Let’s Tour the Basement, Bedrooms, Baths and Gardens In The Home I Just Purchased

Welcome to the 801st Metamorphosis Monday! When I last left you on Saturday, we had just taken a tour of the downstairs part of the home that I recently purchased. If you missed that post, you’ll find it here: Not Going To Make You Wait—Let’s Go Inside The Home I Just Bought.

 

Before we head upstairs, let’s go downstairs and check out the basement.

 

You may remember from my previous post about this home that it was built in 1938. The basement is mostly finished and it’s where you’ll find one of the three full baths in this home. The previous owner is leaving the large TV, speaker system, and the furniture that’s here in the basement. The owner before her left it here, as well. I’m not sure if I’ll keep the furniture or donate it since I’m kinda curious to see if the furniture in my bonus room will work down here.

 

I don’t watch TV, I don’t have any televisions in my current home, but a TV would probably come in handy when my grandsons are visiting and would like to watch a movie.

 

This area is where I may place a lot of my storage cabinets that are currently in the garage back home in Georgia. There are several smaller storage rooms and storage areas here in the basement.

 

There’s a full bath here in the basement. I’d love to give it a renovation at some point, but that’s not a big priority, just something to consider later on. Okay, let’s head upstairs and check out the bedrooms.

 

Here we are, back on the main floor of the home. In the previous post about this home, we saw the entry, living room, dining room, sunroom, half bath, and Butler’s pantry. Let’s head upstairs now!

Looking up the staircase, the doorway we just barely see at the top of this first flight of stairs is the room I hope to make my office. It’s one of my favorite spaces in this home. There’s yet another one of those cute cubby storage areas just to the left of that door—do you see it? I jokingly told my son that I think this home was built for elves because there are so many little doors tucked into the walls all throughout the home. It will be an interesting process—deciding what to store in all those spaces. Hopefully, the elves will help me with that. Ha!

 

As we enter the room at the top of the first set of stairs, this is our view. I love all the light coming in through the windows that run down both sides of the room! Katie shared a little history about this space saying that a neighbor told her this room was added over the garage in the 1950s and was designed to be the owner’s sewing room. I love knowing those little tidbits of history about the house.

Beautiful Room Over Garage

 

Love all the windows, the built-in shelving that’s tucked into the alcove, and of course, the beautiful hardwood flooring.

Sun-filled Room Over Garage

 

Since I would like to make this space my office and I know my current corner desk will not work well here, I have plans to buy a cottage-style desk. My plan is to place a console table or console-style chest in the alcove where we currently see a dresser. My desk chair and desk will go in front of that, facing out into the room. So my view will be looking out into the room and out through those wonderful windows. I think the built-in bookshelves on either side will come in handy since they will be so accessible. Things may change when I begin actually moving furniture in, but this is how I envision the room at this point.

Beautiful Room Over Garage

 

I think my Pottery Barn cabinet units will fit nicely under the windows facing out into the room. Hopefully, I will have room for a small seating area there in the corner near the door to the closet. Did you notice the two storage cubby doors built into the walls on both sides? One is slightly hidden by the door to the room in the photo below. I peeked inside during one of my two visits to the home and there’s shelving inside those. Love how this room was designed with so much built-in storage.

 

When I first saw this house listed for sale online, the word that kept coming to mind over and over was “dollhouse.” For me, this home feels like an adorable, grownup-size (and maybe elf-size) 😉 dollhouse! I love all the slanted ceilings, built-in cabinetry, and little storage cubbyholes.

Beautiful Room Over Garage

 

Coming out of the office, we’ll turn right and continue upstairs to the other bedrooms.

 

I’m not sure who designed this home (hope to eventually find that information recorded somewhere) but I could give them a big hug! They packed so much charm into every room of this lovely home. In the master bedroom, we find another cozy alcove that’s perfect for a queen size bed.

 

I do have one rather significant change planned for this room. I would like to have bedside tables with lamps on BOTH sides of the bed, but the two closets that are located on the right side of the bed make that difficult. A bedside chest on that side would block the door of the closet that is nearest the wall.

