Come on Inside My New Home

Come on inside my new home, but don’t get too excited, this is the “before” tour!  This house was built in 1998 and has been home to two other families.  My hubby and I absolutely LOVE our new home.  That doesn’t mean it is totally perfect and there is nothing to do, there is A LOT that needs to be done.  My description of the house is that it is builder’s grade…formica countertops, basic woodwork, etc.  The basics would have been fine when we bought our first house, but this is the last house we will ever have (that is the plan, anyway).

Living Room Before

When you enter our home the living room is to the right.  One of the things I do love in this house is our oak floors.  We had the piano and these two chairs which will need to have the seat cushions recovered.  The curtain rods will be going, along with the blinds for plantation shutters to carry through our coastal look.

Dining Room Before Picture

This is it…my dining room.  The dining room is on the small side, but I plan on having large family meals for the holidays in what I am calling our tavern room.  The dining room is on the left and will get the same plantation shutters.  I have only recently begun to think about furniture.  I think I will paint this room a dark blue and add a white table and chairs and a large white china cabinet on that wall on the right.


Here is my kitchen.  It is ample size and has decent appliances, but the thermofoil on the cabinets is peeling in some places and there is some damage to the formica countertop.  I am doing a lot of kitchen dreaming!

Family Room Before Photo

The family room is in the center of the house which is wonderful!  What is not wonderful is this massive dark fireplace.  This will be our first project!  Nothing about this fireplace says coastal.

Tavern Room Before

Our tavern room is open to the family room and the back porch.  I envision a big farmhouse table here and my husband wants a wet bar.

Master Bedroom Before

The master bedroom is probably the most furnished since that is the only furniture we had in storage.  This is a spacious room that opens onto the family room with double doors, has an ensuite bathroom and a sitting room that we will eventually turn into a huge closet and dressing room.  The door to the right opens to our en suite bathroom and a walk in closet.

Bonus room Before

The first owner of this home added on all the way across the back of the house which gave us an extra bedroom with a huge walk in closet, our tavern room and a sitting room off the master bedroom.  The picture above is the sitting room off the master which will eventually become the closet and dressing room.

Guest Room #1 Before Collage

This is guest room #1.  There is ample storage in this house, particularly in this room.  Those double doors are a step-in closet.  The narrow door is a deep reach in linen closet.  The door on the other wall, though?  That opens onto another guest room.  My adult children are close, but I think they would like a little more privacy than that.  I am going to have to make the connecting door disappear.  There is also an en suite bathroom, another linen closet and another walk in closet.

Guest Room #2 Before Collage

Guest room # 2 is a nice size room with an en suite bathroom and a walk in closet.  Of course it has that lovely door connecting it to the other guest room.

Bunk Room Before Collage

The third bedroom is designed as an office, and as much as I would enjoy using it as Celebrate and Decorate headquarters, this is going to be renovated into a bunk room for my grandchildren.  I can’t wait to have them all here and tucked into into their bunks!

You can check out more pictures of my new home at my post about a new coastal home or my Fourth July Front Porch.  I am ready to take it on. The painters are scheduled for October 5th and I can’t wait to show you as I begin to make this house my forever home!

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  1. I can’t wait to see how your house unfolds. You have lots of nice spacious living areas with lots of light. I just had my living room, entryway, hallway, master bedroom and two bedrooms with a jack and jill bathroom repainted. I feel as if in a way I’m starting over too. I went from warm dark colors on my walls to now several variations of gray which seems to be the color trend of the past few years. I’m not sure what your color scheme is for your home, but I painted my bedroom SW Silver Strand and I love it! I’ve got lots of work cut out for me now as well with rearranging furniture and redecorating. One thing seems to snowball into another!

    1. Oh, Dawn, I can’t wait to see pictures! We have all grey walls in Ohio, so I am going with crisp blue and white here. Kind of exciting! The painter is scheduled for October 5th and I can’t wait!

  2. Hi Chloe – oh I can’t wait to see what you do – no doubt it will be beautiful. It looks huge and those floors – amazing I’m with you that fireplace is the only thing I wouldn’t be able to live with for too long. Congratulations and thanks for sharing your new home with us. So exciting !!!

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