Since my husband and I are both from the Northeast, we recently made a move from Charleston, SC to Newport, RI to head back to our roots. While Charleston is an incredible city with more history, food, and entertainment (see below) that you could possibly imagine, we were ready to be back up north where the majority of our families still reside.
While on vacation in Florida we saw a house for sale that we fell in love with (well, to be honest, my husband didn’t love it the moment he saw it. But the backyard sold it for him!) and made an impulse decision to put in an offer. There were two other offers on the table, so we didn’t have a chance to actually see the house first – and all of the sudden we were under contract! Our house in Charleston was not even close to being on the market, so upon returning from vacation we called a realtor and fixed/tidied up a few things around the house in hopes it would sell quickly. Eight days later it was sold.
After calling in some reinforcements (thanks mom!) we got the house packed up in a few short weeks and made the move north. The weekend we arrived happened to not only be Mike’s birthday and Valentine’s Day, but also happened to be the coldest weekend of the year. The thermometer never reached higher than 5º.
We made it to Rhode Island well ahead of the movers with all of our stuff, so we got right to painting. This house was architecturally beautiful, but it definitely needed some color changes, floor refinishing, and fixture changes before we moved in.
My goal for this house was to keep it looking clean and using neutral colors that would let the architectural details speak for themselves. This house was built in 1906, and I love all of the character that comes with an old home. We are all moved in, but I continue to make changes to our decor. Maybe someday I will finally feel like the house is complete and post more pictures! Until then, I’ll continue driving my husband mad with my indecisiveness.