For Sale By Owners

It’s been an interesting few weeks around here, and this picture pretty much sums up what we’ve got in the works…

Yep. We’re putting our current cottage on the market and we’re hoping to start a new adventure a little closer to Kev’s family!

They live in the next town over (about 40 minutes from our current house), so we’re hoping to sell this place and start fixing up another one closer to their neck of the woods, soon!

There are still a few rooms left to finish/completely renovate over here (laundry, mudroom, home office/2nd bedroom), not to mention a bunch of things that could use fixing up outside, but we’re hoping someone will want to pick up where we’ve left off. It’s been a really fun/comfortable place to call home over the past 5 years, and if it doesn’t sell we won’t be heartbroken…we’ll just keep fixin’ it up and try again in a year or two. (But, man, would we love to take advantage of the low interest rates right now if we can!)

Who knows what’ll happen!¬†We look forward to posting any house selling/buying updates here on our blog, and we’re excited to see what the future holds.

In the meantime, we’ve got a guest bathroom that’s finally ready for some finishing touches, so we’ll be back soon with all the before and afters!

PS: Looking to buy a cottage-style home in the 36067 zip code?

Drop us a line at TheLetteredCottage (at) gmail (dot) com for more info and to schedule a showing!

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  1. says

    Layla an Kevin, I would think your cottage would sell in a heartbeat! I’m sure there are folks who’ll be put off by any remaining needed repairs,but honestly it looks as if you’ve done the hardest things, and you’ve made everything so beautiful and charming. Shoot, if need be you could even throw in a bit of design time to help the new owners arrange their furniture and accessories in your place.

    Good luck to you as you seek to make this move! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could take advantage of these record-low rates? I hope it all works out for you!

  2. says

    Puh lease! Your house is going to sell by the end of today!! And if it doesn’t I will be shocked!! Who wouldn’t want to live in this beautiful home!!!! Good luck & Congrats on the next chapter!

  3. Carla says

    I would think it would sell in a heartbeat. Its allot more done then most houses you look at to buy. If I lived in that area I would put an offer in with the contingency that you have to help me design the rest of it, So it would all look great and not that everyone could tell which rooms I did. :)

  4. says

    Layla and Kevin,
    Your hard works and ingenuity will pay off b/c your home is a gem among some “rocks.” I sent you an email offering you some free advice (as a NC Real Estate Broker) Best of luck to you both in your next adventure.

    • Alison says

      In addition to the wonderful design and photo skills of Kevin and Layla, this is one of the reasons why I enjoy visiting this site… nice people like you who also visit and leave such generous comments as this one (the free advice). :-)

  5. says

    praying for the right folks to show up to become the new owners of your adorable space. i’m a pittsburgh girl through and through so i can’t see me buying your place…unless you are selling it furnished!

    all the best to you!

  6. says

    I wish MN wasn’t so far from you! I’d buy your place! You won’t have any trouble selling your cottage! Looking forward to the next adventure!

  7. says

    NOOOOO you can’t sell the cottage :) I’m just kidding but it does break my heart a little bit. BUT I can’t wait to follow you along on your next adventure.

  8. Elaine says

    Wow! I couldn’t believe it when I read it ! I know how bitter sweet this must feel… It’s a big decision to make and I know of the feelings that come along with it. I’m sure it will sell….and then just think of what you can find awaiting you around the next corner :) Wow… yep this is a journey…and although I am not going through the same stuff as you, I’m glad you take us along with you on the ride :) . Good luck!

  9. says

    I would totally buy your house if it was closer to my work, but a commute from there to Fort Worth would be a killer.

    I bet you get a buyer within a week! Good luck!

    How exciting for you to be embarking on this new adventure!!

  10. Susan W. says

    Somebody is going to be REALLY LUCKY to own this gorgeous home!!

    Good luck with selling it. I’m already looking forward to seeing what you have in store for your next one!

  11. Marianne in Mo. says

    Oh I wish you luck! What an exciting prospect to move closer to family and start the process over again! I know your current place will sell fast, how can it not? Happy times ahead!! ;o)

  12. Becky says

    If only we didn’t live in Ontario!!! I’ve enjoyed watching you transform your home and have been inspired countless times by your creatiivty and decor courage. Can’t wait to see what’s next!

