Highlights From My First Place

Meghan and Greg's First Home

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

Transitional Kitchen with Island, Tile Backsplash and Stainless Steel Appliances

These pendant lights were $90 from Joss and Main, which designer Nancy Keenan of Harris Park Homes often goes to for stylish budget pieces. The streamlined shape of these are timeless, she says.

Photo By: Harris Park Homes

DIY Bookcase into Unique Headboard

While trying to complete a quick design, Jo Torrijos, a design blogger at A Simpler Design from Atlanta, revamped an old black bookcase by painting its top, sides and front edging only to save time. She used Annie Sloan's Duck Egg Blue chalk paint to contrast with the dark paint on the inside of the bookcase. “To 'transform' this into a headboard, I left all my styling bits in place, and simply moved the bed in front of the bookcase,” says Torrijos.

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Photo By: Jo Torrijos

DIY Door to Headboard

After cutting and cleaning two old wooden doors to fashion a one-of-a-kind headboard, Karen Cooper, a DIY blogger from Atlanta, painted the headboard in DecoArt New Life chalky finish paint.

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Photo By: Karen Cooper

After: Red and Blue Master Bedroom Makeover

Don’t shy away from consignment and resale stores. Designers Lisa Turner and Wallace Bryan of Trinity Mercantile and Design Company repurposed a vintage dresser from a consignment store for less than $500, a huge discount from the price of a new dresser of that size. Paired with a mirror, it created a good vanity space. The red lamp and the gold bedside lamps were donated to this Dwell with Dignity makeover room by Currey & Company.

Eclectic Patio with Yellow Chairs, Multi-Colored Fabric Pouf Ottoman and Silver Garden Stool

Floor poufs are a low-price way to add seating without investing in larger pieces of furniture, such as a sofa or chaise, say Gabriela Eisenhart and Holly Conlan with Wake + Loom Design. While you can find outdoor poufs for less than $50, you also can make your own fabric pouf ottoman in a pattern and palette that you prefer. Also, a garden stool is a versatile item that can serve as extra seating or a side table.

Double Mirror Bathroom

Go bold with color. Designer Steve McKenzie placed a circular mirror with a bright turquoise frame over an existing mirror in this bathroom as part of a Dwell with Dignity home update for families dealing with homelessness and poverty. This is a great way to draw the colors of a master bedroom into the bathroom, and can easily be installed in a rental.

Photo By: Credit: Dwell with Dignity/Thomas S. England

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.

After: Bedroom Makeover with Bright Consignment Pieces

Don’t be afraid to add color. The resident in this Dwell with Dignity makeover loves red, but designers Lisa Turner and Wallace Bryan of Trinity Mercantile and Design Company know that red would be too much as the main color in a bedroom. They managed to keep the space calm and bring the favorite red into the room as a brilliant accent, starting with this art that they found at a consignment shop.

Photo By: Dwell with Dignity/Thomas S. England

Gift Tube Napkin Rings

Don't let holiday gift wrap tubes go to waste. Use a utility knife to cut the tubes into 3-inch-long sections. Choose colorful materials to wrap around the tubes to create pattern and introduce texture. Here, a variety of string in purple tones was used to keep the napkin ring coordinated with the rest of the tablescape.

Traditional Living Room with White Fireplace and Flat Screen TV

To give your room a cozy feel for free, rethink how you arrange the furniture. For example, is there a spare chair in another room that you can pull beside the fireplace? For this room, Mosaic Group [Architects and Remodelers] positioned the furniture to address the fireplace, creating a salon effect where several people could settle in for conversation.

Photo By: Mosaic Group [Architects and Remodelers]

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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 21, Episode 5

Young Couple Wants House Before Marriage

Marla and Mike are buying a house together in Pittsburgh before they are engaged. Despite every intention of getting married, Marla's family doesn't like the idea of them committing to a mortgage before they commit to each other. They find what they think is the perfect house, but tensions rise just days before signing on the dotted line. Will this young couple seal the deal or is this all happening too fast?

Monday
Oct 6
8am | 7c
Season 21, Episode 1

Farmhouse Delivers Country Charm and Inspection Woe

Pittsburgh couple wants a charming farmhouse, but the problems of an old house may be dealbreakers.

Monday
Oct 13
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 22, Episode 7

Adoptive Family Needs Breathing Room

After Audra and Brian adopted 4 siblings, their 1,000-square-foot rental very quickly became cramped. An exhausting and indecisive home search finally unearthed a hidden gem. Unfortunately no one can come to terms with closing costs. The realtors make one last ditch effort to close the deal, but will it be too little too late?

