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Our New Seattle House Tour {Video!}

by | Sep 2, 2015 | Decorating Inspiration, Moving, My Life, My Seattle House

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***Update: catch up and follow along with our house progress by scrolling through here!***

Hey friends! Phew, what a crazy few weeks it has been but we are thrilled to finally be able to take you on a little initial tour of our new (old) mid-century brick rambler! Yeah, did you ever imagine that I would buy a ranch-style one level house with a basement? I actually didn’t think we would ever buy a mid-century rambler. Not that I am anti-midcentury ranch houses at all, they are cool, but you know me, usually I’d say I’m a cottage/farmhouse/craftsman/fairytale lovin’ house girl.

Of course, I guess I shouldn’t be totally surprised that we bought a house from a different era, since our last house was a brand new house when we’d always lived in older 1920s and 1930s houses.

But regardless of its shape, size, age, or style, I just knew it would be right for us and we’d be happy there making a house a home. I have tons to share about the short and longer term ideas we have for this house. I also have a preliminary vision for each room and the exterior that I am excited to share with you in upcoming posts! But because there is so much to share and dream about, I wanted to start with a video tour to give you a little sneak peek. In case you can’t see the embedded video above, click here to find the tour!

So, what were some of the reasons we felt this house would suit us?

Here are some of its best features:

Gorgeous natural light — This house is bright and cheery all times of the day on the main floor AND in the basement, even on a cloudy day. That was a big deal. Our old house had beautiful light that streamed through big windows, so I knew what a difference light made in our day-to-day experience. Most of our previous houses had big trees that blocked the light, so this time we knew we should intentionally look for a house that had trees within view, but not so close that they that blocked light.

A sense of space — This house isn’t big, but it has a feeling of spaciousness. With the large expanses of windows with wide views of the sky, the sense of space is increased and it makes you feel like you have plenty of room to breathe. I loved that the house has a separate living room, dining room and kitchen, but they all flow together which makes the house feel more open (while still feeling cozy). I also love that it has a spacious basement for hanging out.

A blank slate — Even though this is a unique era and style for us, I feel like the house has so much potential to become more our style through the addition of character, curb appeal, design details, furnishings and remodeling the kitchen and bathroom. It was very clean and well-kept enough to move right in and start adding our own personal touches throughout the entire house. We knew there were so many projects we could do it to make it our own, it felt like it would be a fun and challenging house to work on. I especially love that there are projects we can do right away, too!

A solid house — You know how some houses just feel right, even if you can’t put a finger on why? This house feels really solid and nice when you are in it, which gives us a great structure and vibe to start with. It has already had plumbing and electrical updates, a finished basement, and yet didn’t have any crazy additions or botched remodels that we would have to “undo.”

The view — Never in a million years did we expect to get a view, but happy bonus, this house has amazing sunset and sky views, mountain, trees and Puget Sound views from the living room, dining room and kitchen. Every day just walking through the house and seeing the wide open views will feel like a gift.

The location — This house is conveniently located within five miles of everything that we wanted to be close to. It’s also in an established area where many people are improving their homes, which is great for resale.

A quiet oasis  — Seattle is a big city. There are a lot of people and loud cars. I love the excitement, but when I am at home I don’t want to hear or dodge cars and traffic on my own street. I don’t want to live IN a city, so the location and setting of this house on a large, more private lot will feel like we will have a retreat, a true escape. Even the backyard is private and has beautifully manicured old growth shrubs and trees that make it feel like an oasis.

Our New Seattle House Tour {Video!}

Just seeing some of our furniture coming in the house makes me excited to start getting settled (even though right now we have random decor strewn about and bins and boxes piling up all over the place, ha!). I’ll have a post soon sharing our ‘moving in’ process, and some of our best tips for planning a move. If you missed our ‘moving out’ post, find that here!

Stay tuned, we’ll be going room by room through the house sharing our vision, inspiration rooms, and short and long term plans for each space!

