Hello Beautiful People, happy first day of Fall.
How are you? And, how was your summer? I hope it was fabulous and fun-filled. I spent my summer packing/moving. I’m so glad to be back, and I have lots of things I want to share.
The last time we spoke, I was knee-deep in staging our home to sell. As you know from the title, we sold our home, but that’s not all. Did I mention that I didn’t renew my lease? We’ll talk more about that in another post.
To bring you up to speed. On March 17th, we called in our Realtor Kathie. She advised us on what we needed to do to get our home ready for market. You can read about the process here and here.
Lovelies, I must be honest; staging the home required a lot of work, and we couldn’t have pulled it off without the help of our Realtor. The to-do list was like “the song that never ends,” and it went on and on, my friends. After all the hard work, we listed the home on March 24th and received an offer on the 29th. On May 4th, we closed and said goodbye to our dream home. Shakespeare said it best, “Parting is such sweet sorrow.”
Now that you know all the tea. Let’s get this home tour started. By the way, instead of doing one extremely long post. I decided we’ll tour the main floor today, and next week we’ll cover the upstairs. So, grab yourself a cup of Joe and get comfortable. This post has lots of pics, enjoy!
Welcome to We Sold Our Home…Home Tour Edition
When we purchased the home, it didn’t look anything like this. The house was painted a dreadful dreary green, and the landscape was almost nonexistent. The neighbors referred to it as “the haunted house.” It took several years to get to the photo above, I will throw in a few before pics to show you the transformation.
The foyer sets the tone for the entire home. Even though it’s tiny, we wanted to make a bold statement. So, we didn’t buy into the “keep everything neutral for resale.” Instead, we created a unique space that reflects our personality and style. And we had fun doing it.
We furnished most of our home by shopping at thrift stores and yard sales. On occasion, we found curbside items that worked too! The paint did the heavy lifting in this space. Don’t you agree?
The rug is a piece of carpet remnant leftover from a previous project. I commissioned my daughter to paint the beautiful palm tree in a terracotta pot. She did so during the four hurricanes that ravaged Florida in 2004: Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne. The rug remained in the foyer until we moved.
The Master is right off the foyer. The high ceilings and the natural light makes the room look/feel bigger than it is.
The bathroom received a major overhaul. We got rid of everything and started from scratch.
Formal Living Room
We used every room in our home. No space was off limits. Our goal was to create livable spaces that were casual, comfortable and infused with things we loved. I think we pulled it off!
The dining table was another DIY project. We found several pieces of wood, curbside. Fortunately, there was enough wood to construct the tabletop.
We got creative in the powder room and constructed a custom vanity from a dilapidated privacy fence. We used brown shipping paper on the walls. Then painted the space a golden hue. Shall we talk about the granite and the vessel sink? I love them both. Need I say more?
Ok lovelies, bear with me. We’re almost finished, with part one of the tour. Thanks for hanging out with me thus far.
Oh, how I wish you could see the before pictures of the kitchen. It was a disaster. There was green wallpaper with miniature pink flowers. The white 6-inch tiles on the countertop were cracked, or missing grout. Did I mention, the drip bowls on the stove disintegrated when we tried to clean them. Where is that wide-eyed emoji? I need him ASAP!
I gave the oak cabinets a good scrub and painted them an espresso color. My favorite designer Christopher Lowell used to say, “Just because it’s wood doesn’t mean it’s good.” I agree with him 100%. What about you?
Believe it or not, the barstools were a gift with purchase. Lol! I purchased an antique sleigh bed, and the shop owner threw in the barstools for free.
What do you think? I think they look great, all decked out in the zebra print fabric.
To add visual weight an accent color (Tapestry by Ralph Lauren} was added to the opposite wall. The oversized artwork helps to balance the space.
We splurged on the granite! It adds character, warmth, and a touch of the unexpected to the space. Who Knew?
Lovelies, that’s it for part one of the home tour edition. I hope to see you back next week for part two.
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