Blogiversary III: On The Move

And now for some news that falls in the “big” category: we’re in the market for a new Casa Petersik.

That’s right, after tons of thoughtful deliberation we’ve decided that it’s time to sell our current home after four and a half amazing years spent here. Why? Because we love a project and we’re can’t-sleep-excited about the prospect of taking on a new home makeover and sharing every moment with you guys. We know it’s a sickness, but we actually crave remodeling and painting projects, so instead of feeling overwhelmed at the idea of starting all over again we’re actually pretty psyched about it.

Of course it’s bittersweet to leave the place that we love so fiercely, but as John put it best “we’ve enjoyed transforming an old dated house way too much to stop at just one.” And there are definitely some old houses out there that could use some love. At first I was in denial, making statements like “I’m never leaving- this is our forever house!” but John knows me too well. One day I just woke up (a few months ago) and was like “maybe we should look around at some open houses, you know… just for fun.” That sentiment soon turned into “oh my gosh, if we got a new place we could do this… and that…” and my mind nearly short circuited from all the possibilities. It was like someone turned on a light or opened a door and I suddenly couldn’t wait to explore.

So we mulled it over for a while to be certain it was what we both wanted (there’s no sense in being rash about matters of the heart like leaving your first love, er, house). We also discussed the idea with both of our parents (who are all so wise beyond their 35 years, har har) and they were amazingly supportive and excited for us.

So it’s official. We’re about to put our house on the market and we’re actively looking at other homes for sale. For any interested locals (wanna buy our house?) we figured we’d share the news here before it hits MLS. So feel free to email us if you’re seriously interested and ready to move (we’re in Bon Air which has awesome schools and charm to spare, and well, you can essentially take a virtual house tour here).

As for where we’re going, we’re planning to stay in the Richmond area, and we’re definitely in the market for another older dated home that could use our help. So we’d welcome suggestions for areas with great schools and charming older neighborhoods beyond our beloved Bon Air (which we’re definitely still considering, but not limiting ourselves to).

Oh and it’s probably fairly obvious that this won’t happen overnight. Finding a house to love as hard as we’ve loved this one definitely isn’t something we expect to do in a day (plus the act of selling our current house could easily take a few months or even longer). But we’re already actively on the hunt, and we plan to keep you posted about all the projects that we’re tackling to get our house in prime selling condition. We’ll also take you guys along on our journey when it comes to touring other houses, considering other areas, and figuring out exactly what we’re looking for (and what we’re not) before signing on that dotted line and grabbing the keys to our new casa. Of course with the holidays coming up we’ll still be taking on a lot of seasonal decorating projects along with whipping up gift guides, and serving up the regular blog fare like mood boards, House Crashings, Reader Redesigns, and more. Can’t wait.


  1. Janice says

    Great news! You’ll need more room if you plan to expand your family, and more projects for material to keep the blog going. Good luck with the search. You’ll know it’s the right one when you walk in.

  2. Shoshana says

    WOW!!! That IS big news! And such exciting news, too. Your adventurous spirit is so inspiring, and I wish you the very best in whatever new endeavor awaits. Can’t wait to follow the before-to-after journey at your new casa!

  3. marianne says

    YAY!! So excited to see what you do to a different house! I bet yours will sell in no time. There are readers who would buy it in a minute! Good luck!

  4. says

    Man. I think my heart just broke a little. I’m super excited about this–and was wondering how you’d keep this blog afloat when you ran out of ways to better your current home, but I wasn’t expecting it so soon!!

    Your house is dangerously similar to my own as far as size, features, and layout, so I’m going to be really sad that you’re leaving it! I’m pretty sure I’ll cry for a week when we outgrow our home.

    I’m so excited to see where you youngsters land, though!! And you’re totally right–there are lots of houses out there that deserve your loving attention!

  5. says

    Good luck! It will be an adventure to start on a new house!! I had noticed it was getting harder to do “big” projects since your house was looking so great :) I’m excited for you guys.

  6. Stacey says

    WHAT?!? If you guys are itching for more redo projects, you could just drive north to the Philly area and have your way w/ my old house! I’d be more than happy to babysit Clara and Burger ;o)


    No, seriously…that’s some big, exciting news! While I’ll be sad to see the current Casa Petersik go, I’m excited at the creative prospects a new Casa Petersik will bring. Best of luck and thanks for taking us along with you!

  7. Michelle says

    Wow – I am shocked! Mostly because I think I remember reading this was your “forever” home. Anyway, you’ve done a great job on this one, and I know how exciting it is to find a new project. We just sold our home and moved into an older fixer-upper. If we can do it, I know you two can! As if I wasn’t hoooked enough to this blog haha. Good luck!

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