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Why we Sold our perfect home

Thursday, June 23, 2016
Our seventh home. Thats where the name came from you know...House Seven. It was here where I finally figured out what I really kind of knew all along. My passion is in interiors and even though  from as far back as I can remember I would spend hours sifting through home decor magazines and reading interior design blogs it wasn't until we moved here did I realize my gift. I mean I was obsessed with my great aunts floral sofa when I was all of six years old but it took me another 30 years or so to really get it! Yikes.

But now its here and I'm more passionate about it than ever. Thankfully this house made it happen for me. It was the canvas that I guess I had needed to really allow my creative side to flourish and it was here that my husband and I realized that we love to work on interior projects together. Its been pretty wonderful living in this house and watching the progress and how its evolved from where it began. So what do you do when you're super happy with your home and you've dedicated hours upon hours remodeling it and all your sweat, blood, tears and money working to make it perfect? 
I guess if you're us, you just go ahead and sell it! And thats what we did. We sold it.

Why? Why are you doing this? Why do you want to? Did you have to? What would make you sell such a lovely home?
Peace. It was all about peace. Peace for our family.
And it was about the feeling of having less. Less things. Less bills. Less everything to make more of something. That something is our lives and we wanted to free ourselves of the stuff to make more room for the memories we could create by not having so much stuff to take care of.
Am I making any sense at all?
So let me tell you a little story of how this all came about.
One day I was at Walmart. I was already grumpy that I was there and after parking my car I noticed a boy who may of been about eighteen putting shopping carts away. Right away I made a snap judgment about him, it wasn't kind and I'm not proud of it. But as I was leaving the store and getting in to my car I heard someone say "Thank you Ma'am, have a nice day." I turned around to see and it was him, standing there smiling at me and with the kindest eyes. I'M A JERK! I'M A COMPLETE JERK!
I drove home thinking about what a jerk I was to judge him without a thought. I was also thinking about how his shoes looked very worn and that he was probably working there to make a better life for himself. I'm such a jerk.
Thats when I started thinking about our own situation. Why did we have so much and not appreciate it? Why did we need all this stuff and for what? To keep up with everyone else around us because it wasn't helping us. All of it wasn't making life any easier. We were working our tails off to have stuff. In that moment all I wanted to do was to change. Change my thinking. Change our situation. Change our lives.
Why not make a change that would help us to eventually free up our time and money and use it to help people when and where we could and not waste more time working to only gain more items that would only cause us to do more work? It was God moving in me. I could feel it.
After much conversation and tears and lots of prayer we got serious and listed our home with the most amazing agent and it sold in a week! We closed on the house thirty days later and then we paid off every single last bill we had. Every single one! The feeling is beyond freeing.
The next thing I did was sell almost every piece of furniture we owned. I kept most of what the girls have because I wanted to make sure that where ever we ended up it would still feel like their home. But most everything else was sold because I have to follow my first rule when it comes to design and I don't believe in trying to make items you purchase for one home try to work in another. Because I didn't know where we were going I felt like it was the perfect time to start fresh and start thinking about a completely new design for the next house. But I did know we were headed to an apartment for a least a little bit of time and I could only take what would fit. I have to say that going from a five bedroom home full of stuff to only what will comfortably fit in a small three bedroom apartment feels pretty darn amazing.
So now what?
We promised that we wouldn't compromise what we were looking for in our new home so we decided that instead of rushing in to anything we would wait. We honestly just couldn't find anything that was meeting all of our criteria and even though it hadn't been that long it was becoming a bit discouraging. That was until one night while looking through the endless amount of houses that I had seen so many times before when I saw it. The next day we made an offer and I am happy to say we are moving to our new home in August! It is exactly where we wanted to be and moving there feels like home already.
It's so exciting and scary all at the same time. We still have some time before we move so I'm using it to concentrate on the new design because the first project is the kitchen. How I love a good kitchen reno!!
But more than that we are free. Free of the stuff, free of the bills and free of the pressure. I have the freedom to stay home with my girls and work on my business at my own pace. We have more time, and more money to help others when and where we can now. We have that peace we so desperately needed and all it took was selling our beautiful home and replacing it with this beautiful life.
God is good and he has blessed us with a new home that I am so excited to share with all of you. I just hope you will continue on this journey with me because I'm so excited for whats in store!


