House Hunting with Mary

We’ve all got hobbies that take up a little bitย too much of our free time. You kinda enter the big fat black abyss when ya start and then when you look up an hour’s passed, and you really don’t have that much to show for it. My all time favorite hobby (time suck/obsession/can’t reign me in cause I’m gonnnee…) is searching for my next abode on trulia. And by next abode, I mean houses I will never, ever own. Houses that I just choose to pretend I’m moving into. ๐Ÿ˜€ Sounds fun, doesn’t it?!

Since I know many of you are as obsessed as me when it comes to scanning out all the real estate on this fine green earth, I thought I’d start a blog series where we can all drool over the goodies together. Y’all excited?!

House Hunting with Mary

For our first official installment, let’s head on down to the land of the pines, shall we? Asheville, Raleigh, I’ve got a soft spot for all of them. Especially when the streets are lined with homes like this.

Brick Colonial in Raleigh

Swoon. That’s some legit gorgeousness, right? Here is a tour of the rest of the joint. You enter right in to a grand foyer, with a double decker staircase.

ย  Grand Foyer

To the right of the entry, you enter into the formal dining space. Since our home only has an eat in kitchen, I always stop in my tracks and drool when I see a nice formal dining space.

Red Formal Dining Room

To the other side of the entry, there is a nice cozy living space complete with big (beautiful!) windows and another fireplace. I think the only rooms without fireplaces in this house are the bathrooms. No that is my kinda house! ๐Ÿ˜€

Traditional Living Room

One of my favorite things about this house is the tradition touches you see throughout the entire place. These pocket doors are so lovely, mostly because they haven’t been painted over and still have their original beauty and luster. I like the contrast of the dark wood doors with the lighter trim and floors – it really makes them stand out.

Antique Pocket Doors

Venturing further in the downstairs, you’ll find a gorgeous study. In it’s current form, this room can also flex into being a bedroom, but I think it would be super fun to add some floor to ceiling built-in bookcases and perhaps a darker, more masculine color on the walls?

Study with Persian Rug

The kitchen has a lot of original features as well, with beautiful cabinetry that goes all the way up to the ceiling. So. much. storage.

Vintage Kitchen

Heading to the upstairs, this wall of built-in closets caught my attention. What a great use of space in this hallway.

Wall of Built-ins

And capping off our tour, how about this cozy looking bedroom? I love the dark blue color they used in this space, it’s perfect!

Dark Blue Master Suite

Pretty little thing, isn’t it? Which room is your favorite?

6 thoughts on “House Hunting with Mary

  1. Mary, I feel ya! House hunting is also my timesucker/ultimate-daydreaming/crazy-hobby. Seriously, my husband and I watch house hunters on tv every night… Isn’t so fun to pretend-buy? Do you pretend-reno too? Because I love that :) We probably won’t look to actually buy for another year or so, but I’m excited for more House Hunting with Mary episodes in the meantime! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    ps. Love your blog, I read every post! Can’t wait til we own a house and can finish out an attic too ๐Ÿ˜‰

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