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]

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 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 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?

Monday
Oct 6
11:30am | 10:30c
Season 18, Episode 9

Should We Stay or Should We Go Now?

Kelly and Phabian have already made 8 offers in their search for a place for their family in Livermore, CA, but are still waiting for a ''yes.'' Just when they think their luck is changing, they get bad news about their dream house. The couple must face big decisions if they are to achieve their goal of home ownership.

Monday
Oct 13
7am | 6c
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 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 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 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 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 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
Jul 7
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 24, Episode 6

Rock N' Roll House for Two

A musician, Jason, and his girlfriend Emily are searching for a place in Baltimore that's close to the water plus fits his rock n' roll lifestyle and her sleep schedule. This is a tall order for their $249k budget so after looking in vain they agree to check out lower priced places further away from the water. They find a foreclosure (in their price range) that they love so they put in a offer but the bank wants full price. Our couple agrees but the inspection reveals underlying issues with the home that will cost a significant amount to repair. Will Jason and Emily "roll with the punches" and pay for the fixes or will they walk away?

Tuesday
Sep 8
7:30am | 6:30c
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?

Tuesday
Sep 15
7am | 6c

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