Monday, May 6, 2013

The Doll House, Part 1.

Well. I did it folks. I put an offer on a house! And you know what? After several days of negotiating, the seller accepted my offer! Whew! –Insert happy dance here-

I’ve been unsure on whether or not to go public with my big announcement before closing. I was scared that something would fall through. That I might jinx myself.  But the truth is: I can’t hold it in anymore!  

This house has completely consumed me!  I can’t think about anything else. When I sit down to write a post, all I can think about is my little cottage! (Yes, it’s very cottage like! squeal!)

So I decided what the heck! I might as well tell everyone! If it doesn’t work out? Well than I’ll write about that too and it will be a moment in my life that I can look back on.

Okay, let’s rewind. I want to tell you how we first met.

A couple of months ago (actually, it was the week after I got serious about buying a house) I went on a weekend drive. I drove all over town, looking for neighborhoods and/or streets that appealed to me.

I’d convinced myself that I needed to live in a new home; something that had been built in the last 5 years. However, I loved the bungalow/cottage vibe. So I was searching for a new home that looked like an old cottage. –silly me.

Several months ago, I pinned this picture for inspiration. I was drawn to the “doll houses” as I like to call them.
Pinned Here
So while on my drive, I decided to swing by a house my friend was thinking about buying. Well…on the next street over, I came across my perfect doll house.

It was a “for sale by owner.” They had a hand out that displayed 8 pictures and included a brief description of amenities. It was love at first sight.
Internet, meet the Doll House.
I couldn’t believe what I had just discovered; an adorable home with beautiful landscaping. I immediately imagined myself sitting on the porch swing sipping on some ice tea while reading a book…or chatting with friends over a glass of wine. I was head over heels.

At this point in my quest to buy a house, I hadn’t chosen a realtor. I knew I wanted to work with a realtor because I am a first time home buyer. I know nothing about contracts or negotiating…I wanted an expert to offer some advice.

The first time I sat down with Mary (my realtor) I showed her the hand out I’d gotten from the doll house. She said she would arrange a showing.

In the weeks following, I walked through 15 different homes. NONE of them held a candle to my doll house. Most of them were midcentury homes, not my style. All of them were dated and needed a lot of work.

So when the day came for me to finally walk through my doll house, I wasn’t surprised to find out that the inside of the house was as charming as it was on the out!

There are a few things that need a little TLC but I’m okay with that. It will be a way for me to make it my own!

After the showing, I called my parents. I told them all about the doll house and that I was serious about making an offer.

My Dad was totally supportive. He was as giddy as I was!

My Mom, well my Mom was a little hesitant. See…my house was built in 1920. It’s more than 90 years old. She and my stepdad thought that it was a disaster waiting to happen…but don’t worry. They’ll come around.

Come back tomorrow! I’m going to tell you about winning over my parents and the (extremely) stressful negotiation.


  1. Oh my gosh, it is absolutely adorable!

    1. Thanks girl! I'm super excited!

  2. I love love love your house! Please post pics of the inside! Curious bloggers would love to see:D hahahaha

    1. Aw thanks! I promise promise to post pics as soon as possible! keep in mind they will be "before" pics because I plan on doing a lot of updates! haha