It feels a bit surreal to be typing this, but let me welcome each of you to my new home!

My house hunting adventure has finally ended. I now have a new home here in Pittsburgh, and I couldn’t be more thrilled about it! *cue Leslie Knope dance* Today, it’s my pleasure to show you around via photos and a short video at the end of this post.

I have so much I want to tell you about this new house. I wish I could just invite you over for snacks and cocktails so we could chat about my plans and any questions you have about the space.

In order to keep this post a reasonable length, I’m only going to show you around and save discussions of needed repairs, future plans, and my current brainstorming for separate posts. Sound good? We have a lot to talk about. I hope you’re ready for all things house.

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Without further ado, let me give you the Before Tour of my house!

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As you can see, the house is a colonial with a mix of white siding and white painted brick. Although it has a Pittsburgh address, it’s located about 20 minutes from the city.

The house sits on two acres and has a big front yard, good-size backyard, and small wooded area out back.

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The garage is underneath the house (specifically, the dining room and living room.) While the garage is considered a 2-stall, I’m calling it a 1 1/2.

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The home also has a semi-finished basement. I didn’t photograph it for this post, but this is where the laundry is located. There’s also a funky wood-paneled bar and another big wood-burning brick fireplace. I’ll save that for another post.

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Off the family room, there’s a small side porch. I love this porch. In fact, I’m sitting on it as I write this post. From here I currently see a bunny as well as a couple chipmunks “playing.” And there are birds singing away. It’s so peaceful. I’ve also been told that deer are often in the backyard.

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Speaking of the backyard, there is a big deck on the back of the house. It was added in the 90s. It’s not my favorite thing about the house, but its unique shape is growing on me.

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Now, let’s go inside through the front door.

You can head straight back to the kitchen or use the stairs to reach the second floor. If you turn left, you’ll be in the family room. Turn right and you’re in the living room.

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In the living room, there’s a wood burning fireplace and big bay window.

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There’s also a large opening which leads into the dining room.

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Once in the dining room, a set of French doors open onto the deck. On the opposite wall, through the swinging door, is the kitchen.

From this perspective, you can see most of the kitchen. The dining room is straight ahead, and the front door of the home is to the right. There is a set of doors that lead to the deck on the left.

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This is the opposite wall, which takes you back to the front of the house. The door on the right goes to the basement.

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The kitchen also connects to the family room.

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I’m in love with this room. The big fireplace, ceiling beams, and Dutch door (which provides access to the side porch I mentioned earlier) tugged at my heartstrings and ultimately sold me on this house.

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On the back wall of this room, you’ll find a small closet and full bathroom (with shower). There’s even a wet bar behind those sliding closet doors. (You can see the kitchen peeking through next to those doors.)

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That wraps up the first floor. Now let’s go upstairs.

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At the top of the stairs, on the left, you’ll find the master bedroom. This room has a semi-walk-in closet and bathroom.

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If you make a right at the top of the stairs, the first door on your left is the main bathroom which has a tub/shower combo and large linen closet.

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Continuing down the hall, there are two bedrooms on the right, one on the left, and one at the end of the hall. (If I did my math right, that’s five bedrooms in all.)

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There is also an attic, which can be accessed from pulldown stairs in the hallway.

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I think that’s it! Your first look at my new place is complete!

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Because I have a feeling someone may ask (A few of you did on Instagram.), I do not have specific paint colors used in this house at this moment. However, there are some paint cans lying around, so when/if I can figure out paint colors, I will be sure to share those with you.

Now, if any of that was confusing to you, I made a short video per your request. I just filmed it on my phone, so it’s nothing fancy or well-edited, but I agreed that a video walkthrough would be really helpful. You can watch that below.

VIDEO TOUR:

 

I know many of you are curious about my plans and ideas. I am too! Have no fear, I will take you along every step of the way so that you can see how this house becomes my home.

And this isn’t all about me. I hope to share ideas that you can implement in your own space too. So if you have questions, want specific advice, or need more details about something, please let me know. The more we can communicate, the better journey is for all of us.

One final note: I know that naming things can be kind of annoying and weird (I get it.), but I couldn’t resist giving my new home a name. I decided to call it Bayberry House. Bayberry is a super special name to me because my late-grandparents lived on a street with that name. Before they passed, it was my intention to purchase their home. Since life has had different plans for me, naming my house is my small way of keeping that memory and other memories of them alive.

