If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you may know that we recently closed on a vacation home up in Flagstaff! My husband has been going up to Flag every summer with his family since he was little and I have been going with him ever since we met in college. We always have talked about one day having a place up there to retreat to and maybe one day having a place at the beach, too. I am happy to report that one of the dreams has been realized! While we were there this summer, we decided to do a little browsing and get a feel for the market. We looked at house that had just come on the market. It had the perfect location and unique floorplan. We know a thing or two about jumping on an opportunity and the timing was right, so we made an offer! Flagstaff is only a 2.5 hour drive from where we are, but it’s night and day from Phoenix. It’s perfect for a summer getaway to get out of the Phoenix heat, but also perfect for winter because it is great for skiing and playing in the snow. It is about time that our Arizona babies see snow. (They haven’t ever been in snow!) Crazy, especially since I grew up in Orchard Park, New York and was born right after a blizzard. So not only will we be excited to spend time this winter up there, but it will be such a new, exciting experience for them. Every summer we spend at least a week in Flagstaff with our family and cousins and it is so relaxing. We sleep in, enjoy a big breakfast, swim, bowl, play games, and cuddle in and watch movies. Now, we will have a lot more space for everyone and can use the house whenever we need a little getaway. Can you tell I’m just a little excited?
So, before we can enjoy our new vacation home….guess what it needs? A total remodel! You might cringe at that word, but I scream “Yipppeee!”. Since we’ve been in our current home for nearly two years now (longest ever!), I’ve been having a serious itch for a new decorating project. I have a few things I’m dreaming about for our house, but first my time will be dedicated to working on the vacation home. For the past few weeks, I’ve been obsessed with searching for kitchen design, flooring, furniture and decor. My husband and I have been debating on a few big items, but this weekend we made some big decisions so the demo is going to start really soon. Here are some of the ideas I’ve gathered on the web and Pinterest. You can follow my House in the Pines board on Pinterest and let me know what you think of ideas I’m finding!
I will be blogging about our progress on both the remodel and all of the decorating. I hope you will join me on this journey and enjoy seeing it all come together! I mean, who doesn’t love seeing some good before and after photos?!
PS. The logo I created at the top of this post is a peek of one of my latest Shutterfly projects and you’ll be seeing the design used on a decor item soon!
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