House Tour: The Family Room

If you missed the post on the kitchen, you can read it here.

Continuing the tour down to the family room, we’ve got a tone-on-tone look going with all of the greens. Again, not a horrible color on the walls, but it’s a little much for every single wall. Good thing paint is cheap not quite a million dollars a gallon. 😉

The family room is obviously where we spend most of our time watching TV hanging out together. It’s definitely a cozy room and we love having carpet (despite it’s color) after having an all tile-and-hardwood floor at our rental house. There’s just something about laying on a carpeted floor that makes you feel at home!


We have put our fireplace to good use already this year. If I had enough firewood, I would have a fire every night! Our family room tends to be a bit chilly because it sits on a cement slab and it’s one of the lowest rooms in the house, so when heat rises it keeps this room nice and frigid. (Keeping our thermostat at 63 could also be a reason for the frostbite). 🙂 I can’t say enough about our fireplace..I absolutely love it. We will be painting it white at some point also! 🙂 (Let’s be honest..I’ll be painting almost everything white..) 😉


The family room has a door out to the garage, a door down to the sub-basement, a door to a half-bath, and a door out to a patio in the backyard. It’s basically Grand Central Station.IMG_4630

A peak into the half-bath which lovingly initiated us into the world of homeownership by having a leaking ceiling the night we closed on the house. That story is coming soon…but you’ll see the patchwork that Brian is working on if you look at the top right corner of the photo…IMG_4635

Here’s a view from our patio…IMG_4637

Next up: the garage & Man Cave! Click here for the next post.


House Tour: The Kitchen

If you missed the last post on the front room, click here.

As you walk through the front room, you’ll make your way into the kitchen. This is one room where the paint doesn’t actually make me nauseous. I’m pretty fond of eggplant purple, although it’s a little dark to do for an entire room, in my opinion.


Eventually we I’d like to paint all of the cabinets white and change out the countertop and add a backsplash. So many projects, so little time! 🙂 IMG_4624 IMG_4626

The kitchen walks out to a porch that overlooks our backyard. In the photo below, our yard is actually only about half the size as it appears. We do not have a fence on the right side of our property, so this photo actually shows both our yard and our neighbor’s. We thought about putting up a fence at first, but we’ve got a nice lady as a neighbor on that side and plus, people first think that our yard is huge! 🙂

The backyard looks towards an exit ramp of one of our main highways here, but Brian and I actually prefer that opposed to looking right into someone else’s yard and not having any privacy. At least we can look out to a big open sky opposed to another house!IMG_4661 IMG_4662

The kitchen then leads down a half flight of stairs to the family room (or functional living room). IMG_4627

We’ll head down to the family room in the next post. Click here to jump to the next post now.

House Tour: Front Room

Welcome inside! If you missed the first post of the House Tour, click here.

Pay no attention to the fact that there is very little in this new room. When you go from a 900 sq/ft ranch house with no basement to a 1700 sq/ft house with 5 half-levels, you don’t have much to fill the house with! As you walk into the house from the front door, you’ll see this (5 points if you can spot Chigger):


As you enter, you’ll be standing in the front room (or “formal living room” or “great room”…official name to be determined). You look directly into the kitchen from here. I know what you’re thinking, “Wow, those paint colors are beautiful…where can I get that paint for my own house?” And even more, you’re thinking, “dark green carpet…why have I never thought of that amazing choice!? This makes me question every style decision I’ve ever made!” I know, I know. You’re jealous. But don’t be too jealous, we will be painting and replacing floors as soon as we can save up the money for it!

This room currently has our Christmas tree in the bay window and some furniture that my parents used to have (which they just replaced with some nice new chairs!). When I heard they were going to get rid of these chairs, I jumped on the opportunity to get some furniture to fill up this empty room! I plan to move the chairs to the bay window once I’ve gotten our tree down and will eventually reupholster the chairs when I’ve determined this room’s color scheme.

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In this particular room, our ceilings are 12′ tall! It will definitely be the trickiest one to paint and decorate. If you look super close, you’ll notice that our ceilings have popcorn ceilings. We were originally going to spend the time to scrape all of this off and smooth it out. But, after living here for a month, they really don’t bother us as much as we originally thought. So, we’re going to skip that project for now and go directly to painting. If we decide later that we just can’t stand them, we’ll work on that later. It’s just too big of a project to tackle right away! You’ll also notice that our walls has the “knock down” texture on them. I’m not a fan of it, but again, it’s way too much work to try to smooth out walls throughout the entire house. Odd fact: the kitchen, master bedroom and sub-basement don’t have the same texture. Weird!

IMG_4616IMG_4622I suppose it’s time to start taking down my Christmas decorations. But, since we didn’t move until the beginning December and we didn’t get our decorations up until mid-December, I figured we were allowed to leave them up for a bit longer. In fact, I’m listening to Christmas music as I type this. Time to get over the denial that the holidays are over, I suppose!

Well, now that I’ve got you totally drooling over paint and floors, we’ll move on to our next room..the kitchen! Click here to jump to the kitchen post.