When I was on holiday scrolling through my favorite One Room Challenge reveals, I realized that I basically have deprived y’all from a move-in home tour. When we found out that we would be moving from North Carolina to Texas, I wanted to bring you on my house buying journey. Unfortunately, the blues mixed with the idea of moving away from the east coast caught up to me and it never happened. Fortunately for my sake and y’alls, I took some pictures to help document my family’s first “new-to-me” home journey.
Let me sum up the home buying process real quick… it was long, drawn-out, and frustrating. I found and searched for a home all via internet. The mister moved a few months before we actually moved and since we were in two different locations and we was working all the time, I had to do all the searching. He toured the homes and face-timed me once he got to the house. It was stressful doing things this way but I knew what I wanted and there was no way in my mind that I was going to settle. We went through 2 realtors before finding the one. Listen to your intuition when looking for a house. Our first realtor was too aggressive, the second was extremely passive and did not listen to a single thing I said. After falling in love with a beautiful home with a sauna and dreamy backyard just to realize that it was off the market, I chatted my thoughts for a home with the realtor and realized that this was the realtor I wanted.
We made an offer on 3 homes total. The first was a dream and at the top end of our price range. It lacked charm, but was spacious and the backyard had us at, “hello”. The second home was a steal for the neighborhood…You know what they say, “buy the ugliest home in the prettiest neighborhood to get the best return value”. We loved the neighborhood, but the home was a bit too small for us and needed a lot of repairs. It was not quite move-in ready. We ended up pulling our offer. The third home, which we ended up purchasing, was spacious (just under 3000 sq. ft), filled with charm, and was WAY, way under budget. It was literally a steal and had loads of charm. I have no regrets in my home buying decision, none whatsoever!
Now to the good stuff…
1950’s Southern Charm Home Tour
Parquet floors, upholstered walls, partition doors, chair molding, and gaudy light fixtures is what made up my foyer. At this current moment, the upholstered walls are down and the blue wall have been painted white. Stay tune…because this entryway is going to get a DRAMATIC makeover.
The formal dining room also sports the same upholstered walls and parquet floors. I wish they would have continued the flooring across the whole front of the house. but we will make due with what we have. I already started working in this room and will be debuting it this upcoming week for the Winter Eclectic Home Tour.
Living Room/Family Room
We already seen what happened in this room. Check it out, here. Dramatic, huh?
Please ignore all the junk in the back.
Yes, that is a radio from the 1950’s and get this…it still works! Original speakers and all.
This is my favorite bathroom in the house. It is bright, light, and large. The tub is a cinderella tub and is original to the home, along with the cabinetry. I have a set of built-in drawers and cabinets on the wall near the toilet. That mosaic tile has to go along with the carpet. I wanted to pull the carpet when we moved in and I was going to go with one of the local hardware stores down here (I was going to have someone install it), BUT after they told me I would have to pickup the toilet and lay the underlayment myself I figured I’d do it myself. I am thinking of making over this space for the Spring ORC. What do you think?
My hallway is gorgeous! It has so much potential and built-ins. In the image below, you see one built-in but there is another one in the hall with a laundry shoot/cubbard.
1950’s oven, original cabinetry, Rooster hand painted on the tile, and ugly red paneling. If there is anything in this kitchen that I cannot stand it is the paint color and tiled countertops. I just cannot!….No, please. I am slowly pulling off the tile from the countertop. Shhh…don’t tell the mister, but that is my doing. Haha! I love all the cabinets and I do not mind the wall paneling.
I will spare y’all the laundry room and commode for my sake and yours. The previous owners hired cleaners but they failed to thoroughly clean those spaces when I took these photos….so yeah. On a BIG note, this house if full of wonderful treasures. I love it and it is the perfect first home for my family.