Lifestyle blogger, photographer, mother to my son Boden and frenchie Smalls, wife to my hubs Trevor. I built this space in an attempt to inspire you to find your edit and empower you to create the life you desire. Through digital content and honest storytelling, I hope to guide you along the way. Because everyone has an edit, and I'm here to help you find yours.
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Some big, long-awaited news over here in our family… today we’re closing on a new house! It took time and patience, but we found “the one” and as my girl Lizzo says, it’s about damn time. Sharing a bit about the time from when we sold our home to now — finally finding a house : our new midcentury view home.
Eight months ago, we decided to list our 1920s Craftsman with a lot of character and a ton of memories (read the blog post on this closing of a chapter here). It was our first home — the one we bought after getting married, grew and matured into our thirties, and had our first child in. We painted every single room, renovated the exterior and decorated to our liking over the years. But after six years of being in it, we ultimately grew out of it and sought after something completely different.
It was a conversation we’d been having for years. Should we keep this house and rent it out? Should we sell and rent while we look? Would having the flexibility be a little fun for a bit? Ultimately we decided on the latter — selling our home, putting our entire life in storage and hopping around rentals in Seattle with a toddler.
It certainly sounded more glamorous on paper, but we managed. We were able to soak up “city living” in one of our favorite neighborhoods of Queen Anne. We grew closer, became more humbled and totally learned how to be nimble.
We started off in Upper Queen Anne, renting from someone who was snow-birding for the winter. It was a three-story home on the most charming, tree-lined street. Blocks away from the best walking loop, with views, shops and all parks all around.
MEMORIES IN OUR UPPER QA RENTAL | JAN – APRIL
We then found an Airbnb in Lower Queen Anne — an updated condo with views of the sound and walking distance from Bo’s daycare school he had started earlier that year. It was a 1,100 square foot 2 bedroom/2 bath on the second floor, within walking distance to trails and our favorite beach.
MEMORIES IN OUR LOWER QA RENTAL | APRIL – JULY
We’d spend time refreshing our Redfin app, anxiously awaiting each week’s new listings, only to find a few new potential homes in Seattle that would catch our eye. There were slim pickings in the winter, that seemed to pick up only slightly in the spring and we kept telling ourselves — summer, it has to be summer. And oh, might I say the pressure sky-rocketed when we learned we were expecting our second baby!
Our dear friend and real estate agent would meet us at new houses that came on. We’d walk through feeling discouraged as the homes were either too small, had funky layouts, weren’t in the right location, lacking the right view — which ultimately we decided we wanted to hold out on. We made going to JOEY in University Village our reward after another disappointing viewing. After making two offers and seven months of renting later, a home finally popped up in a neighborhood we were longing for (and had lost an off-market opportunity in before). It felt like fate.
Staying picky and very patient landed us in a home that checked the boxes on everything we were looking for: A mid-century style home with an open floor plan. A safe and well-kept neighborhood in Seattle. A view of the water that would inspire. Family and great schools nearby. The opportunity to make it our own — adding modern touches. Plus, an added bonus — friends and a club just a golf cart ride away 😜.
We’re so excited to be moved into our 1978 very funky, but full of potential view home in the small neighborhood of Inverness. We have plans to start remodeling soon (since baby number two will be here at the start of next year) and we couldn’t be more excited for all the memories and time within this space ahead.
MEMORIES IN OUR NEW MIDCENTURY VIEW HOME | JULY – MANY YEARS AHEAD
Lifestyle blogger, photographer, mother to my son Boden and frenchie Smalls, wife to my hubs Trevor.
I built this space in an attempt to inspire you to find your edit and empower you to create the life you desire. Through digital content and honest storytelling, I hope to guide you along the way. Because everyone has an edit, and I'm here to help you find yours.
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Mother. Wife. Blogger. Photographer. I built this space in an attempt to inspire you to find your edit and empower you to create the life you desire. Through digital content and honest storytelling, I hope to guide you along the way. Because everyone has an edit, and I'm here to help you find yours.
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