A New Beginning

Eeek!!  I have something VERY exciting and AH-mazing to share with you guys!  WE BOUGHT OUR FIRST HOUSE!!!


The past week has been super busy, exhausting, exhilarating, exciting (a lot of EX’s, huh?!) … pretty much every emotion you can imagine.  We received the keys a couple Fridays ago and, I’m not going to lie, it wasn’t pretty.  This house needs an extensive reno.  From top to bottom.  I knew we had a lot of work (reluctantly) going into it, but hubby was all “it’s a piece of cake!”.  Fast forward to key handoff day, hubby was all “oooooh, this is going to take A LOT of work”.  Do I say “I told you so” now or…??  Ha!


Since we’ve taken possession of the house, we’ve had several contractors walk through, numerous quotes to go over and a few redos of our expanding reno costs that are not really matching our budget.  All in all, we’ve pretty much gutted the entire house.  And did I mention that we’re scheduled to move in at the END OF THE MONTH??!!


So you can probably imagine, I’m going Pinterest crazy.  There isn’t a room I haven’t thought about, a paint colour I haven’t been indecisive about, or a floor plan I haven’t agonized over.  Not to mention the many, many little mistakes and misteps along the way.  Demolishing and renovating a 3,000 sq ft house is no joke and it’s definitely not for the faint of heart.  Here are my favourite pins so far:




Source:  House & Home



Source:  Pinterest



Source:  Style Me Pretty



Source:  Decoholic



Source:  Laine and Layne



Source:  The Life Creative



Source:  Design Love Fest



Source:  ID Homes



Source:  Becki Owens



Source:  My Domaine



Source:  Lark and Linen



Source:  Domino


We’re still in the bare bones of getting the house ready, but these inspiration photos are getting me SO excited for what’s to come! Make sure you follow along on our house reno project in real time on Snapchat (kristina.cross) and IG Stories on Instagram (@theswanksocial).  Can’t wait to show you guys the final product!





Cover image source:  HGTV

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