My own designer home!

Our Graceful Living home project will be ongoing for many months and years to complete all our dreamy plans but we have officially begun!   

I am sure you can imagine how it can be frustrating to be immersed in wonderful design all day and happily helping clients create their dream home and not be able to tear out the ugly tile on my rental, right?  We had been renting for too long and really liked much about the house we were in, but it had too many big-ticket things to fix before I could get into the good designing stuff I love to do: it needed new everything and the landlord reneged on his promises to fix it up while were in it.  So we went looking and found a home right around the corner from where I grew up and my parents still live! 

We recently moved into our fixer-upper a few months ago, December 2017 actually.   It was an eventful winter with the move right between the holidays, my son's 15th birthday and the Big Crash down the stairs where I ended up immobile for 3 months (read on :). 

It is rather surreal to be driving home and accidentally turn onto my parent's street instead of my own.  To be walking the dogs on the same streets I once walked with one of my closest friends.  To have countless memories of growing up happy in the same places and at the same age my kids are now.   I know if influenced my reaction to love this house but it was also a good investment. 

The interior is ugly.  I know it is not so gross that you would gasp when you walked in, but there are so many poor choices and cheap solutions that it offends my designer me.  LOL!   

Like this:

 Bad choices and shoddy install!  But really cute Pip!

Bad choices and shoddy install!  But really cute Pip!

See this cute Pippen in this pic?  No, don't be distracted by the cutie, look at the flooring and the molding.  If I sit in my Living Room, I can see four, yes 4, different sizes, materials, and styles of baseboard molding!  Not only that, but 4 different flooring choices!  Why?  I have no idea!  Maybe the previous owners couldn't decide or they bought it all on clearance, I don't know but it drives me batty!!!  Not to mention it was installed poorly.  So, I've already selected a beautiful hardwood I want to use...but will probably compromise on a LVP since we have a pool.  And that cutie in the photo along with two other dogs.  But that must wait for bit...we have a lot of square footage!

Now, I have no worries, you know I can fix ugly!  What is great is the updated roof, dual-zoned AC/heater, and windows so we don't have to invest in the infrastructure and can focus on fixing the ugly, or maybe I should call it fixing the fugly!  It has a pool, also ugly but good thing my awesome mom is an awesome landscape designer!   Two stories, 5 bedrooms, 3 baths with the Master Suite and my office downstairs and the teens and a loft up.  The home was build in 1968 and is 3100 square feet.  

I had, and still do of course, GRAND intentions to start immediately fixing it up.  I'll share details on all our Graceful Living project needs on a different post but to bring everyone up to speed on our dilemma - We offered on this wonderful home that really needed my help, our offer was accepted all in the beginning of November, and then I fell down the stairs, sprained, strained and broke my leg!   So we moved, (well, my family moved and I sat immobile!) and all my plans got put on hold.  Additionally, if you've read a bit about me and us - you know I have a business and clients.  And my brilliant hubsy, James, has an IT career, but we really want to DIY as much of our plans as we can.  (James a bit more than me to be honest! lol!)  

 

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And so we begin.  One room at a time...or maybe a couple LOL!  Because really, I simply cannot turn off my inspiration when it hits me so I compile ideas, I stock up on images, I search online when I can't sleep and you know I love to dig through antique and flea markets for those surprise finds! 

But first up is the teenage girl's room.  And since her room was smallest of the 3 upstairs, and we knew there was room behind the knee wall, we went out and bought a sawsall!  Let the dust fly! 

 Teenage Dreamy Bedroom Concept - Kimberly Montante Interiors

Teenage Dreamy Bedroom Concept - Kimberly Montante Interiors