Monday, June 27, 2011

Our First Home- Atlanta, Georgia

MY ATLANTA HOUSE
(see all of the interiors here)
As much as we LOOOOOOVE Nashville, we sometimes miss our little bungalow in Atlanta.  Do you ever watch Curb Appeal The Block (Atlanta) on HGTV?  They were in our neighborhood CONSTANTLY.  We lived in the coolest 'in town' neighborhood, Virginia Highlands, and we have many memories there.  It is where I found myself as a strong single career girl, where I met the love of my life, my best friend.  It is where we fell in love and the first house we lived in as a married couple.  It is where our precious baby girl was born.  We walked daily to the shops, the greatest restaurants, festivals, etc.  Ah, the memories.
This is what the house looked like the day I bought it.  I bought at the height of the market in 2005.  I called it the half million dollar shack.  Location, location, location.
The day I closed on the house I had it painted to this.
Ahhh, much better.
Unfortunately, there was still this.  UGH.  Oh, and you could only use the darn thing if you drive a mini cooper.  Not the X5 like I drove.  Pain.  In.  My.  Bootie.
Not to mention, a $50k fix.  Yeah, you read that right. Keep in mind I was single still too.  One income.
I was the #1 sales rep for St. Jude Medical that next year.  You would think I would have gotten LOTS of really FUN stuff that year.  Well, I got to do this. (and another project I'll show you later in the week)



YAY!  Much better.  The double parking pad was a HUGE luxury in our neighborhood, some houses in VH don't even come with parking- period.  You have to park on the street.
We added a water feature and fragrant plantings to enjoy from my favorite room in the house, the screened in porch.  This is super cool in a walking neighborhood.  Lots to see!
Man I miss those trees- the cherry tree and the magnolia the most.
new planters for the porch that need to be filled
Blue Agave succulents! 
New gas lanterns for the perfect finishing touch above the new granite stoop.



Our amazing realtor, Heyward Young, sold it in 3 hours and the rest is history! 
(you might recognize him from HGTV too!)
(sorry for all of the crappy iphone pics,
 they were all that I had, so sad!!)
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32 comments:

  1. love love love! Great choice in color and that driveway would FREAK me out!

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  2. So adorable! And all of your details! Love! Your screened in porch... Heaven!

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  3. Love it! I just said farewell to my first home on my blog last week ... definitely bittersweet.

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  4. Adorable! It looks very similar to our (first) home, which we are chipping away at as well. It must be hard to leave all the hard work behind, but it is a journey :)

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  5. Wow! So pretty! Love the paint color you chose. Hubs and I are contemplating painting our ranch, but our red roof throws us off a bit. We'll see!

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  6. Lucky you, living in fun Virginia Highlands!! I lived in Buckhead for 4 years post-college. Of course, I worked in non-profit for the Piedmont Park Conservancy, so I didn't BUY anything in Buckhead... just rented a few Habersham apartments :) I love your sweet house there and what you did with it!

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  7. Oh man I am BUMMED that I didn't know you when you lived here! The house is adorable!

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  8. Love VH area and Curb Appeal The Block is my secret addiction. :) Your house was just adorable and your changes stunning! Bet your neighbors loved you! Marietta (where i live)has some cute areas too, but nothing like the flavor of VH.

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  9. You did a great job! I used to live in Brentwood, well and Nashville for a while and then went to graduate school at MTSU (Murfreesboro). I miss TN - we had so much fun there but moved back to Huntsville, Al to be by family.

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  10. Love your adorable old house and you did a great job with the curb appeal too, Shelli!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  11. You sure you weren't on Curb Appeal?? What a transformation!

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  12. I love what you did to the house! Such a great transformation- I can see why you miss it!

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  13. I recently finished writing about my first home that I bought when I was single. I wish I could have afforded to paint my brick like you did! There are few things as satisfying (or as scary) as being able to own a home all by yourself! I would love to see the inside!

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  14. It was an adorable house...what did you do with the garage?

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  15. Oh my goodness, I love it. It sounds so intriguing! The walking, shops, restaurants, festivals... I can see why you miss it!

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  16. I absolutely love it! The colors are awesome and so close to what I had picked for my home. Now I know it looks great and am not going to pick another color. Looks amazing!

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  17. Great job! I live in atlanta {well now Douglasville} but grew up in Decatur and lived in midtown as a single woman before I got married. LOVE VH! Totally would live there if it were WAY cheaper. Ha. Hence why we live in the burbs.

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  18. OMG Shelli! Gorgeous home!!!!!!! I wish you had inside pics!!! AND, your current home is to die for too! Geez! :)

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  19. Love your site! Awesome house shots. Really enjoying reading. :)

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  20. Seriously darling house! THe crappy part about living in Cali. Is...everyone has Spanish style houses...bluh! I love bungalow, craftsmen, And colonial!! Your also so creative! ! What a great job with the outside!! What does the inside look like?!

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  21. That is such a beautiful little place...it pretty much looks like my dream home! I would've been *VERY* hard pressed to get me out of that place, but hey, life is full of surprises, right? I just love all your memories of it, too...being able to walk places is pretty much as cool as it gets, not a luxury we have here in Phoenix...unless you would like to fry like an egg!!!

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  22. Shell, I LOVE it!!! It's exactly what I pictured when we talk about it : ) Do you have inside pics??? I want to see more!!!

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  23. oh my goodness! what a gorgeous home! i realize that we will have to move out of our small craftsman home someday when our family gets bigger and it breaks my heart! i will truly miss this place.

    www.natyouraveragegirl.com

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  24. What a gorgeous home! I can see why you miss it! And that's awesome about how great you were at your job!

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  25. What a great transformation! Thanks for sharing so many pics. We live in Buckhead but love the Highlands...
    xo
    Mina
    www.minipiccolini.com

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  26. i wish you were still here, so i could come join you for a drink & people watching on the porch!!!! you did that house right! i can only imagine how expensive that parking pad was, but you're right--some of those houses have only on street parking. i lol'd at the "half million dollar shack"--i know what you're talking about!

    thanks for sharing this!

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  27. wowza, that's what I call a capital improvement! heyward is the man and all, but what you did to for your curb appeal would seal any deal! way to go mama. I hope you are planning to take us inside :-)

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  28. It's so adorable! Will you be sharing any indoor pictures?

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  29. You did an excellent job increasing curb appeal! Well done!

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  30. That is an excellent update! You have a great eye.

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  31. Holy crap...my driveway/garage is the same thing!!! I never thought of filling it in! Looks unbelievable and parking for 2 would be a dream! You rocked it girl.....

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