This is a bittersweet week; our home goes on the market on Friday. My husband and I have lived in this house for 3 1/2 years and it was our first home together (we moved in the day we got back from our honeymoon). Based on the title of this post, you are probably expecting an announcement that we are moving to Europe or something equally as exciting. Nope. We are simply moving 30 miles north of Austin, where we currently live, to a small town: Georgetown, Texas. This may not sound like a big move but it certainly FEELS like a big move.
Why are we moving?
We purchased our current house, which was actually OVER our budget, because it was on a cul-de-sac in a great neighborhood, in an amazing school district. We thought it would be the perfect place to raise a family. However, over the past few years, both my husband and I have made career moves in which we favored our overall happiness over our salary/income. He stopped working offshore, which can be quite profitable, and began a career in the construction industry. I made a few career moves within my industry (Accounting) and ended up at a job I love, that is less demanding and therefore, pays less. In simpler terms, we are making less money now than when we first purchased this home. We also do not have children (yet). Looking back, it was silly for us to move into this big house without any kids. Basically, we came to the realization that there is currently no NEED for us to be so “house-poor”.
Where are we moving?
My husband has ALWAYS wanted to live out in the country. I have always wanted to live downtown (I think it would be so fun to walk everywhere). We have BOTH wanted to restore a historic home. (Blame it on Nicole Curtis from Rehab Addict). So, I started doing research about what small towns around Austin had historic homes. After a lot of research, Georgetown sounded like it might be a great fit. It has a beautiful town square with shops, restaurants and wineries and a historic district full of homes built in the early 1900’s. On a whim, we decided to drive around Georgetown and we absolutely fell in love.
The home we are purchasing was built in 1930 and the current owners have done a great job of preserving the home. My husband is thrilled to live in a smaller town. I am excited to be within walking distance of the town square. We both cannot wait to restore this old house. (Did you catch my Bob Villa reference there?)
Why am I telling you this?
On my Snapchat, I like to share more personal information about my life. I have been sharing our house-hunting and home buying saga on Snapchat and received great feedback. I have also received feedback that my Snapchat friends really enjoy my home decor style. SO, I thought it would be fun to start a new section on my blog dedicated to our new home. I want to share more personal blog posts, like this one, as well as home decor posts once I get our new house decorated.
The home we are buying is a historic home and I thought it might be fun to share some insight into that process for anyone who is curious about what it is like to restore an old home and the decisions we will face. For example, the windows in the home are all original. Do we restore them (as Nicole Curtis would recommend) or do we replace them with double-pane windows? I think it would be fun to start a whole series called “Restore or Replace?!”
Please let me know your feedback! I promise that my blog content will remain primarily focused on beauty and makeup. However, I am VERY excited to incorporate this new category of home & lifestyle into my blog and share more personal blog posts like this one. Leave your thoughts below!