***Update: catch up and follow along with our house progress by scrolling through here!***

The cute sign at the end of the video can be found HERE! :)


  1. Frances

    OMG you have a Samantha Stevens stove. Love it. Can’t wait to see what you do with your new house. Congrats. Cheers Franes

    • Kristina

      Yes! I noticed the stove, too. So cool. Great house.

    • Sharon

      I noticed that too! So cool! Lots of potential in that house.

    • Pam Good

      My mom had a stove like that, and it was great! I remember seeing a rerun of Bewitched and being surprised that Samantha had one of those stoves, too. Storage cabinet underneath, pull out burners (pull out halfway for a couple of burners, or pull all out for a big meal, and two ovens.

  2. Lauren

    Love it! That laundry room is so nice and large! The brick fireplaces, the backyard, the views….can’t wait to see what you do with this new home. And, I love your quote at the end. Blessings to your family as you settle in!

  3. Lynda Brandly

    Hurray! So happy for you! It’s a great house and your video is so cute. Looking forward to you making it your new home!
    love and blessings~
    Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

  4. Heidi

    Congratulations! The view is amazing. I look forward to your upcoming blog posts! Thanks for sharing your creativity and ideas. :)

  5. joanne hrycak

    I LOVE THIS HOUSE. great views, how wonderful to once again put your own touch and making your new house exactly how you want it SUCH FUN. I do see Jack and Lily making themselves at home good for them. Thi is the type of home I am looking for considering a move next year you know when its time and its time to start a new venture……GOOD LUCK AND CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHAT YOU DO…….xoxoxoxo

  6. Jo

    Congratulations on your new home! I am drooling over your beautiful,expanse of windows and your water view! Can’t wait to read your upcoming posts as you share your journey making this house into the home you love! God bless! ❤️

  7. Seana Turner

    With your eye and taste… can’t wait to see it blossom. Such a beautiful location – THAT VIEW! How fun! Also, the downstairs is huge. It is so much bigger than it looks from the outside. Wishing you all good things as you make this place your home:)

  8. Susan

    Congratulations:) Love, love your new house! Like you said the lightening looks fabulous & even in the basement (bonus!!). Go get yourself a barre dvd & you’re all set to exercise:) I envy your fab laundry room!! Look forward to your upcoming posts!!

  9. Stacey

    It’s wonderful already! What a view. No doubt you’ll turn it into the home you want it to be.

  10. Laura Putnam

    Melissa – it looks beautiful! Congratulations!

  11. Shelia

    I’m so happy for you and I know you’ll put your stamp all over this house! What a view you have. Love the rooms and the light! I’ll be excited to see it as you make it yours. My daughter used to live across the bridge from Seattle in Bellevue. This is such a lovely area and I wish you and your family the best.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  12. Kimm at Reinvented

    OH my goodness, what amazing “bones!” I can’t even wait to see what you do with it, and am so happy that you found the perfect for you house. And those views!! Wow.

  13. Lynn Marie

    Ditto on all of the comments above: can’t wait to see what you do with your new home!

  14. Debbie

    This is why you buy the house, not the style. Beautiful homes; can see what some projects will be but how lucky you are to find a home pretty-much move-in ready. Looking forward to the next year or more of re-familying of this house—>home.

  15. Heather

    I can’t wait to see how you put your own unique stamp on this home!

  16. Aimee

    I love it! And, I cannot wait to see what you do to make it your special haven. We have a similar mid century home in Ohio. You always inspire me!

  17. coco

    This is going to be so amazing! It’s beautiful! I’m so excited for you and your family. Welcome home, Coco

  18. melinda

    God Bless your new home:) You are going to have such a great time of decorating and putting your own touches on this home sweet home!

  19. Linda Stoll

    Oh lovely, lovely, Melissa!

    I just know you’re going to inspire me to move ahead in making my own new place feel a bit more like home.

