For the past few months Graham and I have been house hunting like crazy (ok, mainly I’ve been searching like crazy – Graham has been more of the casual hunter). But either way, it’s been a stressful few months to say the least, but completely worth it at the same time.

We’ve seen the 1920’s craftsman gut job in my dream neighborhood, the old cottage on 2 acres, the ranch house near the lake, and even a 1990’s builder basic home in the suburbs. Seriously – you name it, we’ve looked at them all. It wasn’t a pleasant process AT ALL and I got to the point where I almost gave up. We wanted a home we could make our own without having to gut the whole thing, and also without having to spend a fortune. We wanted a home in one of the top neighborhoods in Fort Worth, but without having to pay for it. Like I said, it almost seemed like an impossible task. But remember how I said it was all worth it? Let me explain…

Graham and I had been casually house hunting for a few months. I looked at dozens of houses online and together we looked at about 5 or so in person. We were actually headed out to look at another house when I randomly saw a house that caught my eye. I had seen it many times online, but the price had dropped drastically and I became intrigued. I investigated further and realized it had been on the market for about a year. I thought surely there must be some mistake. This home is in one of the nicest neighborhoods in the city, it’s got a ton of square footage, and it’s semi-updated. There must be something wrong, right?

Wrong. There wasn’t. After Graham and I walked through the home (and eventually got an inspection done), we were shocked on how it could have possibly been on the market for a year. Yes, it has a challenging layout, and yes I spent about 45 minutes inside the house sketching out floor plans in order to confirm I could (in my best Tim Gunn voice) “make it work”, but after that, we were sold. We made an offer that night and had a signed contract by the time we were laying out on the beautiful beaches of Alabama. Yeah, two days of our beach vacation were spent negotiating, but like I said, it was all worth it.


A few weeks later, we are finally at the point in our contract (knock on wood) where I feel comfortable announcing our new home. We will be moving from about 950 square feet to about 2,400 square feet. It’s going to be a big change, but I am SO ready for more space! We have so many plans and projects in store and I cannot wait to start sharing them with you all. In our rental, I had recently reached the point that I “lost the love” for our home and decided to stop doing projects. I knew we would be moving soon and didn’t want to spend too much money on a home we weren’t going to be living in for much longer. I’m so excited to now have a place to call home for many years to come and cannot wait to begin all of my exciting projects.

Our closing date is coming up rather quickly, so the next few weeks will be rather crazy. I will be in New York this week for the Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker event (and visiting my BFF) and the week I come home we will close on the house. I mean… can I have more hours in the day please?? I spent all weekend cleaning out our rental and packing, but I still feel like there is so much more to go! Either way, in a few short weeks, Graham and I will be in our new home and I cannot wait. Very soon I will start posting all about the design concept for the new house, so stay tuned! Can’t wait to start sharing everything with you guys! More to come:)

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  1. Yay! You finally found your place! Congratulations! And it sounds like you got a great deal too. Looking forward to seeing some pics and hearing all your plans for it! x

  2. Marietjie Dixon Reply

    Yay for you guys… sooooo looking forward to those projects and getting inspired by all your gorgeous projects 🙂

  3. Amy-
    I’m so happy for you – knowing how much you wanted a home of your own.
    Pete and I have not yet decided what we are doing, but we do know we are taking a trip to Charleston SC in January….I too want a house again. I miss my house so much, and I really do not think condo living is for me.
    Have fun in every step you take in making this your special place –
    I have that same saying:-
    “A house is make with walls and beams but a home is made of love & dreams.”
    So true…
    Again so glad you finally found what your were looking for.

    • The Blissful Bee

      Thank you so much Rose! I hope you can find a house again too – it’s been hard not being able to design the space like I want to!

  4. That is such exciting news. Can’t wait to see what magic you work on your new home. Hope your kitties like there new home too !

  5. Congratulations! Your story kind of sounds like ours, except my husband accepted a job out of state. In August, we moved from Houston to Denver. The cost of living is much higher here, so we weren’t sure what we would find n our price range. I literally was looking at houses online for about 6 months. And then during our “vacation” to Denver at the end of June I looked at 30-40 more houses. Ugh! In the end, we found a beautiful 2700 sq. ft. house on a pond and on a bike trail in a suburb. What an upgrade from our little 1100 sq. ft. house in Houston! After a few hiccups during the move, we are now settling in and making our new house a home. May you have a much easier move and transition into your new home. Enjoy!

    • The Blissful Bee

      Oh I’m so glad to hear it worked out so well for you! The process isn’t always fun, but it sounds like you found the perfect fit:) I feel like this house was just waiting for us to buy it:)

  6. Oh how exciting, Amy! Congratulations!! We have a similar story with our home. It had been on the market as a foreclosure for forever, in one of the nicest neighborhoods. I couldn’t (still can’t) figure out why no one had snatched it up. Guess it was meant to be ours! Love how it worked out for you, too! Can’t wait to see what you do with it.

    • The Blissful Bee

      How weird is that!?? I still don’t understand why it was on the market for so long, but hey, I’ll take it! We got it for a steal, so I’m not going to complain:):)

  7. Congratulations! I can’t wait to see the pictures and following the transformation. I know it will be beautiful.

  8. We drove around looking at homes in the TCU area of Fort Worth (by total accident…my nephew had a peewee football game at Paschal and we got stuck in the TCU game traffic/mess when leaving). We decided we wanted to move to that area!!! Ha. Until we got home and looked at the prices!! hahaha. We’ll stay in Mansfield for now! Anyway…. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I’m excited to see what you do with it. I’m sure it will be fabulous!!

  9. How wonderful for you guys! Know you will love getting to know your place & making it home!

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