So, as promised, here is "Before." We will start with the outside.
I spent Saturday afternoon pruning that blasted hedge. In the spring, I'm totally hiring a landscaper to come and get rid of it. I'm foreseeing it as more trouble than it's worth, and I want flowers there instead.
Here is the back of the house.
No deck, but both of my neighbors have one, so at least I know one is kosher. Maybe in a couple more years with a couple more dollars in my bank account, it will be something to think about.
The back yard.
There is foliage back here that I want gone too -- I spent considerable time back here on Saturday also.
The street out front:
Now, on to inside. Here is the foyer on the main level:
(That's my purse sitting on the floor there.)
The living room:
That's V's air mattress that she kindly lent me so that I could spend my first night as a homeowner there.
The other end of the living room. I think it was supposed to be the formal eating area, but I'm going to turn it into my office area.
That box I was using as a temporary trash can. The unlit candle on the counter is acting as an air freshener.
The other end of the kitchen, which is where I have since put the dining room table:
The upstairs hallway:
The master bedroom. This is one of the few rooms in the house that is actually close to being fully done (now). The only thing missing for an "after" picture are the drapes.
The room that will end up being my guest room:
The really tiny bedroom upstairs that is going to be my craft room. I did not pick that color blue, and am thinking it might be a little much for it (it's darker in real life).
The hall bathroom upstairs. There are three full bathrooms in this place, but this is the one I've been abluting in.
The really weird room off of the garage. The previous owners stuck a wall halfway through the garage and made it into an abbreviated garage (big enough for my bike, the soon-to-be lawn mower and gardening supplies, the trash cans, and not much else) and an office. There is no window in this room, so the color is a little off. The walls are really more of a light mustard shade. I think I will use it as a large closet for now.
The family room downstairs. The bathroom there has a shower in it that is filthy almost beyond belief. I will spare you the details. Use your imagination and know that it is worse than that.
And the other half of the family room, complete with back door. This is where the futon is going to be for the time being.
It's mostly cosmetic -- what needs to be done. I've moved in and (mostly) unpacked. There is now a refrigerator in the kitchen, and new locks on all the doors. Mostly, what needs to be done is cleaning -- I had the good sense to hire someone to come and steam clean the carpet -- and painting. Pretty much every room needs to be touched up, if not completely repainted, in some way. I'm almost done with the living room and my bedroom, but I'll wait until everything is done before presenting the "after" pictures.
(The green fluffiness is all spun up now, and is in the process of being knit. Pattern: Oblique. It's not as lofty as I would like, but it seems to be knitting up well.)