We’re Moving!

pink front door and driveway

That’s right, we’re moving! I know, I know. A ton of you think we’re insane so I wanted to share a peek into the decision-making process behind it. 

Not to worry. I still have the pool reveal post, patio tile install how-to, deck railing how-to, a bathroom reno post, AND a fire pit makeover to share with you all before we go!

Trust me, you’ll get the full tour by September!…

Why are you moving when you just finished your house?

This is hands down the most commonly asked question, and rightfully so! So here’s the deal — we always knew this was an investment house, not our forever home. 

We loved the bones and potential that we saw in this home, and it’s been a fun ride these last four years of renovating it! It was closer to family in North Houston, and we got to experience what life in the suburbs was like.

Since the market has been great, we decided to get an idea of what we could sell it for. To be honest, when we first had a realtor walkthrough, my heart sank.

We really didn’t expect to pull the trigger on it. We just wanted to see what our return could look like.

After they left, I was instantly like “Nope! not doing it…”.

But after sleeping on it for a few nights, the idea of downsizing and starting a new adventure started to get more appealing. 

We’ve always talked about a possible beach house or a move to Austin.

Since neither of the girls are in school yet, now seems like as good of a time as ever to try it, especially after four years of an investment property. 

You all know I also LOVE a good decorating project! I feel like we’ve really seen this house to its full potential, and I wouldn’t mind another project to work on. 

photo of a floating bathtub with glass shower in master bathroom remodel

Why did you just finish a bunch of projects at the house only to sell it? 

Fair question! I got this one a lot. There are two things to this — 

One, it’s literally a part of my job to create content to share with you all. So that will always be here to stay for as long as we have the blog. 

Secondly, IF we were going to sell, we had a number in my that we wouldn’t go below.

If we were going to ask for a premium price tag to make our investment back, then I felt we needed to offer a premium house. 

So where are you moving to now?

Great question! I have no idea yet, especially since we sold the house very quickly! We have until September 15th in our current home to figure things out.

At first, we seriously thought we were going to rent an apartment in downtown Houston temporarily while we got our bearings to house hunt again. We even had an apartment already reserved.

After taking more measurements and looking around at the market, it started to feel more and more like a waste of our future down payment money for such a short time.

Rent in Houston is at an all-time high right now. And boy was I blindsided by that!

a DIY budget friendly kids playroom design idea

I have approximately 325,52o,194 notifications on for every house sale or rental in the areas we like inside the loop. We may short-term lease or we may buy for an interim house that will have some value at the end of the road. 

Long term, we see ourselves either in Austin or an investment property in Florida that we can live in while we renovate. We’ll still be in Houston for a while until we figure out those roots, though.

And I will never say “never”, we may stay in Houston!

I’m trying my best to go with the flow and follow my gut/peace in our hearts while we’re on the house hunt. 

Our kitchen renovation was at the very top of my to-do list when we bought this fixer upper and I'm so excited to share the final kitchen before and after photos!! Sugar & Cloth Casa: Our Renovation Kitchen Before & After by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth #kitchen #decor #design #makeover

Needless to say, I will SERIOUSLY miss this house. I may even have to throw a little goodbye party before I can truly close this chapter. 

On the bright side, home is wherever we’re together, and I’m excited about the new adventure!

8 thoughts on “We’re Moving!”

  1. Sorry to see you go! I’ve lived in Houston for the past 5ish years, but moved to Austin last year during the pandemic—the housing market is soooooo much worse in Austin. I’m moving back to Houston next week after a year.

    That being said, I kind of hope you stay in Houston. So many ‘creatives’ have been leaving the city for other clusters of hip, cool places. Austin doesn’t need another artist. Houston does.
    xoxo and best of luck on your journey!

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    • Hi Debra. The Austin housing is so insane! And the average home price is sooooo much more than in Houston or Florida. We were so shocked and it doesn’t seem like it will be dying down. Thanks for your kind words. Good luck on your move also!

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  2. Awww what a fun adventure! I may be one of the few people who live renovating houses even though it is a truly insane process. Oak Forrest/Garden Oaks has some insane old houses from the 50s and 60s to renovate

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