Thank you so much for being a part of my adventures. I’ve never been more excited to take you with me into a new chapter of my life. Let’s do this!

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  • Annie at

    Congratulations!! It’s beautiful already, I love the flow of the main rooms – so good for entertaining! I can’t wait to see what you do with it! So happy for you!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you so much Annie! There’s lots to do, but I’m certain it’s going to be a home I’ll love for a long time!

      xo Michael

  • Michelle at

    Cant wait to meet you every morning with my coffee in hand, watching you update and redo! You are so very, very gifted.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      This is all I want in life – happy to be your company with your morning brew! Thank you!!

      xo Michael

  • Lori H at

    What a lovely house! I am so excited to follow along as you make it your home.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks, Lori!!

      xo Michael

  • Julie at

    I love the name and sentiment behind it. Can’t wait to see more!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you Julie!

      xo Michael

  • Sandra at

    Wow! After all the “teaser” pictures you have posted, I did a little breath skip as I saw the full pic of the front of the house. Loved the tour. Absolutely stunning! Can’t wait for all the styling and decorating to begin. Congratulations!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Awww. Thank you Sandra!

      xo Michael

  • Colleen at

    I haveIt is beautiful! What a lovely setting and I like that you have privacy and all the cool stuff that comes from being in the woods (birds, animals, spring peepers, fireflies). I cannot wait to see what your creativity and skills are going to bring to this house and you know, the Mayan Ruin-style staircase on the back porch is pretty cool. : )

    • Colleen at

      I mean to say I have been waiting for these photos!! stupid computer brainfreeze

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I’m so excited to give this house my personal touch. I think it’s going to be great!

      xo Michael

  • KimS at

    LOVE IT, love the name and love you!!! Congrats!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you!!

      xo Michael

  • Karen T at

    Congratulations! It’s truly lovely with a lot of potential for sure especially in your hands! YOURE so gifted, talented, and know you will make this home warm and inviting. I love the name. I name things too. You will love that covered side porch and will probably end up spending more time out than you could fathom right now right. Best regards and happiness in your new home!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you, Karen! And I agree! That’s where I’ve been spending a lot of time already!

      xo Michael

  • Gina at

    What a beautiful home and on 2 acres! Loving the den. Cannot wait to see all your plans. Congratulations!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks Gina!!

      xo Michael

  • KAREN IN SOUTH CAROLINA at

    Congrats on Bayberry House Michael! So happy for you! What a fitting tribute, it’s beautiful! You are so blessed! Can hardly wait to see what you are going to do. Wishing you much happiness and lots of wonderful memories!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I appreciate this so much Karen! Thank you!!

      xo Michael

  • Carol at

    Beautiful! Love the name,love the house. Congratulations!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you!!

      xo Michael

  • Melissa Newell at

    Oh my Lordy…Congrats…it’s beautiful! I can’t wait to see your renovation and updating process…great bones…and that side porch – To Die For!

    PS For what it’s worth…I love naming homes/estates/properties…. Ours is Woodwater Farmhouse

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Awww! I love that name! Thank you Melissa!

      xo Michael

  • Jackie at

    I have been reading your blog for years and have absolutely loved everything you have done. I’m a native Pittsburgher and was so excited when you said you were moving here. Our house has a similar downstairs layout to yours so I can’t wait to see what you are going to do with the house. Congratulations! And welcome to being an official Pittsburgher now!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      It’s official, YINZ!! Haha. Thank you Jackie!

      xo Michael

  • LINDA CAUFIELD at

    Michael! Beautiful home both inside & out!!! So happy for you. XO

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks, Linda!!

      xo Michael

  • Pam at

    That is one cool house! I love, love, love the family room. And that little patio off the family is amazing. You are going to have so much fun making the house your own style. Can’t wait to see what you do!!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yes! I agree! Those are my favorite spaces too!

      xo Michael

  • Sarah at

    Wow! Congratulations, it’s beautiful!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks, Sarah!

