Nesting News: Our Color Palette

Last time I updated you, we were gearing up for our home inspection. Luckily the seller agreed to make a majority of the changes we deemed necessary for moving in. We’re aware that with an old house comes all things old, so we’ll be saving our initial funds for emergencies (at least 6 months of mortgage payments, just in case!), updating the insulation by adding spray foam and replacing the ancient furnace and air conditioning systems once our 1-year home warranty expires. We’ll have to put major renovations on the back burner and update the house in creative, budget-friendly ways for the time being.

Pete and I have been discussing what we envision for our home’s color palette, since we know one of the first things we’ll be doing is removing wallpaper and painting a fresh coat in every room. Eventually (probably next summer-ish), we’ll want to tackle painting the exterior of the house. By “we” I mean Pete, because I have no balance and will absolutely end up hanging upside down by a shoelace if I have to stand on a ladder for an extended period of time.

While browsing Behr for paint inspiration, Pete stumbled upon an image of this house. We decided to base our potential home’s color palette on the photo and plan to give our home’s exterior a similar aesthetic, with mossy green and sandy hues (“spirited green” and “peanut butter,” to be exact).

I came up with a quick illustration that represents the color palette we are currently leaning toward. As one of our first DIY projects, we plan to make a mason jar chandelier, if you’re wondering why that snuck its way into the sketch. I think I might start drawing one original illustration per week to coincide with blog topics (or is that way too nerdy?).

How did you come up with a color palette for your home, or did you just wing it and take on one room at a time?

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Potentially Home: The 1st Offer

As planned, Pete and I went on our second house hunting adventure this weekend. We checked out two houses, the first was the house I posted photos of last time. It was incredibly small and not at all what we had hoped for, so we moved onto the second house. I saw this house listed online but it didn’t have any photos, so we took a risk and went with our realtor to see it in person.

You all know my love for bunnies. If being greeted by a bunny at the front door isn’t a good luck sign, I don’t know what is. Let’s not forget there is also bunny wallpaper galore in this house.

The house is a two story bungalow from 1940 with four bedrooms, two bathrooms and 1,342 square feet.

When we first stepped inside the house, this enclosed sunroom made me fall in love with the place. With a little modern lovin’, this room could be amazing. I really like the distressed blue floors and I’m sure the room could look a lot more airy if given a slight painted makeover.

Once you step through the sunroom, you enter the living room. Hardwood floors and a brick fireplace greet you with the first of many wood paneled walls (eek).

The living room leads to the dining room, with a beautiful bay window area. The hardwood floors are throughout the house and have some great details that would be absolutely beautiful with some refinishing. It’s safe to assume all wallpaper would be removed and painted with painted walls throughout the house.

The kitchen is a bit of a downer and cramped, but I think it could be revamped with some creativity in the form of extra storage, painted cabinets, wood floors and wallpaper removal. The door in the kitchen leads to a mudroom, which takes you outside to the backyard. There’s a lovely fenced in area where we could garden, along with a shed and concrete area that needs some TLC.

We are still waiting to receive the house’s disclosure, so we are anxious to find out when the appliances were last updated, in addition to when the roof was last replaced and if there have been any major problems.

This area of the kitchen could be better utilized with counter space and storage, as opposed to a breakfast nook, considering we usually eat our breakfast in the living room anyway.

The first floor has two bedrooms and one bathroom. We would obviously remove the wallpaper from the bedrooms and give the bathroom some updating, but for the most part, the foundation of the rooms gives us a great starting point.

The wallpaper border in this room has bunnies and hearts on it…something tells me this would be the room where our critters would reside (although we wouldn’t make them stare at that wallpaper).

I didn’t get any good photos of the basement, some of these are just shots I took with my iPhone and others are photos I snapped quickly when we toured the house for the second time with Pete’s mom and brother. The basement would need the most work, but we could take it one step at a time and not overwhelm ourselves with too many projects at once.

Inside the kitchen there is a door that leads to the upstairs. A wood paneled hallway leads you to a full bathroom (sorry for the awful photo) and two bedrooms. The latter room would be our guest room and the other would probably be used as an office space since it’s the smallest of all four rooms. And yes, we would do something about the wood paneling (probably painting it to start). The office could later be turned into a nursery if we decide to have a mini version of us (years and years from now, people!). It’s just good to know we would have a lot of space to expand our family…if that means housing goats or a baby (I’m leaning toward goats).

Anyway, we really love the place and can see its potential. We placed a bid on it yesterday, so hopefully we will hear back early this week about whether or not our offer has been accepted. If it has, we will need to review the disclosure (the offer is contingent on the disclosure). If we are unhappy with what we read in the disclosure, we’ll continue spending our weekends house hunting! If the disclosure looks good, we’ll move forward with the inspection process.

It’s been really fun browsing blogs for decorating ideas with Pete and watching home improvement shows together. I think we’ll be great at tackling renovations together, after all, he is incredibly handy and I’d like to think I’m pretty darn crafty. If this ends up being our home, it will need a lot of work, but I think it’s something we can handle if we take baby steps. As a side note, I have a strong desire to paint a fireplace white, and I’m pretty lucky that Pete and I have the same taste for decorating and that he goes along with me on these things. When he recently mentioned liking subway tiles, I fell in love with him a little more. I think buying and having a home together will be great for our already-happy relationship and I can’t wait to (hopefully) spend weekends together cursing about how hard it is to remove antiquated bunny wallpaper.

Update: We have agreed on a price with the seller, which is only a few thousand more than our original bid. We’re saving nearly $20,000 since it was listed at $200,000 and we’d be getting it for $190,500 including sellers assist ($11,000). Pretty darn excited! Next up: Inspection and finger-crossing.

House Hunting Part Deux

I’m really looking forward to house hunting this weekend with Pete. It’s hard to fall in love with a house online when there aren’t any photos of the bedrooms, bathrooms or basement, but judging from the interior and backyard, the place above in Glenside is definitely what we are looking for in a quaint, new home. The other house we are visiting doesn’t have any photos online, just a street view on Google maps. I’ll be sure to take photos to document our process…who knows, maybe we’ll be on our way to placing our very first bid on a house.

I can’t wait to have a house that is officially ours. I’ll admit I’ve become addicted to house blogs like Young House Love, but I have to remind myself that I’m not a mastermind when it comes to interior design and we’ll have to take baby steps in the remodeling department. I have a feeling there will be a lot of trips to flea markets and estate sales this summer to furnish our new abode. As much as I’d love to be able to afford to deck out our digs with gorgeous furniture from Anthropologie, I know that’s not realistic for our budget and we can probably achieve a similar look with some elbow grease and creativity. Plus, I think we’ll have more fun working together on thrifty furniture makeovers (and our credit cards will thank us later).

I’m really going to miss our current apartment, it is lovely and it feels like we live in our own little secluded bubble most of the time. But it will be nice to be able to have some more freedom (having guests over after 10pm) and our own backyard. Betty White will be able to bark her little head off if we leave to run errands. I’m hoping by giving Betty more room to run around, she will relax a bit and her separation anxiety will improve. She’s gotten a lot better and being able to take her to work has certainly helped her in remaining more calm. I’m really grateful that things have been able to turn around and she is a happy little pooch again.

*Speaking of Betty White, how many times can you spot her in these photos?