Highlights From My First Place

Meghan and Greg's First Home

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

Cozy Nook with Antiqued Mirrors and Fuzzy Chair

You can turn anything into a collection. Group a trio of mirrors with an interesting finish, such as an antique patina, on a wall for instant artwork. If you find mirrors with different sizes and frames at a yard sale or thrift store, patina the frames and mirrors to achieve the same look. “Grouping affordable mirrors is a great way to add charm and interest to a wall,” says Julie Montgomery, owner of Julie Montgomery Interiors in Atlanta.

Photo By: Julie Montgomery Interiors/Christina Wedge

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

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

Traditional Living Room

Changing the paint may seem like a no-brainer, but to save even more money while bringing new impact to a room, repaint only a feature wall or a ceiling, suggests Atlanta designer Alice Cramer.

Photo By: Alice Cramer

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

Affordable Kitchen Update with White Shelves

Create a cohesive look next to your kitchen cabinets with a trio of shelves in the same hue. Atlantan Amanda Macy Hall, who works at a design center and blogs about home decor and DIY projects, used inexpensive white shelves from IKEA to update her kitchen, before fully taking on a remodel.

Photo By: Christopher Oquendo

DIY Bedroom Headboard

A wide bookcase like this is the perfect size to go behind a full-sized bed. “There's just enough room to access storage on either side,” says Atlanta DIYer and stylist Jo Torrijos, who blogs at A Simpler Design.

Photo By: Jo Torrijos

Farmhouse Kitchen with Mason Jar Pendants Over Island

Let your love for vintage jars shine. Light fixtures made from Mason jars fit with a vintage, rustic or farmhouse kitchen design. These single pendants made of upcycled jars cost about $125 each, says Atlanta designer Jenn Ryan, owner of Jenn Ryan Designs and Reclaimed Lighting. Chandeliers made with a trio of Mason jars can also be found for less than $200 through online artisan marketplaces.

Photo By: Jenn Ryan Designs

After: Gray and White Kids' Bathroom with Tub/Shower Combo

Now, the bathroom features classic white tile and modern grays, making it kid-friendly and contemporary. Balance out a bigger ticket item, such as installing new tile, by saving on your shower curtain. Instead of a fancy or custom curtain for this boys' bathroom makeover, Atlanta designer Jennifer Foster found one for less than $20 that looked like tire treads.

Photo By: Eanes Foster Design

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 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 17, Episode 2

Deadline to Buy A House Before the Wedding

Kim and Terence are getting married in 60 days and want to find their first home before the wedding. Will this double deadline force a compromise onwhat they want in their first place?

Monday
Oct 13
9am | 8c
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 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 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?

Monday
Oct 13
11:30am | 10:30c
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 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?

Monday
Oct 20
11:30am | 10:30c
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 23, Episode 7

Train tracks and Wedding Bells

Faced with only a few months before their wedding, LaKeasha and Jared race to find their first place in Baltimore. Already paying $1600 in rent to go month-to-month, they are eager to get out of their small apartment and settle in before the nuptials. When they find what they think is the perfect place, they overlook a potential deal breaker. Could their dream of homeownership get derailed before they even leave the station?

Tuesday
Aug 4
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 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

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