With Jeff and I getting married in less than 6 months I think it’s natural to start thinking about the next steps in life. I mean we do want to have a family together and not be apartment living forever as I’m sure almost everyone feels. Currently we’re in the midst of hunting for a new apartment and it’s got me thinking about house hunting and what exact I want in our first home (engaged or not, I would never buy a home with a man who isn’t legally my husband as of yet! Personal Preference). My mother has constantly told me to be realistic because our first home won’t be our forever home but there are certainly things I have always and will always want! I’ve composed some photos of home décor and home trends/styles that I really love and thought why not share some ideas I have tucked away for when we purchase our first home!
The Home Itself
To start I would love to have a minimum of 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms – I don’t anticipate wanting company to stay the night with us (I’m not big on people staying in my space) but would love to have 2 bedrooms for children or a child and perhaps home office. My favorite style of home is the cottage style which is a big change from the Mediterranean style I’ve been obsessed with for so many years. The more I watch Joanna and Chip Gaines on Fixer Upper the more I fall in love with the Boho Farmhouse look. I’ve got a Future Home Pinterest board that is completely filled with photos of Charming Cottage Styles homes, with Gorgeous White Brick, Wrap Around Porches and little details that you’ll see in photos below.
Time Spent in the Kitchen
My Dream kitchen is definitely that same farmhouse style to match the house! I love an open concept all one story living space. Growing up in my parent’s home the open concept allowed for my mother to be in the kitchen during big family and friend gatherings while still being able to socialize. Although I don’t want people feeling like they can just come into town and stay with us, I do want to have the option to entertain as I’m huge on BBQs, game nights and event just cocktails with friends, and having a large kitchen space (and killer outdoor space) is really great in accommodating that want. Beyond just a large and open kitchen, I ideally want a large island for the family (future kiddos) to eat breakfast at and the friends to congregate around while having cocktails and the idea of wooden beams over the kitchen is very appealing to me (I’ve seen this in a friends home and it was stunning)! Large windows to let in natural light, a farmhouse sink, and either wooden floors with a great patterned back splash or fun tiled floors with a super simple backsplash!
Let’s Have Some Fun Out Back
Another thing that I would love in our first home but definitely has to be in our forever home is a great outdoor space. I’ve followed Helena of Brooklyn Blonde through her home reno and particularly her backyard (article here) and immediately thought what a beautiful space. I would love to have a space where friends and kids can relax, have a glass of wine and just converse. Living in Orlando, I’m sure many would love a pool but truthfully I’m not that into it (we can just drive over to the beach), I would love some cute and comfy seats, perhaps a fire pit, outdoor kitchen type of situation, great lights and a fun and relaxing vibe all in one!
What are some things that mean the most to you when house hunting and what trends are we both loving?