My New House Tour: Interior Photos

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Last week I shared the exterior “before shots” of my “new-to-me” house in South Carolina. Thank you so much for all the comments you left me.  XO  They made me feel so much better and brightened my spirits and energy after having to deal with Shingles!  I have read each and every one of them, but I am a little behind in responding since I was out of commission for a while and am now trying to get unpacked, settled and some Christmas shopping done.

Today, I am posting the interior photos of my house on Lake Murray.

The house was built in 1974 and is 2700 square feet. It has 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. It has plenty of closet space and walk-in attic storage, which I love!  The house is in good shape, it just needs lots of updating in the way of a new fixtures, lighting in all rooms, flooring, lots of paint and a new kitchen and 2 new bathrooms. The master bathroom was recently redone and we like it so one less room to have to take on.

When you enter the house from the street side you come through double front doors and land in a two-story foyer. This is the only room, besides the master bath that doesn’t have a water view.


This is looking into the foyer from the hallway to the master bedroom.  I will be removing the carpet on the staircase and painting the risers and balusters white.  My daughters are coming this week for the holidays so I tried to do a little Christmas decorating. See the sideboard that used to be in the foyer of my previous house?  I used the same decorations I showed you last month. No mirror behind it, but everything else is the same.  Trax the cat is enjoying having a new place to explore.

At the far point in the photo is a view into my studioffice. It has a pocket door so I can easily close it off when I make a creative mess.


This is the view of the foyer from the hallway to the kitchen.  I love the brick floor. I hung the mirror that used to be above the sideboard in my foyer on the far wall, minus the top section that broke in the move.  The yellow room in the distance is the master bedroom.


I would like to replace the exterior doors with 3/4 glass doors that will bring in more light. On each side of the doors are glass windows that are the same height as the doors.

before kitchen photos

The kitchen is functional and even though it is small, has a lot of storage.  We love the floor, but will be gutting the kitchen since it is dark, worn and dated.


Popcorn ceilings in every room. They are nice and white, but not sure what we will do about them yet.  ;-)


This view is of the seating area in the kitchen taken from the living room. We would like to make this doorway much wider to create a more open feel between the rooms.


This is taken from the back of the kitchen looking out to the water.


I don’t like this wall of cabinets at all. It blocks the visual flow. Will be glad to see it go when we redo the kitchen.

Living room before

This is the living room. I will be removing the brown wood shelves on the brick wall and making a mantel around the fireplace. I am pretty sure I will be painting the brick white. Same for the walls.

Every room has a brown ceiling fan. I will be replacing them all with white fixtures. This is the south and it does get hot, hot, hot here in the summer. These fans are a necessity, especially for a windows-open-in-the-summer-fresh-air-loving girl like me.

master bedroom before

The master bedroom has “His and Her” walk-in closets. Here is Ed’s…


…and mine.  I can’t even fill this chest of drawers.


But have filled the shelves and rods with my clothes.


The master bedroom is a long room.  I will be painting it a light blue soon.


The area near the sliding door will be Ed’s office.


Draperies are needed for sun control and these are very nice, but I will be replacing them with something lighter.

I realized I didn’t get any photos of the master bathroom. The following two are from the real estate listing, but will give you an idea of what the room looks like.


Glass enclosed marble shower.

master bath

Grey vanity and white, grey and brown granite countertop.  These photos make it look dark, but it is a light and bright room.

studioffice before

This is the room in which I am creating my studioffice in. It is right off the kitchen. Ed has already removed the carpet and laid a vinyl plank floor. Our first DIY in the house. I will be posting about it once the holidays are over.

laundry room before

The laundry area is off the kitchen in the hallway that leads to a two-car garage and workshop.


I already removed the bar that the previous owner used for drying clothes.


Across the hall from the laundry is a powder room.


It needs updating all around. :-)

house before photos

Upstairs there are 3 bedrooms and one full bath. Each has access to an upper deck with seating for stellar lake viewing. This is bedroom #1.


Bedroom #2.


Bedroom #3 came with a pool table. We will be moving it to the back of the room and keeping it at least for awhile to see if we use it.  I plan to turn the front part of the room into a fitness room. There are three big closets in the room that we are filling up fast!


The upstairs bath is light, bright and functional, but updating is needed.


Thats it for now. I hope you enjoyed the tour. I will post a lot more photos of the house and my plans for it after the holidays.


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  1. The place obviously has a ton of potential – no wonder you chose it… I love that stairway and your wood floors and walk-in closets … The house seems cozy; even though it’s dated, it shows that it was well cared for… Really love that entrance…. Congrats on your new home :)

    Merry Christmas!

  2. Love, love, love it! What a great house and such views! I hope you are feeling better. Merry Christmas.

  3. Hi Diane – The view in your new house is spectacular. I love your blog & am looking forward to see the changes you make in your new home. Hope you are feeling better. Have a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

  4. Wow! That house is going to be really fun, Diane! Can’t wait to see what you do with it. The setting is worth a million bucks so whatever you do will be icing on the cake! Merry Christmas!

  5. WOW, this house is amazing with so much potential, I can’t wait to see what you do with it, it is just a gorgeous space! So happy for you! (PS, I have done the popcorn ceiling myself, wont go into details about what came out of my nose for the next 2 weeks…..…defiantly hire out :)