Highlights From My First Place

Meghan and Greg's First Home

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

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

Before: Lackluster Kid's Room

Give kids rooms they can grow with. Egypt Sherrod worked with AmericasMart to makeover the children’s rooms in this Dwell with Dignity project. She says her main goal was to create a comfortable space for the kids that reflected their personalities that they wouldn’t outgrow too quickly.

Photo By: Dwell with Dignity/Thomas S. England

After: Master Bedroom with Plush Headboard and Bright Colors

An upholstered headboard adds plush comfort, and bright throw pillows tie yellow and red into the bedding in this Dwell with Dignity install. Designers Lisa Turner and Wallace Bryan of Trinity Mercantile and Design Company recommend picking pieces of furniture that go together but don’t match perfectly to get a designer look for any budget.

Photo By: Dwell with Dignity/ Thomas S. England

Eclectic Living Room Makeover with Decorated End Table, Geometric Rug and Ikat Curtains

A new rug took up $110 of the $500 budget. Designer Heather Hogan Roberts found this fleece rug with a geometric pattern on sale and saved more with a 10 percent off coupon. She bought two ikat window panels and got one for 40 percent off. Those savings allowed her to buy discounted fabric for custom pillows and the elephant end table, which cost $40 at a thrift shop. The fiddle-leaf fig adds natural beauty to a corner with no need for wall art.

After: Bright Master Bedroom

Become your own artist. The elephant artwork to the left of the bed was actually a DIY project that a coworker of Atlanta designer Steve McKenzie, owner of Steve McKenzie’s, painted. The brightly upholstered wingback chairs were McKenzie’s jumping off point for the room’s colors in this Dwell with Dignity install.

Retro DIY Kitchen with Low-Budget Vintage Lighting

Being thrifty also can help you find fixtures with a history. DIY blogger Dena Stormer snapped up this ceramic light fixture, from a Luby’s cafeteria, for just $40 at a flea market in Texas. All it needed was a gloss white paint to freshen it up. She made the calendar/diner sign and crafted curtains using vintage chintz fabric.

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

Blue and Orange Bathroom with Decorative Mirrors

Use mirrors strategically to make a small space look bigger and to amplify decor you love. Got a new shower curtain that is completely your style? Mirrors nearby can help spread the pattern throughout your small bathroom, so you get more visual impact with your decor. This bathroom was done as part of a Dwell with Dignity install to help families who are struggling with homelessness and poverty.

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

Metallic Urchin on Coffee Table

The gold urchin, which is a go-to accessory used by designers like Heather Hogan Roberts, sits casually atop a pyramid of books the homeowner owned. The urchin cost $8.

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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 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 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 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 24, Episode 8

Multiple Reasons Not to Buy

Young Baltimore attorneys Gabby and Zak have great earning potential in the future, but they don't have a lot of cash on hand as they buy their first place. This becomes a huge challenge when they ask the sellers for $30,000 in closing costs. When the sellers refuse, the couple must get extremely creative or lucky to save the deal.

Tuesday
Jun 9
7:30am | 6:30c
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?

Tuesday
Jun 16
7am | 6c
Season 20, Episode 8

Inspections Find Deal Breakers

Velvet is looking for her first place in Austin. After she rejects one home for foundation issues, will the next home's need for another major repair could keep her from closing?

Tuesday
Jun 30
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
Jul 7
7:30am | 6:30c
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 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 23, Episode 8

Agree Not to Agree on Homebuying

With their conflicting taste, it's hard to imagine Audra and Justin ever agreeing on a house. But when they finally find a home that meets all their must-haves, they impulsively leap before looking. Can they get out of this contract? And will they ever find a place they both love?

Tuesday
Sep 15
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
Sep 22
7am | 6c
Season 24, Episode 10

Debating Between Suburbs or Country

A couple living in downtown Baltimore, Maryland is tired of noise and no parking. With a baby on the way and their apartment lease nearly up, they're under pressure to find their first place quickly. But Dan would love to live way out in the country, while Griffin wants the convenience of suburbia. Complicating matters, their first place can't be too far of a commute for Dan who works in downtown Baltimore. Finally they agree on a suburban home that's been newly renovated, but there are three other buyers interested as well. Dan and Griffin have to figure out a negotiating strategy that will ensure they get the only home they can both agree on.

Tuesday
Sep 22
7:30am | 6:30c

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