We’re homeowners! And soon-to-be DIY-ers!

As of today, Brian and I are homeowners!

And future landlords! We bought a two-family house and will be living on the first floor while renting out townhouse-style second and third floors. Now we just need to rent it.

But the second unit is pretty much all renovated; our apartment, however, can use some major sprucing up.

The house was build in 1900, which I’m so excited about because I’ve always loved houses built in that era. It has french doors and hardwood floors and period details that I love.

Now, if I my interior design skills were half as good as Brian’s building skills, I’d already have a pretty sweet vision for our place… but we are going to have to settle for me finding inspiration on Pinterest and trying to recreate it as well as I can.

My first task is to take down the wall paper in the dining room and paint it…

Oh, and I also need to prime and paint the living room (Brian has already decided this is going to be Benjamin Moore Lancaster Whitewash. No discussion! Luckily, I’m a fan!):

I know this is going to shock you, but I’m going to change the bedroom color, too:

And the office needs a little color, don’t you think?

And finally, the kitchen:

Our plan is to put in new cabinets, a new counter and new appliances. Brian told me I can be in charge of picking everything out, but remember? I have no design sense.

The kitchen is a small space, but I think we can make it look cute.

Of course, this is my definition of “cute”:

Kitchen by www.katejacksondesign.com

Oh yeah, we can totally make that work!

Dream kitchen by Kate Jackson Interior Design

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Audrey McClelland has been a digital influencer since 2005. She’s a mom of 5 and shares tips on her three favorite things: parenting, fashion and beauty. She’s also a Contemporary Romance Author.

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  1. 11.14.11
    Dawn said:

    wow – lots of fun making it your own!

  2. 11.14.11

    Awesome! I share your joys and feel your pain. Can’t wait to follow along on your journey.

  3. 11.15.11
    shana said:

    If you like Pinterest, you’ll love houzz.com. Congrats and good luck!

  4. 11.15.11
    Lucy said:

    I agree with your definition of cute. Congrats! I love older homes filled with character.

  5. 11.15.11
    Susan Heller said:

    It’s adorable and so are you guys. Can’t wait to see the transformation. My whole house is Benjamin Moore colors, the pottery barn collection. Love those colors.

  6. 11.15.11
    Dee Velleco said:

    Happy for you and Brian…whatever you do to your new home..it will be great!

  7. 11.15.11

    Oh, it’s so beautiful! I totally agree with you about older homes built in that era. It’s like they just have so much life to them and are so cozy, warm and inviting. I can’t wait to see what you and Brian do with it to make it your own! (P.S. Sorry I’ve had your page sitting open on my computer since yesterday! I swear I’m not stalking you, lol! I kept it open to remind me to comment when I had time. *grin*)

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