Thursday, April 22, 2010

how i met my house

our suburban cottage is having a party. a how i met my house party. i love looking at all the guests. i'm a little late to the party, but that's usually how i roll.
this is my house. i'm finally starting to like her. it's been 2.5 years since we met.

hubby and i were on a house-hunting trip in seattle, or rather a suburb of, from atlanta. we were relocating cross-country with steve's job. we had just gotten married. we knew the area where we wanted to be. we just had to find the house. we had 12 houses on our list to view with our realtor the next day. we scoped out the houses the day before on our own. the house was blue when we saw her. our first reaction was, "oh god no." the house sits very close to its neighbors with uphill sloped side yards to the backyard.

i hated it.

we bought it.

we bought it after viewing the open interior. we bought it knowing there were upgrade possibilities. we bought it because we liked the neighborhood. we bought it knowing it wasn't our dream house. but that we could make it into something better. and so far we have.

we gave her a fresh coat of what i call northwest colors. we completely redid the landscaping. we just refaced the kitchen. we're on the verge of opening up the dining room and adding french doors to a covered patio.

she's coming around. i like her now.

10 comments:

Petie said...

Hi Pam! We have something in common, relocating to the NW from the south. It's different, huh?

Love the new color of your house! I'm not a blue person either. And, I love how you referred to the color as a "NW color". I get it ;) Thanks for sharing!

Sarita said...

I love the colors you chose too! Very sophisticated :-) House hunting across country CANNOT be easy! But it looks like you found a great one!
-Sarah Marie aka Miss Mud
http://MyMississippiMudPie.blogspot.com

Devon said...

Wow, I LOVE the house. Have to say, the blue would have freaked me out too, but I love what you've done with the place.

I didn't make it to Pioneer Woman's signing and I'm beyond bummer. Perhaps you and I should hitch a ride to Oklahoma and stay at her guest pad for a couple of days? ;)

Leanne said...

I love the color you chose to paint it. It looks so inviting. Have fun making it your dream home.

quadracool said...

You always have such a good eye for color and design. I love, love, love your decorating updates. Keep 'em coming.

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Oh...you've totally transformed the outside with paint and landscaping. It looks great.

Alison Kelley said...

Amazing transformation just from the outside Pam. I know the feeling of moving across the states and having to pick something fast. Looks wonderful and I can't wait to see what you've done to the inside.

LifestyleBohemia said...

I love it! You did a perfect job with the color selection. It's amazing how the right color can completely transform a house.

Anonymous said...

Your home looks great. We did the same sort of thing a number of years ago. I am now glad we did. It reflects our taste. It was tough at first. Kathy

Millie said...

Great job you guys! I particularly love the way you've zhushed up the entrance portico, it's such a warm & welcoming area for visitors.
Millie ^_^

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