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We’re moving!

Ahhhh! I can’t even believe I typed that headline. Everything has moved SO QUICKLY these last couple weeks. As soon as we finished the master bathroom I threw the idea out to Mike that we should contact our realtor just to feel him out. Next thing we knew we were signing contracts, photos were taken and our house was officially on the market. I’m talking in less than 48 hours, guys. If you know me — you know I go big or go home when it comes to executing an idea. 🙂 Our house went up for sale on the day of our fifth wedding anniversary which seemed kismet. The whole time we were sort of like HOLY CRAP what are we doing?! But it just felt right. And we were excited.

Fast forward several showings (read: lots of daily tidying. Lots. I’ll admit I was neurotic) and our house was sold in 8. freaking. days. 8 days guys! I like to pat myself on the back and think our updates and my “staging” helped, but I also think the market is hot in our area right now and there wasn’t much competition. Also, major kudos to our realtor (I’m looking at you Conrad Kuhn) for pricing our house right. The offer was for full ask. No negotiating. Needless to say we were thrilled!

One of the coolest things about listing our house for sale was seeing the photos our real estate photographer took of the house. After putting nearly five years of work into this home it felt so good to see the final product. Are you ready for a tour?! Check it out!

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We’re officially under contract on a new house but I want to get through the inspection process and make sure it’s a sure thing before sharing any details. It’s an older single family home that’s chock full of character but definitely needs some love. Needless to say I’m excited about the possibilities! Has anyone out there moved lately? Do you have any tips to share? What helped you stay organized while packing and unpacking? I need all the advice I can get!

House Tour Part One

My husband Mike and I purchased our first home in March 2013, and we’ve been making it our own ever since. The house was a short sale and it definitely needed some TLC. We’ve painted nearly every square inch of wall, ceiling, trim and door in the place in addition to replacing the carpeting upstairs and ripping out dingy carpeting in the downstairs living room in favor of more dog-friendly laminate. We also took down a glitter-tastic popcorn ceiling that spanned the entire downstairs. I’m very proud of the updates we’ve made to our abode and I plan to blog from time to time about home decor (it’s a passion of mine) so I figured I’d give you a lay of the land. The first phase of our virtual home tour covers the downstairs floor of our two-story townhouse. Here we go!

Welcome to Casa Genovese (fondly known by many of our friends as ‘The G-Spot’ thanks to my husband’s wicked sense of humor). Here’s the view as soon as you walk in the front door. The kitchen is at the front of the house (to the left) with a door to a half bath and another to our pantry/garage to the right. You can see straight through to the living room from here.

EntryThis is our kitchen. It’s the most colorful room in the house. I chose to paint it a vibrant red/coral color that plays really well with the cabinets. The bright color works in here because of the floor length windows that bathe the room in sunlight. Eventually we’d like to install a backsplash to kick it up a notch, but this kitchen has come a long way from what it looked like when we bought it. Two words: wallpaper border. Ugh! Thank goodness it’s gone.

Bay Windows

Fridge

Cabinets

SinkA downstairs half bath is one of three bathrooms in our house. I chose to amp up the small space with a fun striped wall. We installed the new vanity a few months ago, and I handled the plumbing!

New Vanity

Hall Bath

Striped Wall

 

Just past the kitchen and bathroom is the dining room. One of our most impactful updates in the dining room was replacing the old ‘boob light’ fixture with this new chandelier. The dining set is very special to us, too. The table was Mike’s grandmom’s that was used for years and years to make big batches of gnocchi for family holidays, and the chairs were handed down to me from my Nana (who has a flair for decorating).

Dining Room

View to Living Room

Our living room is a wide room that spans the entire width of the house. We replaced old carpeting with this new laminate to match the existing hardwood in the dining room and entry. Eventually, we’d like to give the windows a more custom, high-end look by installing built-in bookcases and a window seat. How awesome would that be?!

CouchEntertainment Unit

Finally, our living room opens onto a patio in our back yard. The back yard is one of the reasons we loved this townhouse because it gives our dog Cody a place run free. We haven’t done much out here other than purchasing a grill (which we use ALL the time) and a chimnea to give the patio a little ambience. We’re hoping to purchase some new patio furniture and build out a deck over the old, cracked concrete patio in the spring. The fence will be getting a fresh coat of paint, too!

Patio

 

I can’t wait to show you the second story in a post next week, and I’ll be sure to share any DIY projects as we continue to update our place. Are you working on any renovations right now? What DIY projects got your home looking like new?

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