Monday
Oct 13
10:30am | 9:30c
Season 24, Episode 12

Waiting for a Short Sale

Dominique wants a move-in ready place but Roderick prefers to get his hands dirty on a fixer-upper project or two. The problem is, she doesn't think he's nearly as handy as he would like to believe. Wanting to ditch a costly month-to-month lease, they quickly make a move when they find a short sale townhouse outside Baltimore that seems to be the best of both worlds. Will it be worth the wait, or could this short sale end up costing them months, and lots of extra money in rent?

Monday
Oct 13
11am | 10c
Season 21, Episode 4

Inspection Rattles Dream House

Mary Anna is ready to say goodbye to her parents and buy a place of her own in Nashville. After touring more than 50 homes, she finds the dream but a devastating inspection puts the deal in limbo. She'll walk away, only to get the surprise of a lifetime.

Monday
Oct 20
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 21, Episode 9

Expectant Couple Faces Impending Deadline

With a toddler and a new baby on the way, Malee & Jatin are desperately searching for their first place in Nashville, Tennessee. The couple currently lives with Malee's Mom and living conditions are tight so pregnant Malee really wants to find a place before their bundle of joy arrives. They are having trouble finding their #1 must have - a large, flat backyard. Will they find the perfect backyard before the baby is born?

Monday
Oct 20
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 18, Episode 11

Driving a Hard Bargain

Living near public transportation is a top consideration for first-time buyers Kristy and Doug, as Kristy has vision issues that make living near public transporation a must. But these two attorneys are more than ready to drive a hard bargain when it comes to negotiating on the sales price. Will they lose sight of what's most important in their quest to get a good deal?

Thursday
Oct 30
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 22, Episode 12

Industrial Rezone

Matt knows what he wants: a unique loft space in Pittsburgh with some industrial "grittiness" to it. Unable to find an established property that fits the bill, he falls for a rezoned office space still under construction. Nothing is in writing, and Matt is already "sold," ignoring the warnings of his realtor and friend. Will his gamble pay off, or will his willingness to risk it all backfire?

Tuesday
Jun 23
7am | 6c
Season 22, Episode 11

Size of House vs. Size of Yard

Daniel and Bret are at odds over their priorities: one wants a large house, the other, a large yard for their dogs. When existing homes don't fit the bill, they look at new-builds. Will they find a place they both love, or will someone have to compromise?

Tuesday
Jul 14
7am | 6c
Season 22, Episode 1

Deadline Plus Budget Make Double Trouble

Ellen and Dan's apartment looks more like a sporting goods store than a home, thanks to their bikes, golf clubs and gear. The couple sets out to find their first place in the north suburbs of Pittsburgh, only to realize their budget and looming deadline could kill the deal and destroy their plans of home ownership.

Tuesday
Sep 1
7am | 6c
Season 24, Episode 12

Waiting for a Short Sale

Dominique wants a move-in ready place but Roderick prefers to get his hands dirty on a fixer-upper project or two. The problem is, she doesn't think he's nearly as handy as he would like to believe. Wanting to ditch a costly month-to-month lease, they quickly make a move when they find a short sale townhouse outside Baltimore that seems to be the best of both worlds. Will it be worth the wait, or could this short sale end up costing them months, and lots of extra money in rent?

Tuesday
Sep 15
7am | 6c
Season 24, Episode 4

Exclusive Neighborhood, Elusive Home

Aaron and his girlfriend, Ashley, will only buy a home in one specific neighborhood in Dallas called Lake Ridge Estates. The problem…affordable homes in the area rarely come on the market and when they do are snatched up quickly. When they finally find a home in the neighborhood, someone puts an offer in before them and they lose the house. Their realtor takes them to another home in area and they immediately decide to put in an offer. Unfortunately at the same exact moment a competing offer comes in so the are now in a bidding war. Will they finally win this fight or will their search never end?

Tuesday
Sep 22
7am | 6c
Season 24, Episode 3

Commitment Phobes on a House Hunt

A Baltimore couple, Carlton and Taisha, don't have time to waste in finding a new home. Their rent is skyrocketing and they need out before their lease is up. So why do they continue to 'sleep on it' before making an offer? They fall in love with several homes but lose out on them before the next day. Will they ever pull the trigger on an offer? Or will they always be a day late and a nickel short?

Tuesday
Apr 19
7:30am | 6:30c

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