This is the third home we've owned. (We've rented several times, too.) The last two times we bought, we knew we'd be selling again within a couple of years. That motivated our home purchases and decorating.
Not this time! Our first priority was location -- we wanted trees and a big lot. We prefer homes older than 30 years. The house needed at least three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and our ideal included a bonus room for school/play. Outside of that, we weren't particular.
(Note to self: next time gas heat will be on the must-have list.)
The home we bought was built in 1978. It had some updates and is certainly a nice home. Mainly it needs paint, landscaping work, and new windows. The bathrooms could use a major overhaul, but that can wait. So can the overhead lighting situation. (It's nonexistent upstairs. No ceiling fans but an attic fan. Weird for this Southern girl.)
The neighborhood is pretty perfect. We are two houses from a dead end, which has a walkway right to the neighborhood school. There are two families on either side with boys Lee's age. Our lot has a dramatic slope (great for sledding, we've learned) but levels out to a spot perfect for a garden, chicken coop, or bee hives.
As far as decorating the house, we're taking it one room at a time on a limited budget. The wonderful thing about updating a home this age is the major transformation that happens with a few gallons of paint.
We started with the playroom/school room this weekend. We're still not completely finished, but here's a sneak peek of the "Before" and "After."
** I didn't remember to get "Before" pictures with how it currently looks, so the first ones here are when we first moved in. For the next room I'll do better about that.**
We found out this weekend we were accepted into our local Classical Conversations community for next year. (Wahoo!) Having a beautiful, fun learning area and a prestigious, challenging program to guide us is really exciting.
I can't wait to show you the final room in the next couple of weeks!