 

In the photo below, you can see how adding a chest on the right side of the bed would interfere with access to one of the closets on that side. So I had an idea that I bounced off my realtor, and after looking inside the closet, he thought it would work.

 

We think either one or both closets could be relocated and built into this area across the room where there’s currently a small storage cubbyhole. I should start calling those elf doors. lol

 

We looked inside the closets and the ceiling slants inside both closets. If those closets were removed, the bed alcove would probably be shaped the same on both sides and there would be room for another bedside table. The window seat would not be affected by this change. I really like the location of that window seat since it overlooks the backyard gardens. It’s also quite deep, so a great place to curl up with a good book. The paint color in this room will need to change since neither my summer nor winter bedding have any “blue” in their design. My winter bedding is red and green and my summer bedding is rose-red, green, cream, and taupe.

 

This area looks a lot bigger in person than it does in the photo below.  I think either one, or both, closets could be moved to this area. Once I get estimates for having that done, if I find they will work here, that’s one of the first updates I would like to make to the home. Do you see the doorway there on the left? That’s the entrance to the master bath.

 

Katie did a beautiful job renovating this bath, adding a lot of pretty cabinetry without disturbing the original tile that she was told by her builder is most likely, Rookwood Tile. I had never heard of Rookwood Pottery or Rookwood Tile, but it was quite popular during the period when the homes on this street were under construction. Once I have access to the home on the 8th, I’ll take a close-up photo of the pretty design of the tile to share.

 

This bathroom also has a laundry chute—you can see its little door standing open in the photo below.

 

I don’t have any plans to change the paint color in this space, since it works so beautifully with the original tile. Plus, the blue paint isn’t visible from the bedroom, so it shouldn’t clash with my summer or winter bedding.

 

Back outside in the upstairs hall, we find additional built-in storage. The shelves are nice and deep inside, so perfect for storing fluffy linens.

 

Off the upstairs hall is where we find the 4th bathroom. It’s another one of those adorable rooms that makes me feel like this home is really just a life-size dollhouse. The tile in here is also thought to be Rookwood Tile, or at least that’s what Katie was told during the renovation process.

Charming Bathroom, Old Home

 

We’ve seen two of the four bedrooms so far; this is the 3rd. I’m pretty sure this is going to be my guest room, and due to the location of the door, I think the bed may end up in the corner as it is in my home in Georgia.

 

The 4th bedroom is the smallest bedroom in the home. I love its original, built-in cabinetry. When I first saw this photo online, I thought the cabinetry looked quite shallow. But when I last had a chance to walk through the home, I measured the shelves inside and they are 12 inches in depth. So they are plenty deep enough to hold sweaters or handbags or whatever I decide to store there. This room may end up becoming a dressing room, just not sure right now. The lavender paint color was perfect for the previous two owner’s children, but I’m sure I’ll be changing it at some point. I do like this shade of lavender, though.

 

Though quite roomy inside, this home has a wonderful English Cottage exterior. I’m not sure when the whitewash or limewash was added to the brick, but I do love how it looks. This was an early spring view…

 

…and this was taken a bit later in the spring. I need to check again, but I believe Katie told me that there are some original Lily of the Valley flowers here around one of the trees in the front yard. I have so much to learn about this home!

 

Even the garage is charming! My realtor measured the garage with a laser measure, and if it was accurate, the garage is pretty close to the same width as my garage in Georgia, but I don’t think it’s quite as deep. I know it will hold a full-size SUV, so that’s good! See that power line coming across and into the house? I’ll be meeting with an electrician in about a week to get an estimate for having that line placed underground. I’ll also see if we can clean up some of the odd electrical lines that are visible on the exterior of the home. I have a feeling those may be rather pricey updates, so they may have to wait a bit, but they are on the ever-growing list of things I’d like to have done.

 

The gardens are beautiful with little paths running around the house.

 

There’s a nice paved patio area for dining. I will need to purchase new outdoor dining furniture since squirrels ate my outdoor-wicker dining furniture years ago, and the last set I purchased that was metal, rusted almost immediately. Maybe it’s time I tried Polywood!

