Highlights From My First Place

Meghan and Greg's First Home

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

DIY Upholstered Headboard Using Drop Cloth

For her DIY headboard project, Atlanta homeowner Amanda Macy Hall and her husband, Josh, cut a piece of medium-thick foam and adhered it to their existing cherry wood headboard using spray glue. Once the glue set, they sprayed the front of the foam with the glue and wrapped the headboard with the large pre-washed drop cloth. They pulled it tight and created crisp corners, like when wrapping a gift. Using super strong fabric glue held the corners and seams in place, she says. “This was an incredibly inexpensive project that was quick and easy,” she says.

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Photo By: Christopher Oquendo

Chic Living Area with Neutral Palette

When budget is a factor, select furniture in a netural palette and then let smaller items like flowers, plants and pillows bring in the color, says Atlanta interior designer Ili Hidalgo-Nilsson with Terracotta Design Build. Potted plants add a softness and organic touch to the design. With a bit of care, they can last for a long time.

Photo By: Kelsey E. Green

After: Bright and Cheerful Boys' Room with Mario Prints and Extra Storage

Make a space that will last. “You don’t want things to be temporary. You want things that they can grow with,” said Cate Dunning of GordonDunning, who decorated this bedroom as part of a Dwell with Dignity install. This bedroom was for three boys who loved Super Mario Brothers and the Atlanta Falcons, so GordonDunning incorporated red accented with blue and hung framed Mario art prints from Etsy on the wall. The beds were already in the room, and DIY blogger Dena Stormer painted them with Sherwin Williams Positive Red.

From: GordonDunning

Photo By: Dwell with Dignity/Thomas S. England

Contemporary Living Room

A stone-topped table doesn’t have to always be a splurge purchase. Atlanta designer Michael Habachy says you can make your own. Take an existing table or purchase a cheap table, then add a remnant (a leftover piece of marble, granite or another type of stone that’s cheaper than a slab) to the top. “It’s a great way to take something inexpensive and make it look super luxe,” he says.

Photo By: Michael Habachy

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

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

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.

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.

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

Before: Dated Master Bedroom

Before the Dwell with Dignity makeover, this room was dull and unpolished, but designer Steve McKenzie, owner of of Steve McKenzie’s in Atlanta, brought in fresh new touches to completely change the feel of the space.

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 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 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 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 21, Episode 6

Credit Crunches Dream

Julia and Matt have good jobs, a healthy savings account and big dreams of buying their first place. But Julia's past credit history comes back to haunt them. She's paid every penny but still can't be on the mortgage application. Their idea of the perfect first home will have to change as they get a financial reality check.

Monday
Oct 13
10am | 9c
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 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 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 21, Episode 8

Stiff Competition in Pittsburgh

Megan wants a home with low maintenance in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. But serious competition in her price range makes the home buying game difficult. Will Megan be able to out-negotiate the competition to get into her first place?

Tuesday
Jul 7
7am | 6c
Season 24, Episode 7

Colonial or Bust

Dallas single Mom, Tausha, has a dream of buying a colonial home for she and her son Issac. Unfortunately Dallas is not teaming with Colonial style homes. She finally strikes oil and finds the perfect house with the perfect price tag. She puts in an offer and it is accepted but the appraisal comes back with a lower home value than she and the seller have agreed upon. Will the seller reduce the home to the appraised number or will Tasha's dream become a nightmare?

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

Tuesday
Sep 8
7am | 6c

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