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A 12 minute drive away…

Last weekend our family moved to a new home just 12 minutes door to door from our old home.  Still the same zip code, but my kids will be at a new school, and our church congregation will be different, too.  Actually, as the crow flies, it may only be a 5 minute drive, but we have to go through neighborhoods on twists and turns. 
I’ve wanted to change some things about my business, and I think now is a great time to do so. 
I am loving my new home.  More space, and since we started the building process last September, I got to pick the little details.  I never dreamed I’d love my home so much.  Giddy is a word I’ve been feeling.
Here are a few snaps of my life in the past week–some taken by me, some by my kids.

My baby is mad at me because I won’t let her fall head first down the stairs.
Unpacking pillows from garbage bags.
My friend watched my girls while we loaded and unloaded
I love this moment snapped by my daughter.  I have been on the phone a lot talking with contractors and coordinatings things. 
Please be gentle with my new green baby.
Queen baby on her throne of boxes.
Carpet in the kitchen
Carpet coming up…
Wood going in (2 days after moving in, slightly chaotic).
View from front door.  Don’t have pads yet for our furniture.
From upstairs–I love the wood. We also did wood in the kitchen, but its not quite ready for a picture yet.
Our first set up room (besides hanging pictures).
*Edited to add that we wanted wood all along, but the builders wood was a lot more expensive.  We had to put in something and carpet was the cheapest (actually got a credit in the kitchen b/c it is cheaper than tile). We found this wood online at Builders Direct for $1.89 a sq. ft. for the engineered hardwood.  And I painted the armoire in the weeks before moving.

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  1. MaryJanes and Galoshes says:

    Your home is stunning. Love the stairs, what a statement!

  2. Wow I love your house! Love the wood work. What was with the carpet in the kitchen if you picked every detail? Is it something you thought you wanted then changed your mind?

  3. Oh by the way LOVE LOVE LOVE YOUR GREEN BABY!!!

  4. **Amy** says:

    Beautiful! Love the wood floors. I was wondering the same thing as Erin. I hope you get things organized and moved out of boxes quickly and back into a routine. Will the kids continue in their old school till the end of the year?

  5. LOVE the green cabinet!!

  6. Its beautiful even without everything in its place. I can't wait to see more pictures.

  7. Jon and Jennifer says:

    Wow what a house! It looks beautiful! Can't wait to see more pictures!

  8. Claire says:

    Oh my gosh! I want your green cabinet. Where did you find that!?

  9. Colette says:

    Yay! I love it! It is gorgeous. So excited for you.

  10. The wood flooring is gorgeous! And I am glad that your green baby made it safely.

    I think we used to attend the same building. Sad that I never got a chance to meet you!

  11. Kristen Duke Photography says:

    Thanks everyone! I just finished painting the armoire the green. We bought it 7 years ago and it was a light wood that I haven't loved. The green is a benjamin moore color, Sycamore I think? It's a pottery barn shade. The floors–we actually wanted wood all along, but the builders mark it up so much that we asked them to put in carpet (we had to put in something for it to pass code) and we bought our own wood–$1.89 a sq. ft.!). We actually got a credit in the kitchen b/c carpet is cheaper than tile:)

  12. Michelle Wilkes says:

    Love it! Was going to ask what color the armoire was- I was thinking of painting my son's dresser in a similar color!
    So excited for you in your new space!

  13. Liz H. says:

    jealous of your wood floors! maybe you'll like mopping better now that you have such a beautiful floor to mop :)

  14. Photography by Cassie says:

    What a beautiful home! I love the green armoire! Good luck unpacking and getting settled in!

  15. TidyMom says:

    BEAUTIFUL!! Enjoy!!

  16. Margaret says:

    i wish I was brave enough to paint some of my old furniture! What a beautiful home.

  17. Emma Jo says:

    I AM LOVING IT ALL AND I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU THAT I HAVE TO WRITE IN ALL CAPS!!!! I love that you are in a new home, and that you got to choose so much about it and that you have adorable children, beautiful and fun furniture and awesome pictures all over the place. I can't wait to see it!

  18. Just gorgeous, Kristen! Can't wait to see more pics of your beautiful home. :)

  19. Natalie says:

    Adding to all the other compliments…I'm just so happy for you. What a beautiful place and you'll make it more beautiful with your decor and just your family's presence.

  20. Love~Bre says:

    What a beautiful home, love the wood floors!

  21. D. Speyer says:

    Kristen, it has been fun and a learning experience to see/read of your flowering photog. business through The Idea Room blog. Love your new home…we'll have you take our family photo WHEN we can get everyone in one place at the same time and when Cameron graduates from HS. Hope you'll still be in the Austin area in 3 years.

  22. I'm so happy that you are in your new house and that your wood floors turned out so beautifully. I love the color of the armoire too.

  23. leardonsbelle says:

    What a fun stairway! And what a BEAUTIFUL home. Congrats!

  24. How fun. Love the wood. I don't know, though…carpet in the kitchen might have been a fun adventure. ;-)