Hang Your Hat

by Courtney Sirotin on July 21, 2012

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Greetings! Its been a few days since I’ve been able to blog, and boy have I missed it! I am so excited to share some pictures of my NEW HOME!

In case you missed it, here’s a little backstory on our move: Jason, Dylan and I own a house in Cartersville, Georgia, which is nice but nearly and hour from Jason’s work and the town is fairly limited in terms of entertaining a child day after day. We decided to move to a rental house in Smyrna, Georgia, which is closer to Jay’s work (less than ten minutes!) and rent out the house we own in Cartersville with the hope of eventually selling it. It was complicated to sort everything out, but we did, and so last month I took Dylan to New Hampshire to visit with my family while Jay coordinated and executed our move. We planned it this way because we knew it would be hard to do a move with Dylan underfoot and it would be less traumatic for him to leave his house if he had time away from it first.

All that is to explain how I found myself in the unconventional situation of getting off a plane in Atlanta and driving to a new house that had been fully organized and decorated without my two cents. I think most women would have a hard time having zero input into the look and feel of their house, but not me. I know my strengths and weaknesses and interior design in not a strength. Also, Jay enjoys the moving process and setting up a new house, so it worked out for both of us!

So now, I share with you snapshots of my new house just moments after I saw it for the first time. I’ll provide thoughts and commentary along the way.

First, the exterior front:

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And exterior back:

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I love that we have a safe yard with nice green grass (so unlike our old house). I’m not an HGTV person so I apologize for using the wrong terminology, but there is a square concrete slab outside the back door that is perfect for setting up a water table (Dylan’s current favorite activity) because it reduces mud.

We are really in an ideal spot in the neighborhood because everything is right nearby. We can easily walk to the pool and tennis courts and the community also has a playground and lake for fishing, both of which are directly across from our house.

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Back to the house. The first floor boasts a master bedroom, master bathroom, sitting area, dining area, half bathroom, kitchen, laundry room and a couple closets.

The front door:

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And just to the left of it, the dining area:

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Across from the door is a sitting area:

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Jay surprised me with all new furniture in this room. If you had asked me if I wanted black chairs I would have said “no,” but the second I saw them, I fell in love.

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Across from the sitting area is a staircase and beyond that is the kitchen:

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I’m so happy the cabinets are white! I love white in kitchens!

Jay designed the kitchen to look like a diner! Unfortunately, the retro diner-style table and chair set he ordered hasn’t been delivered yet, but I’ll show you the rest of the space:

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(I’ll also show you the finished product once the table gets here.)

Exiting the kitchen you can see the master bedroom on the opposite side of the house:

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Jay had to merge two sets of furniture into the master bedroom, so one side has brown furniture and the other has black. This felt a little weird to me at first, but now that I’m used to it I think it works.

Black furniture:

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Brown furniture:

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This is a classic example of how sometimes it better to just let one person do something rather than have a back and forth discussion, because if I had been a part of the move I know I would have made a big deal about not combining both sets of furniture and we probably would’ve ended up doing something drastic like selling it all off and buying a new bedroom set, but since I wasn’t there Jay just did what he felt like and I’m totally okay with it!

Here’s part of the master bathroom:

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Not pictured on the first floor is my closet, the shower in the master bathroom and a second bathroom off the kitchen.

Shall we go upstairs?

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(Yes, I am aware this a picture leading downstairs. I don’t have one going up.)

The upstairs holds Dylan’s room, the living room, an office/exercise/guest room, a storage room and a third bathroom. There’s also an open hallway that looks out over the bottom level.

Dylan’s room:

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The living room is large and very comfy. It feels like a cave.

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There’s even a bar and sink in the corner.

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And one of the many play stations for Dylan scattered throughout the house.

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Here’s the office/guest room/exercise room:

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And lastly, the hallway that overlooks the bottom level:

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Here’s what you see if you look down:

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I’ve been here a few days and have a few thoughts on the new house and the move in general:

1) There are a lot of things in this house that are similar to our old house, only better. I thought I would miss our old house more than I do. I am used to moving at this point in my life but I’m still surprised by how quickly I can move on from the place I last left.

2) Having Jay’s office so close to home is going to be so healthy for our family. Its been fun having him pop in and out during the day! He has much more flexibility with his schedule now and I can tell we will be seeing a lot more of each other, which is awesome!

3) Dylan likes it here. Jason filled the house with new toys and Dylan is still discovering them, but even more than that, you can tell that Jay designed it with Dylan’s needs and wants in mind. There are play areas all around and everything feels safe. He can navigate the stairs on his own and for whatever reason it just seems like he is safer here! Maybe it’s the layout?

4) The garage door is right off the kitchen so when I come home with groceries all I have to do is step out of my car and into the kitchen. At the old house I had a very long, steep flight of stairs. No stairs = luxurious. I used to put off buying heavy and/or bulky things like toilet paper and clothing detergent, but not anymore!

5) I love my husband. For reals. He did such an amazing job creating a warm, safe (again!) and fun house for our family! I’m looking forward to enjoying this space with him and Dylan. I’m also looking forward to having more to DO in this town!

As always, I’ll keep you posted!

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RUSS July 22, 2012 at 3:21 am

Looks nice guys! Nice that we got a Saturday update to! Great pics! Love you, Russ

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DONNA July 23, 2012 at 1:28 am

Wow! I love your new home! It looks so spacious, yet warm, comfortable and inviting. And the location sounds perfect. It looks like Jay did a great job decorating! The outside looks like a lot of fun for your whole family. Thank you so much for sharing the pictures. I am so happy for you and am really looking forward to my next visit! I miss you and love you all so much!

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