Highlights From My First Place

Meghan and Greg's First Home

The inspection uncovers problems, but Greg and Meghan still want the house.

Chic Bathroom Caddy with a Rustic Look

Turn an old wooden box into a caddy for your bath and body essentials, or stock it full of travel toiletries for overnight guests. Hang the finished bath caddy in your bathroom, or the guest bathroom, and fill with a variety of bath and body potions only an arm's length away from the tub or shower.

After: Bedroom Makeover with Neutral Palette

After a makeover by Terracotta Design Build, the “room with a bed in it” is transformed into a neutral retreat that’s far from boring. “If your bedroom looks like a dorm room, the first thing you have to do is add a headboard, and it will be immediately grown up,” says Ili Hidalgo-Nilsson, architect and designer with Terracotta Design Build in Atlanta. Keeping the walls and furniture neutral allows you to infuse color with pillows and lamps, which can be changed out more affordably.

Photo By: Terracotta Design Build

Mid-Century Modern Kitchen with Blue Tile, White Cabinets and Walnut Cabinets

Use cost-saving standard colors in one area so you can splurge in other areas. The homeowners in this Atlanta neighborhood worked with designer Thea Quillian to plan their kitchen, and originally wanted to install blue upper cabinets. When they found white cabinets from Ikea at a fraction of the cost, they realized they could use the savings to afford more pricey walnut countertops.

Photo By: Christopher Oquendo

Coffee Table Decorated with Lidded Glass Jar and Matchbooks

Filling a lidded glass jar with colorful matchbooks creates a cheap conversation starter, since the jar cost only $8 at a thrift shop.

DIY Upholstered Headboard in Green and White Master Bedroom

When couples combine furniture, sometimes major pieces, like a bed, need to be freshened up. Atlantan Amanda Macy Hall, who blogs about home decor and DIY projects, transformed a queen cherry sleigh bed that belonged to her husband, Josh, with upholstery. She used a cheap drop cloth and a roll of brass decorative nails. “I love the look of the drop-cloth, a beautiful natural color with subtle texture, and the nailheads bring the added style that helps to tie it to the rest of our room.”

Photo By: Christopher Oquendo

Before: Boys' Bedroom

Before the makeover, this little boy’s room didn’t show his love for fishing or space at all. As part of a Dwell with Dignity makeover, designer Egypt Sherrod redecorated the space to make it more personal.

Photo By: Dwell with Dignity/Thomas S. England

Bright Dorm Space

The bright combination of teal and orange take this dorm from an impersonal room to an inviting, comfortable place.

Photo By: UGA

After: Cozy Master Bedroom Mixes Neutrals with Bright Splashes of Color

Mix bright colors with earth tones. Designer Steve McKenzie, who owns Steve McKenzie’s in Atlanta, kept the bedding a soft cream so that the decor and colors could be changed easily without having to replace everything. The headboard and armoire are from AmericasMart.

Photo By: Dwell with Dignity/Thomas S. England

Add Inexpensive Touches to Dress Up Outdoor Spaces

Furnishing an outdoor room can quickly add up, but using creativity and some elbow grease will save your budget. "Visit flea markets and find inexpensive furniture to paint or otherwise repurpose," designer Lourdes Dumke says. Colorful spray paints are great for plastic furniture and don't require priming. Dress up other pieces with slipcovers and outdoor fabric pillows.

Budget Bathroom with Mirrored Elements, Lamp and Flowers

A lamp is an offbeat and unexpected feature in a bathroom, but it can really change the feel of the space. A warm light and a pretty decoration to your counter can add pizazz without any expensive structural changes. Add a mirrored tray to spread that warm light even farther. This bathroom was redecorated by designers volunteering for Dwell with Dignity, a non-profit organization.

Photo By: Dwell with Dignity/Thomas S. England

About the Show

My First Place follows a set of first-time buyers and their realtor along the stress-filled, yet exciting, search for the perfect home. Get the latest info on financing in a down market, plus proven know-how straight from the real estate professionals.
Season 17, Episode 4

Overbidding On a Home Unseen

Lisa and Eric have lost three homes to bidding wars in Silicon Valley's hot real estate market. They're even prepared to pay over asking price for the right home. How many times will they be frustrated before they find a keeper - and beat out the competition?

Monday
Oct 6
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 19, Episode 2

Multifamily Homes in Dorchester

Teddy, a residence hall director, lives with his wife and two kids in a Boston University dorm. They search for a multifamily home in the Dorchester neighborhood but get burned by older, multifamily homes that require a lot of work.

