exterior before photo

Moving into Modern: My New House


Since my last post I’ve been busy: buying a home, selling a home, cooking a baby (due in late Dec) and remodeling and redesigning the new house! My old house was an adorable Edwardian Cottage (cottage in real estate lingo = tiny) with quaint period details and tons of charm. My new house is mid-century, built in 1948 by a gentleman who enjoyed dark wood paneling and, according to my contractor, using LOTS of nails.

mid-century_paneled bedroom

We (meaning myself and my lovely wife) fell in love with the tree lined street, the friendly neighbors and the great schools. We LIKED the house, it fit our budget, and it hadn’t been fixed up, flipped, or otherwise tainted like many of the houses we saw. We beat out 10 other offers on the place and our dream house became ours. I personally envisioned a home with ridiculously high ceilings, a formal entry, perhaps a rambling old neglected charmer like this…


It took me a minute to become comfortable with the idea of buying a mid-century modern house, especially when it needed as much work as this one.

exterior before photo

But, once I saw this unfinished basement, I was on board!

basement before shot

An additional 1,300 square feet of pristine, untouched living space we could do anything with (see: Mariah Carey style closet)

mariah carey closet

So, time to look past the peeling paint, the wall to wall carpet, the dark paneling and start designing! In the next few months I will be tackling the living room, dining room, master bedroom and nursery. Up first, the kitchen, which will be done before Thanksgiving. I can’t wait to share photos.




  1. Can’t wait to see the finished product Mel!

  2. Melanie -

    It all looks SO exciting! I can’t wait to see more pictures as the project gets going.


  3. A mid-century modern with a basement, what a fortunate homeowner you are! Can’t wait to see what you do to bring it to life.

    Mari Rose

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