My Life The Victorian House

We Bought the Victorian House!

Brandon and I had our closing yesterday. One hour and a million signatures later, we were the new owners of a very old house.


My usual Honor Roll will go up tomorrow, and I’ll begin processing the hundreds of photos I’ve taken. I’m so glad I can finally share the inside! I wish I could include a few here, but I’m using my phone to post, and it’s not working well. I’m not trying to be a tease, I swear. Photos, Monday!

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  • Laura at Rather Square
    August 22, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    That front porch/staircase looks so cool. Are you planning on changing any of it, or leave it painted as-is?

    • Making it Lovely
      August 23, 2013 at 3:37 pm

      No plans to change it at this time. Purple’s not my favorite, but it really works for the house!

  • Laurie
    August 22, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Congratulations! That is REALLY exciting. I can’t wait to see what it looks like and what you have planned for this.

    I forsee a lot of wonderful vicarious living in my future…

  • Kristy Daum
    August 22, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Congratulations!!! I have a 120 yr old Folk Victorian/Farmhouse in St. Louis, so I can appreciate all of the details. I look forward to seeing how you transform it into your family’s home.

  • • Ginylle •
    August 22, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Congrats !!!! So happy for you ! I can’t wait to follow your new adventures in that new house.

  • Alaina
    August 22, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Congratulations! I’ve been following your blog for years and admiring what you’ve done in your previous home, so I’m really looking forward to seeing what you will do in the new place. Enjoy!

  • jenn aka the picky girl
    August 22, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    YEA! Congratulations! My house is over 100 years old, so I know the feeling. :) I cannot wait to see photos.

    • Making it Lovely
      August 23, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      The house we sold was over 100 years old too, but the ‘new’ one predates it by two decades!

  • Kayla aka Kilo Bravo
    August 22, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    “Not trying to tease, I swear”… yeah right! But I’ll take it anyway – this is a great shot of you guys!! So excited!!

  • Molly
    August 22, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Wahoo! Congratulations!! I can’t wait to see the inside and I’m even more excited to see it evolve as you put your mark on it.

  • Julia at Home on 129 Acres
    August 22, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Look at the detail on the porch spindles! Holy paint job, Batman. Oh, and you two look great too. Congratulations!

  • lsaspacey
    August 22, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    It’s cool to know the former owners were fun too from what I can see of that paint job. Congrats!

    • Making it Lovely
      August 23, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      I think they were a pretty interesting couple!

  • Emily
    August 22, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Congrats on this house! This is random, but I was wondering if you could post close up pictures of your hair (front, back and sids) . It is super cute and looks exactly like what I need right now. I’m growing out my bangs and I have two little ones, which gives me about 2 minutes to dry my hair in the morning.

    • Making it Lovely
      August 23, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      Short hair is so easy to care for! The downside is that you have to get pretty frequent haircuts to maintain it. Since we’ve been out of state for nearly a month, I missed a normally scheduled cut (every 10 weeks) and my hair is growing out a bit. If you need pictures to go off of, I recently realized that my haircut is pretty close to this little boys’!

  • Will @ Bright.Bazaar
    August 22, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Congratulations – that is so exciting! :) P.S. Those stairs look like a lot of fun!

  • Kayli Schattner @ Kayli Wanders
    August 22, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Congratulations! The house looks so unique and beautiful! I’m itching to see photos of the inside already :) can’t wait ’till Monday!

  • Jessica Newell
    August 22, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Congrats congrats! Can’t wait to see what you do with the place :)

  • Asia
    August 22, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    I am itching to see the interior!!! Monday can’t come soon enough.

  • Helen
    August 22, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Congrats! Such and exciting time. Thank you for taking is along for the ride!

  • Vanessa
    August 22, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Ah! Congrats!!!! So exciting!

  • JacquiBee
    August 22, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Congratulations. I am so happy for you, and excited to see what wonderful blogging will come out of such a great new project.

  • Catherine
    August 22, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Yay, congratulations! And what a gorgeous picture of you guys. I can’t wait to see what you do with the place!

  • Lucy
    August 22, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    I can’t wait til Monday!

  • Elizabeth
    August 22, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Seriously love the staircase colors!!

  • Susie
    August 22, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    HOORAY!! i’m so excited for you! now, SHOW ME SHOW ME SHOW ME!!!!! this is going to be so awesome!

  • Jessie
    August 22, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Congratulations!! I’m also in the process of buying a house (I’m just at the shopping stage, so it’s still fun), so hopefully I’ll be jumping for joy soon, too. Can’t wait to see pictures!

  • meghan
    August 22, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    How exciting!!! Congratulations!

  • Aimee
    August 22, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    How exciting! Congrats to you and yours.

