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Catherine is a CPA-turned-creative entrepreneur. She is the founder of Beginning in the Middle. an interior designer, photographer, writer, and business schemer.  She loves being cozy at home, miniature everything, and has a not-so-secret dream of living on an island one day.
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Before & After

Before: The Blonde Vic 2nd Floor Tour

The Blonde Vic

Hi friends,

We hope you had a wonderful weekend!  We’re excited to show you the second floor of The Blonde Vic, pre-demo.  If you missed our prior posts about this project, you can find them here:

  1. Intro here
  2. 1st Floor Tour here

On the second floor, we’re going to have 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a laundry room.  We’re keeping mostly all of the walls where they are, but reworking some of the rooms to maximize functionality.  Here’s the plan.

UPDATE – we changed our minds on the floorplan!  Check out our final layout here.

If you look left when you get up to the 2nd floor, you’ll see the future laundry room, full bathroom #1, and a very pretty archway.

The stairs continue to the 3rd floor, which we’re turning into a large master suite.

Going through the archway and into the door on the left will lead you into this bathroom (future laundry room).  We’re excited that we have a clawfoot tub to restore!

The electrical situation in this house is one of a kind.  How many wires can you spot?

Here’s what the room looks like from the other end.

When we called the city to get water transferred into our name, they told us there hasn’t been water service at the house in a long, long time.  This hose explains it.

Here’s what’s behind the other door under the archway.  It was some sort of second story entrance to the house / laundry room / ?? (we’re confused, too).  We’re going to close off the doorway and turn this space into a full bathroom.

The space where the dryer remnants are will be a big shower.

Coming back out into the hallway, you see the front two bedrooms on the left and right (hello transoms!) + future bathroom #2 in between.

Here’s bedroom #1.  We’re going to close off the wall on the left to create space for a bathroom.

So much potential in here!

Here’s the space between the two bedrooms that’ll be our future full bathroom #2.  Our plan is to put a tub along the back wall, centered under the window, and a sink and toilet along the left wall.  The wall on the left is actually structural and starting to sag, so getting some support in there is high on the priority list.

Here’s a different view of the soon-to-be bathroom.  We’re going to move the doorway over a bit to the left and open it up into the hallway.

This is what the second bedroom looks like.  This is one of the only rooms in the house where the woodwork is painted, and we’re not happy about it!

Here’s another angle of the bedroom.  Another fireplace!

The windows in the 3rd bedroom are still boarded up so we couldn’t snap photos this time.  We’ll show it to you next time.  We’ll be back in a few days with the 3rd floor plans and progress updates.  In the meantime, follow us on Instagram @beginninginthemiddle!

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  1. kristin says:

    I don’t even know how you can make heads or tails of anything in that house! LOL You are SOOOO BRAVE! You have to be a bit scared taking on a project so big and in such disrepair? I am very excited to follow along and wish you the best!

  2. Karen Smith says:

    I get more and more intimidated as you post the tour! The plan is awesome, I am so on the edge of my seat 🙂

    • Catherine says:

      Haha! Yes, it’s in prettyyy terrible shape, but the potential is definitely there. We can’t wait to get past the construction so we can start piecing it back together!

  3. galen says:

    Did you guys do the red spray paint to indicate “demolition”? When I saw it on the bathroom vanity, I was reminded of Habitat’s Re-Stores. Do you have a Habitat for Humanity Re-Store in your area? If so, I encourage you to donate your salvageable “stuff” like that bathroom vanity. They will take doors, windows, appliances, furniture – just about anything that’s in fairly good condition. You can get rid of your “stuff” in an ecologically friendly way and get a tax deduction to boot! They, in turn, sell these items at a discount, helping those who want thrifted items, and earning money for their builds.

    • Catherine says:

      We love Re-Store! This vanity was not in good enough shape to salvage, esp. considering the history of drugs and squatters at the house, but we do always make a point of saving and donating whatever we can in our projects when it makes sense!

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Catherine & Bryan Williamson moved from NYC to Columbus, OH in 2013.  Beginning in the Middle is a journal of the couple's design and renovation projects, real estate investment and Airbnb hosting journey, travel, and other life happenings.



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I grew up in New Jersey and always had a dream of living in New York.  There was something about the energy of the city that drew me inOur journey started unexpectedly in 2012, when we decided to make a big move from New York to Columbus. The glamour of climbing the corporate ladder was wearing off, and we knew that renting an expensive small apartment and dealing with crowded subways everyday was not going to work forever. We wanted to start creating something for ourselves, and although we didn’t know exactly what that something was, we knew NYC wasn’t the place for it.

We decided on Columbus because Bryan grew up here, and we were intrigued by all of the development going on in the downtown area at the time. We drove through many of the neighborhoods and admired the boarded up old houses, most of which were built in the early 1900s, and started dreaming about the things we could do here.

I'm Catherine, and I'm the founder of Beginning in the Middle.

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