Friday, September 16, 2011

The Before Tour

The countdown to closing continues!  I took some of the better pictures off the internet of the condo we are buying.   I probably won’t be in there again before furniture and boxes are in the way, so these may work as my “before” pictures.  These are pictures of our actual condo and not random shots like the previous post.



You’ll notice the front exterior almost makes it look like it stands alone.  I did like that about these condos.  Some of these bushes look like they need to be trimmed. 


When you first walk in the front door, there is a small entry/foyer area and then the living room or den {there’s only the one and we’ll probably refer to it as a den}.  Gas fireplace and, on the opposing wall, the cable hook-up.  This view {above} is from the kitchen.  I’m thinking of doing a gallery wall on that long wall as we will probably put the TV over the fireplace.

view from kitchen

To the right is the sunroom.  I pretty much like all the colors in the condo, except for this green.  So, I will probably live with it for a little bit, but I’d like to change that color.  There are french doors that close this off.  If you can see that small wall area {that looks like there is a light switch and an outlet on it} that is where you come in the front door.  I may have enough room there to put either my redone French chest or our hall tree {which I showed you here and here}.


When I first saw it online, there was a paint treatment on the walls in the den and kitchen that looked like wallpaper.  It looked enough like wallpaper that they even put in the description “there is no wallpaper”.  Thankfully, by the time we saw it in person, it had been repainted to solid and neutral colors.  You’ll be able to see a little bit of the old paint in one of the kitchen shots below, but you can also see a little bit of it framing this doorway into the sunroom.


To the left of the den is the master bedroom {shown above}.  The master bathroom has double doors {really a regular size door, but split in the middle to make it a double door} leading into it, and continuing through is the master walk-in closet.  The picture below is just one side of the closet.  The other side has the same set-up but with rods for hanging clothes.



The kitchen is a light grey with grey countertops.  I’m thinking of changing the cabinet hardware.  What do you think?  Of course, that won’t happen right away, but just something I’m thinking about.


If you look closely here {below} at the backsplash you can see what the paint treatment looked like before they painted it light grey.


Off the kitchen is another set of double doors that lead to the garage door, the laundry room and . . .


. . . just beyond that a storage room that will become my craft/sewing room.  My intention is to take the wire shelving down in both areas.  I forgot the laundry room was yellow.  I will probably paint that, too.  I have a lot of yellow in my present home and I’d like to do something different here.


That’s the tour for now!  I’ve still got the master bathroom, second bedroom, bathroom and study/office to show you, but I’ll save that for another post.

Thanks for being patient with me on this.  I’ve been in my current house 21 years this October so this is very exciting for me!  I keep coming back to these pictures to look at how I might arrange my things.  Of course, all that could change once we are actually there {it should be middle of next week}!  I’ll be needing some objective opinions as well, once I start decorating, so I hope you are up for it!



Michele Smith said...

How fuN! Looks wonderful, I can't wait to see how you put your mark on it!

Debra@CommonGround said...

Hi Kathy, love the layout of your new place. What fun this will be! and yay, a sunroom to play in. Can't wait to see how you put it all together! xoxo

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

It looks like a wonderful new home! I can't wait to see how you set it up and decorate. Have fun!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Hi Kathy, I'm a newbie and just came across your site! I can't wait to see how your new place turns out. I am a new follower; and I hope you'll follow me back!

Melissa Miller said...

Congrats Kathy! It's gorgeous! Did you sell your current home? How wonderful.

Warmly, ~Melissa

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Wow, Kathy, it sure doesn't look like a condo at all (or at least the ones I'm used to seeing) Sort of reminds me of one I saw on House Hunters awhile back!

How exciting for you!!!! You are going to have so much fun decorating!!!


Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Oh Kathy, it's so pretty, and will be so much fun to decorate! Wishing you a wonderful weekend!!!
hugs~~~ Daphne

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Kathy,
I love the look of your condo. It's going to be fun decorating. The sunroom is great and I know you'll be spending a lot of time in there.
I'm going to enjoy your series of decorating steps.


Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Such a light and open space. The closet is wonderful too! I hope all goes well with your move...lots to do and details to take care of. Hope you have a minute to enjoy the brisk fall weekend!

Richella Parham said...

Oh, boy, Kathy--moving after 21 years in the same house!! We've moved so many times over the years that this is hard for me to imagine. Sounds like you're more than up for the challenge, though! I'm sure your new home will be beautiful once you have all your things arranged to your liking.

Sonny G said...

Thats already a beautiful home but you'll make it amazing.. I'm so excited for you..

