After five years of moving every few months, we finally decided it was time to settle down somewhere. If I’m being completely honest, the house made the decision for us. When the most perfectly weird house comes on the market, you have to put an offer on it. Right?
We were casually looking at houses, not expecting to find anything so quickly. We wanted three bedrooms, two baths, an open concept living/dining, a large lot, and a garage. Pretty typical, but Spencer kept urging for something “weird.” He used that word specifically. It needed to be weird. So when my mom texted me the listing to a house underground, my jaw dropped.
I remember feeling sick to my stomach with excitement while I waited for Spencer to come home to show him. It felt like this would be our home. Within four hours of the house being posted, I had called a realtor and we were headed to view it. It had everything we wanted in a home and so much more. A fireplace, built-ins, open shelving, an arched saloon style door, huge windows, and of course a secret door. It felt like an AirBnB. Somewhere so cool you would only stay there for a vacation. Spencer fell in love immediately. He kept saying “I’ve always dreamed of having a secret door in my house.” To be truthful, I left feeling a little unsure. The yard was overgrown and there was no grass for Nova to run in. The roof needed some work. I just wasn’t as sure as Spencer was.
The house was too cool to pass up though. We had an offer in the next day and so did a few other people. It was a long, long day as we waited to see if our offer was accepted or not. It was! Thankfully, a lot of the concerns I had about the house had been fixed by the seller by the time we moved in.
We’re even more in love with the house now. There is an immense sense of comfort and joy knowing we don’t have to move any time soon or keep our things in a storage unit. We spend almost all our free time working on projects. With the help of family and friends, we’ve pressure washed, painted, built furniture, and cleared trees. I’ve also spent a lot of time on FB Marketplace and thrift stores trying to find perfect items (on a budget) to fill the house with.
Nova absolutely loves the yard. She could stay out there all day and chase squirrels. The first time she actually saw the house, she not only peed but pooped inside! She has been house trained for almost a year now, so it was so strange! I guess she thought “This is my house!”
While I work on decorating and styling the home, I figured I would share a few photos while the house was still empty. I didn’t take these with the intent of posting, so they aren’t the best quality! I hope you enjoy them anyways.
This chandelier wasn’t my favorite, so it’s already been changed out. How do you like the giant mural though? It’s growing on us.
My least favorite rooms are definitely the bathrooms, but they work! So they will stay the same for the time being.
Here’s a little peak into my home decor inspiration. I’m not sure what the exact design style is called, but it feels like a home in the Desert/Southwest/Joshua Tree. White walls, exposed beams, archways, natural wood, warm tones, and saltillo tiles can be found in this ‘style.’ The house is naturally leaning in this direction, it just needs a little push. I can’t wait to share with y’all how I decorate each room!