Highlights From My First Place

Meghan and Greg's First Home

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

Rustic Guest Cottage

Reuse and recycle. Athens Building Co. transformed an old cable spool it found on a farm for a bar height table in a rustic guest cottage in rural Georgia.

Photo By: Athens Building Co.

Decorated Coffee Table with White, Pink and Orange

Take a cheap white bowl (this one cost $2 at a Goodwill thrift shop) and add interest by filing it with a unique accessory: pink beads. Then don't forget mirrors, big or small, when decorating a living space. Designer Heather Hogan Roberts of Ivy and Vine used a mirrored tray underneath. Beyond the table, the woven basket holding blankets on the hearth used to be hidden behind a chair.

After: Boy's Room with Fish and Space Themes

Work with what you’ve got. The beds in both kids’ rooms received an update by DIY blogger Dena Stormer, giving the room a jolt of playful color and pizzaz. The boy who lives here loves fishing and space, so designer Egypt Sherrod, who pitched in with AmericasMart to redo the children’s rooms in this Dwell with Dignity install, gave the room a blue and green color palette and hung fish artwork over the beds.

Photo By: Dwell with Dignity/ Thomas S. England

Before: Bare Master Bedroom

Before the makeover, this bedroom was sparse and dull, but designer Ann Wisniewski took the space and made it a comfortable retreat as part of a Dwell with Dignity project.

Photo By: Dwell with Dignity/Thomas S. England

Contemporary Condo in the City

Designers use mirrored tables to make rooms seem larger and to add points of interest due to their reflective qualities. Mirrored elements make such an impact that you can buy smaller pieces to save money.

Romantic Bedroom with Floral Pillows and Patterned Wall Stencil

Karen Cooper, a DIY blogger from Atlanta, used a stencil to create a simple, but elegant vertical design behind this basic headboard without spending a lot of money. The darker shade of the design pops against the light background on the wall without competing with the patterned pillows on the bed.

Photo By: Karen Cooper

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

Milk Glass Urns on a Side Table in a Living Room

Heather Hogan Roberts, an interior designer, pulled books from the homeowner’s collection and arranged them by color. A pair of blue milk glass urns, from an Atlanta consignment shop for $4, are so pretty that they can be used empty.

Budget Bathroom with Mirrored Elements, Lamp and Flowers

A lamp is an offbeat and unexpected feature in a bathroom, but it can really change the feel of the space. A warm light and a pretty decoration to your counter can add pizazz without any expensive structural changes. Add a mirrored tray to spread that warm light even farther. This bathroom was redecorated by designers volunteering for Dwell with Dignity, a non-profit organization.

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

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 9

Giving It Another Shot

The first time Margaret and Jason attempted to buy a house, they ended up divorcing. Now remarried, they're ready to give home buying another shot. But when they fall in love with a potential first place that comes with a load of problems, the deal may be in jeopardy.

Monday
Oct 6
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?

Monday
Oct 6
10am | 9c
Season 22, Episode 9

Bid Leads to Winning Strategy

After Kendall, an interior designer, and her husband, Kane, lose a home to a stronger bid, they must figure out their financial sweet spot to make sure they don't lose any more homes with low bids.

Monday
Oct 6
11am | 10c
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 18, Episode 13

Newlyweds and a New Home

Newlyweds Christina and Randald moved back to Massachusetts to be closer to her family. It's challenging to find what they want under their price ceiling of $300K, so how strict will they be when the deal comes down to whether the sellers fix the water heater?

Monday
Oct 13
7:30am | 6:30c
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 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 23, Episode 10

Playing Hardball for the Perfect Backyard

Emily and Adam think first about their dog, Butters, when considering their first place in the Dallas area. If it doesn't have a big backyard, forget about it. When they find the perfect place, Adam is determined to get a great deal and adopts a lowball strategy. Will he be a hero negotiator, or will they wind up in the doghouse?

Monday
Oct 20
10:30am | 9:30c
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 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 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
Jun 30
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 24, Episode 1

Paying the Price for Perfection

Sandi and John are approved for over a half-million dollars and are looking for a perfect house in Dallas. Sandi knows what she wants, and what she doesn't want, and is not going to settle for anything less. When she and John don't see eye-to-eye on the right price for perfection, they get caught in offer limbo. A new-build may just fit the bill, but is it everything Sandi imagined?

Tuesday
Aug 25
7am | 6c

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