Sunday, July 27, 2014

Whoops...we bought a house!

I know that the "whoops" part sounds silly,
 but that's exactly how I feel.

Last weekend we cleared the rest of the stuff out of the garage of the old house, and even though we haven't closed yet, I felt like we turned a page...started a new chapter...like a huge weight has been lifted off our shoulders. I've been waiting to start looking at houses, because we just didn't feel like it was the right time. The last thing I wanted to do was find a house and our other one not be sold. We've been busy and I've not felt 100% (shoot, I didn't even feel 50%) And we were "unsettled" in our hearts and minds about what we should do.




I started looking on the internet this week, and had a huge bucket of ice water thrown on me concerning house prices. We haven't looked at houses for 12 years and let's just say we had a rude awakening as to what's out there and the price you have to pay for it. yowsers. Our area has always been affordable, but this summer, houses are selling like proverbial hotcakes, and not having looked for over a decade, I was a little out of touch with the local housing market.



(I have no idea what that is on the mantle...?)

Matter of fact, it was down right depressing, of all the houses out there that needed tons of work in our price range. We could get a lot of space that came with lots of updates, or less space and newer with fewer updates, but then we have the issue of what we had left in our storage units...multiple storage units...as in many. We sold and gave away literally tons of stuff. But when we boil it all down, we just need to have a certain amount of space we feel comfortable in, and without it we both get whiny. He has his stuff, I have my stuff, and we don't like to trip over each other.

(This is the Dining Room and the stairway to the basement)


We spent an afternoon with our realtor making the rounds in the area we want to be in, (close to hubby's office) and were seeing house after house that just wasn't right. On a whim, we decided to go inside this one that we had seen as a drive by the night before. Hubby had grabbed a house info sheet and said he probably wasn't interested. The "distressed" shutters and front door effect just wasn't working for it. But the next day when we went inside we were more than pleasantly surprised.

The cabinets are pickled, but in need of a little more "pickle", so that's on my list of things to do. That's black granite on the countertops, which is really pretty, and a brand new stainless French Door fridge. So far I'm wondering where my white cabinets are and my dark hardwood floors I've been pinning on my Pinterest Boards... That glowy thing in the back is the microwave with a serious reflection from the windows. It has 11 ft. ceilings that make me feel like a munchkin, and a finished walkout basement. It really is a wonderful house.




OK, I have to tell you, light woods are not my first pick, but I wanted newer and white woodwork, and the funny thing was that when we walked in the front door my husband evidently heard angels singing and saw the clouds part. He was for sure that this was it. what...? He just doesn't get excited over houses...never...ever. I was ready to pace ourselves, keep looking, and stay current with new listings. But not Hubbs, he was fired up and ready to start negotiating. So negotiate he did and by the end of the day yesterday we signed up for another mortgage and the whole nine yards. go figure. 



We won't close until the end of next month, but I have to say I'm relieved that this house looking process was about as painless as it could be. We have a few repairs to do, some yard clean up, and painting the shutters and front door. I may need some ideas from you all on that.

God has blessed us for sure...

I took tons of photos today, but we were in a hurry and I didn't bring my tripod so they weren't the best. These are just a peek, so you can get a little idea of what it's like. I'm making steady progress with the new medication and have another appointment in a couple of weeks. So maybe by next month I'll be doing even better. I'm more than ready to be "settled". I'm super excited and my head is swimming with ideas. 

Gotta tell you, I'm looking forward to having some pumpkins on those steps, people. Hurry up Fall, 

linking up with:
Sundays at Home with Thoughts from Alice
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Show and Share at Coastal Charm
Tweak it Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Wow Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
xoxo,

87 comments:

  1. Debra! Congratulations! I cannot wait to see all your special touches through the Fall and holidays! One day at a time! xoxo-aimee

    ReplyDelete
  2. Congratulations, Debra! That was fast. You'll work your magic on this house, and it will feel like home before you know it.

    ReplyDelete
  3. What a beautiful home. Those peacocks and the hydrangea lined lane are stunning. I think it's always best to follow your heart and not trends! Take care.
    house-design

    ReplyDelete
  4. Wonderful! I hope you both are happy and healthy in your new home!

