Our Last House
People (at least on HGTV) always claim that kitchens and bathrooms sell homes. I disagree. Chandeliers sell homes. There’s nothing more important than lighting. The right (or wrong) lighting can impact how everything looks—from the furniture to the wall color to the size of the room. There’s nothing worse than bad lighting. Just ask anyone who has ever tried on jeans in a Walmart dressing room.
Lighting is something that people don’t always invest in because they see it as decorative and unnecessary or frivolous. I think it’s very necessary. A $12 light fixture technically does the same thing as a $2500 light fixture, but I like my money where I can see it—hanging from the ceiling!
This isn't our first renovation. Our home in Colorado was quite terrifying when we bought it in 2013. It was a short sale. It was the first and only house we looked at because it was the only house in the neighborhood we wanted to be in that we could afford at the time. And it had really good light.
We toured the house in November of 2012, put the offer in the week of Thanksgiving and then finally received approval to purchase the house in late January. Short sales are a nightmare but worth it for the savings.
We moved in on Valentine's Day of 2013. Five years later, we moved into Gaye Gardens on Valentine's Day. Apparently, moving into homes on Valentine's Day is our thing!
We named our Colorado home "Little House on the Prairie" because it was quite literally a little house on the prairie. When we moved into the house, there wasn't much built beyond us. The Arapahoe County Fairgrounds and some cows. It had quite the view!
The living space was just under 1,800 square feet—about the size of our current attic. The lot was 3,920 square feet—the size of a postage stamp.
The house was disgusting when we moved in. We bleached the walls and ripped out all of the carpet before we even brought in the first box. The house smelled like cat pee and designer impostor body spray. The previous owner had multiple dogs, cats, snakes, and very bad hygiene.
Look at how beautiful this carpet is! When we first went to see the house, there was a bed covering the bleach stains on the carpet. I’m pretty sure someone was murdered or permed in that room. Perhaps both.
I’ll give you the full renovation tour.
This is the old living room. It came with these really depressing drapes and weird light fixtures… I’m not sure why anyone would put those up on purpose. Or hang the curtains so far from the ceiling… flood curtains?
This is what it looked like after we got done with it.
This was the old master bedroom. They were nice enough to leave them glamorous drapes.
This is our old bathroom before the renovation.
So we gave the bathroom a blinged out makeover. New subway tile, glass surround, marble floors, marble paneling for the tub, and new sparkly quartz countertops.
Gary painted the oak cabinets with black lacquer. I realize that the brothel look isn’t for everyone, but I don’t think you can argue how fabulous these crystal light fixtures look! They were a bitch to clean but I’d put them in every bathroom if it were an option.
I miss that bathroom!
This was our sad little light fixture in the foyer.
We promptly replaced it with the Swarovski chandelier.
The chandelier is what I miss most from that house. My sister bought me that chandelier in 2004 and I carted it around for nine years before we finally installed it. It doesn’t look very big here but it had over 1,200 individual crystals and it was pretty magical when the sun hit it.
Our old house sold in five hours. For almost twice what we paid for it (and a new record for the neighborhood.)
It was clearly because of the chandeliers...