We Bought A House!

Hello! Back to regularly scheduled programming over here. The last three weeks or so have been so crazy. I wanted so badly to blog alllll about it, but something kept holding me back. There’s a long back story to all of this, but before I jump into that, the good news is WE BOUGHT A HOUSE!

The House

Everything became official on Friday morning. David and I took the day off and signed away our lives at closing. We bought a new build about ten minutes outside of town. The house has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and sits on about four acres of land.

We found the house as the builder was still building it back in January. When we first took a look at it, it was just framed. Our house hunting journey was a long one, and never in a million years did we think that we would find a brand new house with that much land in our price point. It certainly makes us believe the old saying that the hard times make the good times better. All those months of waiting and praying to find our family’s home led us to something better than we could have ever imagined!

The best part about buying the house as it was still being built was that we were able to customize it! We picked the kitchen counter tops, added a fourth bedroom, added some ceiling fans and lights throughout, and even the paint color. So cool!

We moved all of our stuff in the previous weekend, so after closing, we were able to go home and organize everything. We spent our first weekend there and we are feeling truly blessed. Finn and Juneau have settled in much better than David and I, but that’s totally okay with me!

Our House Hunting Journey

We have been looking for a house since last May. Our price point in Charlottesville is extremely competitive. Houses would be on and off the market within a day. We had put in five other offers before we bought this house. We were heartbroken over and over again. It got to a point, about a week before we found this house, that we felt like maybe we should stop looking altogether. The entire process took a much bigger emotional toll on me than I ever would have imagined.

At one point last fall, we had put an offer into a house in town and it was accepted! We were so happy, but from the moment the papers were signed, David and I were hesitant to get truly excited. We just had a gut feeling that something was going to happen and that this house wouldn’t be our house. We were right. After the inspection, we went back to the seller to ask them to fix a few major things. He refused, and our contract was broken.

It was experiences like this that made me hesitant to make any sort of announcement until it was official. In fact, I didn’t even tell my best friend until last week!

But all of that is in the past, and I’m excited to share more about home decor, about the nitty gritty in the house buying process, and all about home ownership moving forward!

Also, just a reminder to anyone who may be giving up hope on something that you’ve been praying for – don’t give up! If you want it bad enough, it will happen when it is meant to. And when it does, it could just be better than you ever imagined!

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – Home Picks

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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is sooo good this year. I spent some time looking through the home section, and it makes me so excited to decorate our house soon! The prices are unreal! These are my top 12 items, but there’s plenty more where that came from. Make sure to spend some time looking through this stuff – the sale opens to the public on Friday.

  1. Barefoot Dreams Cozy Chic Throw – Barefoot Dreams is notorious for it’s soft products. This throw looks sooo cozy!
  2. Archipelago Fragrance Diffuser – I love a good diffuser, and you can’t really beat the price on this one.
  3. Kate Spade New York Polka Dot Insulated Tumbler – Such a great tumbler. If you don’t own a Kate Spade one yet, this is your chance. It’s only $12!
  4. Crystal Art Gallery Metallic Bar Cart – Pinterest called. They said you need this bar cart. It’s $75 off right now, too.
  5. American Atelier 2.5 Gallon Beverage Dispenser – What an awesome looking beverage dispenser. We got one for our wedding and use it every single day.
  6. American Atelier Stemless Wine Glass – So cute! I am a huge fan of stemless wine glasses. You can throw them in the dishwasher and not worry about breaking them.
  7. Monogram Slate Serving Board – I need this!
  8. Era Home ‘Gold Starburst’ Mirror – I love this mirror and it’s only $32!
  9. Jaipur Contemporary Vintage Rug – Vintage rugs are so gorgeous and this pattern really grabbed my eye.
  10. DKNY Clean Rug – I might have to get this for Finn’s bathroom.
  11. Levtex Two-Tone Metallic Straw Basket – You can never have too many straw baskets.
  12. Mina Victory Morocco Rug – This one’s sold out already, probably because it’s so cute. But there’s so many good rugs in this sale.

Happy Shopping!

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Home Decor Inspiration

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Admittedly, like every other woman my age, I watch way too much HGTV. As we embark on this house hunt, I’m aware that whatever we buy at this point in the game will have to be tweaked and updated to meet our preferences. Our goal is to be in a home by October when our lease is up, and with that deadline in mind, we are realistic about what we can afford and the amount of work we are willing to put into something.

Regardless of all our “rules” I can’t stop thinking about what our future home will look like and how we will decorate. I stalk Pinterest for the most beautiful photos and save them to my home decor boards to give me inspiration in the coming months of home ownership. I’m a little intimidated because I’ve never really felt compelled to decorate a space before. I’ve talked about this before, but living in apartments for the last 7 years hasn’t exactly inspired me. It seems almost a waste to spend the time and money on a temporary space. Knowing that we will be in a permanent home for the next X number of years is both exciting and overwhelming! I need all the help I can get!

The Kitchen

My idea of a dream home start in the kitchen. White, bright, open concept. I’d love an island and breakfast bar. Counter space would be a wonderful thing as well. Here’s a little bit of my kitchen inspo:

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Living Area

Having a kid changes things for any of your living spaces. Currently, our coffee table doubles as a toy chest and our decor is child-proofed or high and out of reach. Ideally, I’d love to have a fireplace where the television can be mounted above it. I’d love to have built ins, or even a separate space for Finn’s toys. I know, I know… but this is my dream house, so a girl can dream!

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Master Bedroom

In our current space, our master bedroom feels the most finished. I have a cozy, bright idea in my head for what I’m envisioning for our home. I’d love to have hardwood floors so we can buy a big cozy rug for under the bed.

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What does your dream house look like?

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