    ReplyDelete
  5. That's sooooo exciting Debra! Congratulations!!! laura

    ReplyDelete
  6. Oh, Debra, I'm just so happy for you!!! Isn't it funny how you know exactly what features you want in a house, but you can walk into a house that's totally different and know you're home? Your new house is beautiful and I can't wait to see the pumpkins on your steps! Congratulations on the sale of your old home and the purchase of the new place you'll be soon calling home!

    ReplyDelete
  7. How wonderful! And it looks beautiful! You can just tell about a place....if you can picture yourself in it! Those shutters do throw you off though! I'm happy for you both! Hugs, Diane

    ReplyDelete
  8. I feel your pain. We started this past January and closed/moved in June 8th, oh about six weeks ago. We are in a new home, in a new town!! Here's wishing you the best, especially as your start cleaning and packing. At our age, I never want to do that again. God bless your new home and move! :) -Bev

    ReplyDelete
  9. whats on the mantle? its a radon detector. its only left their for 14 days, then the reality agent returns it to the company that reads the levels 6 different times in each of the days the machine is there.. thats tabulated and they come up with the overall radon number for a 30 day period.. if its too high the house cant be sold till they find out why and fix it.. insurance companies now require the radon test before they will insure a home.. ust a safety precaution for everyone..

    glad you found something you can love..

    ReplyDelete
  10. I'm glad you found something. And I am very happy your medication may be helping. Now you have a project. Hope you have lots of helpers.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Hi Debra! I'm glad to hear you're feeling better and Yay! on the new house. It looks beautiful! God does surprise us sometimes. This time last year I would never have thought we would have sold our house, moved to our condo and then bought another house in New York!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

    ReplyDelete
  12. Congratulations, Debra! I'm so glad to hear you'll have a place to call your own again! I'm sure you'll put your beautiful touch on it in no time!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Congrats! Wow! It's pretty! I love the stonework above the front steps, and I know those pumpkins are going to look great there!
    judypimperl.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  14. Congrats - I know you're going to make it wonderful!! We move into our "new to us" house at the end of August and I know I am excited to get in there...our new house needs much more work than yours - but I'm up for the challenge as I'm sure you are too!! Can't wait to see what you do with it!

    Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

    ReplyDelete
  15. When it works out that way, I figure God's hand is in it! Congratuations!
    I don't like the shutters either--can you just get rid of them?

    ReplyDelete
  16. WOW!!! YAY!!!! Congrats, I couldn't be happier for you both.

    Once you put your stamp on this place it will be magic.

    God bless - good health to you, sweet lady.

    ReplyDelete
  17. That is beautiful! Congrats! It will be so fun to decorate!
    Sherry

    ReplyDelete
  18. Wow!!!! That was fast!!! You're not even settled in your apartment and , boom, you're moving again!!! Congrats!! Looks good, you will work wonders with it. Is it a one level?? Looks like its as big as the house you just left!!!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Congrats Debra, it a wonderful home, if I were a house this is the house I'd want to be, planted right where it is.
    Looking forward to the beauty you will be adding to this new home.

    Xx
    Blessings in all you have received.

    Dore

    ReplyDelete
  20. Congrats, Debra, it's beautiful! All the very best in health and happiness in your new home!

    Poppy

    ReplyDelete
  21. What a relief, Debra! So glad to hear it was a pretty easy process to find your new home. It's a great house, and I know you'll have a fun month of planning how to make it your own :)

    Jeanette

    ReplyDelete
  22. Congratulations Debra! Your new home looks beautiful. You must be so excited and thinking about all the decorating you will be doing soon. Best of luck, Julie

    ReplyDelete
  23. Congratulations, Debra! It looks like a lovely home. All the best in your new home. I continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Our home is going on the market Tuesday. We haven't moved out. It is showing furnished. We only have one storage unit just about filled...discussed another one yesterday, because there is so much stuff even after purging/donating...and so on!! When we get a contract, we will be moving the rest of our furnishings to storage. We have found a couple of possibilities in new builds. Still mulling over all that!

    We are grateful for the little apartment we leased. What a wonderful oasis it has turned out to be.

