House Hunting Tour Cancelled! {We've Found Our "New" Home}

Hello, everyone!
It has been so quiet over here at my blog, hasn't it?

It's because so much has been going on!

We finally found our Craftsman bungalow downtown!

We made an offer on it an hour after viewing it.
And unbelievably, the sellers liked it, counter offered, 
and we counter offered and they accepted it!

After the initial shock wore off and the contingency was signed,
the inspector was called and we've found a Realtor to list our house
on the 17th of this month.

So now we are in the midst of what my husband termed "Flash Staging"
(which will be a bonus chapter in my eBook HERE, which is on hold for now. SORRY!)
since we only have TWO weeks until our current house receives an MLS#.

Once the photographer comes to get web photos of our NOW house
I will share them with you.

In the meantime, here's our soon-to-be "new" 
1920's Craftsman Bungalow in an Historical District.
(These photos were taken as we toured it during our showing, 
so the furnishings belong to the current owner--we are not living here yet.)


The dogwood was blooming just in time for us to fall in love
with this location, lot, and old home.

I've always dreamed of a picket fence, and I am still in awe of God's provision
and foresight to grace us with one!

 This neighborhood is filled with lovely old homes.
We've been house-hunting in this neighborhood for awhile.

This addition on the back of the house is the
(from left to right)
laundry/mud room, master bedroom closet, and master bedroom bathroom.

Back to the front porch.

Mint julep and cucumber sandwiches, anyone?

The left front of the porch has this sleeping porch.
We will be putting our office in the room off this space.

Love the wreath!
C'mon in!

There are typically no foyers in Craftsman homes, 
so the post I wrote on creating a foyer will come in especially handy for me here.

This room is especially large and bright!

We will be making changes as time goes on, God willing.

To the left of the front door as you come in the house is going
to be our office space.

It's a bright and beautiful location!
All three bedrooms are each 13' by 13'.

The biggest room is the dining room which measures 17' by 12', I believe.
Our piano may go where the buffet is.
And the corner built-ins in the breakfast room on either side
of the windows in here.

You can see the original plaster walls' texture in this picture.

Across the hall from the dining room is this second bedroom.
Our daughters will be sharing this room, and they are excited about it!
They haven't shared a room since they were very little girls.
(They desire a trip to IKEA for "nesting" materials.)

Looking back toward the front door down the center hallway.

Between the dining room and kitchen is a breakfast nook.
It's 7' wide by 12' long.

Here are the built-ins I'd like to move (if possible?) to the dining room.
We'd like to add a booth nook here.

Kind like this:

The kitchen is bright and a good size.
Any thoughts for this space, y'all?

A pantry!

A laundry room that's not in the basement, yippee!

This space will probably be the friends and family entrance.

At the end of the hallway on the left, is the master bedroom.

To the left, the bathroom (of course) 
and to the right, the walk-in closet.

The tile is in blues and greens.
The counter is green-blue.

I love this space.

Between our daughters' room and the master bedroom is this nice bathroom
with the original iron (not clawfoot, but that's okay!) tub.

We are thrilled to have a linen closet, that's for sure!

At the opposite end of the hallway is the basement.

New wiring and plumbing sold us on this home, too.

My hubby and the Realtor checking things out.

So, God has graciously gifted us with a new nest!
It's a dream come true for us.

As I have been preparing our current house, I have been praying
for the new owners and trust that our home will be a safe haven
for those who move into it.

Our search for a home to right size in is over,
and while we were grateful for the search,
we are especially grateful that we are so blessed
to have found a place to live and dream in and bless others with.

God, you are so good to me.


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  1. So happy for you and your family! The new home is just lovely! I cannot wait to see what you do with it. Praying the other house sells soon. We are in the middle of two mortgages. Praying our other home sells soon. We found our old farmhouse and had to snatch it before it got away. God is good! He is ever faithful and true to his promises. Praying your new home is a blessing to you and all who walk through your door. Blessings!

    1. Patty, thank you for the wishes! We have in fact just sold our current home. 8 days. Over asking! I pray that you can sell your house soon, too!

  2. It's just lovely! All of it!

    And that doorknob! *swoon*

  3. Congratulations!!! It's a very cute home and it looks like you got a huge lot for a downtown area. And I love the picket fence it is super charming.

