January 30, 2010


For being a blog about my house, Musings from the Front Porch has very few pictures of my house. So today we’ll do a tour of the house the day I closed on it.

The pictures aren’t perfect, but they’ll give you a good idea of what I was starting with.

Luckily, no heavy lifting was required. The hardwood floors running throughout the house were refinished a week before I put my offer in. The whole house had recently been painted a very, very pale yellow. All I had to do was buy a fridge! I always thought I would be ok with doing work on a house, but move-in-ready has it perks. Lots of them.

Without further ado, let’s begin!

The banner shows my house on a snowy winter day (I plan to change it out with the changing of the seasons). Here’s a shot on a beautiful sunny day in June. How I miss the warm weather!


From the front door into the living room and dining room

living room/dining room

The dining room

dining room

Kitchen, sans refrigerator


My first dishwasher! And other half of the kitchen

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Office (notice the double chair rail!)


Guest room

guest room

Guest bath
Before 009

Master bedroom

Master bath

master bath


½ bath in the basement. With no walls.
random toilet

And there you have it! The “before” shots.

Thanks to Emily LaMaster for many of these photos and for all the help cleaning the house the day I moved in!


  1. I can't wait to see some afters! And that basement is just itching for some walls...

  2. Yay! Meg's blog. I love blogs. And I love you. I'm ready for the "after" shots now.

  3. "After" shots coming soon, Jules!

  4. I bet that chandelier is going to look VERY beautiful...