New House Dreaming

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A few weeks ago I went to a brand new store in the Philadelphia area, the mega flooring store, Floor & Decor. I went in search of wood flooring for the second floor of my house.


Right now all the rooms and hallway on the second level have wall-to-wall carpeting that is 22 years old.  We have classic hardwood downstairs and want to add it upstairs for cohesiveness.


I was looking for the same color.  It is a medium oak called Gunstock.

Grace and Frankie's Beach House

I considered going a tad bit darker and liked Autumn Oak Solid Hardwood. It is similar to the wide plank that is in Grace and Frankie’s (Netflix fame) beach house. It is timeless and never goes out of style.

Fast forward to this week and my wood flooring plans for my house have changed…DRASTICALLY!

If you have been following my blog for sometime then you know my husband Ed lost his job 6 years ago.  He started a consulting business and is part of a mentor program helping students launch businesses at the University of PA now. That work led him to launch a second website, TheBlindGuide, which is focused on improving quality of life and employability of people who are blind or visually-impaired. He, like me, works online.

After our houseful of July 4th weekend guests left, Ed and I started to think and feel the same way about our life in our current home…feeling that it is time to move.

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We have always wanted to live by the water and asked ourselves…“What are we waiting for”  The time is perfect for us right now to make the change. We have nothing to keep us in our current home.

Our daughters are grown and out on their own in different states that are hours away. Our cat Mittens and dog Schnitzel have both passed away recently,  Both Ed’s and my parents who lived nearby and needed our help for many years have also passed away in the past few years.

All of this, plus the fact that we don’t need the size house we have anymore has created the perfect time to put our dream in motion.

We are in no rush to move. It may happen in 3 months or 3 years, but we have started the process which brings me back to picking out flooring.

Since wood flooring can increase a home’s resale value, I am still considering it for the second floor, but on a more exciting front…

…I am now dreaming of what type of wood flooring I would want in a new house.  I know I would want wood throughout.  After living with hardwood floors for 22 years, I have grown very fond of not only the look, but the ease of care.

I have been looking at real estate listings of waterfront homes in the southeastern part of the United States all week. Homes on rivers and lakes. Lots of house dreaming going on in my mind.

Lake house living

House and Home

We can’t afford an oceanfront property or a spacious lake house like this.  Living in a smaller home along a river or lake will suit us just fine. You can be sure that I will make it as close to something like this house as I can though. :-)

Our budget will require us to buy a fixer-upper, but that will give me lots of content to blog about. Most of the homes I have looked at need a lot of work and as I look from listing to listing my mind looks at each interior with ways it could be updated. The first thing that goes through my mind is to paint everything white and rip out all the flooring and replace it with hardwood. These two changes alone would make every listing I saw look so much better.

Yesterday I went back to Floor and Decor for another project I am working on for the mudroom and decided to look at a wider range of colors and types of wood flooring for the future waterfront home.

Wood flooring options for a new home

On this visit I took my time to look around and was wowed with the selection, prices, and the quantities of all the different types of flooring they had.  The store is huge. It took me over an hour to walk through all 60,000-80,000 square feet.

They stock thousands of products that you can take home with you since they keep so much in stock: tile, wood, laminate, vinyl plank flooring, and even countertops (butcher block and granite) and bathroom sinks, as well as the supplies for installation of all these surfaces.

Capri Oak Engineered Wood flooring

I came home with a few wood flooring samples. I love this one.  It is called Montpellier Oak. I want the home we move into to be very open, airy, and casual. This flooring would be perfect. You can see it is quite different next to the Gunstock I have now.

Dark hardwood flooring

Elements of Style

I also liked Driftwood Lyptus. It looks like dark driftwood.  I like the look of hand scraped wood where the pattern on each plank varies.


Brooke Wagner Designs

I also found that I liked the more refined dark wide planks of Coastal Maple. It looks like this floor. A bit upscale, but still could be casual.

So many beautiful and affordable choices.  My decorating mind is filled with ideas. Now I just need the house.  :-)

I will keep you updated on our road to moving. Right now I am looking at everything around my house with a stager’s eye, including my current mudroom makeover.  We plan to take a road trip soon to start the new home search.

If you know of any river or lake front homes for sale in the southeastern states please let me know.

Be sure to follow me on Instagram where I will be sharing all things water front bargain hunt related.

Affordable wood flooring options at Floor and Decor

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  1. We have a house on Lake Martin in Alabama and are literally living our dream. Low Property taxes, small town values, and fabulous sunshine. 30 minutes from Auburn, Alabama for shopping, dining, college sports events. Check it out! Lisa

    1. Hi Lisa – I have not heard of Lake Martin. I am adding it to ur list. When Ed and I were first married he had the opportunity to teach at Auburn or UNC and Duke. We ended up going to NC. Maybe Alabama is still in our future. :-) I like the fabulous sunshine.

  2. I loved this post!! We sold our “large” home 2010 and bought a charming Cape Cod style home. It is perfect for us as all our kids are married. The purging and downsizing was a nightmare but worth every second!
    Have fun finding your “forever” home!!

    1. Hi Nancy – I am really looking forward to downsizing and finding just the right home. I have been getting ready for a move and have purged quite a bit, but with so much stuff accumulated over 22 years in a house, I have some more editing/purging to do.

  3. Oh Diane, I am squealing with delight inside for you!! I am loving the Montpelier Oak. Now, that said, I read of your dream home and immediately thought of the HGTV shows Beachfront/Lake front/etc. bargain hunt. :) I absolutely KNOW you are going to find a house you love and is thrilled to have you take care of it. How thoroughly exciting.
    I know this kind of freedom has come at the price of not having the physical company of family and fur friends, yet, how wonderful to have all the love and memories still with you. :)
    Thank you for the excitement of your new adventure(s)!!!

    1. Hi Christina – I love Beachfront Bargain Hunt. I think I am going to call our home search #WaterFrontBargainHunt :-) We figure once we get resettled we will get a new cat and dog as we do miss them terribly. In the meantime we have our “grandpets”. Two cats and a dog that we get to see when we visit our daughters.

      1. I am VERY excited for you Diane. I love your blog and will look forward to each an every post as always. Fur family are amazing and I know your adventure is going to be SO much fun!!!

  4. Look, forward to the new adventure we live on the water so will be excited to see your ideas. Congratulations on a new life experience.

  5. This is the most exciting post ever Diane! This is exactly my dream, to one day own a waterfront home, so my kids and friends will want to come visit often. We go to Smith Mountain Lake in VA every year and our friend’s parents live there. All the kids and grandkids and friends hang out there all the time and they certainly will never be lonely. You should check out that lake, it’s beautiful. Or even the lakes in PA, my friends have a waterfront home there and they are still very affordable.
    Love hardwood floors throughout as you already know ;) Best of luck.

    1. Thanks Julia. We are excited to make the change. Smith Mountain Lake is one our list. We plan to take a road trip to visit every lake/river area to see which one we like best. Time is on our side and we can use it to find exactly what we are looking for.

      1. I was going to suggest Smith Mountain Lake too. My sister has a home there. There are several homes for sale in the area. She has the loveliest neighbors. They do potlucks, progressive dinners, happy hours, but they aren’t in your face kind of neighbors. WE LOVE going to visit.

        I know my sister would welcome you to stay so you look around. Their realtor lives down the road from them. If you want my sister’s email let me know. She knows that lake and the various neighborhoods like the back of her hand. =)