Monday
Oct 6
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 20, Episode 8

Inspections Find Deal Breakers

Velvet is looking for her first place in Austin. After she rejects one home for foundation issues, will the next home's need for another major repair could keep her from closing?

Monday
Oct 6
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 23, Episode 1

Waterfront Woes

An Annapolis couple wants a home for $500,000 by the water, but their long list of must have's make the search futile. Shermeen finally convinces Sunny to bail on the waterfront, but Sunny insists that the house has to "blow him away." Are their expectations condemning them to search forever?

Monday
Oct 6
10:30am | 9:30c
Season 22, Episode 9

Bid Leads to Winning Strategy

After Kendall, an interior designer, and her husband, Kane, lose a home to a stronger bid, they must figure out their financial sweet spot to make sure they don't lose any more homes with low bids.

Monday
Oct 6
11am | 10c
Season 18, Episode 13

Newlyweds and a New Home

Newlyweds Christina and Randald moved back to Massachusetts to be closer to her family. It's challenging to find what they want under their price ceiling of $300K, so how strict will they be when the deal comes down to whether the sellers fix the water heater?

Monday
Oct 13
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 23, Episode 11

Single Mom Goes Wild Placing Bids While Time Runs Out

Keia, a single mom of 7-year old Eduardo, makes an offer on an Annapolis townhome and gives notice at her rental before she hears the offer response. She's shocked when she's forced to walk away from the seller's counter, but is now under the gun to find a new home for herself and child before the month is over. Keia catches real estate fever and makes offers on four houses at the same time. Will Keia find a house to buy or will she have to rent again?

Monday
Oct 13
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 23, Episode 2

Dallas couple refuses to put up with hardball negotiations.

Karolina and Lukas are getting married in 7 months and are desperate to buy their first home before they walk down the aisle. They put in an offer but the seller plays a cat and mouse game over $1,500 and tries to pressure them into making a quick decision. Lukas and Karolina feel very played and reject the seller's counter offer. Will someone blink, or will this home sale die over the last $1,500?

Thursday
Oct 30
11:30am | 10:30c
Season 20, Episode 3

Waiting in Vain For a House

Rachel and Kyle are college sweethearts looking to buy a house in the western suburbs of St. Louis before getting married. They find the perfect place and finally negotiate an affordable price but there's a catch. They must wait until the sellers buy their next house and move in. After months of waiting, they learn the house does not appraise for the contract price so they have to re-open negotiations and risk losing the house. Will all their waiting have been in vain?

Tuesday
Jun 2
7am | 6c
Season 24, Episode 5

Choosing between shopping and a new home.

A prison supervisor who shops to relax must decide whether she should cut back on her shopping or change her $168K price point. Monica has just been transferred from Mississippi to Texas for work and is living out of a hotel. She's got all her shoes and handbags in storage and is anxious to find her first place with a large walk in closet, of course. She soon realizes she doesn't want her mortgage to be more than a thousand dollars a month, which drastically lowers her price point. When her realtor miraculously finds a home within her new price range that has nearly everthing on her long must-have list, a friend encouarges her to lowball the offer. Will she risk the perfect house by offering a price so low the seller walks away?

Tuesday
Jun 2
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 23, Episode 12

Offer Here, Offer There, Offers Everywhere

Newlyweds Sarah and Matthew want to buy their first place in Annapolis. After bidding and not hearing back on a foreclosure, they bid on a second place simultaneously. The same night they hear back on the foreclosure, they learn the second seller has multiple bids in, so Sarah and Matthew have to choose between putting up their highest and best offer on a house they might lose, or settling for a sure thing they're no longer sure they want.

Tuesday
Jun 23
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 23, Episode 1

Waterfront Woes

An Annapolis couple wants a home for $500,000 by the water, but their long list of must have's make the search futile. Shermeen finally convinces Sunny to bail on the waterfront, but Sunny insists that the house has to "blow him away." Are their expectations condemning them to search forever?

Tuesday
Jul 21
7am | 6c
Season 23, Episode 5

Risking $50,000 on As-Is Home

Carolyn and Devon set out to find a house in a specific walkable DC neighborhood, but struggle to find suitable space for his 6 bikes. When they find the right place, stiff competition convinces them to put down $50,000 earnest money, which they will lose if they walk away. Will their gamble pay off, or leave then flat broke?

Tuesday
Aug 18
7am | 6c

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