our new (empty) house

Good morning from my little office in our new Gainesville home, y’all! I hinted that I would be sharing photos of the home pre-move in yesterday, and I’m so excited to show them to y’all today!

For those of you who don’t know, Andrew and I took a whirlwind trip to Gainesville last February in hopes of finding a house. We looked at tons of homes for two full days, and decided to pull the trigger on one we especially fell in love with!

I’ll never forget the call from our realtor that the seller had accepted our offer and we. got. the. house. Fast forward a few months… we officially closed and all that was left to do was eagerly await our move-in after the wedding!

Here’s an unfurnished peek at our new home sweet home. Come on in, why don’t ya!

When I think of this house, I can’t get George Bank’s quote from Father of the Bride out of my mind. “It’s a great house.” It really is, y’all. It’s flooded with tons of beautiful, natural light and backs onto a golf course, which makes for beautiful views every hour of the day.

It also has lots of charm in it’s 80’s wallpaper and pale salmon-colored cabinets. Oh, and did I mention a golf-themed guest bathroom?! We hope to update these eventually (except the golf-themed bathroom, Andrew has put his foot down) but for now, we are loving every bit of it.

There’s room for an office for me, a guest bedroom for our friends and family, and even an office for Andrew where all of this dark brown decor can live. :) We are just so excited!

As far as decor goes, we’re planning on using the furniture from my previous two apartments while we save up for newer items we may want to add… like a couch, for example, or a dining room table. Let’s just say there’s lots of gold, white and pink (y’all know me) and Andrew is being quite the trooper.

I shared a little sneak peek on Instagram stories yesterday and had tons of questions about our living room couch and our living room chair. We’re using the Ikea Ektorp sofa with chaise and the Farlov armchair for now, and they look great! (I removed the back cushion of the chair and replaced with two fluffy pillows.)

Now that we’re mostly settled (ok maybe “mostly” is a generous term, but we’re getting there) I’m so excited to decorate our screened in porch. Ever since I first saw the house, I couldn’t stop thinking about hosting friends and family out there. I ordered two of these outdoor love seats and am hoping they turn out!

Can’t wait to take y’all along as we turn this house into our home. Let me know of any favorite decor spots you love!

Love from the Sunshine State,


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  1. Annaliese said:

    Your new home looks stunning and perfect for y’all! Loved the empty house tour and can’t wait to see more updates!

    xoxo A

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  2. Jess said:

    I’m surprised you purchased a house that’s so dated! I was expecting something different given how much you hyped it up.

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    • Liz said:

      I LOVE the house, Kate!! It’s beautiful! My husband and I just purchased a dated house and most of the fun is fixing it up and making it our own. New homes can be boring–old homes are fun and sooo charming! :)

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  3. @MrsMaypop said:

    That view! The built-in shelving and window seat! The porch! Natural light is so important to me too, and you’re right – this house is flooded with it. It IS a great house. I can’t wait to see how you make it yours in time.

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  4. Macie said:

    Your house is so pretty!!!! I love your new sign off it’s so cute!!!!!!!

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  5. Kristy said:

    Hey! You should check to see if your bench is George Nakashima. And if so, get it inside asap ;)

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  6. Monty said:

    It’s perfect … I too have a soft spot for a screened porch overlooking the golf course. As first time homebuyers, with several years ahead of you here, you will have a blast fixing it up and making it yours over time. The one we bought there last year needed new everything. It has taken us a full year (as part time residents) to get it to where we want it. Congratulations!! So very happy for you guys!

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  7. Kristy said:

    I love that you used a quote from Father of the Bride! My husband and I could not get that movie out of our head when we became first time homeowners last summer – it’s serious cozy house goals 🏡 So excited for your new adventure!

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  8. Sarah said:

    Love Dana Gibson and Jayes Studio for fun decor/accessories. One Kings Lane is also a great source for all things home.

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  9. Drew said:

    I love that it provides such a good blank slate to do with it what you want! It has great bones :) there is so much potential!!

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  10. Your new house looks so beautiful and spacious!


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  11. Meghan said:

    I have the larger version of the Fernhill outdoor sofa from target on my (sadly not screened in) veranda in Gainesville as well! I absolutely love it and get so many compliments. I’m sure you will too. Can’t wait to see!

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  12. christine said:

    I’m just love your new home, so bright and cheery!!💗❤️💗

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  13. Amanda said:

    The window seat is to die for! Love all the space!

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  14. Love it! Can’t wait to see it all decorated!

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  15. Whisper said:

    Hi Kate!
    I’m fairly new to your blog. I discovered you on Pinterest when researching Paris fashion. I was an instant fan! I love your blog and instagram. I’m a southern girl and my husband and I moved to Florida a few years back(Orlando). I think your house is adorable and love all the built ins! I look forward to seeing more pics. Welcome to the sunshine state!

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  16. Lillian said:

    Can’t wait to read more of your blog! I love your style, both in your fashion sense and interior design, and can’t wait to read more!

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  17. To Renovate your empty house, Home Depot is the best place for you.

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