Highlights From My First Place

Meghan and Greg's First Home

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

Gray Mid-century Modern Small Kitchen

Go for a high-gloss effect. A smaller group of gray Ikea cabinets, used in an Atlanta mid-century modern kitchen, gives a steel sheen to the space, which was previously designed by Brian Patrick Flynn as his personal residence.

Industrial Repurposed Light Fixture in Bar Area

Scour home donation centers and nonprofit home decor stores for single pieces that can go into small spots, such as a bar nook. This industrial-style fixture was one of the items that McNeal Walker Interiors found at such a store and repurposed.

Photo By: McNeal Walker Interiors

Before: Bare Bedroom

Before, a bedroom looks sad with no headboard, wall decor or drapes. It’s poised for a makeover.

Photo By: Terracotta Design Build

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

Traditional Living Area with Wall of Windows

Cindi MacPherson, co-owner of The Interior Partners in Atlanta, offers this way to save on pillows in a chic living room. Use patterned fabric, which may be more expensive, on the front of the pillow. Then buy cheaper fabric in a solid color for the back of the pillow, which often is hidden on a couch.

Photo By: Lennar Atlanta

Cozy Living Room with Pillows, Throws and Rattan Stool

A new piece of furniture that fit into the $500 budget was a rattan stool, which was a steal for $6 at a Goodwill thrift shop. The stool also subs for the matching ottoman, which designer Heather Hogan Roberts moved into an office area.

Colorful Wood Veneer Pendant DIY Project

Create a trio of colorful pendants to illuminate a small island or kitchen table. Reuse paint cans as the base and then wrap them in oak veneer, in this low-budget DIY project that Lowe’s says beginners can do in a few hours.

Photo By: Lowe's

Transitional Living Area with Fireplace Open to the Kitchen

If you don’t have a large budget, you want to make sure your purchases are noticed. To do so, Atlanta interior designer Michael C. Morris suggests contrasting your floors and furniture. In a model home in the Avalon community, he uses light paint and furniture to stand out against medium brown red oak floors.

Photo By: SNAP Real Estate Photography, LLC

After: Affordable White and Gray Valance Using Shower Curtain

When redoing a bathroom, don’t forget that valances and shades can be the finishing touch. In this kid-friendly bathroom renovation, Atlanta designer Jennifer Foster matched the window valance with the shower curtain for a designer look. She saved money by purchasing a second shower curtain for less than $20, and then mounting the material on a board to create the valance.

Photo By: Eanes Foster Design

Vaulted Living Room with Round Table and Sectional

Using pallet wood is a way to make a custom table in the style and shape you want, but for cheaper than buying a new table. "It's a a unique piece that nobody has," says Georgia designer Beth Johnson. A friend made the table, which also can roll to different spots in the room.

Photo By: Beth Johnson/Christina Wedge

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 23, Episode 9

The Search for The Perfect Home

Frankie, a picky, perfectionist nurse at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, has his mind set on finding a rowhouse with all the bells and whistles under 200-thousand dollars. He always gets what he wants, so why should this be any different? Will Frankie's diva attitude get in the way of his house hunt? Or will he be able to find exactly what he wants because he sticks to his guns?

Monday
Oct 6
9am | 8c
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?

Monday
Oct 6
10am | 9c
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 18, Episode 12

Father & Son Find a Home

Paul is a single dad who wants to buy a cool first place in Austin so that he can give his teenage son a permanent home. But will his variable incomelimit their search to the cheap properties? Or can they find the perfect place and still come in under-budget?

Monday
Oct 20
8:30am | 7:30c
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 24, Episode 2

Tight Deadline to Find the Perfect Home

Andrea and Mike's lease is up in 8 weeks but they haven't even started their home search! The couple is determined to buy so they put an offer on the second home they see but continue to look in the Dallas area. The third house they see is truly their style with all their must-haves so they put another offer in on this house. While their first offer doesn't work out their second offer looks hopeful until they realize the seller isn't really willing to negotiate. Will they be able to reach common ground before they're kicked to the curb?

Tuesday
Jul 28
7am | 6c
Season 22, Episode 3

Baby On the Way and A New House

Courtney and her French husband, Benoit, are on deadline to buy their first place before their first baby arrives. After looking at several Pittsburgh homes and disagreeing completely on their style, the couple has some compromising to do. But will this expectant couple agree on a home before their bundle of joy arrives?

Tuesday
Aug 4
7:30am | 6:30c
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 11

If It Weren't for Bad Luck

Fresh out of the Air Force, Chris and Melissa are looking for a house where they can expand their family in Plano, Texas. His determination to get a good deal conflicts with her tendency to fall for every good-looking house they see. After battling each other for negotiation supremacy, bad luck befalls the couple not once, but twice, as deal breakers rear their ugly heads. Will the third time be the charm, or will their dream of homeownership get tabled?

Tuesday
Apr 19
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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