New House // First Floor Before

I have a group of friends who love to look at real estate. We are always looking but never actually moving. For me, I'm constantly on Zillow looking at houses on the market because I am fascinated by how other people live. My husband does not understand it. He can't imagine wanting to go to an open house for a home we have no intention of buying or spending your free time imagining how you would change a floor plan. 

This is the day we took possession of the house and I just want to go give the girl in this photo a big hug because she has no idea how much work is ahead of her. 

So I can imagine no better gift than a blog post of the before photos of our new home. We bought the house in July and have been working on it non-stop since the day we took possession. Well, first we had a party, but then the next day we started working.

I had to post this one too because I think we look like an American Eagle ad all matching and color coordinated. We didn't have any furniture except an old patio set from aunt and uncle that my dad had brought over to surprise us. We all sat around that and drank beer from a cooler and ate a pretty lavish cheese and fruit plate my mom put together. First night = first party.

Living Room.

Living Room.

Three season porch.

Three season porch.

Entryway.

Entryway.

Dining room.

Dining room.

Hallway and stairs.

Hallway and stairs.

First floor powder room.

First floor powder room.

Family room.

Family room.

Kitchen + breakfast nook + tv area.

Kitchen + breakfast nook + tv area.

Kitchen.

Kitchen.

Backyard + deck + a peek of the garage.

Backyard + deck + a peek of the garage.

Back deck.

Back deck.

There are so many things that drew me to this house. I love the entertaining areas. I love the big open kitchen/eating area/tv room. I love the details of an old house. It was built in 1936 and while it does need updates, it has been well loved. When we were first going through the house, I realized that it was the house a friend of mine from high school and college grew up in. You can tell it was a fun house and a great family lived there. It had good energy in it. It's the first house we've ever owned (we held on to renting really tight) and I've loved putting our mark on it.

Second floor next! But in the mean time, any ideas for that deck? I'm trying to think of ways to put more furniture and style on to it even though it's a strange shape.