    ReplyDelete
  24. What a new, beautiful home! I think the shutters are gorgeous (yes, they need a little paint) but a great look indeed! Congrats on moving ahead quickly! We are close to moving into our cottage....8 months of renovation, yikes! You will make this home stunning! Praying you will keep feeling better and better~~~Blessings~~~Roxie

    ReplyDelete
  25. Congratulations ! It all looks wonderful :)

    ReplyDelete
  26. Debra, I am so excited for you. What a relief it must be to have found the perfect one in such a short time. I am happy to hear that the medication is helping. xo Laura

    ReplyDelete
  27. Very exciting! It looks lovely and like you will have plenty of room to play and display! I bet you will start feeling better now that you can begin to settle down and decorate again and not be in limbo~
    Jenna

    ReplyDelete
  28. Well, congratulations! It looks BIG! Can't wait to see more. :)
    Rita

    ReplyDelete
  29. Congratulations! Your gonna have so much fun decorating your new home! I can't wait to see the results!
    tot

    ReplyDelete
  30. So excited for you! Congratulations, my friend

    xo
    Claudia

    ReplyDelete
  31. Debra,
    Congratulations!!!
    I still stand in awe and amazement of how God's love works in ones life!
    I truly, understand your husband's reaction. . .
    when "Mr. Ed" and I enter our home for the first "look through". . .
    we both felt as if someone had given us a warm fuzzy hug and whispered, "Welcome Home"!
    Like you, this was not the house I had been planning on having either,
    but it has been exactly what we needed! We are so~o~o very blessed.
    I am thrilled to hear that your health is steadily improving.
    Would love to hear an update from your physician's visit!!
    Keep focused on what lies ahead!!!
    Something good is going to happen to you, I'm sure of it!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

    ReplyDelete
  32. Congrats, Debra! It's gorgeous! And what fun to get to decorate a whole new place! Hugs...Debbie

    ReplyDelete
  33. Congratulations, Debra! How wonderful to have found a new home so quickly. I can already imagine your touch on these spaces and will look forward to photos after you've moved in. I'd have a hard time waiting a month!
    Blessings,
    Donna

    ReplyDelete
  34. What a pretty house! I find at this point in my life I know exactly what will work and not work, in regards to a house. It's so much easier when you don't have to worry about making it right for 5 people and can focus on whats best for two. Bravo! Congratulations!!

    ReplyDelete
  35. Congratulations! It looks like a beautiful house and I know you'll make it a gorgeous home!!~~Angela

    ReplyDelete
  36. Beautiful! ... tons of potential .. make it your own!

    ReplyDelete
  37. How wonderful for you and yes, I can see some pumpkins on those steps too!.

    ReplyDelete
  38. So happy for you...the house looks beautiful but will be even more so with that Debra touch!! Isn't it amazing how God's ways are not our ways so many times. We are "surprised" by His grace when we really shouldn't be. Very soon, all the work, mess, and waiting will be a distant memory and you will be feeling so much better ready to conquer new horizons. Continued prayers for you and your health!! Stay encouraged......God is in this! Linda

    ReplyDelete
  39. Oh I am so thrilled you found a place. It looks fabulous from what I can see. I adore the space you have in that kitchen.

    ReplyDelete
  40. Congratulations, Debra! I'm so glad this large "to do" has been lifted from your shoulders. Sometimes these things just fall into our laps {and I think those are the best, meant to be things}. It looks great and I know you will put your own touch on these rooms. I love the shape of the shutters, but I can see your hubby's meaning that they could do with a fresh paint job. Their looks isn't doing them any justice. Well, it looks really sweet. Did I miss just how big the house is {as far as square footage}? Here's hoping everything moves forward swiftly and painlessly! : )

    ReplyDelete
  41. I love your new digs! I betcha just can't wait to start personalizing every room! Good therapy as well - so happy for you!

    ReplyDelete
  42. Congrats Debra,
    The house is adorable. You will have your decor touches on it in no time. Isn't it amazing that you walk into so many homes and then the one just hits you and feels like home right from walking in the door. So happy for you.
    I know you wanted a new place to call your own. You are right I can see a cute pumpkin and fall design going on those front steps.
    Kris

    ReplyDelete
  43. That's wonderful news! Congratulations, Debra! You'll have a lot of fun making this new house your home.
    It's great to hear that you new medication works and you feel better. I'm sure the new house situation will help too.
    Have a lovely Sunday!

