How to Create a Space That Is Uniquely Your Own, According to 3 First-Time Home Buyers

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One of the most exciting aspects of moving into a new space is dreaming up all the ways that you can design it to reflect what’s most important to you. But before you start rolling in the furniture and painting the accent wall, you’ve got to go through the actual home buying process. Luckily, the folks at Rocket Mortgage are here to make it equally as exciting as move in day—starting with their personalized loan options to help you get a mortgage that fits you, your family and your budget. We’ve teamed up with three women who recently bought a new place. Below, they walk us through a few of their favorite rooms and the steps they took to get there.

Karen Blanchard’s Kitchen Renovation

A peaceful retreat from the big city

Karen Blanchard’s Design Studio

A haven of natural light

Brianne Manz’s Apartment Living Room

Clean, white and clutter-free

Brianne Manz's Kids Bedroom

Bunk beds with big personality

Lissette Pedreiras’ Sunroom Makeover

Feels like a vacation at home

Lissette Pedreiras’ Walk-In Closet

Prepare for a twinge of jealousy

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