It’s officially September 1st and the Summer Season will soon be over. I love this month because it’s my birthday month. What is your favorite month of the year, Sweet Friends?
I thought I’d update y’all on the happenings with my little family of five. Boy oh boy has it been a summer. We were fortunate to take a few short day trips, including this beach adventure in Northern California. Most of my Summer was spent house looking.
As I sit here writing this post, it almost feels surreal. The home buying adventure started in June and here we are September 1st and I finally have the keys to my new home. If you follow me on Instagram and/or Facebook (which I hope you do) you know that I offered on this beautiful home about a month ago.
Back in June, I just new it was time to relocate out of the San Francisco Bay Area to the Central Valley of Northern California. With aging parents my goal has always been to help them age gracefully.
What seems like not a long time…three months…felt like a very long sailboat ride.
This house, my new Home on Northwood, was the third property I offered on after viewing about a dozen homes. It was really my favorite home, but when I walked in to view the property it already had five offers in the queue. I honestly never thought this home would become mine, but “someone” had other plans for me.
There were so many reasons this home felt like my forever dream home. My son Troy loved the home, it was walking distance to my parent’s home, and all of the features in the home were exactly what I needed.
Of course, I wish I could have found a newly remolded home. But at this point the home met most of my needs.
I thought you might enjoy this video I made on the Home Buying Adventure. It’s Watch Me Wednesday, Episode #7.
The Home on Northwood is actually in really good condition, it’s just cosmetically not pleasing to me. This home has great bones but it does need lots of cosmetic TLC and updates; flooring, paint, popcorn ceilings, etc. etc.
I’m over the moon excited to be sharing with you today my NEW HOME NORTHWOOD!
I’m over the moon excited to be sharing with you some of the UGLY INTERIOR photos. LAUGHLING OUT LOUD!!!
The bathrooms are a flashback to 1970! Oh My. Linoleum on the floor in that beige marble, goodness gracious previous owners!!!
And how about that shower door. Obviously the previous owner was an older person and needed bathroom assistance, hence the metal holders on the wall.
I can’t deny that it just looks ugly inside. I grew up with Popcorn Ceilings and I’m 50 years old. They have GOT TO GO soon!!!! I love my new entryway, but those ceilings, ugh. The disappointing factor is the previous owners painted over the popcorn ceilings so scraping those is not an option. My thought are Shiplapping the Ceilings or Texturing over the Ceilings. The remainder of the house is not painted so those will get scrapped. Let me know what you think? Shiplap or Texture?
I am lucky enough to have a two car garage but I’m not exactly thrilled about having the laundry in the garage. I’m hoping to fancy up the laundry area to create a room environment. That’s just one of “my long list of” upcoming projects!
A a fixer up! The home is actually in really good condition, it’s just cosmetically not pleasing to me. I’m not a fan of carpet or pine wood floors or even dark brick. I prefer lighter, more neutral tones as I believe it opens up the space to appear larger. My plan for this beautiful fireplace is to do a Faux Schmear finish. I’ll be sure to take you along on that DIY project.
The ceilings in my main family room are all wood and I absolutely love the look. The dark brick and dark ceilings make the room a bit dark, which is why I plan to Faux Schmear the fireplace soon.
I’m not sure if I am more thrilled with my spacious backyard, or the pups. The yard is full of beautiful green grass, flowering trees, fruit trees and a corner with a bird bath and trellis. Wisteria covers the trellis and I am really looking forward to seeing it bloom. I think Wisteria blooms closer to October and November, but I am not sure. Behind the Wisteria is also an Avocado Tree. Orange, Lemon, Lime, and Grapefruit Trees are just some of the fruit trees in my yard. There is a large patio up against the house, as well. I’m super excited to design and decorate the spacious patio.
BACKYARD WISH LIST!
Here’s what I’m dreaming about for my backyard! It’s a pretty clean slate and I’m really excited to get some seating out there.
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I hope you’ve enjoyed hearing about my new home.
Now go out there and Create Something.