Why everyone should treat their house like a flip

{photo credit: Fixer Upper} You guys, this renovation is stressFUL. It’s also awesome and it also sometimes kind of sucks. But I signed up for this and really, I’m super excited about the project and doing this ‘flip’. Honestly, it might just be my personal preference, but I’d rather take on a huge fixer upper in a house or building that has boatloads of potential, or has ‘beautiful bones’ that has just been a bit neglected, than a newer property. But that’s just me, and the truth is that you don’t have to take on a huge project in order…

Meet our new house!

I’ve shared some of the ups and downs of buying and starting renovations of our new place… but I haven’t actually introduced you to it! Meet our cute little house {condo}! We bought a super outdated two bedroom two bathroom condo in a loft/courtyard building in a pretty hip part of town. Honestly, I don’t feel cool enough to live in our new neighborhood, lol, but here we are! It’s the ‘perfect’ fixer upper and will {hopefully} be a great flip.┬áHere is the layout of our new condo… So what are we going to do to this puppy? As I’ve…

The whirlwind of living through a renovation…

Guys, we are officially IN our new place! It still kind of doesn’t feel real, but I’m sure that’s because have no kitchen appliances right now and are living out of boxes for the next few weeks while we get new baseboards installed and hopefully get new kitchen cabinets. And paint colors, I need to figure out the paint colors! When I first started planning this whole thing out… buying a fixer upper, renovating it and selling it, I thought I had a pretty good grasp on everything. I mean, I literally worked on countless renovation projects for a decade…

What it really feels like to buy a house

You guys, it’s officially official, we bought a house! I shared the super exciting news a few weeks ago, but I also wanted to share our/my experience of going through the actual process, because I feel like it’s something people don’t really talk about. Sure, your friends might tell you when they are doing it, but does anyone really share what it’s actually like to go through this crazy process? So today I’m sharing what it was really like for us, to help de-mystify the whole thing and maybe answer some people’s questions along the way. When I’m the broker…

My 2019 ‘Resolutions’

I usually don’t do formal New Year’s Resolutions. I tend to feel like if I’m serious about making a change, I’ll make it, New Year or not… but over the past few weeks as I’ve been seeing how some other people handle new year I’ve decided that there are a few things that I really want to focus on specifically as this year unfolds. This year two really big things happened in my life. First, my manfriend and I are buying our first fixer upper which I recently shared {if you want to read a little about it, click here,…

Inspiration images for our new place

You guys, I have so many things I want to talk about and share this year on the blog, but right now, all I can think about is our new place. I mean, is there really anything else worth doing?! It’s taking some serious willpower to not actually buy anything before we move in. . .   But, there is a lot of planning and coordinating to be done, and before I go pulling the trigger actually buying all the beautiful things, I want to be sure I have a clear vision of what I’m creating in our new space….

Happy New Year! We {might be} buying a house {!!…?!}

Guys! Happy New Year! I have some super exciting news… we’re buying a house! Well, a condo because that’s big city life, but seriously ~ !!!!! If I’m being honest I vacillate back and forth between this is totally happening and this is not going to happen at least 10,000 times every day. Also between being totally ecstatic and totally terrified too, lol. Somedays I feel like I’ve never been on as intense an emotional roller coaster as being under contract on this puppy. I was really hesitant to share any of this yet because really, nothing is guaranteed until…

The ‘giftless’ holiday gift guide

Only seven more sleeps until Christmas! When I was a kid I always dreamt of coming downstairs to an abundant pile of amazing gifts… oh the joy and anticipation… But as I grew up I grew out of wanting a ton of gifts for Christmas. I can buy anything I want for myself, and while I love seeing kid’s excitement and glee for Santa and the presents under the tree, it turns out I’m just not a ‘gifts’ person. Sorry if that makes me a scrooge but you’re welcome that I’m saving you some dough and the headache of shopping…

Why I don’t decorate for the holidays

This is not a picture of my house, but doesn’t it look festive?! Since October I’ve been seeing one blog post after another from bloggers showing their new fall decor, and then their new Thanksgiving decor, and now their Christmas decorations. While I love seeing the beautiful decorations and am in awe of some of the things people put together out there, sometimes it seems like it’s just a contest to see who can show us the most different ways you can decorate for Christmas because every year they scrap everything from the past and come up with something totally…

Having more, when others have less…

We are on an amazing trip to Barbados this week. It’s pretty spectacular. It’s a breathtaking island, we are surrounded by beautiful water, a lush green landscape and I should be relaxing and enjoying a pretty well deserved week off. But part of me feels guilty. How can I enjoy this amazing trip when there are so many other people who are dealing with tragedies, or struggling somehow? Those of us who are empathic are extra sensitive to things around us. It can be an extraordinary way to be in the world. You connect to other people and the things…