If We Ever Downsize

2.26.2016

After missing Fixer Upper while out of town I was anxious to see it and was glad it was shown again on Saturday and then again of course last Tuesday before the new episode. I was tickled to see that it was about empty nesters looking to downsize. This is what I would love to do, too before we get too old to handle this house and yard. I'm working on the mister to agree.

This exterior is so cute. The home was built in 1919 and the outside was in rather good shape, but of course Chip and Joanna made it even better with a few updates and landscaping.

The inside is so cute and casual with white walls and white slipcovers. Lots of windows make it light and bright.

And oh, this kitchen! I love the patterned tile back splash and the open shelving. Oh, and that hood.

I love the ceiling in the master. I think I would like my bed better than this one and bigger nightstands.

Super cute bathroom with lots of built in storage.

Great brick floor in the dining area.

Yes, I could pack right up and move in.

Find all the photos here.

Have a fabulous weekend!


54 comments:

  1. I felt the same way about this home when I saw the episode. The exterior is just darling and I love that kitchen.

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  2. Our house isn't enormous (around 1800 sq ft) and it's very managable but I think we might end up at some point "in the country"....not too far out but the hubs wants land and being able to ride his tractor, etc. My granddaughter and I want horses and I might add some chickens too! Since we live close to my mom's nursing home we'll stay in town for now.

    I love Fixer Upper and Joanna's decorating style. I could move into that house too!

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  3. That was a cute house. We really need 2 sinks in the master bath for sure. I NEVER thought Joe would move, never! But, HE was the one who found this house, while my daughter and I were out looking at houses. LOL!

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    1. Yes, I agree that two sinks would be more practical.

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  4. I didn't see the episode, but what a great house! We have 15 acres and I don't know how long we can keep it up! Whew...lots of work! Thanks for sharing and Happy Weekend, Kim!!! Pam @ Everyday Living

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    1. Gosh, Pam we have three acres and need so much less.

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  5. I like this one and the next one she did for the newly married couple. Neither of these houses were too big, and they were for a couple or single not large family homes.

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  6. I loved this episode. So many things to copy. And I wish we had more cottages in my neck of the woods!!!

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    1. Yes, they seem to have lots of fixer uppers in their area and the prices are way lower than here.

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  7. This house exudes charm, both inside and outside. The bungalow style is none of my favorite. It is so cozy and welcoming!

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  8. Meeee Toooo... could sooo pack up and move in!!! The bathroom storage, the brick floor, and the fireplace walls truly got me!!!!!!! Love , love bungalows and cottages!!!!

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  9. I've never watched this show. I love cottages though and the exterior of this home is too cute! I'd have to change alot inside though. I like the look of open shelving, but don't think I'd want it for myself. I like that tile, but knowing me would probably get tired of it. Bigger nightstands for sure! and as mentioned 2 sinks in the master. Thankfully when we built our house, we planned for growing old here (who knows though).

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  10. I've never understood why designers use tiny little chairs that nobody is comfortable sitting in. Certainly Chip could not sit in these dining chairs -- maybe he could just perch on one. Cheap chairs never last. Kitchen tile backsplash is very pretty. Love lots of windows and white upholstery. I wouldn't use an iron bed that didn't have a padded headboard to sit up in bed to read. Again, she was going for cheap instead of smart.

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    1. I think they do well with the budget they are given to transform these homes. It depends on the clients budget.

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  11. I loved this episode. Hope Mr Savvy eventually comes aboard on your downsizing plans. Tell him my friend built a downsized home and a separate garage. The garage is bigger than the house!!!

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    1. He has mentioned it a couple times so he is thinking.

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  12. Wow this house is lovely! I'd love to move in too! Well, let's face it, there won't be enough space for everybody! :-)

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  13. My downsize dream home looks very similar Kim! Love this version a lot!

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  14. Yes, I never miss a show and I record them. That was such a cute house when they got finished with it. The only things I would've done differently would've been the tile back splash in the kitchen. That blue and white pattern locks you in. I prefer neutral things that are part of the house since I tire of color and pattern quickly. Also, I would have to have two sinks in the master bath! I think it will be nice if you can downsize to a more manageable size home, but you WILL miss the space! It's easy to move up but hard to move down.

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    1. Actually I don't think I will miss the space. We won't go to tiny, but we need one floor not two and less to take care of inside and out.

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  15. I have already downsized and am enjoying it.

