This past weekend, we found ourselves in the neighborhood where we bought our first home. It was really fun to see how the trees have grown and the neighborhood has matured! I wish we had been able to keep that house as a rental, because the values are doing great out there and I think it would have made a great investment. But, I digress…
So for a while now, I’ve wanted to post the pictures we took of each home we’ve owned so that I can always look back and remember. I wish I had been on top of my game enough to think about taking a picture of how this house looks now. The trees are so big!! I couldn’t believe it. But these are the pics we took when we listed it for sale in June of 2013. Welcome to my very first House Tour.
The front door opens into a long entry hallway, which I hated. It was my least favorite feature of the house. Lucky for me, Hubster is quite handy… and I have lots of ideas, so together, we made a pretty good team. We installed bead board along the hallway and I asked him to put a little shelf on the top so I can decorate on it. After we got it all finished, I realized I actually liked it! It was no longer the worst part of our house. That’s why I like home design… You can take a room that means nothing, and has no personality and turn it into something you love, something that speaks to your personality and your taste. A place to build memories. Turning a house, into a home. :o)
Oatmeal Drive House Tour
As you can see, we never quite got around to replacing the flooring. When we built the home, we decided not to buy flooring from the builder… we decided to just get the standard vinyl and install hardwoods later. Buuuuut….. then we sold the house and moved away. Our buyers didn’t seem to mind, but I sure would have liked to see how great it would’ve looked with awesome hardwood floors!
We made the same decision for the countertops in the kitchen, and decided to go with the standard laminate, with the intention of upgrading. Just another project that didn’t quite get finished before we moved. We did upgrade the appliances and the kitchen layout though, and installed the built in oven.
Our poor pathetic living room. For some reason, I started decorating and having fun in every room, except the living room. So by the time we decided to sell, I just painted it and called it good. That poor room was so bare… but hopefully the buyers saw it as a blank canvas for whatever they wanted to do!
Our son’s nursery was the very first room in this house that we decorated. I can remember the day his birth mother came to our house at 7 months pregnant. She asked me why I hadn’t set up a nursery… I could see that it hurt her feelings that we seemed to worry she might change her mind. After that, we decided we had to just be “all in” and I got to work decorating for our soon to be little boy. Words cannot even describe the countless hours I spent on Pinterest. It’s funny because this nursery didn’t turn out at all how I thought I wanted it in my mind… It sorta just took on a life of it’s own. But in the end, it was a room that I LOVED spending time in… and I spent many hours there, snuggling and enjoying quality time with my baby. And that’s what it’s all about right?
This house was a 3 bedroom + Office, which was perfect because I was doing accounting from home at the time. So we went to IKEA and got some fun things to set up my work space. But first, we started by tearing out the carpet and staining the concrete. Hubster had always wanted to try it, and since the dogs come in and out of the dog door in that room… it seemed like a good fit. It was a lot of work, but we were quite pleased with the results when we finally finished. I think we would definitely consider doing it again.
For Dom’s bathroom, we knew that it would be shared as a guest bathroom as well… so I wanted it to be kid friendly, without being annoying for guests. Every year, Hubbalicious gives me a rubber ducky with my Christmas present. I’ve grown to absolutely love the tradition, so I knew right away how I wanted to decorate the guest/kid bathroom.
Next is the guest room. I went really bold with this one. I felt like being brave… The pictures make it look even greener than it actually was, but that’s okay. In person, I thought the room was fun. But in pictures… it kinda makes me want to gag.
I should point out though, that I learned how to paint stripes at this house… And I don’t know if you can tell in this picture, but these stripes are virtually perfect. I was pretty excited about how well those turned out.
And last but not least, our master bedroom. Another room in the house we never decorated. Right before we listed for sale, we decided to try another bold paint color. We hated this one, but never got around to changing it since we moved. Almost every piece of furniture in this room was borrowed for staging. Ha! That’s so embarrassing! :o) It worked though!
As I go back and look through these pictures, it’s so fun to see how tastes have changed. We’ve purchased, lived in, and moved out of another house since this one… Those pictures for that House Tour will follow in another post. I love to decorate, but I definitely learn more every time I do it. Not just about do’s and don’ts… but also about me and my taste. Surprisingly, it is a learning curve. You’d think that you just know what you’ll like… but sometimes I think I’ll like things that I end up hating and vice versa.
It’s also fun to see things like – no bedroom furniture, and our mattress/boxspring sitting on the floor after 10 years of marriage. I guess we’ve always found other, more important(?) things to spend our money on! Maybe that means there’s some shopping in my future?? I guess budget definitely plays into decorating style as well… In our first house, I had considerably less to work with, than in our next house. The older and more mature we get, the more mature our tastes get, and same with our budget. That helps a little too. ;o)
What is your favorite room in this house tour? How do YOU like to decorate?
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