      xo Michael

  • Jonna at

    Michael you have done it again, but this house is so beautiful, warm and inviting, just as the owner is. The front view of the house and its surroundings are pristine. I cannot wait to see your magic evolve inside of Bayberry House.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You are so sweet! Thank you Jonna!! 🙂

      xo Michael

  • Michelle at

    What a gorgeous house! Truly a colonial with the center hallway. And that side porch! All on 2 acres of sweet outdoors. I like the name you chose and the reasons for it. May this house quickly turn into a home for you where you will enjoy it and have great memories to go along with its namesake. Being a life-long Pittsburgher, I’m so glad that you’ve grown to love Pittsburgh too and decided to allow your roots to grow deep here.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you Michelle! It’s been such a joy to experience this city. I’m so happy to build some roots here.

      xo Michael

  • Mary Jo Herzing at

    What a beauty! So happy for you. Will be following your transformation of making this house your home.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you so much!!

      xo Michael

  • Mila at

    Beautiful home! Can’t wait to see all the personal touches you do to it. Congratulations!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you!!

      xo Michael

  • Victoria Kennedy at

    Michael – I am SO happy for you and thrilled to be be part of this very exciting journey. Even though I’m following from a distance I feel like we’re going through this together, side by side. And in true Michael style – you have already made this house a home by honouring your grandparents with your thoughtfully chosen name. Well done.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      This was beautiful, Victoria! Thank you so much! Excited to share more!

      xo Michael

  • Dave Bush at

    Michael big enough to open bed & breakfast again! Love the huge opening on brick fireplace. Can’t wait to see what you do to it. Especially that huge deck area. Enjoy and congrats again!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you so much, Dave! And not another B&B. Only friends and family. Haha.

      xo Michael

  • Eileen Guthrie Jolls at

    It is a gorgeous place in a beautiful setting! And I love the sentiment behind the name!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you!

      xo Michael

  • JoEllen at

    I can not wait to see what you do with this gorgeous space!! 2 acres? Color me jealous! And I love the tribute to your grandparents – such a sweet way to really begin making this space your home.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks, Joellen!

      xo Michael

  • Sheran at

    It’s just lovely! I am so excited for you and look forward to all the fun as you make this your home. Love, love the little porch!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks! The porch is one of my favorite spots.

      xo Michael

  • BrocanteuseRose at

    Ahhhh I have been waiting for this post!!!! So excited for you and I can not wait for all the new home posts!!! Congratulations!!!

  • Brenda S at

    Congratulations! I am very eager to watch you turn this house into your home!

  • Dianne at

    Oh wow, Michael. Congrats and good luck with this new venture. Will be following.

  • Catherine at

    Beautiful home congratulations and best of luck to you !

  • Angie Bennett at

    Congrats Michael! Looks awesome! Can’t imagine the ideas you have brewing!!! Keep the posts coming!

  • Sissy at

    Congratulations, Michael!! It’s lovely already & has SO much potential. Can’t wait to see what you do for Christmas!! Enjoy every minute, and even though moving can be stressful, don’t forget to smile & be thankful every day.

  • Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality at

    Michael!!! I’m so stinkin’ excited for you! I knew you would find the perfect house for you and wow, does this one look perfect. It looks to be in great shape, I’d love to know when it was built? I’d say 50’s or 60’s? So charming and with so much blank space for you to personalize and make it your own. The porch, the family room, that huge beautiful yard, you’ve got a gorgeous space to work with! So happy for you and can’t wait to see what all you do with it!!

  • liz at

    Oh, this is so exciting- the heartiest of Congratulations! I love seeing a house become a home and I just know that this journey you are taking us on is going to be absolutely wonderful!

  • Amy at

    Michael! Your new home is amazing!! I can’t wait to see your future in there! Congratulations!!

  • Melissa Hale at

    Gorgeous! It looks move-in ready to me, but I’m sure you have all kinds of amazing ideas. Can’t wait to see what you do to make it your home! Love the name!
    Melissa

  • angie at

    I love your new house! So excited for you and will cheering you on as you do your magic! xoxo

  • JessB at

    Wow, what an amazing house!! I’d live there. Can’t wait to see what you’ll do with it. I love the slate floors in the entry and the hardwoods.

  • Arli M at

    Wo2, that is one GORGEOUS house! Wishing you only the best in your new home.

