House in the Woods – A Fixer Upper

As i said in my last post, hubby and i BOUGHT OUR FIRST HOUSE!! After putting in offers for four other properties and then losing them for one reason or another, we finally got one! It seemed like it was never going to happen. This house was not exactly our first choice – the backyard has a steep hill and the living room is four steps down from the rest of the house because it used to be a garage some 30-50 years ago. The house was built in 1942 and every single room needed updating.  But we saw that part as a good thing because we wanted a fixer upper that we can eventually make some cold hard cash on once we sell. Here are some before pictures.


Front of the house. Those brown interior shutters are gone now


Living room and front door #1 


Front door is on the left edge. Looking into kitchen




So much wood!!


Who doesn’t want a booth?


The beautiful booth and glass brick window


Dining room


Hallway – this is gone now


Bedroom #1 – Extra bedroom


Main bathroom – Beautiful pink


Bedroom #2 – Ryker’s room. It used to be TINY!


Our bedroom. You can jut see out of bedroom doorway #2 that goes into the living room. Also our bathroom.


And of course, the bathroom has the beautiful wall paper to match.


Balcony In Need Of A Redo




A while back I posted pictures of my cute little balcony that i decorated on a budget. Well, I have moved since then. And got a hammock. Our new balcony is much bigger. But the hammock was MUCH bigger than I thought it might be. Below are the “Before” pictures. There are no “After” pictures yet, but I hope to make the new balcony cute very soon! 

picture063The hammock is so comfy, even if it is WAY huge. picture064You can kind of see the two ‘chairs’ I had on my old balcony (lime green long cushion and pink cushion). I didn’t really get a good picture of the plants in the corner, but believe me, they are there. And they take up way more space than you can tell from the angle of these pictures. They are all about dead though since summer is coming to an end. I got a decent harvest out of them! A big planter with tomatoes, jalepenos, basil (only one I plan to keep), and green beans (super dead). One of the problems is I have a bunch of solar lights and the sun collector things are staked into some planters. Not sure what I’m going to do about this because the planters take up a reasonable amount of space and are now kind of ugly with the dead plants in them. 

And of course the freakin bikes take up a ton of space. But I don’t know where else we can put them. If it were up to me, we would have waited until we were not in high rise apartments to buy bikes but the hubs is in love with bike riding. Maybe we can keep them in the bedroom? Not sure… will that be better?

picture065From this pic, you can see the red patio set that we scavenged from the trash room. It is okay but I think we might store it away for camping or give it to my mom or something. We got a really cute (and Large – How is everything going to fit?!?!?!) patio furniture set from Target with gift cards from the wedding!

Target Patio FurnitureNow I just have to organize and decorate!!! Oh and one more thing, my favorite cute lights finally quit working. They shatter very easily it turns out!