It’s all happening now!

It all started one early spring afternoon in 2014 when Sean and I were walking our dog, Clover. We were walking our usual route, and I noticed that there was house under construction on a cul-de-sac off of the road we were walking. We never would turn down onto that circle, it felt too intrusive and private for us to stray into. But it was shady with lots of trees, and very pretty. Since there was a house under construction, I said I wanted to go check out the permit box to see who the builder was. We walked over to the site, I checked the permit box, and then we noticed something you couldn’t see from the main road. A forclosure sign in the front yard of a large house at the very back of the circle. We were curious, and walked up to the house, and peered in through the double French doors on the front of the house. We were impressed. High ceilings, wood floors, shiplap walls, a fireplace, open concept living/kitchen.

Whoa. I mean, we were like, “whoa.”

Mind you, we were not even looking to buy a house. Nonetheless, we were curious about the price.  We march back home, and look on Zillow. And then, wow. That is not a bad price for the size of the house. We call my friend, Marno, who is a realtor. She shows us the house, and we see some things that are missing. There are no appliances. The bathroom is missing a tub and a door. The kitchen is half finished. But hey, I ain’t scared! I’m a designer, damnit. I have overseen plenty of remodels, and we can finish this one off – easy! Next thing we know, we are putting in an offer, which is immediately accepted. We bought a house.

There were some surprises for sure. The story of the heater. OMG. Long story short, a very expensive surprise. But we have heat. And a bathtub, appliances, a door on the bathroom, new paint on the exterior, we rebuilt the deck on the front porch…things have been happening. There is still a lot left to do. The bathrooms have hideous 1980’s style oak cabinets with cultured marble counters. Barf. I want to change out the chintzy wall sconces, put new floors in the laundry room, and put in some pretty landscaping.

Today, the landscaping project finally kicked off! We met with Johnny who helped us do the yard at our old house. He is amazing. Hard working, straight forward, fair, and kind. I called him on Friday, and today (on a Sunday!) he stopped by with his friend Dan who owns Crestview Nursery and does landscaping. We talked about a plan, and Sean and I are going to the nursery next week. I am so freaking excited!

Here it is, the big fat ugly BEFORE shot. I have already had the house painted from the Easter Egg yellow, so things already look better. BUT I figure the uglier the before picture is - the better the after looks!, before and after, amid home, landscape
Here it is, the big fat ugly BEFORE shot. I have already had the house painted from the Easter Egg yellow, so things already look better. BUT I figure the uglier the before picture is – the better the after looks!

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I'm Allison McCowan, and I live in Florida with my husband, Sean, and our dog, Clover. I am inspired by music, art, books, design, and nature. This is a place for me to share my ideas, my vibe, and my observations.

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