  13. says

    We sold our house FSBO a couple of years ago too. One thing that was really valuable was getting on the MLS so our house could be on Something like 90% of sales now start with an online search, so if you haven’t yet, check out listing your house with a FSBO agency that wil allow you to list on We found one here in Ohio and it ost us like, $350.00ish.

    You’ve done such a great job with the house, so hopefully it will sell soon.

      • Peggy in TN says

        My husband and I have bought and sold FSBO and truly have not had a hard time EVER. You can get forms through the internet or from a local store. Makes everything easy peasy! Don’t be scared…you can do it!!!!

      • says

        My best advice would be to set deadlines! That was the biggest issue that we had with the sellers! Hopefully it will all turn out smoothly like it did for Peggy in TN! And if you want to take a look at our process jump on over to my newbie blog!

  14. faye says

    Good luck. I look forward to seeing the renos on your new home. Your blog has definitely given me lots of ideas and helpful tips for my own renovations.

  15. bdaiss says

    Well someone is going to get very lucky with your gorgeous little cottage. I can’t believe you just finished the office and are ready to let it go! I think I’d be living in that room alone until it sells. : ) Best of luck and looking forward to following the next chapter of your adventure!

  16. MimiG says

    The commute’s a wit bit much for Birmingham, don’t want to “live” on I65 every day! I think once you get it staged in the awesome Layla/Kevin way, you won’t have any problems. I would think any redos needed would be minor next to what the buyer will receive in value of what you’ve already done.
    Best of luck!

  17. says

    Oh, best of luck for a quick sale! That is very exciting for you, and I can’t wait to see your next home. I know it will be as beautiful as this one (or better, if that’s possible =)

  18. Lila says

    Layla, What is the address so interested parties can search when you get the MLS listing done? Thanks and good luck. It is a charmer.

  19. says

    That is so exciting. I hope you are able to sell quickly and find the perfect new place near Kevin’s family. We are in the process of trying to buy our first home. We just finished signing all the paperwork to accept the bank’s counter offer and now we just need to schedule an inspection. Crossing our fingers that no big problems pop-up.

  20. Julia says

    I’ll take it!! (If you can move it to Austin TX) ;) I’m sure it will sell in no time!! It is such a lovely little home!!

  21. says

    I couldn’t believe it when I first read it! But welcome change is good, and you know we will all love to read about the new house and renovations just as much as we loved this house!

  22. Lee says

    I live just up the street on Wildwood (and you live across from my great Grandparents homestead) and know several people looking! I’ll pass on your info! Sad to see you go, but praying for a quick, easy sale!

  23. Rebecca says

    What? You just finished that perfect guestroom/Kev’s office. On the up side, I have always sold my own houses. The first one, I was on my late twenties, Had no real estate experience and still don’t, professionally that is. I remember someway, somehow, I was led to a title agency. The title agency gave me all the information I needed for myself and prospective buyers. This was days before I had a search engine! I mean, they have to have the proper paperwork at closing. They’re the final stop. And everyone was so helpful, I was so surprised! So call a title agency, have your questions prepared and ask what other things you need to know? Before long, I was advising prospective young buyers on what is what. I had so much confidence because I was so prepared. And if a question came up I didn’t have the answer to, I told them I’d find out, then I’d call the lady I last spoke with at the title company, got my answer and delivered it to my interested party. Never on any of my home was it a struggle. I can actually say I enjoyed the experiences.

  24. says

    WoW!! I bet your house sells in a day! I’m so excited for you guys, but I bet your feeling a little torn too, I’m sure it will be really hard to leave the home that you have put sooo much love into.
    Good Luck, I’m excited to see where you end up.

  25. Jan says

    Oh…I wish I was looking for a house there…I would have to have that cottage. Lucky are the ones that get to have it!

  26. says

    Oh I wish you lots of luck!!! Wish I lived nearby. IDE snatch up your home in a sec. Looking forward to your next adventure.

  27. Angie Foster says

    This might be a silly question, but is that your staircase? Im looking for the perfect white (not too bright, not too creamy) and I love that one. If it is your staircase, can you tell me what paint color it is? Thanks!

