The Big Move...Say It Isn't So!

Well, as much as I tried to live in denial and wish the move away it didn't work.  The packing crew showed up Monday and by Tuesday evening everything was in boxes.  The cars were picked up Tuesday as well.  My black and white beauties are safely (I'm hoping) on the back of a truck and waiting to meet us in Chicago next week.   Today the movers showed up to load the truck and they'll be done tomorrow afternoon.  Since everything is packed up in boxes we moved into a hotel Tuesday. We'll be living in hotels for the ten days until we move to Chicago.

I'm not being a Debbie downer, but this particular move has been a really tough one.  We looked for so long to find our house in Connecticut and were all ready to set down some roots.  However, this wasn't in the cards for us,  as someone had other plans for our family....a new life in the Chicago area.  I've been reminding myself that everything happens for a reason, but I have to admit this is something I've been struggling with.  The thought of starting over again with friends, a house, city, school, doctor the list goes on and on has been a bit overwhelming.  

The last couple of weeks I've been keeping myself motivated by looking at the listing of our new house and doing some room planning.  I sold a lot of furniture at my recent sale which means I have lots of pieces to replace and rooms to figure out.  Instead of focusing on the fact I have to start everything all over, I'm trying to get excited about the possibilities.   

I figured today I could share the listing pictures with all of you!!  I'm hoping this will also encourage me and get my creative juices flowing again.  

Here are a few pictures of the new place!  (these are all real estate listing pictures so the furniture and decor are the current owner's)

This is the snowy front of the house

This was one of the features that sold me on the house.  I love how there's a gate on the entrance and inside the gate is a great courtyard with an outdoor fireplace.

Here's the courtyard.  The gate locks and in order for people to come to the front door, we have to let them in.  I like the idea of the privacy and the added security.  Plus, I've always wanted an outdoor fireplace!
This is the front entryway.

 The first room you see is the dining room and the double sided fireplace.

 This is the family room, which is open to the kitchen.  The dining room, family room and kitchen are all open concept.

Here's the other side of the fireplace.
The kitchen, which is open to the family room.  This was another feature I really liked.  It's nice to be so close to all the action.
This is the eat-in kitchen.   The white door in the back corner is my office.  I like how much light comes in this house through all the big windows.
This will be the office.  Again light-filled and that ceiling made me swoon.
This is called the 'den', but it's technically a fifth bedroom that is located on the main floor.  We're going to use it as a TV/Family room.

This is the view from the top of the stairs.  Behind the archway is another sitting area.
Here's the upstairs sitting area.  I think we're planning on using this as the video game area.  This way when Hunter and his friends want to play games they have a quiet space.
 This is the master bedroom.  I know the Hubby is looking forward to the new space and it's his and hers closets.  He doesn't like sharing with me!
Master Bath

Master Bath
This is going to be Hunter's bedroom
 The plan for this room is either the play room or a guest room
Last bedroom and again we're either using this as a guest bedroom or play room. 

Hunter's bathroom

Powder room.....I have plans for you!
Laundry Room

Unfinished basement or my workshop.  We also have a 3 car garage that will also serve as my workshop in the warmer months (they have those in Chicago, right?!).

The backyard...I'm not going to lie, it was hard to come to the realization that we had to trade our 3.5 acres of woods and creek for a small yard.  On the bright side, it will be a lot easier to take care of!

This ends the tour of the new house!  I do have lots of plans for the house, but first I need to unpack and get settled.  The first room on the list is the kitchen.  I got rid of my kitchen table and chairs so we need something new.  Also, we left the bar stools in the house we're selling so I need to find some for the new house.  I want vintage drafting stools, but it's hard to find them in sets of 3!  

We close on our house Wednesday and the movers arrive on Thursday.  We will then be able to begin the process of settling in.  Hunter is starting his new school hopefully Thursday as well.  There are lots of changes in store for us, but also lots of new adventures.  The most important thing is we'll all be together living under the same room.  We've missed having Daddy around during the week!

Thank you for reading!  I'm happy I get to share the excitement of the new house with all of you.  I'd love to hear from you.  Let me know if you have any amazing or fun ideas for me to try in the new house.  Oh and if you know of anyone selling 3 vintage drafting or industrial metal stools please email me immediately :-)

Thank you!


  1. I love love love love it Melody! You are going to do great things to this house-it's so lucky to have you to own it :)

  2. It is beautiful!!! So excited to see what you do with it all!:)

    1. Thanks Bee! I might just need to paint a dresser in that gorgeous green you recently used! Love it

  3. Gorgeous!! You're going to love Chicago!

    1. Thank you Julia! I keep hearing it's an amazing area to live in. I'm looking forward to getting settled and exploring!

  4. GASP! I'm fanning myself with the excitement you must have. I know starting over is a challenge and you are working so hard, but look at the home you have to go to. It's a grand foundation for your dreams. Gorgeous! Spacious! Congratulations and much happiness to you and your family! I can't wait to see your posts from your new home. I can just see you doing some magic there!


    1. You made me laugh Robin! Thanks for the encouragement. I'm sure once we close on the house next week, I will feel excited about all the possibilities. :-)

  5. Oh my, what a lovely home. It has everything! You are going to have such fun decorating it and it will be fun to watch the transformation. Can't wait!

  6. This home is spectacular! I would kill to have all those kitchen cabinets. Although starting over in a new place is difficult, I'm sure you and your family will adapt beautifully. Chicago is a great town. I'm in St. Louis, but have travelled there many times to visit friends & family. Good luck. I look forward to upcoming posts!

    1. Thank you Gayle! I'm not familiar with the area, so I'm looking forward to exploring. I keep hearing what a wonderful place it is to live. I might have to ask you for some advice on where to go! :-)

  7. So pretty Melody. Can't wait to see how it all comes together with your beautiful touches. Hugs~Beth

  8. Love your new home and can't wait to see how you decorate it. The courtyard is going to be such a fabulous place to relax and entertain.

  9. Whoooh! That is a big house and no mistake - my entire downstairs would fit into your kitchen, I'm sure! Don't get down about moving, I always say "the house is just the box your home fits inside". You will have fun changing it to your style.... and say - you can try out new colours! Good luck with the move, and finally - you know Chicago has some Frank Lloyd Wright houses.... how can you resist!!

  10. I needed some tips on interior designs! Thank you, also book marking this post.