Everything Happens for a Reason

8/26/2013

If you would have told me 2 weeks ago that everything falling through with the first house was a good thing, I would have punched you cried. But boy was I wrong.


We're under contract again and I am more in love with this house than I ever imagined I could be! The other house was not meant to be ours, and like you all said, another better house...this house was waiting for us.

We have the appraisal and inspection this week. Let's hope for good news all around!

In townhouse news, we close tomorrow. We've already moved everything to storage (omg-this.was.terrible.) and just have to do a little cleaning this afternoon.

I'll share more photos of the new house later this week after the inspection. :) Can't wait to be working on 84 projects simultaneously again!!!!!

xx, Shannon

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We're House Hunting Tomorrow -- Cross Your Fingers and Toes!!

8/16/2013

Since we lost out on the first house we really loved, it's time to get back out there and start looking again! Seriously though, still so mad about this!

However, I've been creeping on MLS sites like a stalker freak so I'm super excited to go see some places in person!



I'll be sharing sneak peeks on Instagram! Follow along @fabvintage :)

Cross your fingers, don't walk under any ladders, and rub your circa 1996 lucky rabbit's foot keychain.. we're going to need it!!!

xx, Shannon

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The One That Got Away

8/14/2013

I am so sad while writing this post. I almost wish I didn't share pictures & details of the hopeful new house because then maybe I wouldn't be so sad.

If you haven't guessed it yet, the house we found a few weeks ago isn't going to be ours.


Long story short, the house appraised $25,000 lower than what we were under contract for. The sellers didn't want to work out any kind of deal besides us paying an additional $25,000 cash at closing in order to buy the house. Since 1, we didn't want to grossly overpay for a house and 2, we were already putting down 20% plus closing costs, we really had no choice but to walk away.

I know that everything happens for a reason and this must not have been the perfect house for us... but right now I'm just feeling really mad/upset/stressed/annoyed/hopeless/pathetic/etc.

I'll probably re-read this in a month and realize how much of a drama queen I'm being but as of right now.. these emotions feel just right.

We have to be out of our townhouse in less than 2 weeks and the buyers do not want to extend closing (don't blame them). 

Sooo.... anyone have a house for us to crash in?!?!

Bare with me over the next few weeks because it is probably going to be very quiet around here while we look for another new place.

Anyone else have this happen to them and want to try and make me feel better? :) Please make me feel better.

xx, Shannon

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Creating a Stylish First Apartment on a Budget - Part 1

8/07/2013

Two of my good friends just got married (yay!!) and are now ready to move into their first place together. :) I'm super excited for them and can't wait to watch them grow more in love as the years go by.
They reached out to me because they're just not sure what they need to buy for their first place. They will first be moving into military housing together, and really have no idea what their new space will even look like. They want to buy furniture and decor that is versatile enough to move with them to new apartments, and eventually a more permanent home down the line (totally a smart move!).

I've put together a list of things that I think would help make their new house feel more like a home! And since the list is super crazy long, I thought it might be less of a holy cow why am I reading a novel kind of feeling to break it out into a few posts over the next couple days! Hopefully these posts can also be beneficial to other young couples who are moving into their first place together! 

Obviously I'm not an all-knowing home decor genius, so here's where I need input from you guys (because together.. we are geniuses!! Let's take over the world! MUAHAHA!). Please! Over the next few days, leave any additional suggestions for the newlyweds in the comments! Especially if you have dealt with military housing/transitioning from an apartment to a more permanent home before! I'm sure they will be super grateful for your advice! :) They're a wonderful, stylish couple and I know their new place together is going to be amazing!

Today I'm not even going to start with the list of home essentials. Instead, I'm going to share a few words of wisdom that I wish someone would have shared with me a few years ago before I got my first apartment. :)


That being said, my first suggestion to young couples moving to their first apartment/home together is to spend some lots of time on sites like Pinterest, Apartment Therapy, Houzz, etc. And spend the time on the sites TOGETHER. Try and figure out what your design styles are! Maybe you'll get lucky and both love traditional/eclectic/modern/etc. But chances are, you both will have differing tastes in the style you love most. Sit together and figure out how you want your home to look. What feelings do you want to convey when friends come over to visit? Do you want a space that is really neat and organized? Or something that is more organic and eclectic, lived-in? This would be the first, and probably most important step; that way you don't buy furniture just to fill the empty space, and then later down the road think to yourself.. what the heck was I thinking buying an overstuffed armchair when I REALLY love the look of a mid century modern plycraft, etc.

Okay, so after you have your favorite styles narrowed down, and you've really solidified your ideas for your new home, it's time to buy some furniture! Remember, Rome wasn't built in a day. Making your space really feel like "you" will take time. It's okay if right away you only have an awesome couch and no chairs in the living room. It may take a few months to find the perfect piece! Everything will come with time. Patience is a virtue (and I am not patient so I have suffered from this many times in the past...). Don't rush and buy something that you don't LOVE. Because what you do love is out there waiting for you. :) You may just have to stalk craigslist/flash sales to find it. :)

So first and MOST important things to remember when creating a beautiful new home.. 1, Figure out your design styles and how you'd like your house to make you (and your visitors) feel. And 2, don't rush and buy any old furniture just to fill the empty space. Have patience and your house will truly reflect the look you're striving for!

What other advice do you have for young couples looking to move into their first place? Any of you have specific advice for military housing? Please share!

Tomorrow I'll share my list of essentials for the living room and dining room! :)

xx, Shannon

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