  28. Bernice says

    Oh my goodness…wow! well what ever you do will be just as lovely and satisfying as what you have done . Just a little concern; before showings ,make sure prospective buyers are PREqualified BEFORE showing. What a drag it is to have looky loos, then they dont qualify for financing.! grrr

  29. Cee says

    Your house will sell in a heartbeat. I just sold our second FSBO, the first one we sold in a week and our last house sold in 2 weeks.

    The only advice I can give is even though your house is beautifully done, declutter it a lot. Both our houses almost looked empty but that’s what the buyers liked.

    When doing FSBO you’re also going to get tons of realtors calling you wanting to represent you and basically telling you that you’re stupid for trying to sell by owner in this market. I had so many scumbag realtors offering ‘advice’ and second guessing my price and in the end we sold for $3000 less than asking price and they buyers asked for nothing after the inspection either.

    Stick to your guns and don’t let realtors scare you into signing with them. Market locally on bulletin boards around town, Zillow and Craigslits before paying to list on the MLS. I sold our first house that way and the second I sold the day after I put it on the MLS before it even went live. $200 wasted.

    Good luck!

  30. says

    I’m sure your next home will be just as beautiful—and hopefully have 2 additional little feet joining you.

    The dog painting over your sofa—-it’s in my son’s bedroom. We had to smile when we saw it. I told him he could take it to his next home when he gets married and leaves me…because I’m not letting them leave me unless they are married…and even then have a strong case for free in home childcare to offer their wives! ; 0 )

  31. says

    Oh, how I would LOVE to get my hands on that cottage of yours! It is gorgeous and I am sure you will have no problem selling that beauty! Someone will seriously hit the jackpot with that home! Have fun on this new adventure! : )

  32. says

    The new owners may want you to finish the rooms. You might want to offer your consulting services for a reduced rate after the close. Just a thought! Good Luck

  33. says

    Good luck!! Your home is beautiful and you’re very house savy, so I’m sure you’ll have a quick time with it. My wife and I sold our first home ourselves two years ago and we were able to find a buyer very quickly (~2 days). As long as it hits the MLS, you’ll be good. Congrats on your decision!

  34. Gail E says

    If I were moving to your area, I would buy your cottage in a heartbeat. Your home is a gem and whomever buys it will be one extremely fortunate person! Wishing you the very best and looking forward to your next adventure.

  35. says

    I never realized that you are in Prattville. I lived there for several years and have many fond memories of the area. Now I’m wishing I still lived there so I could take that beautiful cottage off your hands. Best of luck to you as you start this new chapter in your lives.

  36. says

    That is such great news!! I don’t think you will have any problems selling your lovely cottage…. It looks stunning already, even if there is some little fixing up to do. Why can’t we buy the property? :-) Wishing I lived there with my family, it looks so fab!
    We’re still looking around to move, but can’t find anything that is reasonably priced… Anyway, I wish you all the luck in the world in finding a new house to call home and I’m sure you will make it even more lovely than this one – you guys work magic in homes!!
    Inge x

  37. Jcrn says

    Please post the listing when you can. I’d love to see that and may know of someone who’d like to see it.

  38. says

    It’s so exciting forging ahead on a new adventure! (And a new house to renovate.) I’m sure you’ll find someone who will cherish your lovely home. Best of luck!

  39. Melinda says

    What a great adventure! Best wishes with selling and buying. Yay for us who get to follow it all on The Lettered Cottage : )

  40. Kim in MD says

    Wow…here you go again! You guys have done such a gorgeous job renovating your home. I’m sure it will sell quickly! :-)

  41. Angela says

    I think I’m going to cry! If I could pick this house up and move it to Georgia, I’d buy it today. Good luck to you guys, can’t wait to see what’s in store for you next!

  42. says

    Your home and the work you have done in it is excellent. Good luck on the sale and when it happens I can’t wait to see what you’ll do next! You two are a real team!

  43. Brenda says

    Your home is lovely and I’m sure you will have a quick sale. Good luck with the move. I look forward to seeing your new home!

  44. says

    Yea! We just finished up our house and are selling it by owner also.
    I guess we’ll both be looking for new ugly houses :)
    Yours is so beautiful. I’m sure it will go quickly! Best of luck.