    ReplyDelete
  44. love your home, I also love the distressed shutters!!!!!!!!!! they are cool! I would much rather have light wood floors....I have dark wood floors and you see the dust every other day! I can not stand seeing the dust !!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  45. Congrats Debra!!! So very happy for y'all and I love that new kitchen that you will have.

    Blessings,
    Linda

    ReplyDelete
  46. I enjoy every post of yours I read. I am glad you are feeling a bit better and it will only get better from here on in.

    Your new house looks lovely and I can't wait to see how you decorate it. I will be looking for those pumpkins.

    Hugs
    fredaB

    ReplyDelete
  47. I know from personal experience that being "unsettled" is one of the hardest things to deal with. Now you know where you're going to be and I know you're already decorating in your head. Congratulations!
    Brenda

    ReplyDelete
  48. Congrats! It looks like a fun house that you can make your own!

    ReplyDelete
  49. Congrats, so happy for you! Looks like a beautiful house, I can't wait to see more. I am excited so see pumpkins soon, too! Hurry up Fall. xo, Liz

    ReplyDelete
  50. It is lovely!!! Mt hubby is a real estate broker, so I know the housing market! Houses are selling like hotcakes! Congrat's!!
    warmly,
    deb

    ReplyDelete
  51. Debra, It looks like a beautiful home! Congrats and I look forward to seeing more pictures.
    xx,
    Sherry

    ReplyDelete
  52. Congratulations! Can't wait until you put your "fingerprint" all over it.

    ReplyDelete
  53. I'm happy for you both. Love you. XO

    ReplyDelete
  54. What a charming new home for both of you, and I can see pumpkins on the porch! Can't wait to see her shine with your decorating style! So happy for both of you!

    ReplyDelete
  55. What an awesome thing to happen. So excited for you and your hub!!! Can't wait to see what you do with the place to make it your own. Congrats again :)

    ReplyDelete
  56. Debra. Congratulations, sounds pretty painless and really pretty fast. Good lucky start. In no time you will have your new home all spiffed up as only you can do and can't wait to see how it progresses. Looks very pretty, love the kitchen layout. Oh, autumn will be a beautiful season and glad your new meds are working and you are feeling better..Happy Weekend..Judy

    ReplyDelete
  57. I am so happy for you. We are still waiting for our due diligence on our house. The deal folded Friday and then the buyer called our realtor crying, saying she really wanted our house. So now we are waiting for her realtor to give us the final deal. I am praying that it will go thru. I will update you! Di@Cottage-Wishes

    ReplyDelete
  58. Your new house is beautiful! I can see adding a porch that runs on either side of the steps if there's room. The shutters might need a few more boards on each as I've heard they should look wide enough to cover the window. If you have time, you could have the floors refinished to a darker shade as you were looking for and could have the cabinets painted any color you wanted. Wow, I think I'm ready to move in that house as I've already started visioning it in my mind...LOL.

    ReplyDelete
  59. Yahoo! How exciting to have a new place to decorate. For the shutters...either replace them with new white ones, or take them altogether and see how it looks without them

    ReplyDelete
  60. I smiled when you said it was unusual for your husband to be so excited about a house. I was just looking at a house with a realtor friend (for decorating ideas) when Hubs decided to ride along. We were in a 4 year old home we had built. We walked in to this model and he said "I think we'll have to buy this." I thought he was kidding but no. We put in an offer, contingent on sale. Our home sold two days after listing, and we moved in to our new home 2 months later. Have been here 10 years now, and still love it.
    Congratulations, but take care to stay rested and well :)

    ReplyDelete
  61. Congratulations Debra!!! It looks lovely and ready to move into. You will have fun putting your personal touch on it. I actually like those distressed shutters. Not something you see everyday and perfect for someone who loves vintage things, but I can also see why you'd want to paint them. I think I'd live with them for awhile until I decided on the perfect color change.
    Cindy

    ReplyDelete
  62. Debra,
    Congratulations! Surely it is meant to be when you walk into a home and it embraces you in what almost seems a welcoming hug. Houses just like people evolve slowly over time. Enjoy your lovely new home as you feather it with your decor enhancements and build loving memories.
    Vera

    ReplyDelete
  63. The house is darling! I'm eager to see what personal touches you will make. You'll certainly have plenty to blog about....looking forward to reading all about it. Congratulations. ; )
    ~Michele

    ReplyDelete
  64. Debra,
    I'm so excited for you! I know you will be glad to get in this beautiful home. The front reminds me of Pat's at Back Porch Musings. I guess the brick is similar. You'll have fun working with this, I know. I'm praying you get your energy back and can get it like you want. Take care!!

