Some more "before" of our Raleigh house.

Monday, September 16, 2013

The living room, looking into the kitchen and dining room, with the guest bathroom right behind me.
We had the chance this past week to see our house empty for the first time. It's been rented for the past 6 years, and for every showing we've had, it's been covered from floor to ceiling in the tenants' stuff. (For one showing, the tenant actually sat on the couch the whole time while we looked around. That was interesting.) So it was refreshing to finally be able to picture it as our home. To think about paint colors, where furniture will go, and do some dreaming.

The house looks pretty big in these pictures, but the whole thing (3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms) is 1300 square feet. We like little houses with smart design, and this one feels just right.

We're hoping to have almost every interior wall painted before we move in. It's currently a warm beige/yellow color, and for the most part, we're wanting a cooler shade of very light blue/grey throughout.
Hall to master bedroom 
Master bedroom, with the door to the back deck
Master bedroom, looking toward the front of the house
Master bathroom - I don't mind the color in here, so it may stay.
Dining room, with doors to the back deck

Living room, with our realtor. Hi Amy!
The future home of Brighter Day. We're picturing bright white paint in here. 
Liam's room
Guest bathroom
Kitchen (and dining room to the right)
So the immediate changes are just to paint. Our next step will be to redo all the kitchen cabinets. We'd love a white, more modern look. We aren't sure if we'll paint them ourselves, have them painted, or go a completely different route. I would also love to add some white beadboard on that short wall around the kitchen. We do love the black granite that's already there. 

Besides that, there are little cosmetic changes to make here and there, but really, we just can't wait to make it our own. Lord willing, we'll be all moved in by the end of the month!


  1. Congratulations on purchasing your new home! It is beautiful! I look forward to seeing photos of your home after renovations are complete!

    Many Blessings,

  2. CONGRATS and many, many, many more blessings too come ;)

  3. It is a beautiful home. Can't wait to see what you do to it to make it your own :)

  4. Yay! So, so exciting! The house is beautiful and I cannot wait to see how you change it!

  5. congrats! that is so exciting. love these before pictures - and i'm sure the after the pictures are gonna be incredible!

  6. LOVE it. Such great condition & will look even better with your sweet touch! Cannot wait to visit!!!! Love you sis.

  7. Gorgeous!! How exciting! (I think the strangest thing for us was a man sleeping in one of the bedrooms while we were looking at a house. You can imagine that we didn't get a good look at that room or buy that house.) :)

  8. What a cozy space! And how great that there are no major renovations that have to happen before you move in. Happy moving - I'm sure you're looking forward to feeling settled.

  9. Beautiful! Can't wait to see what you do with it!

  10. Love the house... it looks actually a lot like ours (wooden floors, same size, amount of rooms etc) and we love the space. Small houses with smart designs are the best and I am sure you will love this space! We came accross many weird things while house hunting, in Cape Town where I live, many people do not seem to put an effort in making their house more attractive. We came accross loads of dirty pots on the stove, sleeping people, blocked toilets, locked rooms and the like...


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