37 comments on "Why we Sold our perfect home"
  1. Congratulations. I love this way of thinking. It takes a lot of courage to make this leap. I will definitely be following along.

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  2. I'm jealous! Can't wait to follow along!

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  3. Good luck and congratulations for making a positive lifestyle change. I feel really encouraged for the world when I read stories like this. Judging people based on appearance is rampant, kudos to you for recognizing the error and changing your thinking. I really feel inspired and hopeful after reading this.

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  4. AWESOME! So happy for you, can't wait to see what God is going to do through your response to his call. He is so patient with us, isn't he?

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  5. I absolutely love this blog post. I've been following you on Instagram for some time now, and I recently decided to poke around on your blog. I've been curious about your decision to move from your beautiful home and start fresh with a new-to-your-family, smaller home. I am quite inspired by your moment of realization and the process that followed. I say this as my husband and I are renovating our 104 year old fixer upper and we are surrounded in our rental by closed boxes full of items we haven't seen or used since December. I see the reno bills adding up and the items around us stressing us out and often thinking...Why do we need all of this? Why can't we just purge? Would a yard sale be so bad? How did we GET this much?! I applaud your move toward living smaller. I think it is so important to have that perspective about what's important in our lives. It must be so freeing. Thank you for the inspiration! I look forward to catching up on your blog posts and your IG images.

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  6. How inspiring! "I mean I was obsessed with my great aunts floral sofa when I was all of six years old but it took me another 30 years or so to really get it! Yikes." -- I could have written that! It donned on me that interior design has been my love the other day when our son asked where we got our cedar chest and I answered excitedly "It was my birthday gift when I was 14!" Isn't it fun to look back and see the gifts and passions God gave each of us early on -- how fun it must be for Him to watch us "unwrap" them fully as adults.

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  7. I think it takes a lot of courage to actually do what most people only give a passing thought to doing. Good for you and your family. (The new house is adorable, btw!)

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  8. I admit I have been drooling over pics of House Seven and wondering why would you ever want to leave it but after reading this post, it makes so so so much sense!! We never truly know someone's story until we walk in their path and now that we've seen a glimpse of where you are and where you are going, I know there is so much more behind the blog and the stunning Insta photos. I promise to continue to follow along on your next adventure!

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  9. Love this! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Love this! Thanks for sharing your heart!

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  11. This is reflective of everything I feel and am doing right now! We are selling our beautiful, perfectly remodel Dutch colonial home that breaks my heart to leave. BUT for the same reasons! To live. To be free. To give more. And to put emphasis on what really matters. No more getting bogged down by "things". Cheers to you and your girls! Love following you and hope to see amazing things in the future!! The grass looks great on the other side.

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  12. Anissa that is the loveliest and most heart warming story and I can so relate. I have my own interior design business and my husband and I also renovate homes and move each time it's finished. There's been many times when it's all felt too hard (especially moving with a toddler and dog!) but I know it's got us further ahead and is leading us (in the not too distant future) to the place where you're at now - peace and less "stuff". I truly applaud your decision, your attitude and your bravery. And I have to say your new home just looks like a dream house! Can't wait to follow along and see how you put your own stamp on it! Huge congratulations!! Nicki xo

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  13. Bravo. My husband and I and our 2 kids live in a 1250 sqft house and every room has a purpose. We have lovingly restored our little cape on the hill by ourselves, with our children and our parents. My grandmother also lived in a small cape with her 2 children and I often find myself saying, "if it was good enough for her..." There is so much in this life to explore and our children just want a safe and warm place to come home too. Best of luck in #8. The cape has classic lines that can bend to any design out there...

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  14. What a beautiful step for your family! For your heart and time, too. I can't wait to see how you blossom in your new home.

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  15. Ugh my absolute dream! I've always wondered if I was crazy for wanting to do this though (I have a tendency to 'simplify' a lot and get rid of things). We are not in a place to do this right now, my husband is still in school, but one day. Reading this has only made me more determined and excited. Thanks for sharing and good luck with everything! Sounds wonderful.

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  16. I really believe this is the direction my husband and I are headed. Lots of signs and we've promised to enjoy the summer and have a serious talk about it. I completely understand where you are coming from! Congrats and the house is darling!!!

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  17. I've never replied to anyone's blog post ever but felt compelled to say thank you, thank you, thank you! This is a breath of fresh air in a world that demands you need more, bigger, and better. I hope you enjoy life abundantly in your lovely new home!

