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So far, I have only shown the parts of the house the most disgust us or the kitchen. Lots and lots of the kitchen. Well, folks, I thought I would give you a tour of the rest of our place. For the most part, it photographs well, but, of course, there are some really weird things in almost every room.

Here we go!

Come on in!

This is our living room at Christmas time. It looks like this now minus the wicker chairs and the Christmas accessories and plus another couch. We still can’t figure out what to do with this room.

Here is our dining room, still empty. The only change we have made to this room is removing the floral border on the chair rail.  We are currently using the dining room and living room for storage of our kitchen stuff during the remodel.

This is the office/gym. On the other side of the room we have lots of UofL posters hanging. This room has been deemed the Louisville room and will be painted red!

This is the guest bath. Yes, that is more pink tile.

The family room. These couches are new!

Here is our awkward back room. It was originally a “Florida Room” (screened in porch for all you non-Floridians) and the owners made it into an inside room to make the family room larger. They took some shortcuts and left out a few essential items such as insulation….and enclosed electrical boxes…and drywall (it’s pressed wood). However, they remembered to glue mirrors on the wall. Nice.

We are just leaving it as is for now. We close the sliding doors that lead to this room so we don’t lose A/C or heat. We have high hopes, though!

Our room. Nice and sunny.

And, our bathroom. Yes, more pink tile. It’s like the nightmare that we can’t wake up from. Also, I’m sure you noticed the mirrors. Every wall of this bathroom is covered in mirrors. It’s charming.

Here are a few shots of our backyard. It’s a great backyard, it just needs a little love. And fewer trees.

So, that’s about it! You’ve seen the kitchen, and if you can’t remember it, you’ll be seeing muuuuch more of it in the next few days. We also have another bedroom that is empty and I didn’t have a great picture of it to show you.


I like to believe that our home has charm potential. Part of the reason why I like the title of our blog is because Matt and I have to keep the dream alive. What I am about to show you may scare you and you may cry a little, just like we did. So, try not to look away and hold on tight. Welcome to our home.

No home is complete without a mysterious green light.

The pantry.

I mean, seriously, who puts an air freshener in their pantry?

Now, what you are looking at below is the grout on the tile that is throughout 65% of our place. We thought we had black grout. Until we cleaned it. Turns out the grout is an orangey-red. The black was dirt. Gross.

We have an “Florida room” that was turned into an indoor room. Unfortunately, the folks didn’t know how to do home repair so this is what the outlets look like in that room.

And now, for the grand finale. I still cringe when I look at this. Introducing, the Hairy Fan.

And because I know you want to see it up close…

They had a cat with black fur. I guess the fur got wrapped around the blades somehow? However it happened, it was the most disgusting thing Matt and I had ever seen. I wanted to just throw the fan away, but thrifty Matt took it down and cleaned it! That room still gives me the creeps.

These are just a few of our favorite special finds in our home. I’ll keep you posted with more fun finds and fixes!

He bought an ax.

So, he had to cut down a tree.

It was the smallest tree in our yard.

But, none the less…

he cut it down!

I’m so proud!

I decided to start this blog in an effort to chronicle our house projects as well as anything else exciting that happens in our lives. So, here is a brief description of us to bring you up to speed.

Matt and I purchased our first home in August 2009. Since we live 1000 miles away from any family, we were not able to lean on our parents for advice and extra eyes during the home buying process. Months of house hunting and 2 turned down house offers later, we settled on a “charming” home in a very desirable part of Merritt Island.

What house, you say. Believe me, there is a house behind the foliage. (Don’t you love the PVC pipe flagpole? Classy.) So, we moved in at the end of August and began our new lives as home owners. We heard a collective sigh of relief from the neighbors when they realized that we owned 2, not 5, cars and Matt consistently wore a shirt when he left our home.

Stay tuned for details on the inside of the home! I have two words for you…hairy fan.

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