 

Another view looking across the backyard…

 

Katie gave me the name of the landscaper who helped with her garden design. I would love to have her out to learn more about all the existing plants. Until then, I may create a post where I share those, and you can help me name them all. I will miss having azaleas, gardenias, and camellias, but I know lilacs and peonies grow well here. Maybe I’ll find some of those here in the garden.

 

 

There’s a nice little grassed area here on the side. If I miss having a screened porch, I think that would be a great spot for a screened-in summer/garden house like those that I’ve often seen on garden tours. It would be a wonderful place to relax, read, and watch the birds coming to the feeders. There are so many birds in this neighborhood! I can’t wait to see who I have coming to the feeders once I find a spot for those.

 

I hope you enjoyed seeing the rest of the house in today’s post! If you missed the first post where we toured the entry, living room, dining room, kitchen, sunroom, 1/2 bath, and Butler’s pantry, you’ll find that post here: Not Going To Make You Wait—Let’s Go Inside The Home I Just Bought. I’ll continue to share updates as they take place here in this house, as well as those I’ll be making to my home in Georgia. It’s going to be a busy few months, for sure! Looking forward to all the wonderful Before and Afters linked for this week’s Met Monday!

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Comments

  1. Karen Lovell says

    Wowza! I have a husband with health issues and didn’t realize you were moving. I’m assuming to be closer to your children. Where is this? You found a very charming house and I look forward to seeing how you decorate it and live! Your journey has been very interesting to me! Wishing you all the best!

  2. I love everything about your charming new home! I’m so happy and excited for you to move in and be so close to your family. You have so much to be excited for that leaving your home in Georgia will be so less traumatic. When we downsized, I thought I would miss my house, but I haven’t missed it at all! The old adage “Home is where the heart is” is so true. Best of luck to you!

    • Thanks so much, Ellen! Yes, I think that will help. It was important to me that I found a home I really liked, otherwise, I would not have moved and would have just continued to make the drive here a few times each year.
      I hope I’ll feel the same if/when I sell my home in Georgia.

  3. The house is fabulous! Just love it’s charm. I did not see a laundry room in the tour. I think you said it is in the basement because of the chutes. I can’t wait to see more and the updates you will be doing. Very excited for you.

    • Yup, it’s in the basement and wasn’t included in the listing so I don’t have a photo of it. It’s an unfinished space, I think. I remember all the storage rooms are rather dark so I’ll probably be spending a small fortune in this home adding lighting in the future. I’m really kinda excited about making some updates, but I keep reminding myself that I first just need to live in the home and not rush into anything without thinking it through. Thanks so much, Lynda!

  4. This cottage home is absolutely gorgeous and full of charm! I love the little elf doors and the slanted ceilings in the bedrooms. I can’t wait to see your ideas come to life for this home and to see how you decorate it with your belongings. I’m so happy for you Susan!!! Hugs, Brenda

    • Thanks so much, Brenda! I love those little elf doors and slanted ceilings, too, although the ceilings def make tall-furniture placement interesting! lol
      Having not moved in a million years, it’s going to be an interesting process and make take a bit of time to get it all figured out.
      XXX

  5. Mary from Virginia says

    I love your new home Susan! It’s so charming! I can see your beautiful furnishings fitting in perfectly! Can’t wait to see it all come together. I believe you have a big patch of Lily of the Valley in your back garden. I’m thrilled you found such a lovely home.

  6. Franceil Parde says

    Honestly…”Jackpot!!” This is just…”GOLDEN!” I just sense happiness everywhere…”HOME!!!” So very pleased for you…franki

  7. What an interesting house. How many square feet does it have ? You call it a cottage but it looks big.
    You said last year that you were “itching to travel again”
    This wasn’t what I pictured. LOL

    • I’m not sure about the square footage. It’s cottage style in its design on the exterior and has that cottage style feel inside with all its curved/slanted ceilings, fireplaces, built-ins, elf doors/cubby storage, and traditional-size rooms.
      Ha! Yeah, this wasn’t quite what I had in mind either when I mentioned travel!

  8. Rebecca Dexter says

    The house is absolutely charming…just a thought about the master bath. You might consider a pretty wallpaper above the tile that would bring in the other colors of your bedroom to tie them together.

