On the Market

It was just a little over a month ago that we talked about looking for other homes and then made the decision to stop and stay put. I guess a lot of things can change in a month. Whiplash! Let me explain…


Our house is for sale. Here is the listing. We are very close to closing on a new home. Here’s how it all happened. This explanation is as much for you as it is for me. Everything has been happening so fast!

After I published that post last month, I (we) kept looking for homes. Dare I say I even began looking with a renewed sense of energy. Strange, right? Writing that post revealed something to me that I wasn’t quite ready to accept at the time: we are ready to move on. And for a long time, delaying and ignoring that feeling was the best choice for a lot of reasons. But it never changed the fact that it was a delay. Our current home wasn’t our permanent solution. A move to a new place seemed almost inevitable. So if it’s gonna happen, why not make it happen right now?

The timing seemed right and once we had decided, it was go, go, go from there. I’d be fooling you if I didn’t say that these big life changes are 50% a symptom of my infamous/fatal flaw GET.IT.DONE.RIGHT.NOW. philosophy. For example, for the past few weeks, we have been waffling over whether to sell or rent our current home. We decided on Tuesday to sell and by Wednesday our home was up on MLS. (Luckily, having a blog about your house makes it very easy to come by interior photos and more importantly, we have a kick ass listing agent).

We are going to sell this home by owner. We used our trick of using a flat-flee listing agent (happy to pass along his name to any NKY people) who can get our home up on the MLS, but it’s us doing the legwork on showings, marketing, etc. so that we can save some money on agent commission and ultimately, offer a competitive listing price. This is the same way we sold Aaron’s home a year and a half ago and it worked really well. For you realtors out there, we are of course still going to pay 3% to the buyer’s agent.

Here’s the listing flyer Aaron made last night. I feel so goofy about putting the house’s press on the back page (see the second pic) but hey… whatever helps.

Front Page

Front Page


I’ve yet to put a For Sale sign out front because I don’t want the neighbors to go berzerk. They’ve been so good to us for a long time. I will miss having my yard mowed by the neighbor (and no, that is not a euphemism… ).

About the new home… I won’t be spilling very many details on the new home yet because it’s not officially ours. We are under contract but we’re in the inspection/discovery period and I’m trying to keep it cool. Here’s what I can tell you. It’s an American Four Square in the Wallace Woods area of Covington, about a mile from our current house. It’s 100 years old but has been a completely renovated. We’re supposed to close November 14 but I’m hoping I can share details much sooner. I’ll feel better when the inspection and loan process are done, which should be in the next two weeks.

Stay tuned. Life is so exciting right now.








Backyard Rescue

About two weeks ago, we had a team of people over to the house to shoot a few videos. Nothing blog- or me-related—they just wanted to use my interior space as background for whatever they were shooting. And this was the state of my backyard at the time. Grreeeeeatttt. Nothing like a little shaming to throw me into action.


In all fairness… we started out the summer so well. We mulched, we weeded, we planted flowers… things were looking good! And then after a summer of neglect, the inevitable happened. The backyard garden turned into a jungle. I think I tend to forget (or maybe blissfully ignore) that yards need a lot of regular maintenance. Oops.

This past weekend Aaron and I had a rare Sunday at home and this was at the top of our agenda. After about an hour of pulling weeds and laying mulch, we had this.


Now if only we can convince our neighbors to replace their fence. :)

In the front yard, we’ve been much more successful. That has a lot to do with the fact that our neighbors (one of which just received a beautification award) have their eyes on us. The pressure is good for our motivation!


The flag we installed is still going strong. We will bring the flag in when the weather turns sour, but so far so good. I also brought out this DIY pedestal planter to add a little height with the mums next to the stairs.



So that’s the outdoors these days. We’ve still got a little bit of fall decorating to do (I need a wreath!) but this is so much better than the weed jungle we were dealing with.

That’s all I’ve got folks. I’ll be back later this week!





For so long I was convinced window treatments were not needed throughout the house. “It looks clean and minimal! Don’t cover the trim!” I would say. But then one day recently, I swiftly switched sides. Window treatments all the way! The reason for the switch is we have new neighbors who use their back porch all. of. the time. Our kitchen windows are two feet away from their back porch, which puts them in clear view of us a little too frequently for my comfort.

The clear view inside our house does not bode well when it’s seven in the morning and I’m attempting my near-daily, half-naked run back to the laundry room to grab some underthings. I’ve done one too many an army crawl under the kitchen windows, if ya know what I mean.

Now I can make my morning mad dash in peace! Yay for shades!



These are the same shades we used in the bedroomTuscan Bamboo Roman Shades from Overstock (affiliate link) — and we have been so impressed by their quality, their price and the huge range of widths and lengths they come in. They are not 100% privacy blinds, but they do help. Aaron says they “pixelate” the view versus totally block it, haha.


Now, for the super observant ones, you may have noticed another change in the above photos. My IKEA round table has been blessed with a marble top! I love IKEA but their white MDF chips so badly and that was the case with this table. It was gross and it always looked dirty. Marble to the rescue.

Here’s a close up of the table top:


You want to know the best part? It’s faux marble contact paper from Design Your Wall. The joy of marble without the pain of cost. I have seen this contact paper used on other blogs before—Kirsten’s side tables are my favorite—and it looked easy enough to install. It’s really just peel and stick.


The roll comes in a 18″ width, so I needed three strips (and two seams) to cover the ~40″ top completely. The seams are there but easy to overlook. Can you spot the one below?


The veining of the “marble” is beautiful and matches my backsplash perfectly.

So there you have it, new blinds and a new faux marble table top.

It feels good to make progress, however slow it seems these days. I’ve got more of the same shades in a box waiting to be installed in the laundry room and living room.

I’m in Dallas for work for the rest of the week, so it’s going to be quiet here again. So sorry. This whole full-time job thing plus a blog feels nearly impossible sometimes, but at least I can see a light at the end of the tunnel.

Hope you all have a great week.

Much love,


p/s: Overstock had nothing to do with this post. I paid for the blinds myself. I did ask Design Your Wall for the marble contact paper, which they sent along free of charge. Thank you Design Your Wall!