My parents have lived in the same house for 40 years. As a child, I had the same bedroom from the day I was born until the day I graduated high school. Something about all that constancy made me lose my junk after graduating, and I moved around A LOT. Over the course of 7 years, I lived in 6 states, attended college in 4 different time-zones, and lived in 18 different apartments.
I was just killin time, you know? And I’m so glad I had those years (and those collar bones).
And then I met this beautiful man, and things became SO STABLE.
Before we move on, let’s discuss the fact that I’m a normal-sized human. Some would even consider me taller than average. So with that knowledge, go ahead and scroll back up and look at that pic of Nick and I and take note of how insanely tall he is.
Back to stability… I remembered wayyyyyy back in the early years of our marriage (and this blog), I actually wrote a post about all of this stability. It’s a pretty fun read, especially knowing it was one of the first blog posts I ever wrote. And before I had hundreds of thousands of people reading my thoughts.
I tell you all of this to let you know that when we bought this beautiful home in the countryside, I was SO DONE WITH MOVING. I was done being a wanderer and ready to put down roots and be established. And that’s exactly what we’ve done.
A few years back, I shared a post about the unique way that we found this home and fell in love with it. After signing those papers, I started this blog the next day. And since then, I’ve published 1,145 blog posts… most of which are DIYs and updates to our home. (You can take a tour and see all we’ve done here)
We’ve been here for 9 years, and have brought home 3 newborn baby girls to this home. It’s filled with so many memories, and I have ALL THE FEELINGS. We planned to stay in this home forever.
And then one day last fall, my realtor friend emailed me and said ‘I know you’re not in the market, but you HAVE to see this house’.
And do you know what I did next?
I DELETED THE EMAIL WITHOUT LOOKING AT IT.
About an hour later, Nick called me from work and said ‘Did you look at that email with the house listing?’. I told him I hadn’t, because we’re not moving… so why bother?
And he simply said… ‘you should really go look at it’.
Friends, I opened that house listing and stared in disbelief at this insanely gorgeous historic home. As I flipped through pictures, I just knew it would be out of our price range, so I wasn’t getting too attached.
Until I looked at the asking price: $104,000
WHY IS THIS HOUSE SO INEXPENSIVE? Obviously there’s something seriously wrong with it. I’m sure it’s covered in black mold and has foundation issues. And there’s probably a sex-offender living next door.
But there’s no way I could put this home out of my mind until I went and walked through it myself. I called Nick and said ‘soooo, I need to go see that house ASAP. Like at this very moment. Like before I do anything else in this life.’ He laughed, and agreed.
You walk in to this gorgeous curvy stairway in the foyer. Then you turn left into the living room…
I quickly realized that the ornate details and craftsmanship of this home are OFF THE CHARTS. The intricate crown molding with hundreds of tiny/ornate corbels, 11 foot ceilings, original wood floors.
And there’s a sunroom.
And a library. (are you picturing a rolling ladder? ME TOO)
Y’all. There is NOTHING WRONG WITH THIS HOUSE… other than the fact that nothing has been updated since 1932. Everything is in pristine condition like it’s been frozen in time. The foundation is strong, there’s no black mold, and there are no sex offenders nearby.
We bought this house.
It belongs to us.
And I love every square inch of it. (well except for the kitchen, but you’ll have to wait for Part 2 of this post… UPDATE! Part 2 is here!). There is SO MUCH more of this house to share, but I’m going to save that for a video tour or Facebook LIVE. I haven’t decided which.
We fell in love with the character, the history, the neighborhood, everything. It’s amazing how when something is SO RIGHT, it changes everything. I never thought I could leave our home here in the country with all the memories that have accumulated and all the projects that have been executed here. But for the right house, your heart knows when to let go.
Of course there are still things I’ll be sad about when moving day actually comes. And this house will ALWAYS hold a special place in my heart.
I know there will be a lot of questions about this turn of events on our blog, so I’m going to try to tackle some that I know will come up. Feel free to leave more questions in the comments and I’ll get to them in a future post!
- 1. Are you moving because you ran out of projects in your current home?
NO… in fact there’s still so much we had planned for our homestead in the country, and our list of things we still wanted to accomplish was long. I might even feel like we’re leaving a project half-finished when we leave.
- 2. Where is the new house, and why isn’t there a picture of it?
The new house is nearby where we live now, but it’s closer to Nick’s work place. I regret showing pictures of the front of our existing home on the blog for all of these years for security purposes. I don’t want to worry about people recognizing our house and stopping in for a visit. You might think that would never happen, but IT HAS! And it’s really weird. And we have small children that we’ve been tasked with raising and keeping safe. So we won’t be showing exterior pics of the front of our new house for that reason.
- 3. What about that amazing attic space you just finished?
This whole thing came about in the middle of our attic makeover, but we wanted to finish it and be able to enjoy it for a few months before we leave! AND, we feel it will be a big selling point when we go to put this house on the market.
- 4. Are you sad about leaving behind the willow trees?
No, because we’re taking them with us! Nick has done lots of research on moving trees, and we think they’re small enough that we can pull this off. We’ll be sharing more about this later.
- 5. When are you moving, and how will this big change affect the blog?
I will go into more detail on this in a later post, but the main thing that’s keeping us from moving in right now is the fact that we’re getting ready to demo the tiny kitchen in the new house and will be building on a new (larger) kitchen. It’s going to be a big messy thing, and we’re so blessed to be able to stay in our current home during this process. We hope to be ready to move in sometime in July! Nothing will change with the blog, except that we’ll be doing home projects in a different house. We will still share furniture builds, crafts, etc between home projects. In fact, we already have some updates we need to share for progress we’ve made in the new house! We’ve been busily removing carpet, wallpaper, painting trim, etc! So stay tuned!
- 6. Do you think your Chartreuse kitchen cabinets will make it hard to sell your house?
YES, and so I shall repaint them a more neutral color. Thinking a light gray? Or white? Perhaps I’ll put a poll on my Instagram Stories one of these days.
- 7. Will you miss living in the country?
Yes. This is what I’ll miss the most. But our ‘new’ house is on the outside edge of town with a large yard on a quiet street, so that will help. But I will miss the sprawling acreage and being able to yell at my kids without neighbors judging my parenting. LOL! Just kidding! Only not!
Yet at the same time, it will be SO NICE not having to drive a half hour to get a gallon of milk. As always there are pros and cons for both. But I’m so excited for this new adventure, and so blessed that my people are excited too. We’re going to make new memories, and give our touch to a new home!
I can’t wait to share more details in the coming weeks, and take you guys along for this new chapter in our lives!
UPDATE! Below are links to posts that we’ve published about our ‘new’ house and it’s progress!