  45. Amy says

    I so wish we could buy it! Not only is it lovely, but what a great thing to buy a house from such a lovely couple. Unfortunately we’re a little far from your zip code (like Arizona far). But I agree with someone else who said they’d want to buy it furnished!

    • Layla says

      Ooh! My nephew is moving to AZ in December! We look forward to visiting him while he and his (military) family live there!

      • Amy says

        Really?! Well, when you’re in town, if you feel the need to try your decorating magic in the desert, come to my house! I love it, but there are a couple of rooms I just can’t figure out. Or maybe more than a couple. : )

  46. says

    Oh wow! Good luck! If I lived in the area, I’d snatch it up in a heartbeat. It’s a beautiful home. Very much looking forward to the work you put in on your next home, but I can’t help but be sad you’re having to walk away from a house you just put so much time and effort into. I don’t think I’d ever be able to leave after all that!

    • Layla says

      Thank you, Nicole! :-) We’re actually really excited about the potential opportunity to move to our friends and family’s neighborhood…and to fix up another fixer upper, of course! :-D

  47. Amy says

    Love your place. It will sell fast, I’m sure. We bought By Owner for the first time a couple years ago and it went very smoothly. Be encouraged.
    We had such a great experience, that when we are ready to sell this place, we will go By Owner as well!
    Looking forward to what the future holds for you. :)

  48. says

    What big news! Your blog is the first I had ever read and I’m constantly inspired by your projects and room transformation. I totally get moving closer to family and I don’t think you’ll have any problems selling your current home. Looking forward to sharing this new journey on the blog with you!

  49. Candice says

    It will be one lucky buyer who lands this deal! Best of luck with your new adventure. I look forward to seeing your hard work and creativity turn another house into a beautify home.

  50. says

    Aw guys! What a fantastic journey for y’all to start but I gotta say, I’m sad. I REALLY REALLY want your home for my own. Sadly, I live by Davis Monthan AF base here in AZ. (No such luck of purchasing in my immediate future.) I know whomever does get the blessing though, will appreciate it as much as y’all have.

    GOOD LUCK & many more blessings!

  51. cathy says

    Beautiful home. Am sure you will have a SOLD sign up in no time. Can you tell me where you got your patchwork quilt? I saw something similar on HOUZZ and have searched high and low for it with no luck. If you don’t mind sharing I would appreciate it very much!!

  52. says

    Good luck with your sale. I know it will go quickly, and you are so right about the interest rates right now. We really should see about refinancing. I have an 8 acre tract of land in Prattville that I have not even seen that I would like to sale (to pay for college costs). Too bad we couldn’t get your house together with our land!

  53. Erika says

    Congrats on this exciting adventure! I had a feeling you guys were getting ready to call it quits at the were posting less and less about projects completed there. No doubt you guys will be considering MANY buyers prices…so many folks will be in competition just to have bragging rights and say “Yup, we now own the original THE LETTERED COTTAGE!”

    You guys are practically blogging royalty! :->

    • Layla says

      Thanks Erika! :-) It actually wasn’t on our minds until a few weeks ago, but if it does sell, we’ll be looking forward to documenting our renoventures at the next place, too! :-D

  54. Tiff says

    The master bath freshen-up got me wondering ;)
    I’ve LOVED watching the progress on your cottage over the years and look forward to seeing your next one develop.
    Praying all goes well in the sale and that you are led easily to your next home. x

  55. JoLynn says

    Best of luck to you! It is such a cute place I am sure you won’t have a problem selling! We just put our house on the market last week to see what would happen (we don’t have to move til next June), but so far we’ve had showings, but no offers. I don’t always like the unknown, but I’m just trying to be patient! :). Keep us informed! I got so much inspiration from your blog in doing projects around here, as yours was one of the first blogs I stumbled upon, so thank you!!!

    • Layla says

      Lol, Claire! :-D We’re actually pricing it lower than our appraisal in hopes of a quick and low-stress sale! :-)

  56. Mia B says

    I am not sure if it’s the same when selling a house, but we have several rental properties and we quit doing individual showings after our first house. I believe you work from home, so you might be around and able to fit in last-minute showings, but for our rental properties paired our very full and busy day jobs, it was killing us to run over there all the time (me and DH always, no solo showings, Layla! Not safe!) for lunchtime appts, after work, at all hours. It was SO disruptive.