  20. Barb

    This house has it all! Great view, good bones and major potential! Good for you! (I cannot wait to see the “new” master bath, LOL). Congratulations!

  21. Lacy

    What an amazing view and laundry room!

  22. Sheran Steading

    Love everything about it! I happen to love mid-century, although I don’t actually live in one. The laundry room is amazing. So happy for you!!!

  23. Diane and Dean DIY

    Congratulations!!! It was so fun to see a sneak peak. I can’t wait to see how you decorate!

  24. Debbie

    Love it, can’t wait to watch it transform! Great view too ;)

  25. Yvonne

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to see you add your magic.

  26. Shae

    Congratulations! You have lovely taste, I can’t wait to follow along as you move in and make it your own.

  27. Claudia

    I love the BIG laundry room and basement!
    I can not wait for all the work and wonderful things you will be doing with your new space! :)

  28. liz

    Congrats – great looking house and lots of design options. Looking forward to future posts.

    But, I guess I’ll be the first to ask – how steep is that driveway and do you have many ice storms in Seattle? I used to live in Syracuse NY and remember backing down roads since my little car couldn’t get up in the snow & ice.

  29. Sharilyn

    Wow!! What fantastic light and beautiful views!! Congratulations to your whole family – looking forward to seeing the new house becoming your home :)

  30. Lilly

    I love it, the natural light is amazing! Once the doors were open I immediately imagined all the charming details you could add. I can’t wait to see you turn it into your home. Congratulations!

  31. Karin

    I love it! I love that exercise room, with the mirror and the barre. I live in Seattle too, so can appreciate the awesomeness of seeing some of the sound!

  32. Madonna Phillips

    Much LOVE & many BLESSINGS as you begin this journey. I think you will be very happy in this home!

  33. Cindi Berry

    Welcome to your new home! I think it is wonderful and cannot wait to see what is done to each room. It will be a labor of love. My biggest and most difficult decision right now is trying to decide what color to have our kitchen cabinets painted. After a kitchen remodel I cannot imagine doing each room. ☺️ Many blessing in your new home for years to come. I enjoy your blog tremendously. Can’t wait to follow more!

  34. Catherine

    I’m so excited for you and your family and can’t wait to see your touches on your new home. We have seriously thought about downsizing from our current old Dutch colonial to this style of house, so this will be so much fun to see what you do!

  35. Erin

    Congratulations. We lived in Olympia for awhile and I have to admit, you kinda made me miss the area. I cannot wait to see what you do with this home. Love the views.

  36. Diane

    The windows! The views! The stove in the kitchen! Wow! This home has soo much potential. It’s going to be fun to see how you transformed it into your style and to see how much of its style you bend to. ;) Congratulations on your move!! {hugs}

  37. patricia

    Looks like you’re just down the road from me in Olympic Manor; a community of cool mid century ranch style homes. If so, be prepared to light up your house at Christmas time … one of our traditions is driving through the community and seeing all the wonderful light displays. They also have a community wide garage sale (great for thrifting!). And you’re just uphill from Golden Gardens and the marina.

    Or I could be totally wrong and you’re living somewhere else further north on the west side…

  38. Diane

    Congratulations on your new home, Melissa. God is good! Looking forward to your updates on decorating. It looks like a spacious, well lit home, with a great view. That view is enough to get you through any temporary decorating waits! I hope it turns out to be a blessing for your family and your church.

  39. Leslie

    Oh, there is so much light and so much potential! Love your peek a boo view too! Congratulations! I know it’s going to be so beautiful. I was enamored with that stove though. Wow! I’ve never seen anything like it.

  40. Brenda

    What a lovely home! That view! Congrats to you and I look forward to following along as you make it your home.

  41. Nicole

    What a cute house- I love it! You’re right. So different from your last place, but a wonderful space with tons of potential. Can’t wait to see what you do with it!