  • Linde Hall at

    Stunning! Can’t wait to see what you do with that bannister at Christmas!! Congratulations!

  • Spyarchive at

    There is so much to love about this place. I’m so jealous of your 2 acres of blank canvas to garden in!
    Also, my parents have the same flagstones in their entryway. Absolutely lovely spaces – congratulations!

  • Pat at

    I am as excited as if this were my house….can’t wait to see your style shine through. This house has great bones.

  • Nancy Hamilton at

    Congratulations! Absolutely love your new home. I’m so looking forward to see
    Your progress with the upgrades. Thank you for sharing the video.

  • Tammy at

    Absolutely beautiful! Can’t wsut to see what you have in store for this charming home!

  • Mary at

    Yay! Congratulations!! I can’t wait to see the progress you make and the designs you bring into this lovely home!

  • Tracey at

    Congratulations, Michael!! I adore the name. Bayberry House is lovely and I can’t wait to see how you make it your home.

    I love you on IG and this is my first visit to your blog. I love it here, too!!

  • Maree Sperle at

    Congratulations! The house has great bones that you will be able to take it to another level when you do your updates and renovations. It will be amazing!

  • Christine at

    Congratulations on your house!! It is beautiful – all those fireplaces & the hardwood!! Love the setting too!! Gorgeous!!

  • Elizabeth Conroy-Powers at

    So happy for you. Can not wait to see what you do with this beauty. Enjoy every minute of your decorating.

  • Shirley Wicks at

    Congratulations Michael! I love your house! I bet you are so excited to move in. I will look forward to seeing it transform. Enjoy every moment!

  • RetroSandie at

    Congratulations, Michael, on your beautiful new Bayberry House!! Will enjoy seeing how you decorate it!!

  • carole at

    Omg Michael, it’s a beautiful place, and two acres to boot! We have five, which is a tremendous amount of work (planning on downsizing in the next few yesrs), but two is perfect. Congratulations!

  • Roeshel Summerville at

    Wow, Michael! First, congratulations on your new adventure! How exciting!

    Second, love the new house! What a peaceful beautiful setting! And so much potential! Can’t wait to follow the journey!

    Let me know if you need a hand! Would love to help out and maybe finally meet up one of these days!

    So happy for you! I just know you’ll make it fabulous!

  • Karisa Grimstad at

    Oh this house is a GEM! I’m already planning on my head all the things that could be done do it haha. But I’m secretly glad you get to make the decisions and I get to see the results! 😉

  • Pat at

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to see how you transform this house in to your home!

  • Kelli Rohloff at

    Congratulations! I cannot wait to see what you do to the place!

  • Kat at

    Wow! Stunning home and property.

  • Peggy Pasicznyk at

    Congratulations on purchasing the Bayberry House! Can’t wait to see all your plans on decorating your new home!

  • Wawoo at

    Love it! Congratulations on finding this jewel 🙂 I know you’ll have fun working your magic inside…and I can’t wait to see it :))

  • Diane@InMyOwnStyle at

    WOW…. what a great classic house to be able to call home. The house, the yard… it all looks in great shape and ready for you to add your style. Looking forward to seeing all that you do. I know it is all going to be fabulous.

  • Susan McMenamin at

    Bayberry House looks like a delightful place to decorate and to play in. Congratulations!

  • Brenda Schenck at

    Your new home is gorgeous. I really love the name & the story behind the name..
    I look forward to reading about all you do with your new home.

  • Bliss at

    Michael…..it’s fantastic!!!

  • Maggie at

    Michael, I am so happy for you! I know this has been a project and a half but your pain has been our gain. We’re relocating to NC this summer and I’ve avidly read your post and taken notes. Thank you for taking us with you along the search. Your new home is gorgeous! That front yard took my breath away. How accomplished you must feel! My very best wishes for a lifetime of happiness in this beautiful house – may it be a place of peace, dreams realized and great memories to come!

  • Ann Murphy at

    Love your new home! I love a blank canvas, ive had to resist visualizing my furnishings in it! Bayberry House is a perfect name! Congrats!

  • jae at

    Congratulations on your purchase of Bayberry House! It is magnificent, oh, those grounds! and I look forward to seeing your evolution. Thanks for sharing with us!