    After that first round and with our other properties, we now do an extensive website (basic wordpress template, nothing custom, but it gets the job done), more pictures than you would think anyone would ever care about (because they do, they seriously do!) of all the details (faucets, tiles, closets, etc) organized by room. We post on all the usual places, local paper, Craigslist (that is most popular in our area for rentals) about 5-6 days in advance. We get emails and questions and requests for “previews” all week long, and we will answer any questions but don’t do previews, just send lease applications back (also available on our website!) and say to show up at the open house with them filled out for first consideration. Then we have an open house, 2-4pm on Sunday. Two hours, short and sweet. We have never had to have more than two open houses in a row, usually close the deal with the first one. We always have good traffic and often we have multiple applicants competing submit at that open house. The one time we had bad turnout we only gave two days’ notice of the open house – that was not enough time and we ended up having to have a second one the next weekend. People fall in love with the pictures on the site and are already practically sold by the time they show up.

    I know it’s likely somewhat different for a sale rather than rent, but keep in mind the competition seems to make people more likely to move on a property, and factor in the time suck of all the showings. Good luck to you and can’t wait to see what happens!

  57. Julie B. [Holland] says

    Best of luck you two! Hope your next journey is as much fun as this one! Cant wait to hear/see what happens! :)

  58. says

    Oh my goodness! I somehow had missed that so fun stairway detailing. Did you do a post on it? I’ll have to see if I can find it. Love Love Love it!!!

    Best wishes on the Sale of your house…and hope that it’s not in the path of the hurricane.


  59. says

    Layla, I read your blog everyday and was so surprised to hear the news. But being close to family is so important- it means everything! I hope that someone out there see’s your home as the special Gem that it is. I am sure that there is someone out there that will see your home the way we all see it, a place that has been loved and nurtured into a very special home. Good Luck and keep us all posted.

  60. Chrissy says

    just found your site.
    interested in your “metal” roof— did you all put the roof on?
    any info you can share? (our current asphalt shingle roof has seen better days)

  61. DJ says

    Best wishes to you both. Your home is beautiful.
    Earlier this year we listed our home in Tallassee (just down the road from you all) FSBO, craigslist, zillow, etc, but decided to go the rental route.
    Looking forward to seeing what you decide for this or any other home!

  62. Pam Carswell says

    Hey Layla, I love your cottage and would make an offer if I could talk myself into the 10 hr commute to work! But since I can’t have your house, could you share with me the paint color that is on your stairway, the bluish/green color? I LOVE IT! So fresh and soothing all at the same time!
    Thanks and happy selling! I have a feeling someone is gonna snap up that baby of a cottage!

  63. KarlaJ says

    But….what about your beautiful kitchen? Kev’s office? The guest bathroom?! I feel sad and I don’t even own it. You’ve done some awesome, creative projects in your home and I have loved seeing it come together. I can’t wait until you get started on the next one! Good luck!

  64. Lisa says

    WOW! Wishing you luck on your next adventure. . .it can be a roller coaster of emotions when you are selling something you put so much of your heart and soul into. You guys are blessed with so much talent I just can’t wait to see what you’ll do next!! Do you have any thoughts on what type of house your looking for . . . maybe a farm house or an old victorian fixer upper?

  65. says

    Have you considered renting? Your area is a great area for renting since there’s so much military coming in and out. We bought a home in your town in 2003 and moved out in 2006 and have had it steadily rented out (with Carol Lemon Realty managing it for us beautifully) ever since. We’ve never regretted it! I would rent your home ; )

  66. Ashli says

    Being closer to family is great. I know that God will bless you and open doors accordingly. What an awesome couple, and I LOVE your house, home, cottage, and YOU!

  67. Tiff says

    Oh pooey!! Please please please do the ‘cat room’ in your next house : ) I’ve been anxiously awaiting it’s reveal in your current home since it’s listed on your ‘map of the house…’ Good luck!! We just bought our first place! : )

  68. Chris P says

    OMG! I wish it were in Des Moines, Iowa!!! What is best is what will happen-you two could turn anything into a home in short order!! Go forth, sell and start a new home!!

  69. says

    Well you’re about to make someone out there searching for a fabulous new home very happy because when they see yours they will fall in love!

    Good luck!


