Saturday, April 4, 2015

Literally (and Figuratively) Moving On . . .

I'm in love!!  Yes, I'm head-over-heels in love and I want the world to know it! A new puppy, you ask? Not yet! A new man?  Hell NO! What's causing me to smile just when I think about it . . . you really want to know? 

Drum roll please  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . It's our new home!!

After having to sell our family home and then living in a rental for 8 months, the girls and I were getting anxious and restless to get permanently settled. I needed some projects and I needed them now! I was actually having withdrawals from the smell of paint fumes and the sound of a nail gun from my prior need for renovations!  My Realtor was wonderful and patient while we house hunted - a bunch. I stalked Zillow, Realtor, Homefinder, Trulia, you name it. I obsessed about listings. I knew I wanted an older home with character - hardwood floors, high ceilings, moldings, and details out the ying yang!! The best neighborhood, in my opinion, in St. Petersburg is Old NE. It's quaint, charming, has a "neighborhoody" feel and is super close to downtown, which is under a major, super-hip, revitalization. Kind of like me, right?? Ha!! Well, after many, many open houses, house tours, multiple go backs, and going over financing, we finally found the right one and we're SO excited!! Its perfect for us and I can smell the paint fumes already  . . .
The house is on the corner and looks so pretty!
Uh, . . . well, its got potential and it is located
so close to downtown St. Pete.
I LOVE the location and love living here.

The front view from the main street.
I think I'm going to spend a lot of time here - someday . . .
when the paint is dry and the boxes are unpacked!
The living room is almost long enough to bowl in and
will need a lot of furniture to make it look cozy but I accept that challenge.
I got a little carried away when I was moving
and gave away most of our furniture - oops!
Time to go shopping.
The dining room and yes, those are burlap curtains
paired with a lovely '70s ceiling fan.
The kitchen - isn't she a beaut!?!? Ha!
Oh vey! '70s cabinets too.
Don't you love the drop-down ceiling?? 
The elevator, yes, we have an elevator.
Might come in handy when I'm old, like in a year or two.
Olivia's bedroom - see the line, to the right, on the ground?
That's where the elevator comes upstairs -
right into Liv's room. She hates it.
Caitlin's bedroom - Do you see the potential?
Guest room - More '70s??
That paneling has GOT. TO. GO!
The girls' bathroom - its a good size and in good condition -
its just U.G.L.Y. it ain't got no alibi.
The master bedroom - it's so tranquil - NOT!
Paneling, and acoustic tiles, and paneling, oh my!
Yes, they think this ceiling is a highlight. Not sure why?
I just can't even . . . 
Love the beautiful backyard!!
Ok, so truth be told. Yes, the house is a fixer upper. Structurally this baby is sound. It has a great floor plan and the rooms are a good size. The girls and I are excited to make it our own and have been working hard for the past couple of months.

We're homeowners again!!!
 I can't wait to share all the changes we have made but that's for many, many future posts!

- Kristin

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