Monday, August 29, 2011

Little House on the Great Pond

So we bought a house. Or perhaps I should call it a 'nook', since it's all of 850 square feet.

We're very busy making it into a home, and our internet has not been hooked up yet. There's quite a lot to do, and we're rushing to get as much done as possible before I go back to school in a couple of weeks.

But I just need to share a few pictures, because that's only fair. I will try and post this week, but regular posting won't resume until I have internet at the new hopefully I'll be back soon.

Most people would pass this place up, because... in this place doesn't look so enjoyable.

And those dark walls are a bit dreary.

And these pictures just aren't showing all of the grime and grease and ick that was living on the counter tops and cabinets.

And this living room...just doesn't seem like a fun place to be. The cigarette yellow tint just wasn't calling our names...

Envisioning this as a master bedroom was pretty tricky. Raise your hand if you sense romance!

I was pretty sure that I wouldn't look forward to washing my face in the morning.

But's a house. It has a sturdy foundation, solid exterior framing, and a little bit of charm waiting to be uncovered and brought to life.

And we saw that...even through the pale pink carpeting. New England real estate (less than 30 minutes from the beach, and a 5 minute walk out my front door to a private lake association beach) is not cheap. If we wanted to stay in this area, we needed a fixer upper.

Anyone out there scratching their heads? Anyone out there thinking we've gone mad? My mother was nervous when she saw the house during the tear down/rip out phase. I knew she was worried for us.

But don't worry. Because with my late night pinterest/google image adventures, my husband's carpentry skills, and some amazing friends and family...we've come a LONG way in less than two weeks. I can't spoil it, because when I am back, there's going to be plenty of pictures and DIY posts. So you'll just have to sit with these before images.

I kid!

I will share just one. Because you deserve it for making it this far. So here's to believing in the underdog, the ratty house on the lake...with a bit of determination, most houses can absolutely be turned into a home:


  1. I love it! I can not wait to see the rest of the before and after pics. This will be a great home!

  2. Wow...I can't believe the transformation! I'm super excited for the reveal. :)

  3. Hi exciting! Congrats on buying a house! I can't wait to see the DIY posts. I'm in need of some!

    Have a great week! :)

  4. Oh Emma! What a great job on the bathroom!! Very exciting that you get to put the house back together!! I can't wait to see more! :) (please excuse all the "!!!"


  5. The bathroom looks amazing! I can't wait to see what you do with the rest of it!!

  6. Oooh I'm so happy for you!! Congrats, love! I'd look forward to washing my face in that "after" sink, for sure : )

    and also look forward to more photos... you're amazing!

  7. Thank you, everyone!!!! I'm soso happy with everything so far, and even happier that it hasn't cost us a huge fortune. XOXO

  8. wow you guys are doing such a great job :) love it!


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