  70. says

    Best of luck! I LOVE your home, but we are in MA and in MA we will stay. Wishing you luck in your new adventure, whatever that may be <3

  71. says

    Seriously considering buying your home as a vacation home for my family! Aahhh, it would be so peaceful. It will be gone in a heartbeat…best of luck in your new adventure…it will turn to gold too!

  72. says

    Oh, good luck!! Such an exciting time… any buyer would be so fortunate to snap up your sweet little abode and be able to rest in the knowledge of renovations done RIGHT. Look forward to the updates!
    xo Heidi

  73. JolieAnne says

    Maybe you could put on your blog what you like about your town just in case someone is looking to re-locate? I think you should entertain the thought of *maybe* offering some furnishings if someone likes them. I know from experience to remove what you absolutely have to keep before someone wants to write it into the contract. I was able to keep an antique light fixture because I replaced it with a less expensive light fixture that looked just as good. I had a feeling that the new owners would have asked for it to be included in the sale! That antique light fixture was in my family for years so I couldn’t let it go! I would love to live in your house but I don’t know anything about your town or area. I live near the beach in Florida so most people who have photos of their homes add a photo of the beach or important places in our town.
    Wishing you all the best as you move closer to family, I think that is a great choice! I have a feeling your home won’t be on the market for very long!

  74. Lora Spangler says

    WOW! If I were you I’d want to take Kevin’s office with me… you just finished it and it is so beautiful! A couple of years ago we sold our house for-sale-by-owner… it was so much fun to do ourselves! Best of luck to you both!

  75. says

    I have your website linked at the side of my blog as a favorite place to visit, and when I noticed the ‘for sale by owners’ I thought ‘no, not their house’. Ah!

    Having renovated three homes (we’re actually still working on #3 – it’s taking a l-o-n-g time), I can’t imagine ever doing this again. The current house has taken it all out of me. lol

    I wish you luck in selling (I can’t imagine that a place so wonderful won’t be snatched up almost immediately), and good luck in finding another house to turn into a gem of a home. Happy hunting!

    I’ve enjoyed following along in your remodeling adventures, and have learned a few things in doing so. I’ll look forward to what’s in store. :-)

  76. joan e says

    It’s always so sad when a friend moves away. What’s great about you, is that I just have to click my desktop icon and go visit you. Lovely! Hoping it all goes easy for you.

    we went to Home Depot today to look for some of the planking wood – we plan to use it on our wall. The “helper guy” said he’d have to order it, they didn’t have any on hand. Well…because of your clear pictures (good to know what you’re looking for) and instructions we persevered and found it ourselves. Yay!

  77. says

    Admit it—you just need more blog content now that this house is almost done ;) Just KIDDING! What an awesome adventure for you two! Can’t wait to hear you sold your house in 2 days and are moving to your next fixer-upper! :) xo

    • Layla says

      Ha! We actually sort of feel bad putting this ol’ place up for sale with so much work left to do, but we’re hoping the next owner is cool with picking up where we left off! :-) And, who knows, if it doesn’t sell in the next month or so, we’ll probably just stay put and deal with the drive to our friends and family’s town. Only time will tell, I guess! :-D

  78. says

    I’m sure you’re so busy with the process of selling your house. I had sent a message a couple of days ago saying that I was very much interested in buying this home. Could you send me some information?

    It’s so darling and has served as my inspiriation!!

    Thank you!

  79. says

    I am sure you will be sad to leave all of the work youhave done here, but I can’t wait to see what you take on for your next project! Thanks for the really great photos – I love to see the details of your projects!

  80. Tina says

    You may already be doing this, but offering the going rate to the buyers agent should get a lot more showings and QUALIFIED potential buyers. We were fortunate to work with a very nice buyer’s agent when we sold our house by owner several years ago. Your house is a buyer’s dream, good luck!

    • Layla says

      Yep. We’re totally open to paying the buyers agent a commission on the sale, and we’re looking forward to showing a couple of agent’s clients this weekend! :-D

  81. says

    I can’t believe the price! A steal (at least compared to my part of the country).