  42. Pamela

    Oh how exciting! A fresh, new start with an awesome new home. Looks really well kept and all those rooms with so many possibilities. Can’t wait to see what you do with it. Your views are amazing and love the stove!

  43. Denise

    Congratulations! Love Henry Van Dyke’s words!

  44. Karen Johnson

    CONGRATULATIONS and I know you will love getting your hands on this great house to make it a home. Can’t wait to see!

  45. Kim.

    Nothing like a view to bring a sense of peace. Can’t wait to see you bring this home alive.

  46. Susan

    Thanks for sharing your new home! Can’t wait to see what you’ll do next! Your book has shown me how to truly “love the home I have”. Thank you, thank you!!

  47. Adrienne

    You have a ballet bar with mirrors!? Jealous!

  48. Kathy @ In Quiet Places

    I hope your new house feels like home soon! What a wonderful and blessed adventure for your family.

  49. Jann from Newton Custom Interiors

    Melissa, I’m so excited for you, and can’t wait to see how you put your own stamp on this new house! I know it’ll be great. The views are just fabulous!

  50. Cheryl

    our son lives in Seattle, Gasworks Park area, and we know how hard it is to get a view AND space. Light in the basement–what a find! Lotsa DIY’s on the horizon and “projects” AND so much creative juice flowing. I responded to the view right away, the light, the laundry room. I looked at a Frank Lloyd Wright sort of house the other day–knew I would be doing huge projects 4ever and decided at age 68, I’m just not there anymore. Very hard not to dream about all the changes I could make and would need to make. So, we’re adding on an art studio to our existing newer home and I’ll put my create-time to good use in that room. LOVE that you found a “home” to be in. I love Seattle, as in I love Seattle!

  51. Emily

    Love it!! So much potential! Can’t wait to see what you do with the place :)


    Melissa, I am grinning from ear to ear with excitement for you and your family. What a wonderful family home with great bones and i agree, great potential, it will soon get the Melissa touch and become yours inside and out. That view is amazing and one you will truly enjoy. Can’t wait to follow along with your journey. Looks like we both will be enjoying making our new houses our new HOME!!!!

  53. Donna Doble-Brown

    I LOVE IT! AND how did I miss that you have a doodle? I have a golden-doodle too named Molly or as she’s known on the street, Princess Molly! She really is a whack-a-doodle!
    Can’t wait to see what you do with this house . . . . many blessings! XO

  54. Pat

    A wonderful home – although that driveway will be a pain in the winter. The huge laundry room, the finished basement and the potential for the other rooms are marvelous. I’ve always thought the kitchen ranges with the attached oven above was the best idea ever. I’m always happy to at least see one still standing somewhere – at least for nostalgia’s sake. Enjoy your new adventure.

  55. Erin Gonzalez

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to see what you do with it.

  56. Rainey

    So excited for you and your new home! I’m especially eager to see your plans for that green bathroom!

  57. Christie

    Love the MCM! Gorgeous!

  58. Maggie

    Wow… You will have so much fun with this home.. Congrats and pat yourself on the back for all that you have been thru.. So excited to see the changes you will make.. Take a deep breath.. Your home!!!

  59. Tonya @ Rustic and Woven

    Adorable! I can’t wait to follow along as you turn this house into your home. And those views are amazing! Congrats!!

  60. Esther Sunday

    I LOVE it!!! Great video, can’t wait to see what you do with it! I love the stove in the kitchen!! Have fun, and congrats!

  61. Kellie

    I had the same stove/oven combo in my first house, almost 20 years ago, and it’s still the thing I miss most about any of the places we’ve lived in. I do hope you decide to keep it! :)

    Congratulations on your new home!

  62. Christine

    Hi Melissa, congrats on your new home….can’t wait to see how you will decorate. Greetings from Olympia!!!!!

  63. Christyn

    Given the style and view…I think we’re practically neighbors! We started with an original Seattle mid-century rambler as well, and have transformed it as well! :) Enjoy!!

