Of House and Home: Pinterest Addiction

I have an addiction. If you follow my “Feels like Home” board on Pinterest, you’ve probably noticed a lot of pinning activity lately – in particular, a lot of room-specific activity. It actually keeps me up at night. You might be wondering what has prompted this flurry (ok, you probably didn’t even notice), and I’m here to tell you … we’re under contract on a new house!

Last Monday we put an offer on a new place that checked every single box on our wish list, and even though we were up against a few other offers, we got it! I’ve been waiting to share the good news with you for a week, but I made myself wait until after the inspection, so we didn’t have a repeat of the last house. The inspection took place Friday evening and thankfully it went well! Of course, our inspector noted some imperfections, but no Capitol Hill home will be perfect, so all in all we are happy and finally allowing ourselves to get excited.

Yesterday Dave and I made visits to Community Forklift, a home-improvement “thrift store” that sells both new and used building materials, and Home Depot. We wanted to see what they have to offer and calibrate our vision for how to update parts of the house to make it our own – there will likely be a few DIY projects. (Luckily we agree on most everything!) We ended the afternoon with a cold brew (or two) from a restaurant in the new neighborhood, The Argonaut. They have a very cool atmosphere described on their site as “part English tavern, part San Diego taqueria, part neighborhood coffee shop… minus the coffee.” It will definitely be our new haunt.

So the next major step in the process is the home appraisal. Without any hiccups, we should be closing on October 10! I literally can not sleep because I am arranging furniture in my head and mentally picking out paint colors …  I feel like the kids on the Disney commercial!

 

What good news have you gotten lately?
What DIY tips can you share?

Of House and Home: Rock On

Yes, I know, it’s been a while. A lot has happened since I last posted about the house on my tuesday things post a couple weeks ago, and not necessarily all good. You already know I went to Texas last weekend (which was great!) but it’s what happened right before the weekend that’s not-so-great…

Just a few days after ratifying the contract, we had our home inspection. Luckily we had a guy who has to be the best inspector around town! He found quite a bit wrong with the home, some expected, but much of it not. We certainly did not expect to find that laundry list of items in one home, and neither did our agent.

Unfortunately due to some inaccessibility issues, we had to go back for a second time to finish up. The next day we served our notice. Let’s just say the inspector told us that “even the laziest of inspectors would have a pretty little list for this place,” and M had never given a report that lengthy. In the end, the seller did not agree to even half of the terms, so sadly, we had to break the contract and walk away.

As sad as we are, I know that it’s for the best. Even though I loved the house and could really see us there, it wasn’t meant to be. A co-worker pointed out, “You even said you were holding back your excitement. Your subconscious was telling you that this wasn’t right.” I know there is another house out there for us, and now we just have to find it!

Luckily, the day we broke the contract, Dave and I had a fun event to attend at the Hard Rock Cafe DC – so we decided to “Rock On” and have fun for the night, but also to just keep on rockin’ with the house search. Our friend Jordan manages the DC HRC, and last Thursday night was their “Movers and Shakers” VIP party, fully equipped with plenty of food, free-flowing libations, a photo booth complete with props and, of course, rock ‘n’ roll! They even had dancers who could totally stand up next to Beyonce with the moves they were showing off!

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Jordan and me!

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The event was a hit (no pun intended) and we even got fun party favors! We basically closed the place down, and Jordan actually let me crash the ice sculpture in front of the restaurant at the end of the night. It was very therapeutic :)

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our party favors

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Jordan snuck these lights in my party bag
what to do with them …

All I can say is that I can’t wait for next year’s shindig! Thanks HRC for a super good time!!

Are you a mover? Or a shaker?!

(I think I’m a mover, but when I saw those “Beyonce dancers” I really wanted to be a shaker!)