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  16. I loved that house too! But my very favorite house they did was for the Veterinarian-lady and her new husband (from CA) that wanted to be so near the bike trails! I want THAT house! I'd even consider moving to Waco for it! ; D
    Catherine

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    1. I'm sure I have seen that one, too, but not sure which one it was. I will have to look out for it when they play it again.

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    2. It had the antique bicycle on the wall over the desk.

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  17. I love that show but have been missing it lately. I need to set my DVR. What an adorable house! I love the lighting, the tile...everything!
    Shelley

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    1. There are always the reruns and marathon days of it. I watch them over and over.

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  18. I would love to down size ...wait a minute I did, but not as much charm as this home holds.
    I plan to make a move again and add a pure and good feeling to living big in a smaller home.
    I recommend it dear, is so personal, cozy, and frees up your time in cleaning and up keep.

    Xx
    Yes your bed would be a better choice, this room feels more like a guest room rather a master room

    Dore

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    1. Dore, maybe eventually we will. I just want less to deal with before we get too old.

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  19. I'm ready! We're in a 3200 sq ft house right now and at least 1200 sq ft of it has only seen me with a vacuum cleaner and a duster since Christmas. This season of Fixer Upper has inspired me to seriously start looking for a smaller more manageable home....

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    1. I hear ya, Cindy. My upstairs gets the occasional dusting and the toilets cleaned.

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  20. I was so happy with the before and after :)
    Our home is semi(ish) 2000 sq ft. I have evener wanted another big home, so for the last 24 years we have enjoyed smaller homes. In a few years, we are thinking of building and moving again, and yes, it will be about the same size.
    This was a fave of mine!!

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    1. Gee, your home is a nice size. I would like around 1800 to 2000. Not sure I could do smaller than that. Still need room for family when they visit.

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  21. What is the attraction for open shelving...all I see is something to have to constantly dust or end up eating dust. And while I'm on a roll...what is the attraction for white upholstery...gets dirty dirty dirty and what a pain to pull off wash and get back on. I tried slipcovered parsons chairs in my kitchen...jeez every time you used them you had to straighten the covers. I just do not get it! Oh well, different strokes for different folks.
    Anyone else noticed that Fixer Upper never has televisions in their decor? Don't get me wrong I watch the show regularly and am amazed at how the homes turn out.
    But to have come into fame through HGTV and then state that they do not own an TV (read it online) just seems odd. Ok, thanks for letting me rant and rave.

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    1. Yes, not everyone loves the same stuff, thank goodness. I have seen televisions in some of their designs. If Chip and Jo even had a TV they wouldn't have time to sit and watch it. They are so darn busy. I don't know how they do it all.

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  22. I loved everything about it except the round blue and white rug. Although it would be my style, it just didn't seem like Joanna's style. I would love for her to be my neighbor.

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    1. Janette, she decorates these for the clients with a bit of her style thrown in. She has been branching out and doing some things out of her norm and I'm glad to see it.

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  23. I watched this "fix up" on tv. Love the older style house! And years ago folks did live in lovely smaller houses...all with wonderful architectural details inside. At some point houses just exploded. ha. We had a huge house...and are loving our downsize. Joanna and family seem to be such nice folks. Sheila

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  24. I don't get HGTV, but this was fun to see. I love the house! It's just gorgeous.
    Brenda

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  25. Wow, what a cute cottage. We downsized when we moved into our current home and, although we are enjoying our space, it was a bit of an adjustment. I could never go back to a large house, too much work.

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  26. Wish we got the show here in South Africa. I love home decorating/revamp shows.That cottage is gorgeous.

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  27. Our youngest is still in high school but we're already looking forward to downsizing. And my husband loves Fixer Upper as much as I do. We really like their style and personalities.

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  28. KIM! I am so with you on this home. I watched the same episode and thought that this is just the type of home I want when we eventually want to downsize. Don't you love the darling exterior?

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  29. The home is lovely. I love the outside-- so much curb appeal.

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  30. Kim, This house is amazing! My husband and I have been talking about downsizing too. We have 4 children and our youngest is graduating from high school in June. It is so much fun looking at homes. I have to say though, I am leaning towards new construction, I don't think I have it in me to redo another home. But if I came across a gem like this, I could easily be persuaded. Wishing you a great week ahead!
    xoxo Mickey visiting from http://www.mybashfullife.com/

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