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Tour de Home

We are loving our new home.

It’s the little things really. Like having a dishwasher that actually cleans your glasses…Like being able to run the washing machine and shower at the same time (okay that’s a big thing)…Like having windows that haven’t been painted shut. We are just so thrilled w/ living in a house built in the 50’s rather than the 30’s!

Welcome to our Tour de Home.

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Welcome to our front door. Projects here include: staining the door, power washing and painting the landing, spray painting the mailbox and replacing the knocker that has the previous owners name on it. :)

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Enter living room, projects include-sewing some curtains and fresh painting.

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Marital discussion#1–Joel wants his TV to go over the mantle…I say no way. Any suggestions on hiding a TV?? He’s thinking of continuing the pillars from the bottom and building a cabinet to enclose it. Suggestions??

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Take a sharp right, enter the dining room. We’ve already taken the doors off both the entryways into the dining room to open it up. Soon we would like to knock down the wall b/n the living and dining room to open it up even more. We need color suggestions for this room! Any thoughts?

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Continuing through the circular flow of the house, enter galley kitchen which opens up to an eat-in space. You can also see the mud room here.

Yes, that’s right, the kitchen is TOPAZ.

I told Joel it’s on Martha Stewart’s “Top 10 Colors to Watch For in 2010” and he said he would be watching topaz leave our house immediately. :)

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This is for sure what sold us on the house. The previous owners knocked out a 3rd bedroom to extend the kitchen. We have big plans for transforming this space to a place where all our students can feel at home!

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One thing that will take some getting used to is the stove is in the middle of the room!? Can I interest anyone in a pineapple light fixture?

On to the bedrooms, atrium and our humble lone bathroom.

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This photo is deceiving. It looks like we have more topaz to offer Martha here in the master bedroom…nope! In fact, we have We Are Marshall Green! Though I love my alma mater, within 48 hours of being here We Are–a different color. (Master bedroom debut Monday!)

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Here we have what we are affectionately calling the Big Bird Yellow Guest Room. Lacking inspiration for this room. All suggestions welcome.

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Here is a design challenge for the average Columbia home…the atrium. What is it, what’s it’s purpose and how do you utilize this valuable space? We are thinking two small bookshelves where there is currently a coat tree. Anyone out there have a chic yet cunning way to use this space?

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Last but not least the bathroom. Before and after pics coming soon!

Hope you enjoyed the little tour of our place. We will say farewell for the weekend by taking you through the backyard. See you Monday!

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We did it!

Everyone says now is a good time to buy…so, after much prayer, counsel, research and driving all over Columbia…we bought our little piece of the pie!

We were driving around our desired neighborhood one evening after work (our tradition) when we saw a “For Sale by Owner” sign. Now, we’ve always been leery of FSBO b/c typically they have sentimental value about their home, thus their price is way off. But, I made a quick phone call to the number on the sign and asked the details.

The lady called me about an hour later and asked us to come by the house to see the potential that it might have for us. Of course, I wanted to know the bottom line price…so after she rambled off the perks of an old house with new windows, new electric, new plumbing, new hot water tank, new dishwasher, etc. she then said, “the price in negotiable.”

With those 4 little words we were in the car and on our way.

Fast forward past 2 months and waaaaay to much work for Joel, (we now know that saving money not having a Realtor is NOT worth it–go with a  Realtor people!!) we are now the proud owners of this little bungalow!

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We got home from Greek Summit, got a good night of rest, and immediately started moving!

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Praise the Lord for sweet (strong) frat boys who feel somewhat indebted to Joel :)

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I actually had a twinge of sadness when we found renters for our old place (who will now have full access to my hydrangea bushes…boo.) But, a fun new project w/ hubs got me back in the new home owner spirit.

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We were a little overzealous to think we could get ourselves moved-in in one day…that one day stretched into three and our hands and feet were swollen and tired.

By the second day we realized we had moved all the beds to the new house, but had no electricity in the new house yet…so we drug two twin mattresses back to the old house and had an old-fashioned slumber party!

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I guess it wasn’t that old fashioned b/c Joel hooked our campus VPU up to our computer and we watched “The Office” on our bedroom wall! So fun.

Tomorrow, I will take you on a virtual tour of the house…let’s just say we’ve been officially sleeping here for two nights and Joel has already torn down a wall.

Photos are coming of all the action! Stay tuned :)