  • Toni Day at

    I just love your new house! Living in S. Florida, we don’t see houses like this. I’m a retired ASID interior designer with
    35 years of design behind me and this house just inspires me with so many options to do with it. I have traveled all over the country doing design for my clients and always get excited doing northern houses. I’m sure you will
    love making this your own! I also love the name you’ve chosen and the reason behind it. I’ve enjoyed reading your blogs and now will enjoy what your plans are with this. My best of luck to you with this beautiful place.

  • Brenda at

    Congratulations. Bayberry House is beautiful! Can’t wait to see your personal touches to make it your own.

  • Karol at

    I’m looking forward to following along with your new house redecorating. It looks like a great home and fantastic property.

  • Donna L at

    What an absolutely lovely home! Your grandparents would be so proud of you! It will be even more lovely when you implement all of your wonderful ideas. Cannot wait to see them!
    Wishing you much happiness in your new home!

  • Funky Junk Interiors - Donna at

    Well, it’s pretty plain to see I’m not the only one in the WOW camp here! What a beautiful place in which to create and live life well!

    How many square feet are you working with? You will love all the space to house everything… I’ve filled up my entire home with just me and my little biz. I prefer it all under one roof as opposed to having to walk outside to a workshop.

    Thank-you for the before tour… it’s gorgeous as is! And will only improve once you get your hands on it.

    Congrats! I think I’m as excited as you are! haha

  • Deb at

    Beautiful house; Congratulations! Will be spectacular once you put your inspired touch on it.

  • Jane at

    Swooning over this great find! I know you’re not sleeping a wink at night with all the design work going on in your head. Congrats!!!

  • Damara at

    Congrats! What a gorgeous house and yard. You had me at bunnies, chipmunks, birds and deer. Your cats will love looking out that bay window. So happy for you, thank you for the tour!

  • Jamie Dorobek at

    It’s beautiful and charming and perfect for you! Congrats! Also, I love that you gave it a special name 🙂 Cheers to Bayberry House! xo

  • Karen M. at

    Love, Love, Love it. Congrats on the new house. Who is going to mow the lawn. We live in northern Calif. and the deer eat everything in our yard, even things they don’t normally eat. Protect the plants you want to keep. Have fun on your new adventure.

  • Renee Caron, creatingHOME at

    OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG!!!!!!!!! I’m so psyched for you Michael and cannot wait to see what you do with this gem. The unique shaped porch is GRAND, just like you, kind of diamondesque. LOVE the Bayberry tribute. Thank you for sharing your journey. XO

  • KC1 at

    Congratulations!! Your new home is gorgeous!! I can’t wait to see how you decorate each and every room!!

  • Patricia at

    Congrats on the new house! Really, really love it! Looking forward to your future house posts. 🙂

  • mary-ellen at

    Your new home is gorgeous. I cannot wait to see the charm that you add to it….it is already so charming to begin with.
    Your grandparents would be so pleased at the name of the house! Well done. I just moved into a new home too. A 1970’s “rancher” that I love making it our own. We have been enjoying the wildlife, chipmunks, squirrels, and deer. Also fun to see the trees in bloom and the flowers that were hidden when we first bought the house.
    Thanks for sharing and Enjoy the journey….

  • Dianntha at

    Wow this is more your style, it a small little apartment! You will make your grands proud!

  • Tamra at

    Michael,
    This house is perfect for you. I see lots of wonderful projects ahead and many backyard parties in your future. You a gifted designer and I know I am not the only one who is inspired by your charm!

  • Maria at

    WOW!! I am SO happy for you! The house is beautiful empty but I know you are going to make it even more beautiful! Can’t wait to follow along. Congrats!

