On The Move

After two years of living in our apartment, it’s time to move again!  Home buying was already on our radar, but we wanted to take our time with the search and ease our way into the whole process.  But unsurprisingly, life had different plans.  Our landlord requested that we return the apartment with only 45 days notice.  So not wanting to commit to another rental lease, we decided to make finding a home to purchase a priority. The last few weeks of summer were spent diligently searching for houses that were affordable, in desirable neighborhoods and with enough space for expanding our family down the road.  It’s been a wild rollercoaster ride (who knew that this would be such an emotional process),  but I’m happy to report that we have finally found our home! It’s going to take a few weeks of paperwork and sweating bullets to make it officially ours, but I’m so happy with our final decision. When I walked into the house the first (…second and third…) time, it instantly felt like home – a reaction that I did not get with any of the other 20+ places we visited.  The neighborhood meets all of our criterias and with a little TLC and elbow grease,  the house will become everything we envisioned too! I had mixed feelings about whether or not I wanted to share this news yet (part of me doesn’t want to jinx it), but my excitement won and I just couldn’t wait to share! So if I become a little inconsistent with posting and commenting in the weeks to come, you’ll know exactly why : I’m buried in paperwork, packing boxes, creating inspiration boards on Pinterest, discovering new DIY blogs and watching unhealthy amounts  of HGTV in antincipation for the exciting adventure that awaits in just a few more weeks!

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September 15, 2011 - 4:49 am

elly - Goodness! That’s a pretty quick timeline! Congratulations hey, I’m glad that you found a home to make yours! :)

September 15, 2011 - 6:35 am

Life with Kaishon - Oh. My. GOSH! Maddy! This is so stinking exciting. I could NOT be happier for you!
What did expanding family mean?
Did I miss something?
This made my day!

September 15, 2011 - 7:08 am

Sarah - Dodeline Design - That is SO exciting Maddy! We aren’t quite to the home buying stage yet but I can’t wait until we are. It will be so much fun to make it your own!

September 15, 2011 - 7:27 am

Maddy {Mad Hearts Photography} - No you did not miss anything! Just spacious enough for when we want to expand our family :)

September 15, 2011 - 7:34 am

Amy - WOOHOO! Congrats Maddie … it will be so fun to make the house your own. And we, of course, can’t wait to see pics! :)

September 15, 2011 - 8:34 am

lou - YAAAY! what great news and how quickly you’ve actually found a place. it must be exciting making this kind of decision. can’t wait to see how it looks like :-)

September 15, 2011 - 9:08 am

Sabine - Congratulations Maddy! I’m convinced you feel it if the house is right for you (we had the same with ‘ours’). The idea of buying a house still scares the s. out of me… So I’m all the more in awe your decision. All will be well :)

September 15, 2011 - 10:47 am

Mindy - Congrats to you and Kleber! I remember the excitement we had during our first home hunt (a fixer-upper)…stressful, but also so unbelievably exciting! you guys are going to become DIY experts – after working on our first home, I have learned how to put in a garbage disposal, properly paint walls (primer is a must), tile a shower and change out cabinets and flooring.
so excited for you both!!

September 15, 2011 - 12:10 pm

Meagan - Aww! Congratulations!! We just went through this process ourselves and are happily snuggled in our home. We looked for 6 months and saw this house 3 times before we moved in. The closing process was a nightmare for us – but I’m glad that you seem to understand what can happen. I have no advice about it either because what happened was totally out of our control. But I will say – best of luck to you and that I am SUPER happy for you guys!

September 15, 2011 - 12:58 pm

The Guilty Hyena - Here’s wishing you both a new home filled with joy and cheer, congratulations!! I’m hooked on those D.I.Y Interior design blogs, you now have the perfect opportunity to create your ideal home!

September 15, 2011 - 1:39 pm

Hannah B - Congratulations! The home buying process sure is fun, exciting, and stressful. Our process was so great because we ended up with an amazing realtor who really these naive, newbies’ best interest at heart. Enjoy the whole process and most of all, have fun decorating your very own space!! EEP! That’s the very best part!!!

September 15, 2011 - 2:49 pm

Maddy {Mad Hearts Photography} - Our realtor is wonderful too! She’s a family friend, so it was a comfort knowing she had our best interest at heart. She did not rest until she found the perfect fit and she helped us get a great deal on it too! We would have almost overlooked this house too had it not been for her :)

September 15, 2011 - 9:11 pm

Michaela - Oh how exciting!!! I can’t wait to see everything and what you do to renovate! I love all your pinned ideas too!

September 15, 2011 - 9:41 pm

Buckeroomama - How exciting, Maddy! Congratulations on finding the right house. We were in a similar situation as yours when we got our place. Our then landlord wanted to increase our rent and we were looking around for another rental place, but chanced upon this new development and after some calculation, we’d decided to buy instead of continuing to rent. So happy we did! Sure, you’re paying mortgage, but it’s towards something you’ll eventually own vs. paying rent.

I’m sure you will have LOTS of fun decorating and working on the house. SO happy for you. =)

September 15, 2011 - 10:48 pm

Irma - Maddy, I am so happy for you. Wishing you the best in your new home. I am sure that before long you will
have it to your liking and you and your husband will be able to sit back and say “we did it”. Best Wishes.
Love Irma

September 15, 2011 - 11:58 pm

Tiffany B. - Wow – Congrats. How exciting and crazy at the same time. I cant wait to see photos and your DIY’s!! Please share :)

September 16, 2011 - 8:07 am

Cafe Fashionista - Congratulations Maddy! What an exciting time in your life! Just think…you’ll be in a new house for the holidays! :)

September 16, 2011 - 9:15 am

Camila Faria - How exciting Maddy, congratulations!!! Good luck to you guys with all the burocracy. When you finally pass all that, there is going to be nothing other than pure happiness!

