Offensive!

I told you I would be posting more often! Ok don’t worry, I don’t expect you to read this EVERY day. I was feeling inspired. 😀

Since we are in the middle of a few projects right now, and I don’t have a completed start-to finish for you, I thought I would give y’all a few of my “top offenders.” That is the top 5 items on our list to fix.

I would describe our preferred style as traditional as far as home architecture goes and traditional/transitional for interiors.

Though I expected newer homes to have been built with the character of their time, I never expected a home that looked so downright traditional on the outside to be so offensive on the inside. So now we begin the task of updating our interior! Or… un-updating it? Replacing the existing finishes and fixtures to reflect a more “classic” design POV and removing the 80s/90s junk. NOTE: These projects aren’t ranked in any particular order of offensiveness, they’re all pretty bad.

WARNING… these pictures are disturbing and may be offensive to some audiences.

1. The awesomely dated brass fireplace.

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This thing MAYBE wouldn’t have been so terrible if it didn’t have rusted out spots that were SO visible. A la…

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As you can see, the monster is pictured here shortly before meeting its bitter end via a can of ORB (oil rubbed bronze) spray paint. More on that to come!

2. The winningest wood-look floor, cabinet, and countertop combo in existence.

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This is in our kitchen! And that is a chip in the laminate tile. ‘NUFF SAID.

3. The saddest entryway “chandelier” in existence.

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This thing has been on my list since day 1. Its the first thing you see when you walk in, so… 😦 Also, popcorn ceilings get an honorable mention here.

4. Number four is a glorious ceiling fan. The previous owners did not see importance in putting the cord in the ceiling, so this baby’s chain is elegantly draped across the living room ceiling and down the wall to an extension cord.

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It should be noted that all of the ceiling fans in the home are dated, and mismatched. This is the first one you see, and the only one with a visible power supply. Why?

5. Number five is a wall-mounted fire alarm strobe (or something completely different?) that is conspicuously centered on our living room wall. RIGHT where every person in their right mind would want to place a large piece of wall art or a painting of some sort over a sofa.

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Anyone know WHAT THIS IS or how we can get rid of it? Plan at the moment is to procure a large piece of wrapped canvas art.

So there you have it! Some of the love-to-hate-it parts of our new home. We are so excited that these things are all fun changes that we can do in the near future. I feel like small changes here will make a HUGE difference, and I can’t wait to share the process!

If anyone has any suggestions or stories, please feel free to share!!

My bad!

So the Holidays came and went and …. I am happy to say that after a TON of drama, we have settled into our new home! I did not want to start on the new house posts until we were actually sure that we would have one.. my bad guys -.-

I will spare you all the VERY gory details, since a post bitching about something that is (thankfully) in the past is only really interesting for .5 seconds. In a nutshell,

-We put an offer on the home and it was all good until the seller found out he had to track down a gazillion estranged family members to get permission to sell.. we pushed back closing.

-The seller tracked down said family members in record time and we were all set to close again pending a few signatures, when our lender “found out” at the last minute that a few months beforehand, FHA guidelines had changed, requiring borrowers to have been at their current place of employment for at least six months (I was at about 4 months employment at the time). We had to push the close date back another few months.

-On our way to closing last week we got a phone call saying that the Justice Department (responsible for getting closing papers to one of the seller’s estranged family members in PRISON in NEW YORK…LOL) had hung up on the title company when they called to find out why it was taking so long. We waited, and thankfully our lender and the title company were able to have us sign that day, we heard back Yesterday that the family member had signed and our loan had been funded. YAY.

SO we put in our offer in mid-late October 2013, we own our home in the very end of January 2014. Dayum! So happy it all worked out!

Now, I can share with you how happy we are to be here!

Drum roll please…. 

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TA-DA! Yup, thats our first home. The home that we knew was ours all along. It put up a good fight, but we refused to give up and now it is ours. Thank you to everyone that got us were, we LOVE IT!

Now comes the fun stuff! I already have a qeue of projects that I have completed and photographed and am anxious to share!  

More to come soon this time I promise!