We Bought A House

It took 90 days.  Yes, you read that right.  If you follow me on Twitter, you know that we’ve gone back and forth and wondered if this was the right house, or what.  I mean, it kinda seemed like it was taking a long time, and we struggled to know if we were being patient or foolish.  Yesterday, papers were signed and this house is officially ours.  And so we say: boo-yah!  Clearly, some things are worth waiting for, and we’re praying that our Forever House was/is one of them.

We’re going to paint and replace carpet before a single stick of furniture enters the building, since it was built in 1968, the previous owner bought it in 1972, and it has never been remodeled.  And we’re pretty sure never had the carpet replaced.  So, there is work to do.  I’m just warning you: it’s about to get very DIY home dec up in here.  Brace yourself.

Also: woot!

N.B. This photo is from the listing, and does not reflect the current state of the yard, which has icky dead vines trailing up the front of the house and a yard that has clearly lost the battle against army worms.  We think part of why we got a good deal–and literally bought the last house available in the neighborhood, even in this “buyer’s market”–is because, in the words of the dude who ran the estate sale, it’s “a dog from the street.”  But the floor plan rocks and it’s gonna be great.  Trust me.


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  • Heather J.
    November 29, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Congratulations! That is wonderful news.

    • Deborah
      November 29, 2011 at 4:12 pm

      Thank you!! Now the work begins, but until then: yay!

  • Jane
    November 29, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    I think your house looks lovely, and congratulations! We sold our last house in 2007 just before the market totally tanked and are so grateful we got out of it financially unscathed.

    • Deborah
      November 29, 2011 at 4:13 pm

      Oh, good for you!! We look back and know now, had we sold in 2007, that we would have bought a house where we’d be unhappy and that would have cost us a lot of opportunities, so we’re thrilled to have NOT sold in 2007. The waiting has been extraordinarily hard, but we’re hoping we’ve learned at least a little and that we’ll be somewhat wiser now. It’s always good to hear that folks were wiser than we to begin with and were able to sell high! If you tell me next that you bought a mid-century ranch in need of some TLC and that you’ve been endlessly joyfully happy ever since, you’ll be my new hero.

  • Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts
    November 29, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Yay! Congrats!!

    • Deborah
      November 29, 2011 at 4:14 pm

      Thank you!! 🙂

  • Janimal
    November 29, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Well Whoopee! Congratulations!
    If you need a contractor in the ATL area, we have a guy we adore. He did an amazing job at our house and we are using him to do more remodelling work. Trustworthy and fair, with amazing quality work. We had ideas of what we wanted and he came up with even better ones. I won’t push but if you want his info I’ll be happy to email it to you.

    • Deborah
      November 29, 2011 at 4:14 pm

      Oooh, thank you! We’ve already found someone for the kitchen, since it needs to be done ASAP, but we’ll need to do my studio space in the basement sooner than later, and I think we’d be wise to get competing bids–we’d love to have your guy’s name!

  • EG
    November 29, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Congrats! It looks fantastic! Well, at least the picture is a reminder that the yard has potential anyway!

    • Deborah
      November 29, 2011 at 4:16 pm

      We were so worried we wouldn’t close in time to overseed and try to bring it back–we had army worms at our last house, and had to completely kill off the yard before overseeding and starting from scratch. Made me feel completely ill to look at a wholly dead yard for months–but it came back lovely! We’ll see if that’s what we need to do this time… The new neighbors might not like us very much!

  • mona
    November 29, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    wow o wow…can’t wait to see the inside and what all you plan to do….so much fun when you wait and and wait for something and then finally..the wait is OVER!! congratulations on your new home…

  • Dolores
    November 29, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Congratulations, you finally got it. Mighty impressive looking too.


  • Darcy
    November 29, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Congrats – so happy that part of the journey is finally over for you guys 🙂

  • SS Sews
    November 29, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Very exciting – congratulations!!!

  • Melany
    November 29, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Yay! Congratulations! I love mid-century ranges! We owned one when we lived in Charlotte, NC. Enjoy and I can’t wait to see some more pictures!

  • Kim
    November 29, 2011 at 7:15 pm


  • Rachel at Stitched in Color
    November 29, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Hey, our forever houses were born in the same decade! I know all about redoing the inside and nasty yards. Cept… I still haven’t tamed our yard. Yikes.

  • Carrie
    November 30, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Yay! A classic Atlanta Chatham ranch… beautiful! You’ll love it. I’m in the biz & you may not believe it but I think you snatched it up just in time. Inventory is getting super low & we’re starting to see seller’s market in some prices/areas.

    Can’t wait to see the amazing things you do with the place!


  • Naturally Chic Mama
    November 30, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Congrats on the new house! We bought our house 2 years ago and have had so much fun making it ours. Can’t wait to see the pictures as you progress!

  • Claudia
    December 1, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    I love that style house. Congratulations on your new home and a wish for many blessings.

  • ohjennymae
    December 4, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    i’m ridiculously excited for you guys! can’t wait to see it when it’s done. a many-years-old fixer-upper is what we have too. mike saw it in it’s needs-to-be-fixed-up glory, too.

  • dana
    December 5, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    yay yay yay! Congrats! It’s gorrrrgeous Deborah!

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