  4. Fantastic news, Leslie! So happy that you found your dream home. It looks charming. I'm sure you will make it even cozier with all of your organizational touches. Continued blessings...

  5. Yay yay yay!!! I cant wait to see what you do with this new home!!!! It's going to be stunning thats for sure!

  6. YOur new home is gorgeous. What a blessing. I will keep you in prayer that your home sells soon. Hugs, Marty

  7. I can see why you are so excited--your new home is just wonderful--I love it too! It has charm and beauty and that picket fence!!! Congratulations and have fun putting your own personal stamp on it...

  8. Awesome!! Congratulations on your new house!! It's going to be fun to see all the personal touches you put on it!! Praying your home sells quickly!!

  9. Lovely, Leslie,absolutely lovely. Looks like it's in great, clean and orderly shape. Now, with your loving, creative and artistic touches, wowee! It will be a showplace.

    Soooo happy for you. Susan p.s. That yard? Wonderful. The white picket fence? Great! New owners? Terrific, too.

  10. Oh Leslie, I LOVE IT!! I remember way back when you very first posted that you wanted to sell and move to a craftman style bungalow. It has been several years now, I think. I love the new home you found and will enjoy seeing it say, "Hello Home!"

    I love those built ins that you want to move to the dining room, and I love your ideas for the space left, too. This home has so much character. (And I am nuts about the fences.)

  11. Congratulations Leslie! I'm so excited for you. What a whirlwind the next little while will be for you but your staging and organizing skills will come in handy :) Can't wait to see all your pictures!

  12. Love it! It's a good thing you moved quickly. That's a great home. :)

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  14. The home is lovely Leslie. How wonderful that it is your desired area and style. So much pretty character. I love the big shaded porch and interior doors with the lovely glass knobs. Looking forward to seeing more.

  15. Oh my goodness, it's a gem, love the wood floor, the molding, the yard, built in shelves with glass doors, simply charming. I bet you can't wait to decorate and make it your own!!! Congrats!

  16. What a beautiful home! I love the vintage character of it!!

  17. Leslie, I am so excited for ya'll! What a charming home. I can't wait to see what you do with it. Isn't God good to give us these blessings.

  18. How exciting! Such a lovely home. May you fill it up with sweet memories.

  19. It is so neat, and charming. These people did not a use a stager did they, lol!!! Your house will sell soon don't worry. When things calm down I would love to ask you a few questions. I did my first staging job and I really liked it. I want some direction though and need advice. Your a great inspiration to me and I love your blog so much. Even if I don't stage again I love your heart and ideas.

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  21. Wow your new home is awesome I really love it, congratulations.

  22. You asked for suggestions, so here goes: would you want to move the refrigerator to the laundry room?

  23. Wow your new house is amazing I really really like it, best wishes.


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  28. Congratulations !!! Love the Craftsman style Bungalows!! This one is a beauty... can't wait to see what you do with it!!!!! Beautiful yard as well!! God has blessed!!!!!

  29. Congratulations !!! Love the Craftsman style Bungalows!! This one is a beauty... can't wait to see what you do with it!!!!! Beautiful yard as well!! God has blessed!!!!!

  30. My heart is filled with so much JOY for you!!! Craftsman bungalows are my favorite and my family and I are house hunting for something pretty much just like this in our area. God is so good :-)

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  32. What a lovely new home! Congratulations! You are going to have so much fun making this house into your home! I will pray that your current house sells soon. :)

  33. hey, many congrats for this lovely and beautiful house. It looks really stunning and graceful. I want the same one house which you had.

  34. Leslie, I'm so happy for your family and especially thankful for the generous way God has chosen to provide for you. I just know this house is going to be a blessing to all of you -- and a super fun project! Here's hoping for a quick sale of your house and a fresh start!

  35. Congratulations! I admit my bias in being THRILLED when someone chooses a "vintage" home. This is not to say that "new" is not charming/stunning/etc. (I hate reverse house snobbery too) but as a lover - and renovator - of old homes I applaud you - and envy your historic district location too!

    Actually, compared to mine your house is "new." Enjoy it as we all will surely enjoy watching you make this house a "home."

  36. I would have bought it for the porch alone! I hope this house is a blessing to your family.

  37. What a perfect white-picket fence!


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