  • Jacqueline Milner at

    I am so jealous, this is the type of home I always dreamed about, but my home is tiny would probably fit into 2 of your rooms together. I wish you years of happiness and joy

  • Yvonne Chavez at

    So beautiful, I know it’s going to be so much fun to see the transformation that you will work on this lovely space. What a sweet gesture to name it in memory of your grandparents. Wishing you many years of happiness in your new home

  • Holliday Johnson at

    Congratulations on your new home! As a designer, I agree that the room with the large brick fireplace is amazing. I cannot wait to see what you do with it! Fun times!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yes! It’s one of my favorites in the house!

      xo Michael

  • Harriet Clark at

    Congratulations on finding a true jewel of a new home!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Many thanks!!

      xo Michael

  • Sue Purdy at

    Congrats! She’s beautiful. I have a very similar main floor layout, so I’m excited to see how you style it.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you. Sue!

      xo Michael

  • Janet at

    Michael, it’s beautiful! I love the name and the reason you chose it. I think it’s perfect for the colonial house and setting. Quaint and pretty. Will look forward to seeing all you do with it. Congratulations!!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks, Janet!

      xo Michael

  • J. Dianne Dotson at

    Bayberry House is pure magic. I cannot wait to see it in every season…particularly autumn, with those woods! I could almost see the wheels turning in your mind for what you plan to do. It’s beautiful. And I just CANNOT WAIT to watch the evolution of Bayberry House!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you! And yes, the wheels are totally turning! Excited to share more.

      xo Michael

  • Amy | Delineate Your Dwelling at

    Wow, so many comments on this amazing post! Your new home is so lovely. I must say that side porch is also a favorite part for me, too!! I can not wait to see how you make this home you!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      It’s such a great porch! That and the family room / den really sold me on the house!

      xo Michael

  • Paula Nicholson at

    I love your new home and the grounds surrounding it are just beautiful! Can not wait to follow along to see you work your magic. How sweet of you to name your home Bayberry after the street your grandparents lived on. I am sure they are smiling down on you at this very moment. The video was very helpful to see the flow of the rooms. Congratulations on your new beginning …

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks, Paula. And yes, I agree, so much potential. I’m excited to share the progress here on the blog!

      xo Michael

  • Lurlie at

    Thanks so much for the tour of your new house. It is already quite charming, with a beautiful yard. I can’t wait to see it evolve with your talented touch! Congratulations!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I appreciate it! I’m excited to make it my own! 🙂

      xo Michael

  • Nancy at

    I love this house! From the large yard to the adorable side porch, and of course the den with its huge fireplace and Dutch door. I can’t wait to see what you do with the place. The best part of all is the name you have given it, your grandparents live on through this beautiful home❤️

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you so much Nancy! I’m really looking forward to calling this place home.

      xo Michael

  • Pam Clark at

    Can’t wait to see it all decked out for Christmas 🎄

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I’m so excited, Pam! Let’s hope I can make some decorating process between now and then!

      xo Michael

  • Margaret Baham at

    Michael!!!!!! I’m so excited for you! Love the homage to your grandparents in the totally acceptable naming of your beautiful home. Can not wait for the updates with the renovations. Happy to be on this adventure with you! Congratulations!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you so much!! I’m excited too!!

      xo Michael

  • Sueli Perian at

    Congratulations. This house is so beautiful.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you!!

      xo Michael

  • Stephanie at

    Congratulations, it’s gorgeous! I can’t wait to see all the fabulous things you have in store!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I’m excited! Thank you!

      xo Michael

  • Cindy at

    Congratulations Michael!! I’m a newbie to your talents!! Awesome site, you had me at Pittsburgh(I’m a burg girl as well) AND Dutch doors!! Welcome to your beautiful and very charming home!! Cheers! 🥂

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Cheers! Thanks Cindy!!

      xo Michael

  • Jennifer at

    Great tour. Thanks for sharing. The house is Beautiful! I’m excited to follow your journey because my family recently moved into our dream home. We are going room by room deciding how we want to use the rooms and how to style them. Enjoy your new house and I can’t wait to see what you do.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you Jennifer!!

      xo Michael

  • Eileen at

    Gorgeous house! I love your blog and am so excited to see what you do to make it your own. It looks like it has amazing potential!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yes! So much potential! I’m excited to see it come together!

      xo Michael

  • Lea at

    It is a beautiful home Michael. So happy that you and Bayberry chose one another. I am looking forward to seeing
    your decorating decisions as I love your style. A new chapter has begun!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank, Lea!

      xo Michael

  • Shellie at

    It’s beautiful! It will be spectacular when you are done!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Fingers crossed!

