We've finally arrived at the final home on our house hunting tour.

Thus far we've shared three very different homes located on waterfront property, from a 1980's ranch to an 1880's Victorian. Many readers have been divided on both their opinions of the homes and whether or not the home featured was the one we'd ultimately choose. Today we'll show you just one more home before we let you all in on the house we've ended up purchasing.

The final house we're sharing that we have on our list of second home contenders is this three bedroom, two and a half bath 18th century gem.

As you can see from the photo, beneath the glass porch exterior is a somewhat traditional historic home that's been added onto over the years, not too much unlike the home that is the focus of the blog/journal Enon Hall (one of our all time favorite blogs that's no longer being updated).

There are three primary aspects to this house that simultaneously speak to us regarding its tremendous potential and terrify us to our basic DIY foundations.


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Are you ready for house three on our house hunting trip? And since it's Halloween, we'll even give you a little Halloween twist we experienced while we were looking at this house.

But before we get started, we're going to make a slight change to our game. I know in the intro post about our second house we mentioned sharing three homes that we looked at, but that was a mistake, or at least a misprint.

All along Wendy and I have been planning to share four houses with you, but I referenced three houses rather than sharing four (House Hunters on the brain). So apparently, I lied. But I will remedy this by now going back on what I said and instead sharing four houses. Take that, journalistic integrity.

Yes, this is the advantage we get by not needing to fit this into a 30 minute television show. It does mean you'll ultimately not know which house for a bit longer, but it's not like we're getting behind on filling you in on anything important. It just means the tease goes on for a few more days by way of one more house that we'll share next week. But we hope you like the fourth house enough to forgive us.

Okay, on with the show, let's take a look at house number three.

The third house we have on our list of solid contenders is an early 20th century home with four bedrooms and three baths.


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It's no secret that Halloween is my all-time favorite holiday. I love the opportunity to transform myself into a costumed alter ego, adorn our home with creepy accessories, and throw a huge bash for our friends and neighbors. While many of my tried and true decorations have come out of the attic for another year of display, I have a couple new additions this year that I'm particularly excited about.

I've long been smitten with paper lanterns, as they're a cheap, whimsical, and impactful way to liven up a party. Earlier this year when I saw a set go on clearance from Victorian Trading Company, I knew I had to snatch them up. 

Using orange ribbon from a local craft store and 3M easy release tape, I hung these vintage-inspired black cat globes in the doorway between our living and dining rooms. The dining room is where we set up our buffet, and the look should create a dramatic entrance to the party and to the food serving area.

All in all, it took less than ten minutes to assemble and hang this new decor. While it looks like these particular lantern are now sold out, a similar look could be created using plain paper lantern in alternating orange and black, and a little craft paint if you're feeling ambitious. They're really inexpensive (like this 10-pack for just over $1 per lantern), and the key to maximum impact is to use them in groupings. More is more! They'd be fun hung above a buffet table, from a tree, or from a porch ceiling. You can even buy LED light kits so the globes are illuminated for additional ambiance.


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Are you familiar with the #LowesFixInSix project?

When I first saw the hashtag I thought, "Complete a project in six years...I think I can handle that...maybe." As it turns out, I was sorely off the mark. What it really deals with is the sharing of great DIY tips or tricks through a series of six second videos.

Maybe you've seen the videos on Vine, BuzzFeed, or on one of Lowe's various other social media channels. Who knows, maybe you've even seen one of the tips they've highlighted because one of your friends shared it. But if you don't know what I'm talking about, let me take a moment to introduce you to a pretty awesome concept.

As a couple of DIYers we're always looking for great ways to simplify our voluntarily complex lives. Lowe's is aiming help us achieve this goal by taking home improvement tips that are simple, unique, time saving, and incredibly useful and turning them into Vine videos (which are limited to six seconds in length) to creatively demonstrate their implementation.

With the first set of videos created back in April, 2013, Lowe's uploaded the first one along with the #LowesFixInSix hashtag and began letting the ideas flow.

The results of their efforts have been great. Everything from the "why didn't I think of that!" type of ideas...


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Beadboard is beautiful in so many ways, but it's also ideal for creating secret doors.

In a house as space challenged as our home, we're always looking for little ways here and there that can help us squeeze just a little bit more storage out of any given project.

Whether we're recessing a jewelry cabinet within a wall and behind a decorative mirror...

...or turning our basement stairwell into the one and only "coat closet" our home needs, an efficient and effective use of space has been key to our happy existence in our 15 foot wide row house.


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