  64. Diane Cummings

    Hi Michelle;
    I didn’t see how to do the video tour. There was just one picture, with the fireplace in it. I am so excited for you! Sounds like you will be having lots of fun on this home. Sounds like a great location as well, and that nice light is so important especially on the west coast :) and Seattle during the winters. God bless on all that you have to do before you :) give Lily and Jack a pet for me :)

  65. Anna

    I love it and can’t wait to see how your make it your own!! I just started reading your book a couple days ago and I love it. Your way of writing is beautiful and fun and the things you have to say are so freeing! Thank you ❤️

  66. Diane Cummings

    Hi melissa;
    I got it! The video I mean! Wow oh wow! What amazing views!! Very nice home and I just know you are going to make it so special with your touches! Love that laundry room and that finished basement!! And, all that shelving and work surface in the garage! Yeah, that driveway might be fun, but you don’t get too many icy days in Seattle usually. Have fun my friend! Enjoyed seeing one of the dogs getting the first look…we did the same with our golden when we moved here, it is so cute how they have to run from room to room checking out the new place too :)

  67. Susan

    Love it! It has amazing potiential like you said. I’m betting you are opening the kitchen up to the dining room. Cant wait to see what you do first!

  68. Alexa~FurnishMyWay

    Your home sounds like such a dream! Literally everything that you said are some of the benefits of your home are the things I have as a wishlist on my home. It sounds gorgeous and the few photos you’ve posted are stunning. Your home is the epitome of lovely. Thanks for giving us a fun little glimpse of it.

  69. Elizabeth@ Rustic Maple

    Congratulations! You know what they say about location, and that view! Love the brightness of the basement as well. You will have it looking like home in no time, and I look forward to seeing your plans as well.

  70. Kisti

    No doubt at all that you will make it homey, comfortable & uniquely your family’s! :)

  71. Maryann

    Blessings on your new adventure. The dogs look so happy too! But then they always are when they are with the ones they love!

  72. Susan

    AWE, so excited for you!!!! I loved the tour – what an adventure to begin to make it your own.

  73. Rebecca M.

    Love the natural light! Congrats guys. I can’t wait to see how you transform it.

  74. JolieAnne

    I am excited like everyone else to see what you do-it will be amazing! I love the windows and the light, too! Did I miss a photo of the outside? Wow, the view is nice! Reminds me of a Hallmark movie!

  75. Gretchen

    You made a great decision! My first reactions to it had to do with how light and bright it looked and the gorgeous views from those windows! Whoever built that house planned towards all of the beauty outside. I’m not a huge fan of that period either, but the nice thing is you can pretty much make it however you want it. I can’t wait to see future posts. Welcome home!

  76. Debbie from MountainMamaOnline

    Wow, what a beautiful location – oh, that view!! And how fortunate to also have a fireplace in the lower level – what a bonus that is!

    I’m now a little jealous that I didn’t think to do a video of my new home before I started working on it! :)

    Wishing you many happy years in your new home –


  77. Erica @ Dwell Beautiful

    I just love it!! What a fun house that’s full of charm that you’ll make even BETTER with your amazing creative touches! I live up north from Seattle in Everett, but it’s our dream to buy closer to Seattle in the next few years. Can’t wait to see what you do to your new home!! :)

  78. Lisa S

    So happy for you guys Melissa! Can’t wait to see what you do with this house. I LOVE YOUR STYLE.

  79. Christine

    Wow, what a nice view you have from the living room. I know you are probably itching to get started redecorating this house! I did cringe at the green bathroom. And not a big fan of those kitchen cabinets. But it is a lovely home, nonetheless and whatever you don’t like I know will be changed to something really beautiful. Good luck and many, many blessings!