      xo Michael

  • Sue at

    What a great house! Would love to sit out on your little side porch and hear all of your design plans.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you! Maybe I’ll have to do a little video chat on the porch!

      xo Michael

  • Sherry at

    Wow,what a beautiful house Michael! So jealous😁can’t wait to see how you decorate it😀

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I’m excited to get things decorated too!

      xo Michael

  • Karen Labbree at

    Beautiful. Can’t wait to watch to see your progress. Best wishes!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks, Karen!

      xo Michael

  • Barbara T Whitaker at

    OMG its beautiful and I absolutely love the front hall floor (slate I believe). Don’t take it out…in 10 years the next generation will be crying about all the lovely pink/green/blue tile of the 50’s that were taken out in this decade. So pleased with your choice and know it is exciting for you. Take your time, don’t overspend; save $$ for retirement; and keep on DIY to save money. I am so bored wth all the bloggers who hire someone to totally renovate a house…most of us don’t have those funds available. My husband and I have plenty to retire on and house is liveable and not up to date … but we love it.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Great advice here! Thank you, Barbara. I think it will end up being a mix of both. I wish I had the skills and knowledge to DIY everything!

      xo Michael

  • Steffi at

    What a wonderfully beautiful new home! I love the name! I hope to catch every detail on your updates, because my husband and I were thinking of doing some updates to ours before we eventually sell, and I’d LOVE some ideas from you. I’ll definitely stay tuned, for sure. Breathtaking back yard, especially from someone here who has a smidgen of one 😉

  • LisaInTheNW at

    I’m seriously giddy for you. You deserve great happiness and contentment.
    Looking forward to the journey!

  • Kristina at

    So gorgeous!!! I love how spacious it is and how much light it lets in 🙂 I absolutely cannot wait to see what you do with it!!! That porch is to die for!

  • Christine at

    Congratulations! Bayberry House looks amazing! Looking forward to seeing you transform such a great blank canvas into your home.As I watched the video I was imagining the rooms decked out for the holidays.Can’t wait to follow along on your journey.

  • Eileen at

    Congratulations Michael. Love the house and can’t wait to see all you will do!

  • Maria Novales at

    Congratulations on your beautiful new home.

  • Jenn at

    Congrats on the new house!! Can’t wait to see what you do with it!

  • Kellie at

    It is absolutely charming. Can’t wait to see you add your magical touch. Can you imagine Christmas? It will be gorgeous.

  • Peggy Z at

    Congratulations! It is gorgeous! Love the big rooms and the floor plan. I knew you would find something special, but didn’t even think about out of town. How special to name it in memory of your grandparents. Can not wait to hear your plans.

  • Marc Devoreaux at

    Sweet Michael very charming . Looks like you have arrived. Now it’s time to put your famous stamp
    On each of those rooms congrats again😁

  • Karen Mary at

    Oh, it’s so lovely! I hope you’ll fully enjoy making this yours, transforming and filling it with your talent and love. Big congrats!

  • Meg at

    Love it! I think I would have fallen for the family room as well with that fireplace and beams! Love it! Congrats and enjoy making it your own. Can’t wait to follow along.

  • Patricia at

    What a wonderful canvas for the life you’re going to paint here! It looks like a great home for entertainment … and staging ground for the drinks and munchies you’re always posting. That back deck looks like an opportunity to do something fabulous … a real “Ta Dah” moment coming down those stairs.
    We’re going to have fun watching this house come to life with you.

  • Pam at

    Michael, what a lovely place to call home. So happy for you. There is so much potential for you to use your amazing talents here. I can’t wait to follow along as your new story unfolds.

  • Julie Faircloth at

    Oh Michael, Your new home is simply beautiful and I know that with you as its new owner it will be gorgeous before long! It is so YOU!!! I couldn’t help but think how excited you must have been walking through the house the first time and how you must have been creating all your plans for it from that first meeting. I think your house LOVES you as much as you love it…I think it must be saying,”Ahhh, my new owner is here! He has finally made it!! To take care of me!!! Ahhh!”
    I will enjoy each and every single update! I am absolutely thrilled for you!

  • Joey Jennings at

    Oh my goodness Michael!! It’s fabulous!!! Congrats!! I can’t wait to see you work your magic and make it truly even more spectacular:)

  • Robyn at

    Oh Michael I’m so happy for you! This house is AWESOME! I can’t wait to see it all decorated for Christmas, for sure! So proud of you and happy for you.

