Thursday, February 6, 2014

Thank you and a real estate re-do

Thanks for the support peeps, you're the best!




I had a hard time writing that last post because I seriously LOVE blogging (and reading


blogs). It's kind of an internal struggle for me and I just came to the point where I

 was spending too much time invested in my blog/others blogs/pinterest etc. instead of in

 my family and myself. It really made me stop and think about what am I teaching my boys

 by doing that. Not anything good, that's for sure!




Kati from so happy home made a great point too:




 "Doesn't it feel like so many blogs/bloggers are pushing you to buy something new, or to
constantly produce new looks/vignettes/trends, etc.? It's hard to keep up with the pace being set on social media et al."





It's so true!!






So, thank you my dear readers for your emails and comments and general awesomeness!




 Obviously it's been a while since I've done a proper post because I can hardly figure this all out anymore, sorry the text is all screwy! Ok, moving on.  :)





I love real estate. If we weren't so busy on Sundays I would go to open houses every 


week. I'm that crazy lady who likes to drive slowly by awesome houses at night just to 

sneak a peek through the lighted windows!! When we lived downtown Stanley and I would 

go on evening walks in the summer. His goal was to get out of the house for a while and get 

some exercise, mine was to snoop. Our new neighborhood is less than spectacular in the 

awesome house department but I still look online. It's a habit I've gotten in to after buying 

(twice) and selling our house(s). When I look through the listings I can't help but 

think about what I would do if it were my house. A friend once told me that she never saw the

 potential in our current house like I did, so I understand that it's a hard thing. 

I saw this vintage gem a few weeks ago and automatically the wheels were turning, so 

whether or not this is helpful for anyone it sure is fun!


This is a great split level house, 4 bedroom, two bath, great neighborhood, huge yard, 

little over 2300 sq ft., AC, SS and a heated attached garage-listed at $199,000. This would

 be a great family home!


So, if I had a $320,00(ish) budget this is what I would do:





New exterior paint and a little landscaping would do wonders for this house! I would also probably remove the iron railing at the bottom of the landing. It's not really needed and removing it would really open up the front entrance.



hidden potential front


Easy, beautiful and timeless!



Let's go inside now.....


hidden potential entry


You can see that there is some mid mod tile in the entryway and as long as it isn't an awful color I'd keep it. Paint out that paneling, throw down a rug and a basket for shoes and you're done!

Upstairs there is an open concept living and dining room. Since the carpet looks to be pretty old I'd rip it up and install hardwoods in the living, dining, hallway, bedrooms and kitchen (which is off to the left of the dining room). I would paint the entire upstairs a creamy white, all windows would have bamboo roman shades and I'd add some built ins in the living room most likely with closed doors on the bottom and shelves on top.


hidden potential living 1
hidden potential living 2

Last but not least, the dining room.


hidden potential dining



Come back next week to see the rest of this house, next up is the kitchen.

Have a great weekend!

4 comments:

kati @ sohappyhome.com said...

I LOVE that you are doing moodboards for a house you don't even own! And, I LOVE the look you're presenting. Kudos. Seriously loving the mix of modern, traditional, vintage, new, bespoke and hacked. Very nice work, Katie!

kati @ sohappyhome.com said...

I LOVE that you are doing moodboards for a house you don't even own! And, I LOVE the look you're presenting. Kudos. Seriously loving the mix of modern, traditional, vintage, new, bespoke and hacked. Very nice work, Katie!

Katie Waddell said...

Thank you!! I just couldn't resist with this house!

Leah said...

we have such similar taste! so, of course, i love the moodboards.