  80. teresa

    Sweet Happy Day…and oh my goodness are you going to have fun! Can’t wait to see what you do with each and every-room! and the lighting is divine!
    Can’t wait until the next video =)

  81. Mary

    Congratulations from another transplant! We came to Seattle from New York 6 years ago. Your new home looks fantastic. The daylight basement and huge laundry room are amazing. Plus, a view! I know you will fill this new home with love.

  82. Lisa H.

    Thanks for sharing your new home with us! I’m looking forward to seeing what plans you have for it. I plan to downsize in the next year or two – so I appreciate all of your pre and post-move advice.

  83. Deanna

    The beautiful light, windows, view and that basement would have sold me on the house too! Excited to see what you do with it!


  84. Amrita Misra

    I love the view.Its Heavenly! Waiting eagerly for your new adventure to unfold.I too will move next year (our apartment in a new city is under construction).I would love to learn how you do it all from Scratch?.Congratulations on your wonderful home.God Bless.

  85. Joyce

    Can’t wait to see how you decorate this cute house! I love the sign that you posted at the end of the video about Home Sweet Home…….where did you purchase that? I would love to have one!!!

    • Dorcas

      Hello Joyce, she got the sign from me :) I have a little Etsy shop of hand painted signs, which is on vaccation right now, but opens again Friday, the 12th. This sign will be available for purchase along with many new designs. I would love for you to check it out

  86. Ms. Maggie

    Wow that is odd; we have been making sure that we do not need to move or can move before we do anymore remodeling of the Seahurst home- and I remember seeing this gem. Glad to have it go to a nice family that will love it. PS Have not found the modern home of our dreams nearby so maybe that new kitchen is in our future here- we had already done midcentury out on the Island~

  87. laney

    ..oh! how this sweet house makes my heart sing…for i grew up in a brick rambler…with that very same green tile in the bathroom…(please please keep it)…with those large picture windows…with a sunset every single evening outside my bedroom window…and with a sunrise every morning in the living room…and that wonderful backyard!…oh! how blessed this house is…to become the home of sweet you…blessings laney

  88. Britta

    This is my new favorite-never-miss-a-post blog!! I know you aren’t new…but you’re new to me. :) I savor the posts and am so excited to watch the work on the house. Yay!

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Thank you, Britta! WELCOME! I’m so glad you found us here and I’m thrilled you’ll be along for the new house journey.

  89. Lisa Mothersead

    Ahh, the views. Calm. Congrats and good lookin’ family you have there. :)

  90. Jeanie Ribble

    Like you, I wouldn’t have thought a mid century ranch was my style. But wow, the video is fabulous and shows not only the potential that you will bring out with your talents, but the really fantastic house it already is! Thd light, the views, windows, space, slate entry, it’s very fab!! I love it!! Look forward to seeing your decorating!

  91. Wicorel Koning

    A very nice house, congratulations Melissa! I am sure you are going to work your magic and it will be as lovely as your previous home. A big blessing for you and your family during all this. Also for your work in church. Hi from Holland!

  92. Gwynn

    I really love it! I would buy it in a second. I can’t wait to see what you do with it.

  93. Joanna

    I like it. I would have bought it also. I’m looking forward to your future posts. I’m just about done with your book, which I love and gave 5 stars yesterday on Amazon. :)

  94. Linda

    Love your new place! Please don’t redo the master bath – it is so vintage-y cool – the pink and green tile colors remind me of my grandmother in law’s house. Hers was pink and gray tiled and I still have the pink hand towels she made for it 33 years later.

  95. Vee

    Oh so many wonderful features in your new home! Have fun making it yours.

  96. Eliza

    Congratulations! It looks like a really awesome house. It’ll be a fun challenge being in a different style of house than is your natural persuasion.

    As an aside, is that swine in the entry?

    As an Australian, I am SO JEALOUS of your huge rooms, especially the laundry. Enjoy!

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Oh, my, you spotted it. :) Yeah. It’s there. And a few other places. Sigh.