    Our housing prices have shot through the roof over the past few years. Nearly 20 years ago (how time flies) we bought our first house w/ 2 acres for $65K. We scraped to get into the housing market. It was so much money! Ten years ago our current home was purchased for 235K w/ five acres. Before the economy tanked the property was worth twice that amount (rural is no longer worth as much as suburb and city). A home like yours, with that much square footage, in a desirable area, still sells for upwards of $300K. I kid you not.

  82. says

    So exciting & nerve racking at that same time! Trust me…I know! We sold our first home last Spring & have been renovating our new home ever since back in our hometown of LeClaire, Iowa. We are so excited to be back near family & friends. There is still a ton of work to do! Best of luck with the sale of your home. I know someone will come along & appreciate your hard work & cozy cottage. Hope it all works out, so you can tell us all about the next home!

  83. Kathy says

    Layla and Kevin,
    No worries, I’m sure your house will be sold by this weekend, if not sooner! I CAN NOT WAIT to see the new place you buy and follow you through the reno, ’cause I know it will be amazing, just as this has been. Best of luck to you! HOW EXCITING!!!!

    • Layla says

      Thank you, Darlene! We’ve had 3 really great showings so far and we’re hoping to know more about what we’re doing this next week! ;-)

  84. Rosette says

    OMG Layla! I absolutely LOVE your home! I am trying to convince my husband to buy a vacation home in Prattville, Alabama. We’re in Toronto, Canada and people here usually like to retire to Florida. I say Prattville is close enough!

    You have made it a beautiful home and I am sure anyone would be super thrilled to have it!


  85. says

    I so much enjoyed meeting you on Saturday and thank you for opening your home to my bestie and me! Of course she & I both feel in love with your cottage! I would have been happy to stay and pick your brillant beautiful decorating mind all day! Your home reflects your beautiful spirit and as a “novice” decorator I was so inspired from visitig with you. THANK YOU FOR SHARING! You have a new followerer (can’t wait to see your new project) and I felt a new friend due to your openness and kindness!! Are you sure you weren’t born “Southern”? :)

    • Layla says

      Thank you, Beverly! It was so fun meeting y’all and I appreciate the sweet comments about our place! It’s been a labor of love, that’s for sure! :-D

  86. says

    Best of luck! It is a lovely home! My husband and I sold our home this past Spring, FSBO. We used (a MLS listing site) and were very pleased. All of our calls and showings came from realtors who were looking for clients, so it was worth the $300 fee. We live in north Alabama, and our home sold in six weeks. I hope it sells for you soon!

  87. Brittany says

    I dated a guy for a couple of years who lived just a few doors down from your house! I always loved Wetumpka St! Very charming! Best of luck with the sale!

  88. Elizabeth M. says

    Puleese say you’re moving closer to Atlanta, LOL!! I would love to have creative neighbors like you. I need to send you pics of my kitchen. It needs a presto BAD! Good luck on the home sale:-) I am certain if i were Bama bound, I would snap it up!

  89. says

    It’s exciting and daunting – but I wish you the best of luck! I have my old house for sale right now – using a realtor though since I live in a small town. Your house is just gorgeous – a buyer would be lucky to snap it up!

  90. jordyn says

    Love love love your house! Wish I lived in the area :) me and my husband are getting ready to buy a new fixer upper as well! Any tips on things to look for when buying a cottage fixer upper?!?

  91. Amanda DeLoach says

    I just found your website thru and as I was reading things kept looking familiar and I realized you guys live in Prattville. I used to live in Prattville and I actually used to live on your street. It is my absolute favorite street in the whole city. I rented an apartment on the back of a house across the street from you guys. The owners of it took on a big project and renovated the house like you guys have. I hope you guys find a buyer who will keep the house looking as beautiful as you two have made it!

    • Layla says

      Hi Amanda! What a coincidence! :-D
      We’ve actually sold the house since that post, and we’re on the lookout for a new (old) one now!

  92. Karen says

    I know that you get a ton of questions but can I ask about that staircase with the cherries? Is that a piece of wood that you found and worked in or did it come that way? That is the most adorable thing I have ever seen!!! Love your blog and at the age of 62 you have inspired me to buy an old house and just get in there and do it! Thanks again.

    • Layla says

      Hi Karen!
      I actually found that photo online, so I’m not sure about the cherries! :-D
      Thank you so much for swinging by and saying hello today though- it’s so nice to e-meet you!

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