I interrupt this week’s food post for some house photos :) I’ll try to get back to food posting soon, I’ve just been so busy!

Since so many of you requested “before” house pics, your wish has been granted. Honestly there’s not much to see here and the changes will be so huge that it will be hard to compare after. But I’ll give you a little tour…

Welcome to our house, come on in!

First Time Homeowners!

For those of you that are really interested, here’s the first floor plan. You’ll be able to understand my tour a little better this way:


Here’s what you see when you walk in the front door:


First of all, there’s hardwood floors under all that gross carpet, which we will obviously remove. Second, how gorgous is that woodwork? It’s going to look amazing stained a dark color to go along with the floors. Or Maybe painted white? I dunno yet!

To the your left is a coat closet and to the right is the living room:

Living Room

Pardon they photo quality. I’m not sure how to take photos when the windows are all blown out.

Ok back to the stairs. There’s a weird thing where you go up a couple stairs to a landing and then you can either go upstairs to the second floor or back down two more stairs to the kitchen. If you go to the kitchen that way, this is what you’ll see:




The door through there goes to the back door and a powder room.

If you walk down the steps and into the kitchen and turn to the right, this is the view through the kitchen, with the dining room behind it:


That door that’s open on the right goes to the basement.

If you walk through the kitchen, this is the dining room:


If you turn to the left, you see the den, which was an addition to the house:


And if you had turned to the right you get back to the living room, facing the front of the house:


If you then walk into the living room and turn right, you face back towards the front door and staircase:


Ok, well my computer’s about to die…so I’ll share the second floor with you soon. 

I hope you enjoyed the tour :) I can’t wait to show you the “after” photos. And I especially can’t wait for construction to begin!!!


  1. Yay! I’ve been looking forward to a post from you all week. This house has such great bones. I cannot wait to see what the after pictures look like! And wow! That wallpaper in the dining room reminds me of my parent’s old house. Talk about memories!

    • Aw, you’re so sweet, Monet! I’m glad you like the house. Hahahaha yeah, it has some great wallpaper in this house…wait til you see the second floor bath ;)

  2. movita beaucoup

    This house has good bones. It has soul. You can tell it has been loved. And loved people back. There will be days when you forget this. When you just want to get it all done. When everything is taking too long, nothing has a place, and there is mess everywhere. When that happens, breathe. And get back to lovin’ every bit of this new adventure…

    • Everyone seems to love this house’s bone structure- what a lucky house. Yes, we definitely got lucky that the woman we bought it from has lived there the last 60 yrs and took great care of it. We’re only the 3rd owner in its 85 yr existence!

      Thank you for the advice…I’m sure I’m going to need it :) Thank goodness we’re not living there through the renos or I think I’d die.

  3. It’s like a gorgeous blank canvas. I can’t wait to see what you do!!!

  4. It will be so much fun to see the changes you guys make! I think our houses have similar layouts. I am planning on posting before and afters of our house as we finish the rooms. So far the whole house is painted, the half bathroom is redone, and the dining room is pretty much complete, but we have lots to do in the other rooms… and the yard.

    • It’s going to be such a transformation I don’t think anyone is going to believe it. I can kind of picture it all in my head now and I’m just so excited.
      I can’t wait to see your before and afters too!!! Have you posted anything about your house yet? I don’t know because I only just found you…

  5. I can feel your excitement, Amy! You have so much to look forward to. Congratulations again and good luck with your renovation plans. It’s a serious adventure with a huge reward waiting at the end of the process. Sending you good vibes! : )

  6. I love it! Thanks for the tour. You did a good job because it actually made sense, which isn’t easy to to with a picture tour. It looks so wonderful! Definitely has good “bones” and will be so fun for you guys to make your own. So exciting!