    • Thanks for that suggestion, Rebecca. I do love wallpaper, but I’m not sure I’m brave enough to use it on these plaster walls.

  9. Susan so happy for you! You are brave to move to Ohio and challenge yourself to a new house! You will be busy but a good busy. The backyard looks beautiful.

  10. Susan, LOVE the yard too….of course being an avid gardener, that is what caught my attention more than the house at this point. 🙂 What fun you will have making this whole property your own, the bones of it all are fantastic!!!! Every owner was a good steward of this house and yard. What a great find!

    • I think you’re right, and I’m really thankful for that. Did you like the gardens? I can’t wait to get out there and start working in them this summer!

      • What caught my attention was the use of boulders in the yard. That is something that I did not see a lot of in the lower Midwest, but up here in MN, it is very common. In fact, we just had a small boulder wall built on the front side of our house, and all of the original (overgrown and worn out at this point) landscaping taken out. In the new beds, we have some boulders too. So, I was delighted to see them in your new yard! And the brick patio area, flagstone walkway….so pretty! Like I said, the bones are fantastic, and also looks like a nice mix of plants. The hydrangeas make the yard very cottagey too, don’t they?!?! Can’t wait to see it is summer…looks very full already. That is what I love about an established yard….looks great already!

        • They really did use a lot of boulders. I like the brick patio and the walkway, too. Just down the street, I noticed one house has a grassed driveway. There are some type of pavers in the driveway, but they are filled with grass so it makes the driveway look like part of the lawn. It’s kinda cool!

          • They are cool! I love the look of them.

            • I wonder if they were in the yard already or had to be brought in.

              • The pavers? I am just guessing here, but the paver driveway MAY be a way to add more permeable surface area to the lot. If they added on a room or porch, the roofs and cement surfaces may have exceeded a certain percentage of the lot area, and a new paver driveway was the solution (and a pretty one at that!). At least that is the way it is here….you have to have a set amount of permeable surface for rain run-off. We are seeing a lot of parking lots with the pavers now.
                If you mean the boulders being there on the lot, I doubt it, but you never know! We just had a boulder wall built on our lot and they trucked them in…what a job! And talent is really needed to place those babies just right! I love the interest they add. Enjoy your yard this weekend!

  11. Susan, You found my perfect home! I’m moving in with you! I live in southwestern PA. Your growing area will be the same or almost the same as mine. You can definitely grow azaleas here. Rhododendrons and bleeding hearts do well but didn’t do well in my Florida garden. I usually will find a potted gardenia in the spring and keep it where I can smell it. You are right, it won’t grow in the north. It’ll be fun. Iris

    • LOL Come on! Today, I had a gardener who works for the gentleman who lives next to my son, tell me that today. So nice to know that Azaleas can grow here! Gardenias even sometimes have a hard time in Georgia. I almost lost some a few winters back, but they have bounced back now. I will miss all the work I did in the front yard, but will enjoy working in this yard.

  12. Is the shade of blue in the room that is to be your office and the room that is to be your master bedroom the same color? It looks different in pictures, so it’s hard to tell. Such a pretty shade. I also love that pretty lavender. Did Katie happen to mention the brand for those?

    I love, love, love the room that is to be your office. Can you imagine adding that as a sewing room? It makes me wonder if the owner back then was a professional seamstress, it seems so nice. It appears they did such a professional job adding that room, you wouldn’t know it wasn’t always there.

    I think your readers are as excited about this move as you are! Ha. (Come to think about it, we get all the fun without actually having to pack, lol.)

    • I’m not sure, they look very similar in the photos. I’ll be able to really get a good look this Sunday and Katie said she left the paint cans behind, so hopefully they are still there and I can get an idea about the brand and color.
      I know, I wondered that too…if she was a professional seamstress. When I was growing up, my next door neighbor sewed constantly. She worked during the day but sewed clothes for herself and her daughter all the time. She was amazing!

