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…And Here We Are (Video)

We’re heeeeeere! We’re here we’re here we’re here.

I went a little MIA for the past three days because…well, because “busy” is a little bit of an understatement, but also because I didn’t have Internet. But now I do, whee. So I’m back! Hi.

I love it here.

So remember how we did a pretty crazy thing, buying a house we’d never actually set foot in? (As a reminder, I flew out to look at houses in March but lost the bidding war on the house we put an offer on, so our broker did FaceTime videos with me so that I didn’t have to keep flying out to continue our house-hunt.) Well, we didn’t stop there: I ended up hiring a flooring professional and painter I found on Thumbtack and working with him remotely to do a whole bunch of work on the place before we even arrived. (Obviously I videotaped the whole thing, with lots of before and after shots.)

I’m so excited for you to see it! I have about ten zillion ideas for things I want to do with the house, so please, if you have any right-off-the-bat suggestions, let me know.

P.S. FYI, the floors are a similar shade to these (I can’t do the precise link because my flooring guy found them from an independent source, but this is the sample I gave him to match so it should be pretty close), and the walls are Valspar Reserve Du Jour (white) and Silver Dust (pale grey), both available at Lowe’s.

P.P.S. If you missed the first three videos in my Thumbtack series, here they are:

How To Stage Your House For Sale

How To Pack Up Your House

Our Moving Day

  • Morgan

    Beautiful! Can’t wait to see more!

  • Lili

    Ahhh! So exciting! The house is beautiful! Can’t wait to see how you make it your own. Congrats 🙂

  • Jo-Anne Reid

    Beautiful! Jordan, I know you guys will be happy there. Lots of room to grow. Congrats. love Jo

    • jordanreid

      <3 <3

  • ellaquinlan

    Brb crying. You guys are SO fricking cute. I’m obsessed with the floors! This makes me want to redo a house SO bad.

    • jordanreid

      aw! thank you!

  • Alice

    It’s lovely. The floors! And the pool, and the weather! Congratulations on your new home and a successful trip, hope you create lots of wonderful memories there

    • jordanreid

      thank you so much, alice!

  • Lauren Chudzik

    Welcome to the area! You’re going to love it here. If you haven’t already checked it out, I highly recommend this blog for finding out about all the awesome toddler-friendly activities in the area: http://svtoddler.blogspot.com/

    • jordanreid

      ooh thank you!

  • Katie Kornstein

    looks amazing – love the new floors and how fresh the paint looks! Cant wait to eat an orange from your tree while swimming in the pool. Miss you lots!! XO

    • jordanreid

      i bought floats with cupholders. come visit me.

  • Jenn

    Oh it’s lovely! The ceiling in the living room is gorgeous! I’m so glad everything worked out for you guys!!

    • jordanreid

      thank you!! i’m excited about the ceiling too 🙂 🙂

  • Chris

    Congratulations!! Great choice on the floor, it is so airy and light. Wishing you and your family the best in your new home 🙂

    • jordanreid

      thank you, chris!!

  • Anne Holden

    What a lovely recap of your moving day! What was that music playing at the end it was just beautiful.

    • jordanreid

      thank you! all of the music in the video is kendrick’s stuff 🙂

  • Audrey

    Omg this was so, so sweet! The end made me tear up! You look so happy!

  • Summer

    WOAH gurl that HOUSE.

    If I saw something like that (the poooool! the arches!) *I* would buy it without seeing it too!

    If you’re interested in adding pops of colour (or pattern) consider doing it only in the archways; I did this in an only NYC apt on my huge windowsills and it worked really well without being super overwhelming (from the white + grey + light floors I sort of assumed that you’re going for a more neutralish vibe).

    Also: omg the exposed beams. Your house is basically pinterest house porn.

    • jordanreid

      thank you!! i’m planning on keeping the overall vibe very california-light-airy-etc, but definitely need some color in there. do you mean painting just the inside of the arch, or the entire arched wall? both would look great, especially on the arch that’s a focal point for the dining room (in that first before-and-after picture). i’m also planning on replacing the entryway tile with mexican tiles (like these: http://www.canextrade.net/pro/mexican-talavera/mexican-tile.jpg)

      • Summer

        I only painted in the arch, but my space was super limited because typical NYC apt!

        Those tiles are gorrrrrgeous!

      • babette

        I love love love the tile idea

  • Sharona

    Mazel tov, Jordan! Your new house is lovely and the pool will provide family fun for many years to come. My husband and I bought our first house in Los Angeles last year (moved from Los Gatos), and we’re having a blast making it ours and putting down roots. Just out of curiosity, how did you finally deal with the Silicon Valley bidding wars? Did you get a pocket listing, or bid way above asking price? Having lived in the area, I know how tough that market is. But sunshine and swimming parties are a darn good trade off, no?

    • jordanreid

      thank you! what we finally did was confine our search to houses listed significantly below our top price so that we could go in way over asking and still be within our budget. it hurt, but it seemed like the best option given this market.

  • Margaret

    Wow, that was like an episode of cribs! How ramshackle, yet glam! 🙂

    • jordanreid

      hahaha thank you.

  • Sabrina Matlin

    I’m so happy for you. Welcome to the Bay Area!

    • jordanreid

      thank you!!!

  • Woot, Woot! You made it!! I can’t wait to see you make it HOME:) What a journey, girl. Loved the toys falling out of the car too! So the story of my life! CONGRATULATIONS!

    • jordanreid

      hahaha that’s my favorite part too 😉 thank you!

  • Stylish Housewife

    Awwww….what an adorable video! It’s amazing what new floors and a coat of paint can do! I wish you could come and makeover my home. I don’t have ANY vision for interior design WHATSOEVER. =) Congrats lady!

    XOXO, Jenn
    The Stylish Housewife

  • babette

    That was just so sweet, exhausted, all that work ahead and I love you at the end of the day makes it all OK.