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

You are going to have a wonderful time decorating your new place. It looks like it has great bones. Hugs, Marty

Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

I love it Kathy! It is so bright & open & airy! I really like the kitchen...lots of cabinetry but a very effective layout! I cannot wait to see what you do with your office space...I know that it will be fabulous! Have a wonderful weekend! Angie xo

Brenda Pruitt said...

It's beautiful! Love those big windows. I'm always up for decorating. My little blue house could probably fit in your living room! I'll be so glad when I can finally set my eyes on it. I too decorate while looking at online.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

What a beautiful place Kathy! I love how open and bright it is. Can't wait to see you work you magic in their, it's going to be so much fun decorating a new place! Martina

Gail said...

O'Kathy you're going to have so much fun decorating your new place! I love the layout.

Enjoy your weekend,

BECKY said...

You have a beautiful new space to call home! Great bones! I know you will make it lovely and cozy in the blink of an eye!!

Have fun and a great weekend!

LuLu Kellogg said...

I am so excited for you! Eeeeeeeeeeeek!

I can't wait to see the rest.


DIYbyDesign said...

That's so exciting. I can't wait to see what you do with it all. I'm sure it will be amazing.

Jane said...

How exciting!! Looks like a great place and I can't wait to see how it looks after you put your decorator's touch to it!

Patricia @ ButterYum said...

I absolutely love your new place and can't wait to see how you decorate it.

I see what you mean about that paint treatment on the walls - it really does look like wallpaper.

I LOVE the sunroom - what a great space! We looked at a house with a similar sunroom once... the homeowner had a long shelf above the windows and on the shelf was an extensive collection of nutcrackers. My daughter fell in love right then and there and has been collected them ever since.

Well, happy move in day!


All That Glitters said...

It's gorgeous Kathy!! I know you will have fun decorating!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Kathy, It looks like a great house and I love the sunroom. You are going to have so much fun decorating your new home. I just know it will be beautiful!

Paula ~ castleandcottagesigns said...

How exciting Kathy! Love the sunroom and you'll have your own craft room!! Can't wait to see what you do with it all:)

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

Are you getting excited yet? After all, you'll have a blank slate to create a whole new décor. Of course, you'll have to get through the drudgery of packing, moving, and unpacking before the fun begins. ;)

Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...


Your condo looks terrific!
I love those big windows! Your hall tree is going to look terrific in your new home.
It's going to be so much fun to decorate.

I did not realize you were moving to 'Ohio'.


Becca Bertotti said...

So exciting, Kathy! I love your new home! You're going to decorate it beautifully ... isn't it fun to think of everything you'd like to do! The sunroom is fabulous, too!

The Tuscan Home said...

Congrats, Kathy! Love your home and can't wait to see you decorate it, just lovely! XO ~Liz

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

Kathy, how exciting for you! You have so much to look forward to. Your new place will be a cozy home before you know it with all the special touches you will give it. Will look for updates as you progress with plans.-------Shannon

Kathleen said...

Good luck with the move! A bit overwhelming, I know. When we moved from Huntington we had lived there for 27 years. I donated truck loads, and we weren't down sizing! How do we accumulate all that stuff!
I am sure you will make it your own quickly!

KimMalk said...

How exciting, Kathy. The sunroom looks so inviting! I like the hardware in the kitchen, but it's definitely a more contemporary look.

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

So exciting! I really love the layout of your new place. You are going to have such fun decorating. Looking forward to seeing it all unfold!

Amy Chalmers said...

Wow you are going to have a great time setting up house!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

How exciting! It looks like a lovely space. What fun to have a blank canvas to start with!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your new home!! I can't wait to see how you transform it and make it your own!!!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

I'm excited for you! I wish I was moving so I'll vicariously through you :)

I love the condo! When you said condo I thought apartment style. I love that MBR closet! I don't think I've ever had such a large closet. Also love the laundry area - you can make that so cute.

You're going to have so much fun with your new home!

Be Colorful Coastal said...

Looks so promising. Can't wait to see what you do with it to make it uniquely yours. Best of luck with your move.

Controlling My Chaos said...

It is absolutely gorgeous, Kathy. I can't believe it's a condo, there's so much space. I love, love, love the exterior too.

Anonymous said...

Kathy, I love your new home! I am so excited for you and can't wait to follow your projects as you move in. It is lovely and I know you will transform it to yours with your wonderful style! It is so spacious too! I am loving your closet!

Pamela said...

Kathy it is going to be fabulous! Yes, I think that you would change out the hardware because it seems very modern and you are not modern. I am not sure how easy it will be though. Those handles look very long and it may be a chore to find ones that match the holes in the cabinet already. Again loving the new place!!

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