Empty Nesters: How does one fill an entire house?

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Home and Market Editor Lisa Freedman and her husband just bought a house two hours outside of New York CityYay! The only issue? They don’t have anything to put in it. Follow her as she shops, tackles some DIY projects and works her decorating magic.

Working as a Home and Market Editor, I get to see all sorts of amazing products that readers can buy and put in their homes. I’ve always been so incredibly jealous of said readers because my small one-bedroom apartment in New York City couldn’t hold a fraction of the stuff I’ve featured. I seriously once had to talk myself out of getting a beautiful marble rolling pin because I knew it wouldn’t fit in my triangle-shaped rental kitchen. (I sadly use a glass bottle every time I have to roll out dough… on the coffee table).

But recent changes have me in the opposite situation: My husband and I just bought a house in Upstate New York and now we have too much space. I know, woe is me. The few items we do own, have to stay in our city apartment (where we live during the week for our jobs), so we have absolutely nothing to put in our new home. We have no furniture, no hand-me-down rugs, no bath towels—nothing!

Our incredibly empty house—and keys—on closing day!


Luckily, the woman we were buying the house from was willing to sell a few of her oldpieces to us at a reasonable price. For just $350, she left us the kitchen table (with two extension leaves) and four bedframes and box springs. Huzzah!

If only we had asked to buy her chairs...


The rest of the rooms remain creepily empty. And actually, the dining room and bedrooms are still pretty darn empty! For someone who likes instant gratification, it’s tough knowing that this will be a slow process. I can’t expect to furnish an entire house in a week. Or even a month!

The empty living room plus two small tables we impulsively bought
at Olde Good Things in 
NYC before we even closed on the house.


It will be a slow and difficult process, as we attempt to blend our love of industrial, mid-century and farmhouse design into one 266-year-old stone house. And no, that’s not a typo—the house was built in 1750 (though some records indicate it could have been even earlier). I'll be posting updates over the next few months, so check back often! You’ll be sure to pick up a few tricks along the way.