  13. Sheila Cartelli says

    Oh Susan,
    I love your darling new cottage. I will be living vicariously as you settle in and
    do your updates. Can’t wait… I’m sure you’ll get lots of suggestions, but I can’t help myself… Wall lights with swing arms, work very well on either side of a bed. They can be placed at just the right height for reading… Small tables below them can then be used to hold a few necessities.
    Wishing you all my best as you begin this wonderful new adventure,
    SheilaC

    • That’s true! I love seeing those peeking out of the back of canopy beds that have the full curtained/drapery effect in the back.
      Thanks, Sheila!
      XXX

  14. I love your gorgeous cottage and can’t wait to see what you do with it. It’s beautiful inside and out. You’ll enjoy being close to your family. I wish you happiness in your new home.

    • Thanks so much, Sharon! I don’t think it has fully sunk in yet that I’ll be living just a few doors down from my son, Dil, and grandsons.

  15. This is the most adorable cottage! I know you are so excited for the new home and most of all being close to your family! It will be an adjustment to Midwest weather after Georgia! But I know you are going to thrive and treat us to lots of decorating and updates!! Can’t wait to see the results! You’re in my prayers for a smooth move!

  16. I’d have to hire a gardener to take care of all that yard and the work that goes with it. I really like the house and all the architectural details. But why not make that 4th bedroom your office so your corner cabinets will fit in there, but maybe you need that for guests not sure. Hope your son never moves and your stuck in cold really cold weather in Ohio. lolo…oh well the next move might be to an assisted living who knows. Please show pictures of all updates…good luck.

    • Ha! Robin, you are a hoot! You’re as big a worrywart as I am! I can’t wait to get into the garden. I almost didn’t donate my old lawnmower a few weeks ago because I really miss cutting my own grass. I may end up purchasing a new lawnmower at some point instead of hiring a service.
      I want my office to be in that specific room because it’s one of my favorite rooms in the home, so I chose it specifically for my office since I will spend a good bit of time there.
      My son won’t be moving anytime soon since he’s long been a partner with his law firm, so is very established here, so no worries there. But it would be okay if they moved. I don’t require a keeper at this point in my life and am still very self-sufficient. Hahaha!

  17. Dot Van Dyke says

    This Charming Home is packed with Character and is just perfect for you!
    How every exciting to be near your Family and to see those wonderful Grandsons more often!

    I am so happy for all of you!!

  18. Darlene Gardner says

    Beautiful home Susan! I know you will only make it more lovely! Congratulations!

  19. This is indeed very exciting and scary news! Your new house is beautiful, and I know you will share many projects and updates as you move in and make it your own. It will be wonderful to be so close to your family. Congrats!

  20. Susan Beldyga says

    I love every square inch! It’s the kind of home I drive past and dream about. I will go back and ‘study’ your 1st post as floor plans intrigue me….I’m living in a 1960’s brick ranch that I’ve turned into my ‘cottage antique’ home because this is where I’m at……but I still long for an old home with nooks and crannies. So happy for you!

    • Thanks so much, Susan! Floor plans are always fascinating to me, too—especially in older homes where they sometimes ramble a bit and take interesting turns. I love getting lost in a home with a lot of tucked-away, semi-hidden rooms, especially attic rooms. Thanks again, Susan! ♥

  21. Susan, I can totally see why you call this an “adult sized doll house”. It truly is! So much character and charm. Thank you for sharing your journey, it will be so fun to follow you along! I know you’ll only improve on it’s coziness and visual appeal! So happy for you.

  22. What a darling cottage Susan – inside and out! I love all those little elf doors. I’m so excited for you – fixing up a house is so much fun. Thanks for sharing, and for hosting, of course. Happy Monday!

  23. Just wondering if you couldn’t just change the closet doors to sliders so as not to interfere with a small bedside table. This home is just lovely! So excited for you and to follow along.

    • I’m not sure if they would have room to slide. I think if I do move those to the other side, I may be able to add a built in bookcase back in that spot. I love extra shelving wherever I can get it. Thanks so much, Deb!
      XXX

  24. Susan,
    Congrats on your new home….In Ohio??? It will be cooler at least than Georgia is and you will be close to family!!! How exciting!!
    Thanks so much for hosting this charming party!! I really appreciate the time and effort that goes into it along with visiting all the links!!
    Hugs,
    Deb
    Debbie-Dabble Blog

  25. Nancy Kantor says

    That’s the most perfect house I’ve ever seen. I love everything about it!! How lucky for you to have found a beautiful place close to your kids! I look forward to seeing what you do to make it yours!

