A Sneak Peek Into Our New House

March 2, 2016

On Leap Year we closed on our new house! Although the day itself was incredibly stressful, I will forever remember it as one of the best days of my life.

The Ledesma House

I took this picture of the keys to our new house just outside of our lawyer’s office right after we signed all of the official documents.

This day felt like it was never going to come. Largely due to the fact that buying a house scared me more than anything in life. Yes, even more than having a baby! As an obsessed traveler who was either exploring or in the midst of planning another trip and as person whom never felt like anywhere I visited or lived in was truly “home”, I despised the idea of putting down permanent roots somewhere. With time, however, I realized that Charlotte, North Carolina is definitely my home. Not only does my entire family live here, but I love the city and the businesses that I have built, and more importantly my son deserves a house to grow up in.

You might have not noticed, but I added a Home category to my website, so that you can easily follow along as we decorate and renovate and make our new house perfect for us. On a side note: the following photos are not mine, they were the photos on our real estate agent’s website. From now on every photo you see of our house will be taken by me. I have also conveniently linked every title below with its corresponding Pinterest page, in case you are interested in seeing what will be inspiring me during this process.

House Exterior And Front Yard

The Ledesma Home

The Ledesma Home

We plan to paint to the house white with black shutters. We have yet to decide on whether or not we are keeping the red door, but we are leaning towards keeping it, as red is very good luck in the Chinese culture. What do you think? Should we keep it red? We would also like to add a garage at some point. There will definitely be prettier landscaping once spring comes.

Living Space

The Ledesma Home

The Ledesma House

The Ledesma House

The Ledesma House

The living space is our favorite part of the entire house and one of the main reasons we purchased it (we also love the school district it is in and that it is a five minute drive from my parents house with a Starbucks in between). We adore the blonde, grayish wooden floors and that it is open concept. We will not do much to this area other than add some fabulous furniture and paintings/pictures to the walls. We would also like to add a fireplace in the future.

Dining Space

The Ledesma House

We will be taking the current light fixture down and replacing it with a chandelier. Last night we discovered the most gorgeous kitchen table and chairs, so hopefully we will have our first piece of furniture arriving soon! Who knows, maybe we will even be brave enough to host Easter dinner?

Kitchen

The Ledesma House

The Ledesma House

I refused to buy a house without an all-white kitchen. To me, there is nothing more stunning! I love the granite counters and the subway tile backsplash; the only thing I would like to change with time is to swap out all of the silver fixtures for gold ones. The red kitchen items pictured were for staging purposes and are no longer there. How beautiful are the french doors leading out onto the porch?

Master Bedroom

The Ledesma House

This will be our temporary master, until we can renovate the bottom floor of our house into our dream master suite. That is going to be our biggest undertaking with the house and will take a couple of years. In the meantime, we will not do too much to this room other than take down the fan. We will be bringing in most of our old bedroom furniture; some of it will have to stay in storage, since the room is on the smaller side. Eventually, when Joaquín gets older, we will replace all of the carpeted rooms with the same wooden floor on the main level. We hate carpet, however we know it is the best for our son right now and any other children we might have.

Master Bathroom

The Ledesma House

The first thing that will be done to the master bathroom is that it will be painted white. We want to change some of the cabinets and fixtures as well, but that is not a priority.

Guest Bedroom

The Ledesma House

We have yet to put any real thought into the guest bedroom. It will be the last room to be finished. We already have the bed, but that is it. It will probably have a global theme to it and I will display a lot of the treasures that I have bought around the world during my travels.

Guest / Joaquín’s Bathroom

The Ledesma House

We are doing the same thing to this bathroom, as we are to the master bathroom. The walls are being painted white and again some of the cabinets and fixtures will be replaced with time.

Nursery

The Ledesma Home

We are going to try and make Joaquín’s nursery as similar to his original one as possible. It is going to be tough, as the new room is half the size of the old room. What does not fit, will be put into his playroom on the bottom level.

Bottom Level: Playroom, My Office, And Laundry Room

The Ledesma House

The Ledesma House

The Ledesma House

The Ledesma House

For now this is going to be Joaquín’s playroom, my office, and our laundry room. I am most excited about finally having a home office. I will definitely be putting a lot of time, effort, and love into creating the perfect working space for me.

Backyard

The Ledesma Home

The #1 reason we bought this house is because of the backyard. My husband and I wanted lots and lots of room for Joaquín to be able to play outside. Something that we both did as kids. Our backyard consists of almost half an acre and although it is not pictured, there is a lovely little creek with a bridge. We plan to spend as much time as we can every day out back as a family. We are going to paint the deck, but have not settled on a color yet. Maybe white? We want to string lights in the tree next to the deck and find some pretty outside furniture. There could be a gazebo or hammock in the future? My parents are going to buy our son a playground and our nanny wants to make a little garden with him. The fence is going to be replaced with something that is both good looking and sturdy to keep Joaquín safe.

What is your favorite thing about our new house?

19 thoughts on “A Sneak Peek Into Our New House

  1. Emily in Chile

    Your house is so cute! I think white/black/red will look great, so I’d keep the red door. I love your wood floors too, what a great color. Congratulations again, I know you guys have been wanting this for a while, and it looks like your patience paid off with the perfect place!

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    1. Andi Perullo de Ledesma Post author

      Thank you so much! I love your taste, so that’s a huge compliment!!! I think white/black/red will look great too, so yay keeping the red door! Aren’t the floors gorgeous? They are 100X prettier in person. They don’t photograph the true color. They are more gray than brown. I sure hope you and R can come and visit one day! TQM

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  2. Vanessa

    I can see why you were so upset when you almost lost this beauty!!! It’s totally amazing, and I was really kind of tearful to think about having a house with both an upstairs and a downstairs. I love your plans, and YES please keep the gorgeous red door as it is!! I cannot wait to visit you!!

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    1. Andi Perullo de Ledesma Post author

      And we can’t wait for your visit!!! I’m so excited just thinking about it! I promise to keep the red door, Lucas and I decided it on it last night. Yes, I still think back to when we had first lost this house and now I just feel so blessed!

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