Moving is hard. Period. But buying and moving into two different houses in less than a year, plus add the fact that one of them was in a new state, is a stress on a new level.
Yes, I have moved away from sunny Southern California to good ol’ Texas! Specifically, in the Dallas Fort-Worth area. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it in a previous blog post but alas, here is the official announcement. This is also hence the quietness on the blog.
We moved in to our new home nearly three weeks ago, and since then, we’ve just been working away on the house – tidying up, furniture shopping, installing smart tech, and in fact, some contractors are currently installing gutters around the house as I write this. Even after all our work, we’ve barely scratched the surface of what we want to do with the house.
Literally, one year ago, we moved from a 600sqft apartment to a 1700sqft townhome to now a 2700sqft home. The increase in size has been quick and massive, and we literally have not accumulated nearly enough furniture in such a short timespan to make our current house homely yet. On the upside, the empty space gives off a minimalistic vibe that we want to continue. On the downside, when we start hosting guests, they won’t even have a couch to sit on.
So, on weekends, we’ve been hitting up estate sales and flea markets to see if there’s any rare finds we can bring back with us because our bank account can’t support all the wishlist items that’s currently in my West Elm shopping cart. Seriously, I am lusting hard over the Jensen dining set and black and gold planter!
There have been a lot of misses and sifting through just ordinary crap. But there are times where we scored, like this black marble table with brass lion accents that’s now in my office. It’s such high quality, and we got it for $200! Or a console table that apparently is made by the 3rd highest quality wood and is heavy a.f. that we scored for $200! I look at this and compare it to the quality of an Ikea furniture and there’s no comparison.
By the way, there’s nothing wrong with Ikea furniture at all. In fact, we rented a U-Haul a couple of weekends ago solely to go to Ikea!
When we were in our previous home, we thought we’d be there for a while and we took our sweet time getting things set up. Eight months went by and we didn’t even hang anything on any of the walls. It was as if we hadn’t settled down there yet.
This time around, we don’t want to do that. We’re going full force with making it our home with every spare time we have.
Basically, you’ll probably see more of house updates on the blog, haha.
What are some of the key pieces in your home that you’re loving?