      Thanks Eliza! (P.S. I’m jealous that you live in Australia, if it makes you feel any better about our huge rooms. Ha!)

  97. kathy

    What a great house. Such good bones. I have been looking forward to this Post! Can not wait to see what the talented Melissa does with it. I love love the house and it so beautiful already!

  98. Stephanie

    Melissa, I could not stop smiling as I read your post:
    moving from a newer built house to a fifties ranch which is not your favorite style, me too.
    loving the charm of an older home me too; our first house was a 200 year old colonial.
    loving all the light from those extra large windows, me too.
    what to do with those short, high bedroom windows, me too.
    extra large basement with a fireplace and lots of windows, me too.
    can’t wait to make this new house a home, me too!
    Thank you for your wonderful posts and encouragement. I’m so happy that you are now living close to your girls again.

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      WOW, we are kindred spirits! I’m so excited to hear that we’ll be on this journey together! Thanks for sharing and congratulations on your new home. YAY!

  99. sharon /

    wow! that was so fun to see!! i’m truly so excited for you. and msm’s are way cool and don’t have to look crazy out-of-touch. you go girl!

  100. Jannean

    Congratulations! When a house is right you just feel it and you can tell from the tour that this house has that special feeling. So many great features and as a bonus that gorgeous view! I’m excited to see how you put your stamp on it!

  101. Magali

    what an amazing house !!!
    Can’t wait to see how you will organise it to feel like your home sweet home.
    Magali (from France :-) )

  102. Pam

    I love your house! And can’t wait to see what you do with it.

    I have the same stove in my kitchen. I’ve thought of getting rid of it, but when clean there is nothing more beautiful seeing the stainless inside all lit up! And I have to admit, it’s the easiest thing to keep clean.

    Good luck with your new house.

  103. Michelle Holland

    Blessings on your new home! Can’t wait to see how you make it your own! Michelle

  104. lylah ledner

    Oh Melissa….it’s lovely….simply lovely! Am enjoying your journey with you. xo

  105. Sheila

    What a great house! A few years ago, I moved from a beachy cottage townhouse to a midcentury modern home – absolutely NOT what I was looking for and it took me a while to adjust but I adore it now. I look forward to seeing how you make this your home. My favorites – the stove and the pink and green bath. Both are so retro-licious!

  106. Karen on bainbridge Island

    You are gonna love it. We too have a bit of a view and love having that. Just opens up the world from your home. I like the new house and can’t wait to see what you do with it. Jack and Lily seem to like it fine!

  107. AndreainWI

    Please, please, please tell me you are keeping the Stove and the bathroom! Beutifully mid-century!

  108. Linda Grubbs

    Oh. my. word.
    Lovely….so much potential. Excellent choice. It looks like such a cozy, warm home already. Can’t wait to see what you do with your new space And the view!! WOWSA! I’m also anxious to hear what Jack has to say about his new “digs”. :) Wishing you and your family all the best in your new home!!!!

  109. Carolyn @ Our Gilded Abode

    Oh how beautiful! What an amazing house that you’ll turn in to a home in no time at all. The views from your windows are priceless – now, that is truly a dream home! Looking forward to seeing pics as you settle in. Enjoy!!!

  110. Ashley Urke | Domestic Fashionista

    So exciting! Cannot wait to see how the whole place comes together! That view is amazing and I know you are going to make the place lovely!

  111. wendy

    if you aren’t already familiar with, now is definitely the time to check it out! so many awesome ideas and resources, as well as historical information on mid-century houses.

    love the spaciousness of your new house! all those windows are fantastic.

  112. Wendy Johnson

    Congratulations on a lovely place. I know I am probably alone but I like the crazy bathroom. I imagine it will be wonderful when you transform it, as will all the many changes you make.

  113. Jenna

    Congrats Melissa! The house is great and those views are unbelievable! I spotted those sliding mirrored closet doors – we have the same ones in our mid-century ranch too. I can’t wait to see what you do with them; I’m completely stumped!

