As promised, here’s the lowdown on our new home. Like I told you in my last post, it’s our Grandparent’s home and they bought it in the 60’s, brand new. It’s a great solid house just waiting for some cosmetic updates. It’s a 3bd/2ba house with nice (flat) backyard and attached garage. It’s California Ranch-ariffic.
Here are some pictures I ran around and took the night before we moved in. Sorry for the lighting quality, I tried to get most of them in before it got dark. Most of the furniture you see was Grandma and Grandpa’s. The To-Do list will be coming later, as you can see, there’s lots to be done!
The front of the house (sorry for the open garage door). And yes, the house is partially pink, at least it’s a pale pink. I smell curb appeal projects on the horizon.
The entry way opens right into the formal living room. There’s some fun wall paper on the entry wall that will have to be revisited.
The organ was my husband’s Uncle’s leftover childhood goodie (say that 3 times fast!). It is already listed on Craigslist. Nice big window which lets in lots of light. Yay. This is actually the lightest room in the house.
The very vintage and authentic stereo console will be going to an Aunt. Soon. And here’s the ocean painting you all loved so much on Instagram
The other side of the entryway is open to the smallish dining room and galley kitchen. Not my favorite layout ever, but we’ll make do.
The kitchen was redone back in the early 80’s. Lots of black appliances…and oh yea, one harvest gold oven to make you feel at home. The tile countertop is already lots of fun (ha).
I can admire the untouched quality of the dining room with it’s authentic dining set and pendant, but alas, the dining set is off to the same Aunt who’s getting the stereo console.
Continuing straight through the dining room, you’ll reach the den.
The fireplace is calling out to me. And you have to love the glittery, cottage-cheese ceiling in all of it’s glory, not to mention the faux wood beams.
All of the furniture in this room is going bye bye, except for the super long (8ft) couch. It’s really comfy; I’m going to have it reupholstered.
Back down the hallway you’ll see the office/guest bedroom on your left and a bathroom on your right.
The guest bedroom is painted a pale yellow, which is one of only two rooms in the entire house that isn’t “Navajo White”. Oh and let’s not forget the wallpapered accent wall. This seems like it was such a sweet little girl’s room, back in the day, don’t you think? Very Brady.
The bathroom has pale pink tiles, wallpaper and linoleum. Oh and don’t get me started on the vanity. I’m going to see about converting that bath to a shower/bath combo.
Further down the hall you’ll run into the master bedroom. Those curtains are so awkward, aren’t they? Although, I admit it’s the small windows that are awkward. I miss tall windows already.
You can see a peek of the master bathroom here.
Yes, it’s purple. I’m surprised Grandpa allowed this color in the house actually 😉
Ditto on the vanity and linoleum.
And last but not least, Arden’s room!
She’s got the biggest room in the house actually. The play kitchen was a gift from her Grandma & Grandpa for Christmas. It’s been waiting here patiently for Arden to arrive.
More oddly sized windows & curtains…
And there you have it. Our new blank slate and on-going project. It’s quite different than anywhere I’ve ever lived before. So I’m at a little bit of a loss on which direction to go with it. I actually have “designer’s block”, I think. Or maybe it’s like they always say, I have no problems designing other people’s spaces, but clueless when it comes to my own. Ha! Needless to say there’s definitely a lot already on the “To-Do” list, even if I haven’t quite figured out the exact direction I’m going yet. I’ll post the to-do list soon!