  26. Susan, your new cottage home reminds me so much of ours! Naturally, I love it! You have a bigger yard than mine, though, and I love those boulders. Your idea for your office is how I have mine laid out – desk in front of the cubby, facing into the room. I even have the elf closets like you have. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve hit my head coming out, even though I have lights and KNOW the clearance is low, LOL!
    If you decide on Polywood (we LOVE what we have), you won’t be sorry, and you’ll be close to going directly to Amish makers. I will say this, though, I have a girlfriend who’s had hers longer than I have, and she has had squirrels start to gnaw on one chair.

    • I love how you have your office laid out, Rita! It’s so cozy and is the exact feel I’m going for in mine. I know what you mean, I’ve done that so many times in the storage area under the eaves of the bonus room back home in Georgia.
      I’m a little worried about that, I’ve heard that squirrels will do that.
      Sure would be painful to have them damage the polywood since it’s so expensive. I keep wondering why the price hasn’t dropped on Polwood, by now. Seems like they would have some good competition at this point.

  27. What a darling home! I will be watching intently as you make it “your” home. This is so exciting and I am very happy for you. As you go through this process I am sure I will learn something useful from your experiences, I always do!

  28. Sherry B says

    You are exactly right describing it as a “dollhouse”. It is so charming and every turn has a little surprise. It is fun to see the before and I look forward to the after! It will be such a lovely home. So happy for you to be close to your family.

    • Thanks so much, Sherry! It really is full of surprises, love that about it!
      I wish it had a sneaky back staircase like my GA home. I love back staircases. Several years back I was looking at home in nearby Kettering. It was an older home and I really liked it, but it was a bit farther away from my son/DIL and grandsons than I had hoped to be. Anyway, I was so disappointed when I was touring the home and the realtor told me that the homeowner had removed the back staircase that used to end in the kitchen to put in a pantry. I think if I had purchased that home, I may have tried to restore the back staircase. I’d rather have a back staircase than a pantry.

  29. Antoinette says

    Hi Susan, congrats on your new home! t’s absolutely gorgeous! Like you, I too love the cottage style look and I love all the home’s built-in shelving. It’s so charming! I bought my current home six months ago and have been renovating it ever since (even though my home is only 10 years old), but there’s always something to be done and one thing leads to another. I’m in the process of getting all the rooms painted and I was thinking of painting the master bedroom a soothing shade of blue. I like the blue walls in the bedrooms, do you know what color that is?

    • Sooo true! We are never finished, always something that needs to be done. I’m not sure about the color, but I’ll have access to the house sometime this weekend, and I think Katie said that they left the paint behind. So hopefully, I’ll locate it once I’m in the house. I’ll let you know if I can find it.

  30. Jane Kelly says

    I so love your screened porch in Georgia, so I hope that will be on your someday to-do list! I think you will miss it! Now in my opinion LOL you should change your bedroom linens to match that gorgeous shade of blue in that master bedroom! It’s so beautiful & calming – maybe live with it awhile – it may grow on you “wink-wink” I just love blue in the bedroom! Thanks for the tour! Oh & yes do keep the TV in the basement for movie nights – the grands will love it!

    • I don’t think there’s a great spot to add a screened porch onto the house, but perhaps I could add a screened summer/garden house someday. I have quite a few other things I need to tackle first, though.
      Thanks, Jane! I’m sure you’re right about the TV. 🙂

  31. Delana Keefer says

    Susan,
    Good news! You don’t have to give up having azaleas! I live right outside of Columbus, Ohio (Zone 6a/b). I have azaleas in my front yard (several of my neighbors do also) and they bloom beautifully every Spring, albeit a tad later than in Georgia. My mother and grandmother always had them in the garden when I was growing up in West Virginia, too. I can’t wait to see more of your charming house decorated by you and your beautiful new garden!