September 16, 2011 - 10:16 am

Sandy a la Mode - oh wow!! good luck finding a home!!!! it’s a long and tiring process but it’s soo worth it!! :D

September 16, 2011 - 12:47 pm

Audrey Allure - Congrats! That sounds wonderful you found a place you really love in such a short, pressured time!

September 16, 2011 - 1:23 pm

Keeley @ My Life on a Plate - So excited for you! Rates are so low and this is such a great time to buy… we’d like to sell our place and move up, but that’s much more difficult.

I can’t wait to hear all about the process! Oh, and I need to check out this Pinterest thing that people keep talking about.

September 16, 2011 - 1:27 pm

Chavonne - Congrats Maddy! Hopefully some of your enthusiasm will rub off on me and I will once again be in the mood to get the inside of my house together.

September 16, 2011 - 2:28 pm

Gloria - Ahhh how exciting – crossing my fingers for you! It was definitely a “feels right” gut reaction when hubs and I walked into the open house for our future home :-) I think sometimes the house chooses you!

September 16, 2011 - 3:50 pm

Christina Lee - Oh my goodness– what an exciting new venture!!! xoxo

September 16, 2011 - 6:17 pm

Elle Sees - congrats!
and i’m a super fan of YHL. I feel like they’re my real friends. Stalker much? Yup.

September 18, 2011 - 2:01 pm

alexandra keller - how exciting!!! i love moving into a new place! and since i can’t do that, now i just rearrange things :)
have fun and can’t wait to see pictures!

September 19, 2011 - 12:52 am

Justine @ Urban Scarlet - that is SO exciting! i am so overjoyed for you :) :) :) congrats on finding your new home… when i’m ready to purchase one, i hope it’s painless as you made it seem!

September 19, 2011 - 10:55 am

viv {the eclectic life} - Congratulations Maddy! Cannot wait to see the home tour. Take your time coming back and I’m so excited for your new place!

September 19, 2011 - 11:05 pm

Kristin - Congrats lady! That’s so exciting! I’ll cross my fingers for you that the rest of the process is seamless!

September 20, 2011 - 12:42 am

Jade @ Tasting Grace - Oh congratulations!! How exciting!! Getting into a new home can definitely be nerve-wracking, but oh so rewarding when the papers are finally all signed and you get to move in. And setting up a brand new home is so much fun too! Can’t wait to see the photos of your new place and how you turn it from a house into your home.

September 20, 2011 - 7:08 am

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words - Moving is a lot of work, but it’s also really exciting. We took our time unpacking with our recent move and it made a huge difference.


September 20, 2011 - 3:38 pm

Tamar - Good luck with this new adventure! And happy unpacking!

September 21, 2011 - 1:40 pm

Cathy - Congrats! And good luck! Packing and unpacking is the hardest part. And there’s no rush to get everything finished right away. We moved into our house Memorial Day weekend and have only painted two rooms and got a little furniture for one.

September 21, 2011 - 5:27 pm

Stephanie - Congrats on finding a new home Maddy! It must be so exciting to finally own your own space – I always feel like the most fun part of living in a house is the decorating parts. I can’t wait to see some before and after pictures that depict your lovely new abode. I always turn to your blog for all the great photography clips, so I’m definitely looking forward to all of you DIY ideas and home decor inspiration!

Eternally yours,

September 21, 2011 - 7:08 pm

katrina - eek! i imagine that the news from your landlord bought on a lot of stress. but, i admire how you handled it. bravo, maddy! congtulations to you and your new home — can’t wait to see pics!

September 22, 2011 - 12:11 pm

savvy gal - oh congrats and good luck. My bf and I are trying to renovate his home right now and boy it is hard work. : ) I forgot how hard it is from my own remodeling. Even though contractors did all the work but I felt exhausted at the end of the day.

September 23, 2011 - 7:55 am

Emily - WOOT WOOT!!! Congrats *CHEERS* that is so awesome. What an exciting time!! I cannot wait to see pictures!

September 25, 2011 - 1:09 pm

Liz - Hey Maddy,

I sort of dropped of the radar but I’m back! Congrats on finding a home :) I hope you take a lot of terrific photos and show us how it is going! Best of luck moving, I just went through it and it’s exhausting but worth it!


September 26, 2011 - 10:34 pm

Terri - YAY!!!!! Congratulations on your new home!!!! I cant wait to see pictures of it!

September 27, 2011 - 12:17 am

Pinkie Anggia - Take care on your moving time, Maddy! <3
Congrats on your new home there
I'm so glad of you..
Have a pleasant day as always

Warm Love,
Pinkie Anggia

September 27, 2011 - 11:32 am

Nadette - OMG, you found a house! That’s amazing! We’ve both been MIA because I found a place too, and move on thursday! I’m super excited for you and Kleber. OMG, I have to inbox you, I’m going to in NY in a few weeks, I hope we can get together!

October 15, 2011 - 2:38 am

Tiera - Congrats on such awesome news!

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