Who doesn’t love to peek inside someone else’s house!? I can’t be the only one! We were interviewed by The Philadelphia Inquirer’s real estate section, where we shared how we’ve restored our American Foursquare home with tons of DIY touches! (You can find the link to the article below!)
Click here to read the article from The Philadelphia Inquirer, “An American Foursquare in Moorestown restored with a touch of DIY.”
My family and I had the opportunity to be interviewed by a contributing writer for the real estate section of The Philadelphia Inquirer! This newspaper is popular in our tristate area, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. We live in a suburb of Philadelphia in southern New Jersey.
How were you asked to be Interviewed?
My best friend and her husband, were in a previous issue for their gorgeous beach house located on the Jersey shore. As a trained architect, my friend’s husband was the one who drew up the plans and had the house built LEED Gold Certified, which means that it is completely energy efficient! You can read more about their article HERE! When the writer asked him if he knew anyone who would be fun to interview for the real estate section, he kindly suggested that she contact us knowing that we have a unique story in that I am a DIY and home decor blogger!
Did you know what to expect for the interview?
I had no idea what to expect for the interview, but I was excited for the experience! A few weeks prior to the interview, the writer called to discuss some basic questions about our house and our reason for purchasing it. After setting up a date for the interview, she told me that a photographer would be joining us as well to take some pictures of our home.
After the interview was scheduled, Brian found out that he would have to be out of town on that date! Fortunately, he was able to change his schedule so that he could be there for the interview! In fact, we were told that everyone had to be there! It was quite interesting trying to get a house picture-ready, as well as, two little kids!
How were the kids?
When the writer arrived, my son was going crazy! He loves being around new people, and we had explained to him why she was there. All he wanted to do was show her his room! She was very kind and explained that she had kids of her own, so she completely understood life with children.
Let me just say that my daughter ended up with a cold later that day, so you can imagine how she was during the interview! She wasn’t terrible, but we could have done without the screaming and whining while the writer’s tape recorder was on! I can only imagine trying to listen to the recording! She was like a little tornado upon entering every room. While trying to talk to the writer, I was also trying to pick up behind my daughter. She took out every bowl from the cabinet, took off every pillow from the couch and chairs in the living room, and wanted to be held by me, not my husband, every minute that she wasn’t destroying the decor. Bribes work wonders on four-year-olds, but not so much on toddlers! 😉
How did the interview unfold?
The writer asked to see the house before the photographer arrived, so we took her on a little tour of our 1,800 square foot home. If you know me or have been following my blog, it’s no surprise that I did my best to have all of the rooms clean and tidy. However, it also should be no surprise that I just couldn’t do that! Our bedroom was a mess, and I just had to be honest and tell the writer (and photographer) that I couldn’t get to all of it! They both said that they’ve seen everything! Some houses are so clean that you can’t imagine that people live there and other’s are a complete mess. The photographer has had to shoot around some very messy spaces before, so that made me feel better! Haha!
We talked about everything from how Brian and I started dating to my favorite DIY projects in my house!
The photographer arrived about thirty minutes after the writer. I showed him around the house while, my husband tried to entertain our daughter and talk to the writer. I was not there, so I can’t be sure what was said, but after reading the article, there was A LOT said while I wasn’t there! (Insert laughing emoji!)
The photographer took pictures throughout the house as we finished up the interview. The final pictures were taken of our family. Honestly, we’ve never had formal pictures taken of our family, because I’ve never been one to display formal photos. However, after seeing the picture of the four of us, I love it!
Our overall experience was awesome! It was fun and a lot less time consuming than it was being on a DIY Network TV show! You can read about our experience on the TV show HERE! The writer and photographer were very friendly and professional. So here’s a big thank you to The Philadelphia Inquirer for choosing quality staff members!
Click here to read the article, “An American Foursquare in Moorestown restored with a touch of DIY.”
Here are a few images that I took with my iphone during the interview day! They aren’t great pictures, but it captures what went on!
We are not above bribes, so you can see what Finn was promised if he behaved well in the bottom right picture. Nothing like McDonald’s fast food to whip a kid into shape!
I hope you enjoy reading a little bit about us and getting a peek into our home that we’ve been restoring for years!
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Lindsey at HilltownHouse says
So excited for you!! Your home looked beautiful and I loved the stories from you and your husband. I’m happy you were able to get that fabulous wallpaper up in the kitchen in time!!
Thank you so much Lindsey!!! That is so sweet of you! I know! We were down to the wire!