Highlights From My First Place

Meghan and Greg's First Home

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

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

Eclectic, Lush Patio with Tapestry Tablecloth, String Lights and Chiminea

Instead of buying new furniture, rehab an old or damaged table with no elbow grease. Just cover it with a zesty tablecloth, like the Mexican tapestry that Wake + Loom Design selected for this eclectic, lush patio.

Photo By: Wake + Loom Design

Gray Mid-century Modern Small Kitchen

Go for a high-gloss effect. A smaller group of gray Ikea cabinets, used in an Atlanta mid-century modern kitchen, gives a steel sheen to the space, which was previously designed by Brian Patrick Flynn as his personal residence.

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.

Chic White Modern Kitchen with an Island

Designer Jessica Murphy of Her Cave Atlanta says that to get a designer look on a budget, she loves the prices and variety of lighting fixtures offered at home improvement stores. “They literally have a thousand choices online. You can order something and if you don’t like it, you can take it back in the store, so that’s a really great feature for lighting and mirrors,” she says. These orb lights from Home Decorators Collection were under $50.

Photo By: Jessica Murphy

Open Plan Contemporary Kitchen With Brick Wall

To keep costs down, the designers used kitchen cabinets from Ikea. The overall look is dressed up with hardware from Anthropologie and a marble countertop from Stone Source.

Chic Bathroom Caddy with a Rustic Look

Turn an old wooden box into a caddy for your bath and body essentials, or stock it full of travel toiletries for overnight guests. Hang the finished bath caddy in your bathroom, or the guest bathroom, and fill with a variety of bath and body potions only an arm's length away from the tub or shower.

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.

Add Inexpensive Touches to Dress Up Outdoor Spaces

Furnishing an outdoor room can quickly add up, but using creativity and some elbow grease will save your budget. "Visit flea markets and find inexpensive furniture to paint or otherwise repurpose," designer Lourdes Dumke says. Colorful spray paints are great for plastic furniture and don't require priming. Dress up other pieces with slipcovers and outdoor fabric pillows.

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

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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 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 21, Episode 5

Young Couple Wants House Before Marriage

Marla and Mike are buying a house together in Pittsburgh before they are engaged. Despite every intention of getting married, Marla's family doesn't like the idea of them committing to a mortgage before they commit to each other. They find what they think is the perfect house, but tensions rise just days before signing on the dotted line. Will this young couple seal the deal or is this all happening too fast?

Monday
Oct 6
8am | 7c
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 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?

Monday
Oct 13
10:30am | 9:30c
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 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 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 22, Episode 11

Size of House vs. Size of Yard

Daniel and Bret are at odds over their priorities: one wants a large house, the other, a large yard for their dogs. When existing homes don't fit the bill, they look at new-builds. Will they find a place they both love, or will someone have to compromise?

Tuesday
Jul 14
7am | 6c
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
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
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
Apr 19
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
Apr 19
7:30am | 6:30c

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