  7. Great house! I’m so excited to see what you do with it!

  8. Awesome house and congrats with the move in! I am excited to see the new renovation work, and definitely get rid of the carpet!! And thanks for the tour, the house reminds me of Boston :) I don’t know why…

    • Thanks! haha, I can’t wait to rip up the carpet :) Yeah, I could see why it reminds you of Boston- it’s a very East Coast style house. A typical colonial.

  9. I loved the tour. Thanks so much. I’m so excited to be seeing this project in its infancy and I’ll look forward to seeing all the progress/changes/improvements you make xx

  10. I cannot wait to see how your house turns out! It already has so much character. I love the excitement of moving. Think I could do it every 2-3 years.

    • Thanks, Christin! I agree- I love the character it has. Old houses are so cute. I can’t say I agree with you about moving though…it’s my most dreaded task ever. I’m totally a creature of habit and would stay in the same place for the rest of my life if I could, haha :)

  11. Looks like a lovely house! Love your blog!

  12. Your house has lovely bones! It’s going to be magnificent!!!


  14. When we were home shopping, my husband and I noticed the older homes have more characters and better bones than the newer constructions. This home has a lot of possibilities and I can’t wait for the after photos Amy! Congrats again on your home purchase! :) xo

    • I totally know what you mean. New homes are definitely less of a headache but it’s fun to live in a house that has a story to tell :) Thanks, Anne!

  15. SO pretty!!! Can’t wait to see more, my friend. xo

  16. Thanks for the tour…looks like a pretty big space you have there. Look forward to seeing more of the house and what you do with it!

    • Yeah, it’s definitely big compared to our current apartment! I’m so excited for more space. I’m sure I’ll have no problem filling it all up with the crap I have, hahaha. Thanks, Trishie!

  17. you know the best thing about carpet in old homes? there’s ALWAYS hardwood, and it’s almost always in good condition because it’s been covered with carpet for years. i had the same thing happen with my first house: basically they moved in in the fifties, covered it with carpet, and i came and yanked it all out. under it? beautiful, untouched hardwood. i hope yours is exactly the same as mine was, because it’s a terrific feeling when you don’t have to spend a ton on floors.
    is it wrong to be a little in love with that wallpaper in the kitchen and the panelling/floor combo in the other room? because if it is, i don’t want to be right. :) This is another reason tim will never let me into a home like this to purchase: i would keep so many things the same b/c of sentimental reasons/memories from families’ old homes.
    i’m so happy you shared photos from the new house finally! i got so tired of trying to imagine it in my head. ;)

    • You’re right, the hardwood underneath this carpet is totally gorgeous. So I’m thankful for those ugly mauve carpets. Unfortunately, the existing kitchen and den are linoleum so we’ll have to install hardwood in there- well at least in part of it. The other part is going to be a mudroom, so probably some sort of tile.
      Hahaha, it’s not wrong to be in love with that wallpaper. If you want I can send it to you in a frame ;) I actually don’t mind the paneling- especially if it were to be painted, but most likely it’s not going to stay because we’re putting new windows in there anyway. The previous owner left us some furniture that I’m going to attempt to refinish- that will be the memories of the old house and its history.

  18. I missed Part I during our move… Oh my Goodness Amy, how much fun is this house going to be to play with? I’m already in love with its character and can’t wait to see what you have in store. The dining room has such a great feel to it (love the furniture and can picture a poker game in progress ;-) ). What stage are you at in the renos?

    • I know!!! Haha, she left us that dining table. Not quite sure what I”m going to do with it…i think refinish it and sell it. Right now, the architect has officially completed the construction docs and they’re out for bid! And the permits have been submitted. We’re crossing our fingers that construction will begin in early November :) I’m so excited!

  19. I’m a little late to this party.. where are you moving to?!

    • Haha. We’re moving to New Jersey! About 20 miles from the city and on the train line, since Nate and I still have to commute to work. It’s the town next to where I grew up :)

  20. Oh, I’ve certainly not been following along! A new house! I’m so very happy for you! Can’t wait to see the after pictures – this home has good qualities you can definitely improve on!!

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