  • Janette @ The 2 Seasons at

    I am so happy for you. We come to Pittsburgh every year to ride our bicycles to DC on the Allegheny Trail. We have done that for six years in a row. We, too, are in the middle of a move and major remodel here in Lexington. We completely gutted our new place, and it should be finished in July. Change is good – right?

  • Carrie Lee at

    Beautiful home, congratulations!

  • Caroline at

    LOve LOVe LOVE – The house is wonderful and I am excited to see what you do with it. My husband is 6’5″ and I am 5’2″. I sometimes like to peek at what you are doing and riff off it a bit to keep things from being too girlie in our home. I really like the masculine edge you always bring to your rooms. My favorite thing about the house is the hanging globe lights in the upstairs (I think) bath. Those lights always feel like lovely bits of jewelry to me. I hope you will keep them. Looking forward to seeing more! ~ Caroline

  • Carla Watson at

    Michael I have enjoyed your journey such a talented young man with many hopes and dreams and inspirations I couldn’t be more happier for you!!! I love your style!! Keep doing what you do things all fall into place and your journey is our journey so thank you for sharing and keeping it real!!!

  • Catherine Smith at

    I LOVE that 90’s deck!! Imagine what a few Morning Glorys growing on each side of the railings could bring in regards to color! Congratulations on the new house! 🙂

  • Lorena Hathaway at

    OMG!!! I love it. The yard is awesome too! Can’t wait to follow along with you adding your personal touch to it.

  • gabrielle mader at

    I am so happy for you and can’t wait to see what you do to make it your home and I love your name of your home….Congratulations….and now that you have lots of room….I’ll be coming to visit you and I’ll bring the wine! hee hee.

  • Stephanie at

    Congratulations on your new house…it’s beautiful! I can’t wait to follow along on your journey to make this house your home!

    I have the same tile in my foyer that you do, and I live in Illinois!

  • andrea d at

    Congratulations! What a beautiful house to transform into a fabulous home. I am thrilled for you and look forward to seeing how you bring the spaces to life with your incredible talents. My home is currently overrun by my 5 children so I will live vicariously through you for the time being (haha!). May God bless you richly in this next chapter of your journey.

  • Lisa at

    Well this is fantastic Michael! Bayberry House. Perfect. But I have to laugh as I read through the other comments – because the first thing I said to myself while watching your video – the slate entryway has to go! Ha ha – guess I’ve been outvoted… It took me a wee bit of time to accept you moving from your St Mary’s home. I was reading this blog when it was still a B & B and was saving my pennies to visit! Guess life had different paths for both of us. I love your apartment but I knew that would be temporary… so I’m ready for all the magnificent changes coming to Bayberry House! You are going to be one busy dude! Can’t wait for the show to start! Thanks for inviting us in!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you so much, Lisa. And I agree with you on the slate tile. It most likely will go. It’s not my favorite either and is in rough shape up close. (Lots of damaged grout and tiles.)

      And so sorry you didn’t get to visit the B&B. It was a fun adventure, but definitely needed to end for my own sanity. Maybe life will let us cross paths in another way. Thanks again!

      xo Michael

  • Lisa cann at

    What a great house! I love it that you named it. Can’t wait to see it made your own.

  • Michelle Santia at

    So happy you’ve found a home. Looking forward to the transformation.

  • R. Lojko at

    Hey Micheal,
    Whoa! This is a gorgeous home. Between the acres and the square footage, when does your family of 6 move in????? and I’m also wondering ( ball park) what you paid for the property in that area of the country? I live in New England where a house this size would most likely start around $450K. Best of luck with all your projects and making a life in your new home.

  • Amber at

    What a beautiful home. I can’t wait to see what changes you’ll make. Congratulations!

  • PJ at

    Oh, Michael, I just love your new house, its setting, and its name! Wishing you much joy!

  • Vanessa at

    I am loving your gorgeous home. Congrats! I am so looking forward to seeing what you are going to do.

  • Kristen J. at

    This is such a beautiful canvas, I can’t wait to see what you do with it. 🙂

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