Tuesday, April 7, 2015

"Fixer Upper" Fan

Like many of you, I love the new HGTV show Fixer Upper. It combines my love for decorating, fixing up, and real estate all in one. I don't often share my faith with you on here, but my husband sent me this video this morning and I just thought I'd share it with y'all.

Maybe you can relate. Or maybe not yet, but this video spoke to me. Here's the link to Joanna's blog. I love scrolling back to her older blog posts to see what she was talking about before she was discovered. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Real Estate Monday: Squirrel Hill

Happy Real Estate Monday. Most of the time I try to stay within a "reasonable" budget, but reasonable is relative, really. Today I'm highlighting a dream home for me. I LOVE the style of this Spanish-looking home, and while, yes, it needs some love, the end result could be A-mazing. So someone please buy this, and let me help you renovate it, ok? Good.
Here's 135 Westland Dr. Squirrel Hill, Pa 15217  a 4 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom villa listed for $640,000.
I believe this is overlooking the back and side of the house. 
The foyer. Look at that awesome stairwell and Spanish tile. I'd rip off the orange carpet on the stairs and either refinish the wood (if in good shape) or paint the stairs a shocking black and white. 

The living room. 
Hang on, let me wipe the drool from my lip. Just kidding. But seriously, wide-plank wooden floors, 20 ft beamed-arched ceilings, a fireplace, and French doors that open onto this luxurious patio. 
Look at that cute Juliet balcony. 

Here's where the renovating starts happening. I'd do something like this with the kitchen (inspiration photos from Domaine Home). 

 I'd be sure to incorporate lots of Spanish tile in the backsplash, and chevron laid wood floors are always fun.

Isn't this the coolest doorway/window you've ever seen? 

How about a hand-carved bar off your entry way? 

Now I kind of like this bathroom, but I'd totally seek to update it a little. Maybe replace the wall paper with something like in this photo

There's lots more pics on the zillow website I listed. As always, if you're in the market for a new house, give me a call, I'd be happy to help you look. Have a wonderful Monday. 


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