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We Bought a House!

New house

Well, we’re going to have to do some updates to the blog description…because we can no longer call ourselves “nomads.” My husband and I just bought our first house! That feels really weird to say, haha. Now, this doesn’t mean we’ll stop traveling by any means. It just means we’ll actually have somewhere to come home to now. 

For today’s post, I’m going to do a little tour of the house via photos! Maybe once we get more situated (and more decorations) I can do a video tour if anyone is interested.

new house

We had been looking at homes constantly over the last couple months before we came across our dream house. It’s a new construction near Appleton, Wisconsin by Executive Developers and close to our families. It has a lot of unique features! It’s a great balance between the two of us. I really like modern homes, and my husband is more a fan of rustic homes. So, this house was a great combination of our wants.

Seeing as we’ve been living out of suitcases for the last 5 1/2 years…we don’t actually own any decorations or furniture. So, the house is rather empty right now. We did buy some living room furniture after our offer was accepted, and the bedroom set we bought from the owner/builder.

We’ve decided to take our time filling it, so it’ll likely be empty for a bit yet. If it wasn’t for my mom gifting me a ton of decorations from her home and also finding some fun antiques, this house would have a total of three decorations in it I think, haha. How cool is that antique trunk and old ledger she found? We think the ledger is from a doctor’s office. We still have to spend a bit more time going through it, though. (I actually used both of these pieces in Monday’s blog post, too!)

map bedroom set

This map bedspread is the first purchase I made for the house. I’ve always wanted a map/globe theme to my house. So, I was really excited about this! Sorry, this photo is awful, though. Click here to see what it looks like on the seller’s website.

map serving tray

And my mother and father in law actually made the map serving tray you see above. How cool is that? The copper piping looks incredible! I think these two need to go into business…right?

barn beam chandelier

The barn wood beam chandelier is unlike anything I had seen before! We were both blown away by this when we walked in. The builder of the home said they had taken the wood from an old barn in Crandon, Wisconsin.


We also have a fun little area above our living room that needs some decorations. And to get up there we have a library ladder! It actually moves as well.


And we’re quite excited about the size of that kitchen, as you can see.

living room

A big thank you to Commercial Silk International for sending me these lovely silk plants as well. Our home looks so much better with a little green inside! Their plants look incredibly real! (I actually had a couple people ask if they were, especially for that aloe plant.) And silk plants are exactly what I need as I can’t keep anything alive…


Wahoo! And I actually have an office now! No more working from the kitchen table, haha. I did order a chair too, which is supposed to come today.

And my second and third purchases for the home were my T. Rex planter and a zero maintenance flower terrarium, haha. I can have a plant that requires no maintenance AND it’s alive! How about that?

And holy moly! We are super excited about our master bathroom! Double vanities are the key to a successful marriage in my opinion, haha. And everyone’s favorite part of the house so far is our shower…


But my favorite part is that walk-in closet! I still have some work to do for unpacking and organizing. But I seriously feel as though I died and went to heaven with this closet!

walk-in closet

And finally! I have my own washer and dryer! I’m so excited! I like that the laundry room is connected to the master closet as well. I’ll be far more likely to put my clothes away now, instead of letting them sit in a laundry basket once I’m done folding them.

My husband has big plans for our basement. He is all about home entertainment.


And I’m pretty excited about the wine refrigerator we have down there! I can start a wine collection! Haha.

We still have to put a lawn in and do some landscaping, but we can sit on our porch and watch the world go by.  I love that it’s covered and has a fan as well. (The tin on top is from an old barn in Shiocton, Wisconsin – which is my hometown!)

Now, before I end this post, I want to give a big shoutout to our families for being there for us while we moved around the world. From my parents for taking us in when we had nowhere to go, to my husband’s grandparents for storing our things in their basement – without everyone’s help, we never would’ve been able to have these experiences. And a big thank you to our families, again, for helping us get situated in our new home. We have no idea what we’re doing, haha. Thank you to Dave and my mom for helping us through that first day of figuring things out and assembling things (and for bringing over all of your decorations)! And my mother and father in law for bringing us food and other household things we didn’t realize we needed! And grandma and grandpa for also making us several meals, which kept us from starving while we unpacked! It’s been a heck of a week and we really appreciate everyone! Love you guys!

Thank you, also, to Mark Hilgenberg – our buyer. He helped us through this whole crazy house buying experience. If you’re looking to buy a home, go with Mark!

Wow! Still can’t believe this is ours!

I realized I didn’t take a photo of every single spot/room in our home as I’m going through these photos. I’ll have to save that for another day! Feel free to check out the rest of the photos of the home, below, and click on any to make them full-sized.


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  1. Oh my gosh!!!! YAY! Congratulations on finally getting a house! That’s amazing! It looks beautiful and so lovely, so spacious! I’m really happy for you!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you so much, Lorna!

  2. STOP IT! OMG! That house is amazing! That shower, closet, and kitchen are just amazing! Wow! I am super envious – when can I move in???

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Oh gosh, thank you so much, Sara! Haha! I’m working on getting the spare room together right now! Come on over! 😉

  3. withwonderandwhimsy says:

    How exciting! Congratulations! Such beautiful design features, both exterior and interior. Can’t wait to see what you do with this space!


    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you so much, Liz! 🙂

  4. Jonathon Wood says:

    House looks awesome! You guys will make it a great home!!

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you so much, Jonathon!

  5. Laurie Duncan says:

    What a gorgeous house, I love how bright and modern it is! That shower though! Amazing! How many bedrooms Is it?

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you, Laurie! It’s 5 bedrooms. (Master + 2 upstairs and then 2 bedrooms in the basement.)

  6. Love this! Fabulous blog!

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:


  7. Monica@theRiteofAging says:

    That backyard though!!! I can’t decide what is the best part of the house — the kitchen/living room area is just so open and beautiful, that CLOSET, and bathroom and the shower is just…The entire thing is just beautiful. It really does marry a rustic cabin feel with a modern layout.

    Did you work with the builder to create it or was it already built? Congrats by so much!!! <3

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Oh gosh, thank you so much, Monica! And the builder had created this home all on his own. (It was built to sell as a parade home.) Thank you, again!

      1. Monica@theRiteofAging says:

        Parade home??

        1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

          Not sure if it’s the same all over the country, but in the Midwest, we have an event every spring called the Parade of Homes. It’s where builders build homes to show off their design skills basically… you can tour the homes then for a week and get ideas before you build in the summer. Then after it’s over, the builders either move into those homes themselves or sell them.

  8. Wow, congratulations on buying your first house! :DDD It certainly looks cozy with all the wood going around and the antiques! I can’t wait to see how you decorate it in the future ^^.

    Sora | http://dangerouslyme.com/

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you so much, Sora!

  9. Congratulations!!! This looks like a wonderful space, like a vacation home!! You’ve inspired me to write a post about our little townhouse ?

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you!

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