we bought a house!

by Kaylah Stroup

If you aren’t following me on Instagram or Youtube, you may have missed the big news – Jeff and I bought a house. Not just any house, we bought a 150-year-old mansion!

I did a bunch of googling on the definition of a mansion but there seem to be a lot of different ideas of what qualifies a place as one. Fact is, this house is massive. The biggest one I’ve ever lived in, for sure. It also has what we assume are maid’s quarters and a back staircase from there to the kitchen so mansion it is!

Seven bedrooms, one and a half bathrooms, three and a third acres. It’s truly a slice of heaven. We’d been talking about leaving the city and buying a home for well over a year and seriously looking for around six months. It was starting to feel like we were never going to find anything… then we found this gem. It was worth the wait.

She’s a little rough around the edges but exactly what we were looking for. Any worse shape and we’d probably be in over our heads. Any better shape and we wouldn’t have been able to spend that much. This place has great bones and is ready for us to add our touches throughout. I am SO excited to finally have the freedom to do whatever I want to a house.

Wonderful built ins in our bedroom.

My future office.

The living room.

Moving into a house that needs a bit of work in basically every room is super exhausting. It feels like I haven’t sat still for more than ten minutes since we got the keys. I am certainly not complaining though. I felt like we were wasting so much of our lives holed up in our apartment. We had zero outdoor space and had definitely outgrown the apartment itself. It feels amazing to have some privacy and land roam! I’m tired but literally couldn’t be happier.

I’m trying my best to document everything that’s going on here. I’m taking lots of before photos and filming snippets of the work. I definitely plan on sharing the journey with y’all! (So, by all means, if you have any house content video requests – lemme know!)

I’m so excited to see how it’s all looking in another couple of weeks. There will be projects for years to come but I am READY! Hope you’re excited to follow along! xoxo

I’m writing this post from our front porch, snuggled up under a fuzzy blanket. There’s a cool fall breeze rustling the tree in front of me. I can hear a rooster off in the distance. I was more than excited to get out of the city but I think I severly underestimated just how much I missed having outdoor space. This is going to be so wonderful for my mental health.

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7 comments

Jackelyn September 29, 2020 - 10:16 am

Congratulations! The house is amazing! Good luck with the renovations!

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Angela TolsmA September 29, 2020 - 11:02 am

Congrats! So excited to see how you turn this lovely mansion into a home!

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Sian September 29, 2020 - 11:31 am

Wow, wow, WOW! What an incredible place – with so much possibility! How exciting. I can’t wait to see what you do with the place! Again, WOW!

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B September 29, 2020 - 2:05 pm

Congrats! What an amazing place!

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Eni October 1, 2020 - 5:57 am

Congrats on the new house ♥

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Franee October 1, 2020 - 5:07 pm

Oh my goodness!!! I AM IN LOVE! Congratulations! What a meaningful incredible buy! Big sucker for the lighting and brick!
Enjoy!

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Diane kroPko January 12, 2021 - 8:41 pm

Beautiful old mansion. Love love love the colors you painted with! Congratulations

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