Home Sweet Home

I swear, sometimes in life, things are just fate. The last few months – I’ve felt the universe pulling us in a different direction. Obviously with our whole pack the bags and head on down to NC routine, but with so many other things to. It feels like we’re exactly where we’re supposed to be right now and that just makes my soul so happy.

Case and point – 6 months, maybe a year ago, before we had any type of finite plans to move our booties down to the land of the pines, I was on my regular Trulia hunt looking for another home, in another city (dreamer and a schemer) and I pointed this exact street out to my husband and went through the whole “If I don’t live on this particular street tomorrow I’ll just die from disappointment” (always good for a little melodrama, I am ๐Ÿ˜€ ) And guess what, the universe must have been calling, because we’re officially closing on a house on my virtual “dream street” in a week and a half. A WEEK AND A HALF.

Here is our little cutie up close.

Trinity Park Durham

During our trips down to NC to go house hunting, we’d actually passed this house a couple of times and we opted not to make an offer because 1) I thought it’d be way out of our price range (and it was, we had to negotiate quite a bit to get it where we needed it) and 2) It looked totally done-zo from the outside, and Jay Bird and I really like a project. Ok – I like a project and my husband likes me, so by default, he likes a project ๐Ÿ˜€ Sweet Lord, I know that man wonders what he got himself into every once and a blue moon day. Snicker.

My absolute hands down favorite feature of this little looker is the side porch! It’s the little things in life.

Side Porch on Home

I seriously can’t wait to sit out there on a warm summer evening sipping a cocktail with Mr. Jay while the orange tabby begs to come out from the side window. Ahh, I can see it right now.

The house has a ginormous back yard, with a ginormous tree to go along with it. Look how small Jay looks up next to it!

Large Oak Tree

Another added bonus “bones” wise on this house is that it’s already got a really nice dormer on the back, making the living space on the inside that much nicer. Since this will be our 3rd cape cod (seeing a theme here?), we can really appreciate the value add on things like this. Our first house had a dormer, while the second one did not – after pricing it out for the second one, we know we’re saving a solid $40k by avoiding any future construction projects down the line on that front!

Cape Cod with Back Dormer

Now although the outside is practically magazine worthy done, the inside, ummmm yeah. Pretty much every single room has some highly stylish window shades with some ultra classy matching wallpaper. Probably all the rage when it was done but I fear these curtains are counting their final days as we wait to close.

Curtains Matching Wallpaper

Another wallpapered room greets you when you first walk into the door. Ironically, I’m seriously considering some grasscloth wallpaper on these walls later down the road. Along with some wainscoting on the bottom – yummalicious! ๐Ÿ˜€ The wallpaper in this house is most likely hiding tons of settlement cracks, too, since the home was built in the 30’s and actually has some work that needs to be done on the basement after move-in. (joy) I’ll go into all those fun details when I post about our inspection, next week.

How to Remove Old Wallpaper

Aย very exciting detail in this space (for me!), is a tiny little hole in the wall (pretty much literally) room, that I will most likely be converting into a little office! It’s pretty darn spankin’ rinky dink, but I think it will work great for a new work space. Plus – it’s got a window!

Small Home Office

The upstairs has 2-full bedrooms in addition to this wee little room, and a bathroom to boot! Lots of room for improvement, but also it’s got a pretty good layout that I think we can expand upon and work with nicely.

This bedroom upstairs isย smallish, but a solid 2 feet longer than the smallestย room in the last house – so that’s a bonus!

Persian Rug in Bedroom

The master upstairs is actually pretty roomy, not as roomy as our attic conversion, but ya know – can’t win em all ๐Ÿ˜€

Upstairs Bedroom in Cape Cod

I only got a quick side angle shot of the kitchen as well, so y’all will just have to wait on baited breath to see what we’ll be doing with that space. BIG plans people – it’s going d-o-w-n.

Dated Kitchen Cabinets

I wasn’t able to get lots of up close photos since we were whirring in and out of the house super quick (the owners seem to pop up every 10-seconds … awkward …), but I will definitely give y’all a legit round of before photos of the interior before we start whacking down any walls. Oh, you betcha, there are some walls coming down ๐Ÿ˜€

Like (most likely) the wall between the kitchen and the dining room, here.

Taking Out Wall

Overall, I think we’re pretty darn excited to call this place home. Jay gives it his approval. Seeing our little Prius parked in the driveway in this shot also makes everything feel a bit more real, too!

Moving into New House

This front door, it just puts a big old smile on this face of mine. Home Sweet Home!

Brick Front Porch

18 thoughts on “Home Sweet Home

  1. Such a gorgeous neighborhood and home, congratulations! I would much rather have the outside all done already and get to play around inside rather than the opposite. Can’t wait to follow along with what y’all do!

  2. Did my eyes see a screened porch or am I hallucinating another perfect feature? If I was hallucinating, I’m sorry. If I wasn’t, you guys are so lucky!

  3. Hi Mary, I love your new abode; it is sooo cute and I actually love the inside too! It kinda reminds me of the “Olden days” and it looks so charming !! Iam a fan still of wallpaper although I know it is “out” at present and makes a home look “outdated” but I”m still in love with it! Also that “bay window” in the dining room is to die for!I told you before that I LOVE cape cods and that I also live in one that we have “remodeled”over the years. So congrats on your new home and please keep the pictures coming!! I just love your blog!! Take care! Sandee Schnupp.

    1. Great to hear from another Durham dweller, Katie!! We love the city so far.

      You guys have done an awesome job with your little bungalow. Loving the back porch and patio set up you guys have – your home is beautiful!

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