You may have seen me mention my home as a “Hand-Me-Down” house. That’s really confusing. Let me explain, as well as tell you a little about the charm of this house.
My husband and I married in June 2014. We first moved into a teeny-tiny apartment that was built in 1908 in the hippest part of town. We were within walking distance of our favorite restaurants, our church, and most of our friends. However, the teeny-tiny apartment was very teeny-tiny and had several issues that were never fixed because of bad management.
My sweet grandma, Jamie, lived in this home for several years. However, it just because too big for a single lady living alone. She wasn’t ready to sell her home, so she handed it down to us. We are absolutely blown away by the generosity she has shown me growing up, as well as shown both my husband and I in the little time we have been married. We are so grateful to be able to live in such a nice space.
While we are so grateful to be living in such a nice home in a quiet area, I have to be honest: This house hasn’t been updated since the ’80s (according to the County Assessor… I have a feeling it hasn’t been updated since it was built). It isn’t exactly what you think of when you think of a DIY blogger venturing into decorating their home and posting about it online. There is wood paneling in every room, and most rooms still have original paint or wallpaper that has been in the home since the ’70s. Worst of all, this home has almost no natural lighting – which is the biggest deal to me. (And makes blog pictures really spectacular, obviously).
We’re learning to deal with the character of the house and love it as much as we can while we live here. Since we have two living rooms (right? what do you do with two living rooms when you don’t have kids?), I’ve decided that once we buy a new couch (hopefully soon!), we will move everything into our front living room that has some natural light. This might be a pain, and we may regret it, but you never know until you take a risk and find out. I also recently talked our landlords (ahem, my parents) into helping me remodel the kitchen. It is looking so good, but you’ll have to wait until I post about it to see the results. I have a feeling you’re going to be amazed.
What’s your house like?