Nerdy Shabby Cozy Chic

It All Started When I Realized I’m Not Rich

Whenever I thought about becoming a homeowner, I had grand visions of what my home would look like.

Wrap-around front porch that wrapped around the ENTIRE house.

Sparkling kitchen. Luxurious bath. Fresh flowers EVERYWHERE.

Alas, I live in the DC Metro area. And I’m a public school teacher. I’m chronically (and happily) single. To be honest, it’s a miracle that I can even afford to own a home.

When the opportunity to purchase a one-bedroom condo just ten minutes  – no interstates – from my place of work, I could not pass it up. I purchased from a dear friend, which made the process painless.

Move-in took place in June of 2014. In the beginning, I had dreams of having at least the kitchen exactly the way I wanted it by February 2015.

That’s when I realized I’m not rich.

My timelines slowed to a near halt. There was no WAY I was about to pay someone $800+ to put luxury vinyl my wee kitchen. I found an oven on sale for under $500, but with installation and permits and all the what nots, it cost about $800.

Contrary to popular belief, public school teachers are not made of money. I decided to do what I could to make this house feel like a home – MY home – and do it a little bit at a time with the tools and resources I had at my disposal.

That’s what this blog is all about. Tips and tricks. Successes and often hilarious failures. Places to go for inspiration and people that inspire.

The key to it all is to create a home that YOU love…and doing it on a budget. With lots of help.