About 2 years ago I gave up my career in real estate to be a full time mother and wife. While I do miss the thrill of the sale, I do not regret my decision to watch my children grow and to care for my family the way I’ve always dreamed of. That being said, I cannot avoid the allure of buying and selling houses. My dream has always been to buy a house with “good bones” and make it beautiful. Well, I am working hard to make my dream come true. My husband and I have found a beautiful house in a wonderful neighborhood that is perfectly plain and in need of updating. We have dubbed it “Vanilla House”. The kids even call it that! But first, we must sell our current home. Anybody interested?
We built this house and made changes along the way. Our first improvement was the back yard with a stone paver patio and fire pit. We added the retaining wall in front for curb appeal.
I adore our kitchen and breakfast area (and the wine bar!). Our kitchen is huge and has a ton of cabinet space. But my internal wannabe interior designer is calling me to “Vanilla House”.
Our living room and screened porch are both located off of the kitchen. These 3 rooms are probably the most lived in and most loved.
Here is our craft/laundry room. We tiled the floor in an extra bedroom and made it into this. Who really needs 2 guest bedrooms?! I love the tile we used. It looks like white-washed wood. And of course, the back yard. Our fire pit has seen a lot of roasted marshmallows and will see some more before we go. Hooray for fall!
I hope you like my home. If you live in North Carolina, please send me a buyer! And if you come look at my home, please don’t open any cabinets or closets. The amount of clutter I have tried to hide is atrocious! I cannot be responsible for falling objects!
What a week it has been! School started yesterday so the last week was spent in a flurry of excitement, anticipation and preparation. This weeks menu is a yummy one. I am going to begin trying to include recipes with the menu so you all can follow along!
Well, it feels good to be back! Maine was wonderful! The weather was perfect and we really enjoyed our visit. Time to get back to real life! School starts next week so its time to savor the last bits of good summer food. I was inspired this week by the latest issue of Food Network Magazine. Several of the dinners for this week came from it.
Monday – Pan Roasted Chicken with Leeks and Roasted Carrots