recent years and my decorating style, but it looks like that will take more than one post.

I enjoyed giving you a tour of our first house and I hope you enjoyed it too!

Meanwhile, let’s continue this conversation?  What do you think makes a house into a home?  Is it the amount of rooms and the items inside?  Is it who you are with?  Is home a specific place or is it more of an idea?

Please comment below to share you thoughts on home and stay tuned for future home tour posts.

❤ Alana

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