Monday, January 3, 2011


As I posted last week, my husband and I frantically spent the week between Christmas and New Years getting our house ready to put it up for sale.

This is why...
We found this 200 year old farmhouse the week before Christmas and Absolutely FELL. IN. LOVE!!! However, a couple of days later, we came to the conclusion, that for us to be able to purchase this Dream Home at this time, just wasn't in the cards. So, we gave up that dream, and started working on another. But in order for ANY new home Dream to come true, we need to sell our current home FIRST.

I thought I would give you all a little tour of our home, and show you all that we've done to get it ready for hopefully a QUICK sale. And amazingly, we spent ONLY about $100.

When you first walk in, you are immediately greeted by all the natural lighting that streams in from the floor to ceiling windows.
Before visiting the Great Room area, you will be immediately drawn to the right to see the beautiful Modern Cherry Kitchen. The first stop is the bar area - complete with glass front cabinet, pigeon hole wine rack and stemware rack. This area also has a pantry cabinet, pull-out trash cabinet and tray storage cabinet.
The feature wall includes a stainless steel, glass top electric range with stainless steel hood. There is a glass front, flip-up door wall cabinet for dish storage and a pull-out spice cabinet next to the range.
The backsplash is a 1" x 2" concrete tile and the countertops are a mix of Solid Surface and Maple Butcherblock. There is a large, single bowl, deep, stainless steel, undermount sink, with a tilt-out drawer front for sponge storage. The window above the sink is a nice atrium window.
We have a 33" side-by-side, stainless steel Refrigerator with a full depth storage cabinet above. To the right of the fridge is another pantry cabinet, and some custom display shelves. When I designed this kitchen, I didn't want to fill all the walls with cabinets, so I left space for artwork to the left of the window, and to the right of the window we installed two Ikea stainless steel shelves for additional open storage.
Also in the kitchen space is our Laundry room... small but efficient... and painted Orange.
Now, back to the Great Room. In the Dining area is the great Stone Fireplace, which you have all seen in past craft project posts.
The Dining area is large enough for our large 8' table we got from Crate & Barrel. To jazz up the wall of the Entry area, we expanded on the Kitchen design and installed the two tone wainscot paneling.
Because of the large sliding glass doors and the high ceiling, the living room feels quite spacious.

The spiral staircase leads up to the loft, which I use as my craft room.
When I'm up there working, I really should wear a hard hat. The ceilings are quite low, and I've had many a goose egg on my nogen.
We actually had a futon up here, but removed it for the staging. It's so nice how open that end of the loft is now, and how you can look out over the Great room below.
The boy's room probably received the most change. Originally, the entire bottom part of the walls were painted the same green as the custom bookshelf. The realtor suggested we paint it something more neutral. I still wanted a two tone look, so we went one shade darker of the same tone of khaki, but we kept the bookshelf the original color. I also had to create some new non-personal artwork. I made the "PLAY" artwork over the bookshelf using my Cricut and black frames I already owned.
I also made the "Alphabet" - again using my Cricut and a frame I already owned. I subliminally personlized it by using a different colored paper for the "L" and "G".
I miss the green, but this neutral palette is nice too. There is definitely still plenty of color in this room from all their toys.
The Master Bedroom just needed a little de-cluttering.

Same with the Master Bathroom. That tall Maple cabinet in the photo above used to be in the bathroom. We moved it to the bedroom to make the bathroom appear larger.

The office (or third Bedroom) also just needed a little de-cluttering. I've posted about this room before back when we pulled it all together in September.

The Guest Bathroom, which is accessible from the Office and the Entry area, got a complete facelift. Using the left over paint from the Boy's room, we painted it to make it more appealing for re-sale. Before the re-do, it was an ocean blue color.
I think it is screaming for some more color, but that will have to wait for now. I guess I need to think about adding some colorful artwork.
So, if any of you are looking to buy a Weekend home, on a beautiful lake in Central Virginia, be sure to stop by and have a look.

This has been a Great first Home. We've created wonderful memories here. We got married while living here, and then brought home our beautiful baby boys. We will miss it, but look forward to something larger with a yard for the boys to run and play.

I'm linking up here... be sure to visit to see all the other great projects.


Peek at My Paper said...

aaah... now I get it.
The Farmhouse is beautiful, I can only imagine how awesome it is inside!! :) and the potential it has before Kristol adds her personal magic to it!
Good Luck with your Dream. I pray it all works out for you.
Keep us posted.
Your current home is absolutely beautiful. I love what you did with it.
Enjoy the journey.

Margaret@MissAdventures of Susie Homemaker said...

What a great job you did staging! Hope you get a quick sale!

Allison said...

Your house is gorgeous! It all looks beautiful! And I love that Dream Home of yours too!
Good luck with the sale and thanks for linking up.

House Revivals said...

Your house is beautiful. I am sure it will sell quickly -- waterfront property is always in high demand. Good luck, and I hope you find your dream house!

Leah {Living Life Crafty} said...

Wanted to let you know that I gave you a Trendy Blog Award! Check it out here:
Also, deadline to submit a craft/recipe on my site for a chance to be featured is tomorrow! Check it out if you haven't already! :)

buythebesthome said...

This place was really an example of a luxury home.
I love its luxurious appearance.
I'm from Chicago foreclosure.

A Not So Organized Life said...

Loved the online tour of your home. What color is the green in your kitchen? I've been searching for the 'right green'. I can only imagine the colors you had elsewhere. Your house was very lovely.

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