    ReplyDelete
  65. Congrats! It looks gorgeous! Cheers to new beginnings for you!

    Jeanine

    ReplyDelete
  66. Congratulations! How very exciting! Looks like a lovely house that you will turn into a beautiful home!

    ReplyDelete
  67. Oh it looks so beautiful Debra - love all of it ( but please please please don't wish for Fall yet - I panic every time I hear the word LOL )
    That fireplace is absolutely GORGEOUS btw !
    X|OXO

    ReplyDelete
  68. Debra it's charming! I love the shutters too. Congrats on your new house, The fun part is turning it into a home for your family!
    Enjoy a beautiful transition.
    xo,
    Gail

    ReplyDelete
  69. Congratulations Debra! It looks like a very pretty home with fantastic bones and you will work your magic on making it yours as well. Hoping the rest of the transactions go smoothly too.

    ReplyDelete
  70. So happy that things are falling into place. I know you will work your magic to the already great bones of your new house.
    Change is good - God is good.
    Rhonda

    ReplyDelete
  71. Congrats Debra, on finding your new home. I am in the same situation that you are in....sticker shock on the price of homes. My husband passed away suddenly, in Dec., so I am in the process of moving closer to my daughter. My daughter is a real estate agent and has found me a garden home, on the golf course (doesn't mean anything to me, but it does have beautiful trees and grounds), about 4 min. from her home. I have lived in my current home for over 36 years, so moving will be a big adjustment for me. My home is now paid for, so that is something that I have thought about a lot, but I know that it is best for me to move. It will be a bittersweet moving day, and I am sure that I will cry many tears. I plan to move to the new place and then put my old house on the market. I just don't have the energy to have it on the market, while I am still living in it. Hopefully, it will not take too long to sell. Good luck in your new home and may you have many happy memories in it. Take care, Susan

    ReplyDelete
  72. I thought you intended to build, this will be much less stress. Once you start putting your touch on it it will be stunning. Take care of yourself and enjoy the journey. Looking forward to making it with you.

    ReplyDelete
  73. I'm so Happy for you both... and look forward to seeing your Transformation of the New Home!

    Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

    ReplyDelete
  74. Congrats on buying your new house! It's so pretty. Your cabinets and counter tops look like the ones in my mom's house. I'm glad to see that things are going in a good direction for you.

    ReplyDelete
  75. Congrats!! So I guess it was made to be. We just got a house too and it was the second house we saw but it's beautiful! I guess house hunting sometimes is not too painful. That's good. I know you will make this house a dream! Xo
    Isabelle

    ReplyDelete
  76. Congrats Debra!! I know how relieved you and your husband are feeling! We are sodas in the same boat. We are looking but have not sold. We can either buy older which is need of the updating and still more than we want to pay or we can buy smaller with all the updates or we just stay put. We just do not know so we are waiting for that house where the angels sing!;) Can not wait to see you make your new house a home!:)

    ReplyDelete
  77. It is beautiful! How wonderful for you both! I'm looking forward to hearing more about it. :)

    ReplyDelete
  78. Congrats Debra! Same thing happened here. My husband found our Colonial when he just "happened" to drive through the neighborhood it is located in. He NEVER drives through neighborhoods. He says it takes too long. LOL! It will be exciting to see all that you do to it! Hope you are feeling better every day! Have a lovely weekend. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

    ReplyDelete
  79. Congrats Debra!! Looks fantastic! Can't wait to see it after u work your magic.

    ReplyDelete
  80. BIG congrats Debra! How exciting! Looking forward to seeing your decorating magic take hold!
    Best regards,
    Roselle

    ReplyDelete

I love hearing from you. Feel free to comment, big or small.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

New Posts in Your In-Box