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  18. Wise beyond your years...God's going to bless this so much! Can't wait to watch...

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  19. Love this! Can't wait to see your new home!

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  20. I read a lot of blogs and I get behind, now I know why God made sure I didn't miss yours today. People talk about faith but you put yours right out there on the table. Thank you for sharing.

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  21. Good for you! I found this when we were looking at buying a smaller home, it ended up not working out for other reasons but I wanted to put this on the wall, makes me tear up to read it! Might help to serve as a sweet reminder: http://www.lovelyclusters.com/2015/08/love-grows-best-art-print.html?m=1

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  22. Your new house is so pretty!! I can't wait to see what you do there to make it your home! My husband and I did this exact thing 6 years ago, so our big, young and beautiful house and bought a smaller diamond in the rough so we could do more living with our 3 kids, and less mortgage paying. Our house is not Instagram-perfect but everything we are doing here is for quality of life, for our own little family and for others. Best decision we ever made. Less is so much more. Best wishes in your new abode!!

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  23. This makes me want to follow along even more!
    I LOVE your new home and more importantly your new attitude :) :) :)!!!!

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  24. GOOD FOR YOU! This makes my heart happy for you and your family! How liberating! I can't wait to follow along for the ride!

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  25. GOOD FOR YOU! This makes me heart happy for you and your family! How liberating!

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  26. I love this. I am so glad you have such a beautiful heart and had compassion and love for that sweet boy. I love how God uses humans to show us our humanity, and touch our hearts. Best wishes in your new home- that will obviously be filled with love!

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  27. I love this story! I'm so excited for your family on your new home and lucky to be able to follow along on your new journey! Congrats, very admirable.

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  28. Congratulations! We are in the process of doing the very same thing- we are finishing our home remodel on our 3700 sq ft suburban home and hope to build a 1800 ft home on some land. We want our children to have more experiences and less stuff. Minimalism has really struck a chord with us.
    It's been so freeing to walk in and out of Target because I didn't find what I needed to purchase- and to not spend $100 on unneeded items.
    So very happy for you and your beautiful family.

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  29. I like you. A lot. I've been following you on IG....so had to come over here and see what House #8 was all about. Love your heart and your transparency.....and your style.

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  30. I just today found your blog. And I'm so glad I did! You're a girl after my own heart. I've been doing the same thing. From big house and bad marriage to a doctor to divorce and small two bedroom house. Then to where I live now: a one bedroom patio apartment with my two little dogs. I've never been happier. I will watch you on your journey. It is quite liberating!
    Brenda

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  31. this is so awesome!! thank you for sharing your story!

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  32. Wow, very interesting story, I like your blog and thank you for sharing with us. centrio

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  33. You'll NEVER regret listening to that His still, small voice---I am sure your heart has found peace.

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  34. Love love love this!!! This is EXACTLY what we did 2 years ago and we couldn't be happier. We ditched our 4 bedroom 3 bath house for a little cottage bungalow with a lot less space but I genuinely feel like we've gained SO MUCH more. It's true when they say less house more home and less house more life. We paid off all our debt as well and it feels so good not to have to work to pay bills anymore. Congratulations on the sale of your house and welcome to your new home.

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  35. I loved this post! I am a single mom by choice of two boys (now 13 and 16) and I have always had to rely on a single income. For whatever reason (likely my parents example), I have always lived debt free (except for mortgage). I certainly use credit cards for convenience and the cash back, but I have never paid one cent of interest or carried any credit card debt. I recently had a conversation with my 16 year old about credit cards and it was so funny, because he was incredulous when he finally understood that people used credit cards to buy things that they did not actually have the money to buy! (Naively, he had assumed that credit cards were more or less the same as a debit card).

    We live in a 1280 sq ft, three bedroom, one bath 1952 ranch and use every room every day (despite its modest size, because of where we live (just outside of Boston),willow tells me the house would sell for $760K!). One of the things I think of is how all the people who lived here before me did just fine in this space, and so will we!

    Am looking forward to seeing the new house!

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  36. How inspiring! Sending you love and blessings!

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  37. So refreshing! It's nice to hear that others share the same thoughts. I often find myself wanting more, more, more to finish my house, but by the same token, what about more money to use in creating memorable experiences?

    I'm proud of you for following your gut.

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