As Adrian & I prepare for our life changing move to New England, I’m writing a Countdown Journal to keep you all in the loop and to share our adventures in this crazy journey! You can find our full New England story here ♥
It’s absolutely crazy, but time is FLYING and we’re only 3 1/2 months away from leaving California and moving to New England! It all feels a little surreal. To think that so soon we’re going to be packed up and ready to drive all the way across the country!
The House / It’s the question everyone is asking us! “Did you guys find a house?” Well, yes we did! Back in early June we looked at about 15 homes and one just kinda was IT. The closing process has been a test of faith in many situations and until we actually hold the keys in our hands (in mid August, hopefully!!) I’m being rather cautious, just in case things don’t turn out as we hope they will. BUT, if all goes well, we will have a beautiful, charming (aka old – built in 1790) house in the Historic District of Amherst NH!!! Talk about a dream come true ♥
Sources FROSTA Stool Hack | Paper Star Lantern | Light Blue Walls | Geometric Black & White Pillow Case | Wall Sconce | Chambray Blue by Olympic
Process & Closing / As I mentioned, the closing process for the house has been interesting, to say the least. I’m sure it’s pretty much normal procedure, but when you watch too much HGTV and House Hunters, you start to believe that buying a house is a breeze. A short process that includes signing a couple of papers, a quick phone chat with your bank and VOILA. Well, it ain’t so easy after all. It involves plenty of backs and forths, negotiations, home inspections, tons of signatures, hours spent on the phone with various people – and fixing up a broken heart every now and again. It’s a painful, testing process!
We’re basically waiting for the last piece of the puzzle to come together – the home assessment – and as soon as we have the official okay from the bank – we are ready to book another trip out to New Hampshire to seal the deal in mid August! It’s oh so very exciting :D
Dreams of Reno Projects / Being a girl, I do girly things. Like dreaming about home renovations, decorating and putting my very own stamp on just about each and every square foot of the house. Including the outside! The front doors (all 5 of them…) and the large yard that will be turned into a vegetable & flower garden. LOTS of dreaming, planning, deciding and elaborating! If all works out, we already know our first major project. Refinishing the ancient hardwood floors. Lots of sanding and whitewashing may be in our near future…
Designs & Plans / The last few days I’ve been sick. Design Fever! (So nope, not reaaally sick) The itch has started to plan out color schemes, design aspects and figuring out how the house will flow overall. What adjectives I would put into each room. Like, what we do in each space. How it should feel. I’m a very visual person and therefore I’ve been going through stacks of copy paper. Drawing out layouts, ideas & plans. I’ve created an army of secret Pinterest boards – one for each space (and there’s A LOT of spaces in this house!!) and pinning like a mad woman. It’s something I’ve loved to do since I was about 11 years old. Planning, drawing, dreaming…
If all goes through with this house, let me tell you! The #HouseOfMenig (yup, already got a cool hashtag!) will be very Scandinavian inspired. Very practical. Simple. Beautiful. Very whitewashed. Detail oriented. Calm & serene in it’s color schemes. Just a fabulous place to relax, enjoy and cozy up!
XO, Rahel ♥