We’ve been in our new house for a few weeks now and are starting to settle in. While the home is move-in ready, there are still a number of projects we have on our list to transform the home into our style. I’m excited to share the first room with you today! After announcing that we were moving, I received a lot of questions asking if we were nervous to be buying a home during a pandemic. Luckily, I know about the housing services and resources available through the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA).
Admittedly, I do spend a lot of time these days thinking about my family’s health and safety. I’m trying my best to find a balance between working full-time from home, blogging, and caring for my little boys. Knowing about MSHDA’s housing resources means I don’t need to add worrying about our mortgage on top of everything else.
MSHDA’s network of agencies have been trained in community disaster response like the current COVID-19 outbreak. HUD certified housing counselors are another housing resource through MSHDA and can help residents and homeowners navigate the disaster recovery process and access recovery options. A housing counselor through MSHDA can help keep your finances in order, avoid foreclosure or eviction, and help negotiate mortgage forbearance. Through forbearance, MSHDA counselors will work with your lender or landlord to negotiate a reduced payment or deferment plan. This is a tough time for all, and MSHDA is here to help Michigan residents and homeowners every step of the way. While we do not know what tomorrow brings, I am thankful to know there are housing services and resources available through MSHDA.
Dining Room Before & After
The first room we decided to tackle in our new house is the dining room. I love a formal dining room and am so excited that our home has one. Many prefer open concept homes, but I’m part of the minority that enjoys a separated room. Since we’ve been staying at home, we are already getting a lot of use in this room for family dinners.
I have always wanted to paint a room this color and think it really makes the room pop. The color is Hale Navy. The dining room does not get a lot of natural light, so we painted the lower half white to add dimension and keep it feeling light and bright.
I love the light fixture that we picked out for the space. The candelabra bulbs give off a very pretty light at night. I am looking forward to hosting friends, family, and neighbors for dinner parties in the future.
Other than hanging wall art and curtains that we already own, we aren’t planning on doing anything more to the space. It is amazing how just a can of paint and a light fixture can completely change a room!
This post brought to you by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.