Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Presenting Casa de Larios

Yay! The day is finally here! I have been looking forward to doing this post since the day that we signed the papers are were handed the keys to our beautiful new home.

I'm so proud of how far my husband and I have come in the 7 years of our marriage. We have always dreamed of owning our own home but, honestly, didn't think it would happen for a while. There were just so many different factors since the day we said, "I do" that prevented us from taking that much wanted (and needed!) step.

The least of which is the long road we had to walk to finally sign those papers and obtain those keys; which you can read all about here if you haven't already.

However, it's finally happened!

We signed those papers, got those keys and (at 10:00 at night because I just couldn't wait a second longer) moved all of our belongings into the little gray house we now call home!

It's taken me a month to unpack and get everything put away so that it looks like a home and not a warehouse but I'm finally ready for share it!

Presenting (with much pleasure) Casa de Larios!

Of course our happy moving day had to be snowy and rainy. But that didn't stop us! As you can see, we stood in that mess smiling like we were at sunny Disney world. 

Let's begin our home tour by walking into the front entrance/living room area... 

When you walk in if you look to the left you see into my living room and my baker's rack which I decided to reuse it as a shelf instead because it didn't work well in my new kitchen dining room area.

If you look to the right you can see straight back into the kitchen and out the back door. This is also the entryway into my hall.

If you proceed through the living room... will end up in the dining room, office space, and the entrance to the kitchen. Which are all pretty open to each other and the living room.


The little nook where the office area now resides is actually supposed to be an entrance to the second story. But when the house was built they chose to only do the ground level. Which is nice, but leaves this weird little nook. So I had to do some serious brainstorming to decide what to do with that area.

 From there we enter into the kitchen (which is a long walk)...

After completing your walk through the kitchen and around the corner you end up back at the front door/entrance to the hall. Where I grew up we called this a "gidget" race track, in honor of my little brother (whose nickname was gidget). 

So yes, I have a gidget race track and my boys use it that way...often.

 From there we can take a stroll down the hallway. 

The first entrance to the left is the boys/guest bathroom...

It's a little out dated but that's an easy fix that you'll have to be on the look out for in the future. She gets the job done. (Ha!)

Almost across the hall from the guest bathroom is not only the smallest bedroom but also belongs to the smallest member of the Larios familia, Liam.

Next to Mr. Liam's room located at the very end of the hallway is the dwelling place of our oldest (and surprisingly quietest) son, Tyler. 

(He REFUSED to allow me to pick up his trains for the picture taking so....there they are! Brat.)

As you can clearly see, my boys have several items in their bedrooms that match. 

This is the first time in their little lives that they haven't shared a bedroom (and it's been amazing!), so they were given matching everything in order to keep things looking nice. Which has actually helped with making the house look nice. Yay!

Next room in the Casa de Larios is probably my favorite room in the house. And I say favorite in the loosest of terms because I LOVE everything about my house. But how can a Momma NOT love the room where her bed resides...the master bedroom!

Within the Master bedroom we got a surprise, which completely sold itself in my opinion. The Master bathroom! (Which, yes, I spend a lot of time in.)

I know it's just a bathroom. (A badly decorated, floral mess of a bathroom) but it's clean and I'm in love with the fact that I don't have to share a sink with my children. 

I love them to death but the globs of toothpaste on the sink were going to be my undoing! Have you ever tried washing your face using a towel that with a mysterious toothpaste stain that came out of nowhere? Nastiness. 

I know from the outside it doesn't look like much but our little house is the perfect starting point for many years of happiness. With the white walls and no structural issues we will be able to dream big and do everything we could ever have wanted! 

And it gives me a great excuse to indulge in my pinterest addiction. 



  1. It looks great - you have really made it a home

  2. Wow! Kendra! Congrats to you both and your entire family! I must say, you are quite an amazing writer; moreover, you have a real knack for decorating too! Even though it's your first home, and you note you need to do some updating, I think it's simply wonderful and such a great start. This home surely has potential. With your great ideas and decorating abilities, I see your first home giving you much joy and well deserved happiness. I'm so glad to see you have grown into such a thoughtful, beautiful woman: mother and wife. Your husband and children are truly blessed. Best of luck to you both! You don't need it though, because you have found something so special many folks in life never do... Being happy with yourself and building a good life full of love for the boys. As they grow...they will know what a great mom they have and learn from your values. Good luck to you guys. Btw. Craig did some amazing things with his first house.. Took him 13 years, but he pretty much redid everything in was beautiful when he finished. Lots of hard work and dreams do pay off. Love you! Keep up the positive attitude and keep being you. Hope to see you again soon. :) love you, cousin jen

  3. Love it. Will have to stop in and see it in person soon.
    And the trains are cool, they should be in the picture. :)
    Aunt Dorothy

  4. Congratulations!! So exciting! :) Stopping by from the SITS Sharefest on Twitter.

    1. Thank you! We are very excited about the house and can't wait to starting making it over! Thanks so much for taking the time to stopping by!

  5. Congrats on your new home! It looks so very cozy and inviting! Also - Thank you so much for visiting last week and making my SITS Day extra special! I'm happy to have connected with you :)

    Hoppy Easter!


    P.S. I'd love it if you would like me on Facebook!

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I very much enjoyed visiting you myself and I'll definitely check out your Facebook. Hope your Easter was as great as mine.

  6. I love the photos! Such a neat and welcoming home. I'm happy for you and your family's new dwelling place. :)

    1. Thank you! We love our home very much and cannot wait to start making our dreams for it a reality. Thanks for stopping by on your very special SITS day! It was great to hear from you.

  7. Congrats to you guys! That's a big step. Also? YOU ARE SO CLEAN! Feel free to come tidy up my messy house anytime :)

    1. Thank-you! It certainly was a big step. One I'm glad we FINALLY made! Thought we'd never get this far. And yes, I'm pretty particular about the house staying clean. But don't worry, I'm sure it'll fade when the new-ity of home ownership wears off!!!

  8. Congrats! Thanks for giving us a tour. I always like to see how other people's houses look. Clearly I'm nosy!

    1. Thanks! Feel free to nose around. I wont tell.

  9. CONGRATS!! I love how you've set it all up, too - and it reminds me of the house I grew up in, the set up and rooms are very similar! :) And I have that exact same baker's rack - I love how you've set it up as a shelf. :) Gorgeous home - welcome to home ownership! ;)

    Uniquely Artistic Princess Nagger Part Deux

    1. I got that baker's rack when we had our apartment because there wasn't any storage. It took me a while to find use for it here, I almost got rid of it! So glad I didn't have to.


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