Modern Farmhouse

The Home Buying Process

The Home Buying Process Buying a home is one of the most exciting things you can do in life!  It is incredibly rewarding and special. One of the most important aspects of the home buying process is choosing the right mortgage company to partner with. Rocket Mortgage has a proven track record – they have been simplifying the mortgage process for the past 35 years. I know so many of you are looking to purchase a home right now so hopefully this post will be helpful in your journey! I truly never thought I’d move out of a major city to the suburbs (I’m such a city person!) After the pandemic, we started to think about our long term goals and what we valued.  I realized that having space and being surrounded by nature was really important to me. Finding a home during the hot housing market was tricky, but when we walked into our home, I knew it was “the one” immediately. We loved how the previous owners updated it, and the only major thing we knew we wanted to change was the kitchen.  1 year later, we finished our kitchen renovation and I love the way it turned out!  It feels more modern and so “us.” Buying a Home is Rewarding It’s hard to put into words, the feeling you get when you turn the key and open the door to your first home – or any home that you buy for that matter!  It’s so rewarding to look around and know how hard we worked for this space.  It feels so good to really make it our own through special furniture, the kitchen renovation and unique, personal touches. When you’re buying a home, you want to feel confident. You don’t want to feel like you have a ton of unanswered questions. Rocket Mortgage makes the home buying process so much easier. When you apply for a home loan, there are different options depending on your situation and needs. With Rocket Mortgage, you can see how different down payments, monthly payments and closing costs will impact your loan and your budget. I love their technology-driven solutions to help streamline the mortgage process. They even offer a paperless experience in some cases. If you want help from an actual person, they’ve got that too – it’s whatever works best for you!  One of the best things about working with Rocket Mortgage is they work hard to meet you where you are. From 24/7 access to your account to their online Learning Center, they really try to make sure you’re comfortable and feel in control of your loan. I’m so excited to give you a peek into our home and share even more about the home buying process with Rocket Mortgage!
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Fall Front Porch Decor

When it comes to decorating our front porch, I love to go all out for the holidays! This fall, I lined each step with colorful mums and pumpkins. I also placed these classic black planter urns by the front door, along with beautiful brass lanterns I just bought. The lanterns really add a warmth to the front door (use code HOLIDAY for $15 off!) I couldn’t resist buying 2 more for our back door. They even look great inside near the stairs and around the fireplace. Fall Front Porch Decor If you’re looking for easy ways to decorate your home for the holidays – be sure to check my Decor Favorites section which has all of my go-to holiday decor linked on the bottom of the page.
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Our Primary Bedroom

I am so excited to share our primary bedroom with you! I knew I wanted to get all new bedding and furniture for our bedroom when we moved from NYC. For this space, I really wanted to lean into the farmhouse, cozy, rustic vibe. I’ve been using warmer colors, more texture, and antique pieces to decorate. It’s been really fun and I’ve been mixing and matching pieces from all over the world! Our Primary BedroomBeddingI did an entire post on my favorite bedding here. We LOVE our Boll and Branch linen sheets, as well as their signature sheet set. Linen sheets are to die for! If you haven’t already slept in linen sheets – you must, and trust me, you won’t go back. You can use code KAT20 for 20% off all Boll and Branch sheets through August and KAT15 for the rest of the year! I ordered these cool monogram pillow shams off Etsy and was amazed at how they pull the whole room together. You can personalize the color and font – the possibilities are endless! FurnitureThis Noir Ferret wood bed took almost 6 months to arrive, but was so worth it. This is a similar bed for a fraction of the price. Our nightstands have also been backordered for months, so I pulled in our entryway table for the time being and actually love the way it looks in here. It will be temporary until these nightstands arrive. We really need drawers for functionality otherwise I would soooo keep this table. BUT this would be a great guest bedroom table option in the future if I don’t bring it back down to our entry. RugOur bedroom rug is from my favorite vintage rug store; Linda’s Barn. She has the most incredible selection. You may remember this rug from her shop which is in our dining room. If you have any questions with rugs she is SUPER helpful and engaged so don’t be shy to reach out! This month only she is doing 20% off everything – so it’s definitely the perfect time to buy! AccessoriesThe fun part of decorating is at the very end when everything comes together and you get to “play” and accessorize the room! Adding in coffee table books, candles, ring dishes… My lamp is from here – and has traveled all of the country with me (remember it from my LA house?!) This beautiful oil painting is Diana Brambila and features white peonies. I ordered her landscape painting for our kitchen too. The frame is actually a vintage mirror I found at an antique store for $6! That’s a great way to save on an intricate frame – and you can either cheat it and glue a picture onto the mirror part (hello DIY project) or bring it to a framer to professionally fit.
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Farmhouse Dining Room

Our Connecticut dining room has finally come together in the most beautiful way! Many of you may remember we scored these wingback chairs at an estate sale for $7! They were hideous before – covered in a bright green fabric, and we had them reupholstered in this cream linen material. Thomas then sanded down the legs of the chairs and stained them a light honey color. I am so happy with the end result. It really is incredible what a little stain and fabric can do to a chair. Farmhouse Dining RoomVintage RugThis vintage rug is what ultimately pulled everything together and made the space feel warm and cozy. It’s from Linda’s Barn – an incredible vintage rug store with literally hundreds of rugs in all shapes and sizes! It was so hard to narrow down a rug (I legit wanted each and every one), but Linda was so helpful and I went with this neutral one. Although each rug is one of a kind, she has several similar to this – so definitely browse the site. Dining TableMany of you may remember that Thomas built our dining table. I did a DIY post about it here. It’s such a special piece, and the thick white oak planks are so unique. I’ve linked a few similar options below like this table and this one. Dining ChairsThe 2 end chairs are wingback chairs from an estate sale that we had reupholstered, and the 4 wooden chairs are “wishbone” chairs from Wisteria, which sadly now is closed. I’ve linked several similar options below though! In terms of reupholstering, I’ve received several questions about the process. This article is really informative. We used Prince Upholstery in Connecticut. They picked up both of our chairs, brought fabric books for us to choose from, and also dropped the chairs off when they were done. Make sure to be specific if you want a cushion remade to be thicker, want it down filled or partial down filled, etc. I suggest writing down your requests and giving it to them so it’s very clear! ChandeliersThese Visual Comfort chandeliers are one of my favorite pieces in our entire home. They are so classic and well made. They really make a statement and elevate the entire room. The previous owners had a straw/rattan set of chandeliers which were really fun, but they made the home feel too rustic/casual for our personal preference. The brass chandeliers really add that elegance I wanted in the room.
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