  114. Christina @ The Frugal Homemaker

    Wow! that view is amazing and I agree the light from the windows is AMAZING! That is one thing you can’t always add or change while you can make changes to other areas. I am not a midcentury ranch style either – love the craftsman/farmhouse look too but I think with any house you can put your own touches on it. So can’t wait to see what you do!

  115. Maria Newell

    Hi Melissa! I am so happy for you and your family! CONGRATULATIONS! I was surprised you chose this style home too, but those large windows, scenic views and all that space, I can see how you could not pass this up! Your new house has so much potential! You must be so excited to make this your HOME! I can’t wait to see your first decorating or renovation project. In time of course . . . :)

  116. Judy

    Congratulations Melissa! Can’t wait to see what you will do with the space!

  117. Michele

    Love the house! I can see so much potential! I can’t wait to see what you do with it!

  118. Sandra

    Welcome to the neighborhood! You’ll love it here!
    We live on Sunset Hill and also have a house that we gradually want to make more “us”.
    Feel free to connect if you would like to get the skinny on where to get the best coffee, croissants,dentist and whatever else around here.

  119. Tammy

    CONGRATS!! Holy Cow, what a view! Really happy for you and thank you so much for sharing with us!

  120. Kim V.

    So many things can happen, can’t wait to see! Caution ~ I grew up with a stove like that, nearly tipped over once when my brother tried to get some candy and used the burner drawer for a boost.

  121. Angelika

    that laundry room!!! I would die (it’s so huge!) That master bath… LOL! And an exercise room?! Melissa it will be so fun to watch you guys transform this home, I can see how it is a well structured blank slate to work with. Have fun!

  122. Linda P

    You and your daughters have such a great relationship that they were actually able to identify for you in your absence THE house that would fulfill your goals! Wow. And I am eager for myself to see what you do to make this house your own because I have a 60s ranch style. The updates I have seen involve an architect.

  123. Kris

    That range!!! Probably completely impractical but love it and would be neat if you could keep it.
    I smiled at the big door bell chimes. Reminds me of the one in my grandma’s house.

  124. tracey@waterintowine

    Thank you so much for sharing this move with us – you could have put up the “sorry busy for a little while” sign and we all would have understood but oh I’m so glad you didn’t – how much fun is it to be taken along for the ride. That house looks amazing and the dogs just too cute – I can’t wait to see how you transform it. Thank you again. Your my “go to” blog for everything homey. Love it !!

  125. Britt

    I have a pink and mint bathroom too in my mid-century rancher! I was horrified at first, but have grown to love and appreciate its vintage charm and uniqueness. It’s s special piece of history! Check out and for lots of inspiration – they helped me a lot.

  126. Linda Slepicka

    Great view and wonderful large windows. The kitchen appliances look like antiques! I can see some walls coming down in your future. 15 years ago I bought a Cape Cod style from the early 50’s and have been renovating inside and out every since. Almost done. Good luck with your journey with this house. I look forward to seeing how you change it.

  127. Kim

    Wow! That basement offers a lot of extra space! Looking forward to the many updates and projects you’ll do to it. Love the sign near the end of the tour!

  128. Van

    Lovely home! Happy settling in.

    Does your garage flood when it rains?

  129. Melissa

    I can’t wait to see what you do to your new home! Last fall we bought a mid century ranch also….after selling our big cape that we had lovingly remodeled over the years. I just can’t seem to get motivated with our new place (still no pictures on the walls or curtains in the windows). Maybe you can motivate me!

  130. Susie

    Congrats Melissa! Beautiful video and beautiful family. I can’t wait to see what you do with the place.

  131. dawn

    Your house is adorable! Have fun making it home….wondering what part of Seattle this ….this is similar to what we would like to find as we are considering moving there…..(private with yard and bright) any chance this is North Seattle?


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