Why I Chose My House & A Fun Blog Hop

 I love our home!
I know that may sound a bit cocky, but hey it's the truth!
I have been in love with our home ever since I first stepped foot in it six years ago.
Today I wanted to share some of the reasons why I chose our home in a fun blog hop that's hosted by Jennifer at Town and Country Living.  I was so excited to get the invite from Jennifer because I think this is such a neat topic. So at the end of this blog post I will have a list of all of the other bloggers who are also sharing a more personal and informative tour of their own homes.

Here is our Little Cottage Bungalow that was built in 1924


When I first saw the listing for our home I passed it up thinking that although it was a super cute house it was just too small for our family. But then one day the realtor had added a few more pictures to the listing showing that there was a basement with a family room and that's when I knew I had to see more.


Here is a picture of what the house looked like at that time: 


I still remember the day that we came to view the house. It was in the middle of winter, and the house felt dark and cold because there was no heat and no power and all of the curtains were closed. But the second I stepped in I felt like this house was meant to be ours.


The first thing that had me at Hello was that our house is located on one of the prettiest streets in town lined with old beautiful homes and big tall trees. Our home is also in walking distance to the city park, library, middle school, hardware store and my husbands law office, which was the main reason for the move. 


Because our home was built in 1924 I dream about what it looked like back in its day. I've searched our town's history museum and the internet both hoping to come across some old pictures of it but unfortunately I couldn't find any. However, I did find picture of some of the other homes on our street that are considered to be historic, so that was fun to see.


 Now let's head on inside of our home and I'll share a few things that made this house a done deal for me. 


This house was fully remodeled a couple of years before we bought it, and so I always felt that we got the best of both worlds; the charm of an old home but without all of the work of updating it.
These two corner hutches in our dining room are original to the home but all of the wainscoting and molding was newly added.


A few years after we moved into our home, I met a gal who is the sister of the man who came in and did all of the remodeling.  She shared with me a ton of before pictures of our home, including this one of our dining room. Yes, this is the same room!



I once did a huge blog post showing all of those before pictures and then pictures right after the remodel. It is a really fun blog post to read, so if you are interested, you can check it out HERE.

Probably the biggest shocker is the master bedroom upstairs. This was once wasted space and looked liked this:

Now it's a beautiful master suite! And I absolutely love the old brick chimney.


If I had to pick a favorite room in our house though, I'd have to say it is the sunroom/office. The old french doors leading in, the wall of old windows and the sunlight that shines in all make this room so relaxing to be in. I'm sure you can see why it's my favorite.


Something kinda interesting in here though are the floors. If you look closely in this next picture you will notice a line breaking up the wood. This has always made me wonder if there was once a couple of extra feet added to this room. If only these walls (or floors) could talk. 


Okay, now I leave you with the final selling point of our home....


With two boys this play fort in the backyard truly had me believing that this house was meant to be ours.  :)

There are so many other things that I love about our house but with that said, it's not perfect.
The yard is pretty small, the neighbors are too close, we would love to add an extra bedroom and bathroom to the basement, and it's nowhere near the ocean, which I always say, If I could change one thing about our home it would be to give it an ocean view. 

What are some things you love about your home? What was it that made you choose your home? And What are some of your homes quirks?
(when I say home, I also mean condo, apartment, rental space, or wherever home is to you).
Leave me a comment and let me know.
You can also come chat with me on Facebook or Instagram.

Now let's see what these other bloggers are saying about their homes.


Monday's Homes
Why I Chose My Home Tour - Monday
Tuesday's Homes
Why I Chose My Home Tour - Tuesday
Why I Chose My Home Tour - Tuesday
Wednesday's Homes
Why I Chose My Home Tour - Wednesday

Why I Chose My Home Tour - Wednesday

20 comments

  1. I just adore a bungalow and yours is perfection! And I, too, adore that play fort (with the room below for mom & dad to lounge! Oh, and I'm all about location, location, location too! :) Linda

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    1. Thank You! Yes Location is so important when choosing a house. We love being able to walk to some of our favorite places.

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  2. Your home is so welcoming and cozy! I'm absolutely in love with your sun room/office. All of those french doors are so charming and the natural lighting flooding in is a dream! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home with us.

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    1. Thank you for your sweet comment. Yes, The sunroom in our home is definitely our favorite cozy spot :)

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  3. I've always had a fondness for your cute, cute home! I too would've bought it for the sunroom alone. I love all those windows and the wood floor. I loved the photo of your street - those trees! Looks like an awesome neighborhood!

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    1. Oh Jennifer, you are so sweet! There is just something so special about old homes isn't there? I totally adore your home too!! We definitely love our street with the trees....a lot to rake in the fall, but totally worth it :)

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  4. I love the neat old street that your home is located on! Our city is so new that we don't have any neighbourhoods that look like that. So much gorgeous character! I loved reading your home story, Emily!

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    1. Thank you so much Krista! It's been a fun street to live on that's for sure!

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  5. The transformation is amazing! The plantings outside are so perfect and I love the mix of styles inside. You are so talented!

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    1. Thank You! I just keep planting and planting and planting, sometimes they make it and sometimes they don't but I never give up. lol :) Thanks for your kind comment

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  6. Emily, what a beautiful home. I love your street. it would be so where I would live if we didn't live in the country. thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you, Laura. Our street in wonderful! I do wish I were more out in the country though...if not closer to the beach :)

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  7. I love your home! Everything you’ve done is so gorgeous. I love how you’ve kept the original feature and made it so much better!

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  8. Hi, Just discovered your blog via another one I follow & wanted to say I really enjoyed your post & the way you write - very enjoyable. Enjoying your decor and your dining room is lovely & it must be so happy to no longer look like that before photo!:)

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    1. Hi! I'm so glad you stopped by my blog and Thank you for the sweet comment. Yes, so glad our house doesn't look like the before, I don't think I could live with those hot pink walls :)

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  9. Emily, I LOVE LOVE LOVE your cottage bungalow. I have a huge soft spot for this style home. And I would love to live on that street too! Your home has so much character. Who doesn't love character, right? Every story should be cared for like yours! Just beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing the before and after's.

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment, Yvonne! I kinda have a huge soft spot for cottages too :) I just Love your home too!

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  10. I love bungalow homes and you have transformed this one into a real beauty!! I'm so jealous of the sunroom/office and all those french doors!

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