The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

September 8, 2018

My husband Mike and I moved this week from NH back to RI. After moving last December, (from RI to NH), we said that we would NEVER go through moving again. Never say never. OMG, it is so much work! I am living out of boxes right now and I don’t know if we will ever finish. That’s how I feel right now. I thought I would share some of the good, bad and ugly with you for a fun read.

The Good:

Our new house is very pretty:


The landscaping is beautiful:

And my favorite feature of the new home:



We have always wanted a built-in pool. Having a cabana is even better!

The previous owners just remodeled the master bath. Not exactly my taste, but I do like our new fancy tub:

Can you believe it costs over $8,000.00?! I have not used it yet, but I am hoping the experience is out of this world for that price.

The Bad:

The new home is much older than our house in NH. Mike and I are calling the previous owner a hacker because everything is done half ass. Plumbing, electrical, painting, etc. etc. Good thing Mike can fix anything- because everything needs  fixed.

The new $8,000.00 tub I told you about, it’s leaking .  Drip, drip, drip. Mike had to order a special, (expensive) part to see if it can be fixed.

I understand we bought a home with previous owners, but I hate having to clean everything, (even after professional cleaners came in). So much work. Nasty and gross.

The Ugly:

Here is an example of ugly:


This example is a great painting lesson. Never start painting and change the color in the middle of wall. Never. Ever. Do you think they put the swoop in because they thought it would blend in better? haha

One of the ugly spare baths:


BUT, the ugly can be turned into the pretty! A lot of work ahead of us, but think of all the fun I will have painting and decorating all the rooms! Has anyone else had the pleasure of moving into a new home lately? I will keep you updated on our progress. For now, I better get back to opening boxes and moving furniture:


Have a great weekend everyone!




  1. Looks great! Lots of work, but exciting to have a new space to decorate! Can’t wait to see it and all of the personal touches that you will put on it!


  2. What a beautiful place – and I love the pool! I hope this will be exactly the home you hoped for, Kelly 🙂

    Blessings on you and your new abode!

  3. It looks beautiful from the outside, and soon enough it will be gorgeous inside! Thank goodness your hubby
    is a fix-it guy! Living out of boxes isn’t fun, but we just went through it in Maine and in the end, it was a lot of
    work for a great result! Best of luck- can’t wait to see what you do with that bathroom : 0

  4. Kelly, I am delighted to follow along as you use your talent, care, and passion to make this house a beautiful home.I really enjoy your content and keepin-it-real approach. Best wishes!

  5. Congratulations on surviving the move! I hoe you don’t run into any problems with work done by the last owner. It’s kind of scary to think about people doing their own work. We ran into really bad electrical the last time we remodeled. I was surprised the house didn’t burn down. I’m looking forward to seeing what you do with it!

  6. Though it’s clear some things were done haphazardly (like the odd painting at the ceiling) and of course things “unseen” (eg. plumbing), there are SO many out there who’d give an arm and leg to be able to sleep in the cabana and call it home.

    Your ugly spare bath? There are people who still don’t have A bath let alone a spare.

    Be thankful 🙂

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