  • Stacy
    August 22, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    You guys are so cute! Congratulations :)

  • jbhat
    August 22, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Tremendously exciting! You guys look cute….and so happy. Congrats!


    • Making it Lovely
      August 23, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      Very happy. Pinching ourselves. :)

  • meenal@maison marigold
    August 23, 2013 at 1:34 am

    Many congratulations!! It must feel wonderful! Love your outfit..xx meenal

  • Erin
    August 23, 2013 at 7:28 am


  • Beth
    August 23, 2013 at 7:57 am

    The outside looks fantastic as it is. I’m sure the inside is fabulous! Can’t wait to see you build your life in this new home of yours. Please show those photos when you can! : )

  • Nicole
    August 23, 2013 at 8:05 am

    CONGRATS!! So excited for you… and for all of us who get to live vicariously through you. :)

  • thepottedpea
    August 23, 2013 at 8:25 am

    So exciting!

  • Lindsay
    August 23, 2013 at 8:42 am

    How wonderful! I am looking so forward to following your progress with this amazing house.

    PS – Did the sellers give you paint info? I’m still so in love with that purple!

    • Making it Lovely
      August 23, 2013 at 3:46 pm

      There are a million paint cans in the basement. I’ll try to look for the purple one!

  • tia
    August 23, 2013 at 9:02 am

    congratulations! i’m so excited to see the photos and how you will personalize your new home.

  • amyks
    August 23, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Congratulations!!! Very exciting!

  • Lesley staples-Sturge
    August 23, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Wow. Can’t wait to see the inside. Congrats to you and Brandon !

  • Joy
    August 23, 2013 at 10:26 am

    That’s awesome news, Nicole! I’m thrilled for you. Looking forward to seeing it as you make it your own.

  • Xenia
    August 23, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    I am super excited for you and your family. Congratulations!!! I cannot wait to see what the inside looks like. The colors of the porch stairs are beautiful. As the owner of a 143 years-old Victorian, I know exactly how you feel. :-)

  • Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet
    August 23, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    So exciting! Congratulations! I am planning on living my deep, deep love for Victorians vicariously through you ;-)

  • elle
    August 23, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    You’re killing me! I’m so excited to see the inside! For now the detail on the porch is enough – the colors on the railings are amazing.

    Congratulations to you both – many happy years in your new home!

  • Laura
    August 23, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Congratulations! Those steps and that porch make for an amazing entrance! Can’t wait to see more photos on Monday.

  • Amy
    August 23, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Congratulations! So happy for you!

  • Crystal
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  • Rebecca H
    August 23, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Congratulations! And, my dear, your outfit is fab!

  • Jodi
    August 23, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    congrats!! i am SO excited to see the interior photos and also what you end up doing with the space. yay!!!

  • Lynell
    August 23, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Congratulations! It’s such an amazing thing to be able to take such a step for what will be an amazing and loved family home. Can’t wait to see the pics. :)

  • Marissa
    August 23, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    I can’t wait to see your new house. It looks so charming already!
    You and Brandon look great. Looks like you both lost weight?

    • Making it Lovely
      August 23, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      I think it’s a good picture of us, because we just both look so happy.

  • me
    August 23, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    You really radiate happiness. Congrats.

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  • kat
    August 24, 2013 at 5:38 am

    Congrats! Can’s wait to see the inside and what improvements you will bring!

  • Mona Idriss
    August 24, 2013 at 6:28 am

    Congratulations! I am looking forward to your decorating process! I started reading your blog when you moved into your first house and I enjoyed the transformation!

    You, your sweet family and your blog are so lovely!

  • Madeleine
    August 24, 2013 at 6:59 am

    Been looking forward to this! :D Can’t wait to see the photos!

  • Jacky
    August 24, 2013 at 7:43 am

    Congrats! What a fun new adventure.

  • Melon
    August 24, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Please don’t paint the wood in the interior of the house!

  • Margo
    August 24, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Congratulations on your new home. So well deserved. Looking forward to the wonderful decorideas

  • Caroline
    August 25, 2013 at 3:01 am

    Not house related but your look amazing. I love your blouse and skirt, any chance of more style posts? Pretty please?

    • Making it Lovely
      August 26, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      A few other people have asked too. I’ll get back to them soon!

  • Katie
    August 25, 2013 at 10:34 am

    I cannot wait to see! Congratulations, guys! :)

  • Caitlin @ Our Natural Heritage
    August 25, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Congratulations to you and your family! I can’t wait to see more of it and how you add your charm to it!

  • jacqueline | the hourglass files
    August 25, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Congratulations! You both look so happy and comfortable on that porch. Can’t wait to see more.

    P.S. Love the skirt!