Of House and Home: Closing Day

All morning I was so nervous. I could barely eat or sit still. I’m honestly not even sure that I slept the night before. Dave found it endearing considering he was the one technically buying the house. He wasn’t nervous at all. But I figured that even though my name wasn’t on those papers, I was just as almost in it as much as he was!

I went to work in the morning and treated myself to a PSL to kick off the day of celebration. When Dave picked me up around 12:30, I still hadn’t eaten anything (again, too nervous) so I dropped a granola bar in my bag and picked up a little cheese and fruit snack tray from Starbucks.

The entire ride to the house I kept Dave entertained with my breathing exercises while I tried to soothe the anxiety. We did a walk through to make sure everything was in good condition and then went to the title company to sign all the papers. It went by pretty quickly, and before we knew it, keys were in hand!


he’s a homeowner!

After the paperwork and formalities, we went back to the house for a celebratory bottle of champagne with Marc. I finally lost the nervousness, and realized how hungry I was! Luckily we had a dinner reservation at Blue Duck Tavern in Georgetown. The girls have always talked it up as one of their favorite restaurants, so as soon as we picked the closing date I made a reservation.

Sitting down at the table, we were given a card by the waiter and the manager came over to speak with us – my dad called ahead to surprise us with a nice bottle of congratulatory wine! The evening consisted of pinot noir, wild mushroom flat bread, seared diver scallops, crab cakes, spinach,  roasted mushrooms, cobbler, chocolate cake and sorbet … we were stuffed and tipsy (and exhausted)!

That same exhaustion lasted several weeks months, as we navigated the renovation, moving in, surprise problems and getting settled. Now that we’re mostly there, I will finally be posting those before and after photos I promised! And since you’ve waited so patiently, today I will leave you with the view of the front – quite the transformation if I do say so myself! As you can see, we removed the hideous awning, painted the brick and the steps and installed a new light, address sign and mailbox.

Of House and Home: One More Week!!

I don’t have much to report, but have to share my excitement – we are set to close on the house in just one week!! We’ve passed the inspection and appraisal hurdles. Dave has jumped through the multitude of never-ending financial paperwork hoops, basically signing away his first-born child. But at this point, there finally appears to be a light at the end of the tunnel.

It really can’t come soon enough, as last night I was seriously missing my old Capitol Hill neighborhood and the many nearby friends that were always ready to grab a last minute beer or stop by for a glass of wine.

Let’s just hope that light is not a train…

The light at the end of the tunnel may be an oncoming train.

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Since the last post I’ve continued my Pinterest addiction, but we also met with contractors to get estimates on the work we want to do, as well as the work we need to do per the inspection report. The numbers have been digestible so far, and I am hopeful that we’ll be able to complete it all before we move in the first weekend of November. (Of course, that being said, I probably just jinxed us .) This week I also set up our utilities, which was oddly the one step that has made the house seem most like a reality.

As exciting as it is, it’s all a little overwhelming. There is so much to do and I must be forgetting something. A while back, I found this helpful checklist for changing your address and definitely plan to use it as a way to organize my to-dos.

Do you have any tips on moving into a new home?

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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?