This won’t be a secret to anyone who saw this post, but…we’re moving! Our offer was accepted a little while ago but we had a couple of months until move-in, and tomorrow morning it’s finally happening. I definitely feel sad to leave our current neighborhood, but excited about the new space and hopeful that we’ll find similarly awesome community in our new area (which is only a few miles away from where we’ve been living the last 4 years).
We had our final walkthrough last night and I’m so glad I decided to snap photos of the empty house before it gets filled up and cluttered with boxes in the morning. Today I wanted to share those photos and chat a bit about the why behind our move and our vision for the new home.
Though we weren’t officially looking to move just yet, I am addicted to Zillow and stumbled on the new house while perusing casually for homes in our area. I noticed they were having an open house over the weekend, confirmed with Brian that if the house turned out to be as good as it sounded that he would be interested in moving there, went to the open house, fell in love with it, sent Brian to the open house after me, and the rest is history. It’s a little over 10 minutes from our current place, and really it’s an answered prayer for more space that we’ve been craving.
That being said, it’s absolutely bittersweet. The home we’ve lived in for the past four years is the first house we’ve owned together. It’s the home where we brought Jack home from the hospital. It’s the home where we’ve hosted summer parties, holiday parties and dinner parties with friends and family for years. It’s a home that is in a neighborhood full of neighbors who have become dear friends and it will always be near and dear to my heart.
As hard as it is to say goodbye to our house, we are also very excited to move into the new space and make tons more memories there! Here’s a little bit about it:
The new house has a light, bright, modern Cape Cod feel to it, which is my ideal kind of house thanks to spending my childhood and every summer of my life in Massachusetts. It’s honestly something I never dreamed of having in San Diego and I feel thankful to have found it without having to build it from scratch (which was my other plan, haha).
It feels a little odd to leave a great house in a great neighborhood for another great house in another great neighborhood, but we really felt like we were starting to outgrow our place and this new house checked off our must-haves for the home we eventually wanted to move into. This is what we were looking for (and what we have in the new house)…
^^This is what you see when you walk in the door—you take a few steps down from the doorway to the room. The room will eventually be the dining room, the top lofted area will be my new office (hooray!!) and the doorway leads to the living room/kitchen area.
More square footage // The new house is twice the size of our current house, so that box is definitely checked! Most importantly, we weren’t looking to just move into a big house but one that had a bit more space for the things we wanted specifically: a guest room, an extra kid room (because we do plan to expand our family eventually!), a laundry room, etc.
^^ The backyard is covered in this gorgeous white-washed brick that we instantly fell in love with. I foresee many play dates and parties back there! Now it’s just a matter of deciding where to put each little space we want out there—a play area for Jack, a long dining table to gather friends, and a conversation area with comfy outdoor furniture where my mom friends and I can sit and watch the kiddos play nicely (a mom can dream, right?!)
Bigger yard // We’ve been lucky to have a little yard at our house, but knew that as Jack got older we’d want more space not only for him to play but also for us to entertain friends and family.
^^These are different angles of the new office space. I think this is the part of the house I’m most excited about! This is where all of the business magic is going to be happening from now on.
Office space // Being a stay-at-home mompreneur in our current house has had its challenges. While I’m happy to say that I “started a business in my garage,” I’m also eager to have a little more breathing room and dedicated space for my business.
^^We’ll ditch that Shabby Chic-style chandelier for the same one from West Elm we’ll be putting in our master bedroom.
Downstairs guest room // We love to have our parents and out-of-town friends visit often and knew a downstairs guest room was a non-negotiable for us. It offers more privacy than our current situation and also removes the fear of waking up a baby in the room next door! We definitely plan to be even more invitational now that we’ll have a solid guest area in our home.
^^Laundry inside of the house?! DREAM COME TRUE! The door right there leads out to the garage.
Laundry room // I’ve been doing my laundry in a garage for most of the past decade and I’m so, so over it!! I recognize the immense blessing that it is to even have a washer and dryer in my home rather than have to go to a laundromat, but I also really crave a dedicated space indoors where I can clean our clothes. The laundry room in the new house isn’t large, but it is in fact inside the house and that is all that matters to me!
^^We think this is going to be Jack’s room, as it’s the furthest down the hall and thus the most quiet. We’ll probably install some blackout shades in the window casings to get it nice and dark in there—he is so light sensitive!
^^We were originally thinking this would be Jack’s room, but it feels so much more like a playroom to me so that’s the plan for now. Then whenever we have another baby we’ll either move Jack in here or just make it a nursery.
An extra room // Though we aren’t pregnant, we are eventually planning on adding another kiddo to our family and we wanted to find a home that would accommodate that (without forcing us to give up a guest room). We knew we wanted a house with two “kid rooms” and this checked that box for sure.
^^These were taken during that golden hour time of day and I honestly am just completely obsessed with the way the light filters through and bounces off the white walls.
^^The three photos above are the master bedroom/bathroom. The light fixture is a little too Shabby Chic for our taste, so we’re planning to ditch the existing chandelier and replace it with this one from West Elm, which we have in our current bedroom and are totally in love with. In the nook area, we’re planning to put a big comfy couch and possibly a hanging chair like this one from Serena & Lily to create a calming retreat where we can read and relax.
Lots of natural light and high ceilings // These were both essential. We would happily live in a tiny light-filled house over a large, dark space any day. We knew we didn’t want to give up our current place for anything with less natural light flowing through the house. Also, since Brian is very tall, the high ceilings (and ideally another house with vaulted ceilings) were a must.
^^These are shots of the kitchen and living room, and the door in the kitchen leads to an actual real-life pantry. Yay! We’re planning to put a small, round kitchen table in that open space in the kitchen, and a large sectional couch in the living room for ultimate coziness. The TV will be mounted above where you see all of the wires, and we’ll put a storage unit of some kind underneath it.
Bigger kitchen (with an island and a pantry) // I don’t know why, but having a pantry in San Diego is actually quite a luxury. So many of my friends don’t have them, and that definitely applied to us in our home as well! We made due and figured it out, but it will be nice to have a place to put food that doesn’t take away from regular kitchen storage space. We also really wanted to find a place with a kitchen big enough to have an island, as our current kitchen counter space is taken up with our appliances (toaster oven + coffee maker) and makes food prep and cooking a little awkward.
So that’s the update, and a peek at the empty house before we get settled in and make it our own. I’m debating sharing about the process of decorating as we go along but am not positive that’s content you want to see, since you probably follow me for style and motherhood stuff. So, if you want to see that, definitely let me know in the comments! Otherwise, I’ll keep it to a minimum and stick to what I usually share about ;)
UPDATE 9/25: It’s become clear that you guys want me to post about the decorating process so I agree to do that here! I’ve created a tag for the home decor process to keep everything easy to find, and it’s now located in the top navigation under the “life” tab, as well as made my decor inspiration Pinterest board public for you to peek at ;)