Sunday, May 20, 2012

House Hunt Update.

Last week I updated you on our house hunt.  For those of you who want the short and sweet update, we didn't get the house.

For those of you want some more details . . . we heard from our realtor on Wednesday that the first buyer and seller were able to work things out with the inspection and the deal was going to go through.  So we were pretty bummed.  I had an office event that night and wasn't checking my phone and emails.  As I left the event, I saw an email from our realtor telling us that the house didn't appraise for what the first buyers had hoped and that there was still a chance we would get the house. 

Talk about a turn of events.  So we became significantly less bummed since there was the chance we could still get the house.  Well at the end of the week, they were able to work things out.  So we didn't get the house after all.  What a roller coaster ride this has been!

And to add insult to injury, we were going to go see a house this afternoon that we were both pretty excited about, but it was mysteriously taken off the market--it wasn't sold, just removed from the market altogether (after only being on for a week).  Lovely.  Just lovely.

So I am pretty disappointed now and am just trying to be patient.  Although, I may possibly be the most impatient person in the world (ask my husband), so that's not an overly easy task for me.  Thanks to all of you for your words of encouragement in my last update.  I am keeping my fingers crossed that future house updates are much more positive!

Hope y'all had a wonderful weekend.  Happy Monday! 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Wallpapered Powder Rooms + a Feature.

I always find myself drawn to rooms with bold wallpaper.  Even though I am not adventurous enough to do an entire room in a bold pattern, I would totally do a small powder room.  Here are some of my favorite wallpapered powder rooms.

Source: via Emily on Pinterest

Source: via Emily on Pinterest

What are your thoughts on a bold powder room?  Do you think guests appreciate its awesomeness?  


And last but certainly not least, our home is being featured on 6th Street Design School today!  Thanks so much Kirsten for the feature.  It's extra special -- especially since we miss the house so much!   

Happy Friday!  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, May 14, 2012

House Hunters.

It's been a while since I provided y'all with a house update.  Feel free to skip the post entirely if you just want to know when our bags our packed and we're moving.  Unfortunately, we're not quite there yet.  So while this post may be dry, I want to document the house hunting experience (maybe more for me than for my readers).

A couple of weeks ago on our way to the airport to head to Boulder, we stopped by a house that had come on the market the day before in our ideal area.  As I mentioned here, 23 other people also looked at the same house the same day.  I have no clue how many people total looked at the house.  There is nothing coming on the market in this particular area, and this confirms that there are a bunch of other buyers who are just queuing up. 

While we were traveling, we were working out the details of our offer with our realtor.  We knew the house was going to be in high demand and we were going to have to ask over asking price.  I don't know exactly how many for sure, but there ended up being somewhere around 10 total offers on the house.  These kind of shenanigans happen on House Hunters on HGTV, not here.  After everyone made their offer, the sellers came back and told everyone to make their final and best offer.  It's so stressful knowing you are bidding against yourself and have no clue what the other potential buyers have offered.  So we resubmitted our offer with a little bit higher price.

We heard a couple of days later that we didn't get the house.  Then the day after that, the sellers' realtor asked if we would consider having a backup contract.  After thinking about it, we said yes.  So this meant that we were the second highest bid and if anything fell through with the first buyer, it would automatically go to us.  We actually had to submit earnest money and an option fee.  So we are technically under contract with this arrangement (as a backup contract).   

Our realtor told us, before we even out in our revised offer, that many times the highest bidder in a multiple offer situation won't get the house because they feel the need to ask the seller to make everything perfect after the inspection.  I guess they think if they beat out all of those other people, they are entitled to everything being in tip-top shape.  So while we weren't overly hopeful, we knew there could be a chance we could still end up with the house.

Well the option period for the first buyer ended this weekend.  And if anything was going to fall apart, it likely would have after the inspections last week (and before the end of the option period).  So since we hadn't heard anything, we figured the house wasn't meant to be ours.  Then this afternoon, we get an email and the first buyer and the seller mutually agreed to extend the option period a couple of days because there were some "issues" with the inspection.  I didn't even think of that possible scenario occurring. 

But the good news is that it means that there is still a chance!  Every time I think I wish it would just be over--even if it's bad news--I guess it's better to be in limbo and there still be the potential to get the house than nothing at all.  But in the meantime, you can pretty much find me looking like this.     

Hopefully I will be back with an update (one way or the other) in the next couple of days.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Lucite Coffee Table.

Happy Friday! 

I have been totally loving lucite recently.  In particular, a lucite coffee table.  It's a piece that's so versatile and goes with any design style.  See what I mean?   

Source: via Emily on Pinterest

Source: via Emily on Pinterest

Source: via Emily on Pinterest

Source: via Emily on Pinterest

There's one at cb2 I've been checking out.  Do you love lucite too? 

Sunday, May 6, 2012


Hope your weekend was as fabulous as these closets! 

Mine certainly was.  We were in San Diego days visiting our friends and their perfect baby Henry!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Dating Anniversary.

I'm almost a day late with this post, but today is our dating anniversary.  We have been together for 14 years!  Crazy, right?  On our first date, Justin picked me up in his sweet '83 Honda Accord and we saw the movie City of Angels.  

This is a picture from a few months before we officially started dating.  It was taken after homecoming our sophomore year of high school (hence, the sweet up do) at a friend's house.  This picture always makes me laugh, because at the time it was taken I didn't really like Justin.  You can kind of tell I'm reluctantly leaning in towards him.  We went to homecoming in the Fall together, but I wasn't sure about him.  Frankly, I thought he was a little nerdy.  It took me until the Spring to finally give him a chance.  I am sure glad I did!        

If you're married, do you still celebrate your dating anniversary?  Or are we the only weirdos out there?

In house-related news, we didn't get the house I mentioned here.    

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

A Little Stress Relief.

Things have been a little on the stressful side here lately.  Here are some of the reasons why . . .

(1)  A 9 hour flight delay to Denver last Thursday.  Mechanical failure + a sick passenger on the plane and having to return to the terminal = arriving in Colorado at 2:00 a.m. 

(2)  2 days of super intense trial advocacy training in Colorado.  It was extremely helpful, and I am ready to cross examine the heck out of someone or deliver a killer closing argument, but each day of the training was over 14 hours each (including Saturday).

(3)  Putting on offer on a house along with everyone else in the city.  I am not exaggerating when I say 23 other people looked at the house the same day as us.  More details to come, but we are in the middle of the offer/counter-offer stage currently (along with several other buyers). 

In addition to a glass of wine (or two), I love relaxing with a good book or magazine in the bath.  Bonus points if the bath has bubbles.  Thankfully, there is a Lush, which has amazing bath products, in Boulder.  My friend Lauren totally got me addicted to their stuff.  So on the way to the airport, I swung by to pick up some goodies.  Here are some of my faves:

Ro's Argan Body Conditioner (this stuff smells amazeballs)

Have you ever tried anything from Lush before?  And I sure hope your weekend was full of fun rather than stress!

* Lush has no clue who I am.  I am just a stressed out girl who loves a good bath with their products.