  32. Susan, this is just an absolutely beautiful home, inside and out! How fun having all those storage places, and the little alcoves and window seats. just amazing! I’m looking forward to seeing more! thanks for sharing, Anne.

  33. So many ideas, questions, thoughts…but I’ll wait a bit to see what shakes out over time. Although, regarding azaleas, check with a local nursery to see if there are varieties hardy for that zone. It’s seems possible judging from above comments.

  34. saysee rizental says

    The house is just beautiful. I am so happy for you. You will make it just a little bit more you. Congratulations!

  35. Kathleen says

    Susan, thank you for taking us along on your journey to your new home. It’s absolutely lovely and perfect for you. Although it may be overwhelming at times with all the changes to make, you approach such challenges with a can do positive attitude. I’m so happy for you to be near your loved ones. You deserve it! Yes, you’re wise to keep that TV for your grandsons. Did I see pannicula hydrangeas underneath your big tree in your front yard? If so, lucky you. Whoever buys your Georgia home will be a very fortunate person, but it’s time to center your life around family and your beautiful new home. I can’t wait to see your next post!

    • Thanks so much, Kathleen! There are hydrangeas there, but I’m not sure what kind. I know so little about hydrangeas. I can’t wait to learn what all is planted here.

  36. Michele M. says

    Oh my gosh it is so charming! I absolutely adore this home! I have to say I love Katie’s choice of wall colors – so charming and cottage-y! I’d be thinking of getting all new bedding instead of painting the walls! It just WORKS! ( I envision clean white flax or linen bedding,) That back yard! The curb appeal! It’s SO AWESOME!!!!!

    ps be careful with Lily of the Valley – it can become quite invasive.
    And my MIL lives much more north of me in Akron and has beautiful Azaleas. So perhaps you could there too??

    • Thanks so much, Michele! I couldn’t afford to get all new bedding, especially after having two bed skirts custom-made for my extra high bed. lol Plus, I do still love the colors in that bedding. I love the blue in the bathroom though, and I may keep it in the office, too. Just not sure yet. That is so great to hear about azaleas! Yay!

  37. Nancy Brantley says

    This house is so cute inside and out. The architect or original owner didnt want any wasted space! So elf doors and builtins was smart idea!

    • You are not kidding, I was thinking the exact same thing. They def had storage in mind with all the built-in cabinetry/shelving and elf doors. 🙂

  38. What a lovely home, and so wonderful for you to be close to family. I can’t wait to see the distinctive touches you add to make it even more suited to you and your life. Oh, and I can attest to Polywood being great outdoor/patio furniture! The 20 year guarantee sold me. Best wishes for much happiness!

    • Thank so much, Linda! I really do want to try Polywood, it sounds great for areas where it gets really cold. Wow, that’s an amazing guarantee!

  39. What a charmingly pretty home! The floors & stairways & trim are scrumptious! Although I’ve envied many of the plant material you have in zone 8, my gardens here in zone 5 & @ our cottage up in zone 4 keep me in cut flowers from April-October. I know your lovely yard will be enchanting with your own touches!

  40. Kathleen says

    When I got to the outside pics of the house I just said out loud “oh my”. I can totally see how this IS the dream home. The gardens are beautiful too. Will you bring your bird houses? The pots of limelights? Can’t wait to see how your furniture looks and the touches of you. (Can’t believe you don’t have a TV! I bet that is why you get so much done.)

    • I will for sure bring one of them, but I want to leave the one that is near the driveway because it still has bluebirds nesting in it. Bluebirds nest in it every single spring/summer, usually at least 3 times. So I’ll leave that one. I don’t think anyone is nesting in the other one this year, so I’ll bring that one along with me for the backyard.
      The only thing I ever used to watch was HGTV and it has changed so much over the years. Now I just want the occasional movie on Amazon, which is pretty rare.

  41. Get new bedding. That room is gorgeous!

  42. Barbara Zuleski says

    Thank you so much for the tour of your new home in Ohio. I am so excited to see how you add “you” to the home and gardens. It is indeed a charming Doll House for adults…..

  43. Antoinette says

    Thanks so much Susan for looking into the bedroom paint color, I really appreciate that!

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