Selling The House (And *Hopefully* Buying Another One!)

We accepted an offer from a sweet local gal on Monday, so our house is officially under contract! Assuming everything goes through as planned, we look forward to moving back near our old stomping grounds sometime next month.

We moved here (to Prattville) five years ago to be closer to a job that Kevin and I both worked at at the time, but now that we’re both self-employed, (and excited to start a family in the near future!) we’d like to head back near the city we were married and started our life together in. Our Montgomery area BFF’s and Kevin’s side of the family are excited that we’re moving back that way, and we’re looking forward to living closer to them again, too!

Before last month, we kind of had a 2-year plan when it came to the idea of putting our house up for sale. BUT, we’ve never been real big on the “p” word, and sometimes we get wild hairs. And by “sometimes” I mean, all the time. And by wild hairs I mean, wild hairs that like low interest rates. 

In addition to moving back in the direction of family (my mom, brother, and nephew too!) I also love the idea of picking another run-down cottage up, dusting it off, and loving it back to life- and I’m so thankful that my hubby is just as spontaneous as I am when it comes to house-y stuff!


Fingers crossed, we’ll be squeezing each other and smiling BIG about our next labor of love real soon. We made an offer on a lonely-yet-lovable “cottage that could” today, so hopefully I’ll have fun news to share about that the next time I sit down to blog!

PS- We’ll be over at the True Value Facebook page on DIY Blog Squad duty tomorrow (Thursday, September 6th). If you have a home improvement-related question you’d like to throw our way, we’d be happy to e-toss an answer back at’cha over there!

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  1. says

    Congrats! I knew you would sell it quickly, heck, if I lived closer, I would make my girls move out and sell my 3000 square foot house for that darling cottage! I can’t wait to follow the next adventure!

  2. Suzie Q says

    Fingers & toes crossed that all goes smoothly on both sale & purchase! I know that feeling…waiting patiently is not my idea of fun!

  3. says

    Congrats! I knew it would sell quickly! I do have to say I’m kind of sad too. What a weirdo. I don’t even “know” you guys but seeing you put the love into each room and projects that made me feel like “hey *I* could actually do that too.” I know you’ll do those in the house to come as well but if the person who bought it knows the bloggy history of the home, maybe she’d consider letting you come back and take pics when she’s put her signature on the house? :-)

    • Layla says

      Hey Anele! :-)
      We’re excited to love another little place back to life, and we look forward to sharing all our reno-ventures here on TLC! I don’t know if the new owner of our current home would be up for a re-shoot, but if she ever mentions it, we’ll bring our cameras back and snap away! 😀

  4. says

    Congrats on the selling of your sweet home..keeping my fingers crossed you get a rumbly fixer upper so I can enjoy your process…

  5. Ter'e Crow Lindsay says

    Bless your hearts!!!!!!! Sounds like a PLAN to me. I am so excited to hear what comes next. Can’t wait to be a cyber guest in your next home!
    Can you not just take that guestroom/office with you? I love that room!!!!!!! Shoot, has anyone even slept in the room yet? I’ll gladly volunteer! :-) Ter’e

  6. gina says

    i see a little one in your future…maybe a little souvenir from your Compassion trip? you may not have a plan…but He does!

  7. Liz VanKirk says

    Can’t wait to hear about the new house & to see pictures. Hopefully they’ll accept your offer. Excitement to see what you’ll create now! Good Luck.

  8. says

    So excited for y’all! Fingers crossed your offer is accepted on the cottage that could and the sale of the original cottage is issue free. Good luck!

    And Gina, I couldn’t agree with you more about “the plan”.

  9. Sue says

    I knew your beautiful house would sell quickly. Someone will be very lucky to get it with all the great changes you’ve made. It must be a little hard to leave it when it’s all coming together like you wanted, but if you’re like us, family is the most important thing. I know you will make a beautiful home wherever you go. I hate to see a sign that says “home for sale” cause you can sell a house but not a “home”. Best of luck in your new place. I know you both will do some wonderful things with it.

  10. Kim in MD says

    Congratulations Layla and Kevin on the sale of your home and your contract on a new cottage! I can’t wait to hear more, and to see what gorgeous things you do to your new home! :-)

  11. Amy says

    Will be so nice to live closer to family once your’s begins to expand!

    We just moved closer to our daughter so we could be near our grand daughter who is two.

    Exciting times ahead for you that is for certain!

    • Layla says

      I agree whole-heartedly, Amy! 😀 So glad you had the chance to be closer to your grandbaby, too!

  12. gtrexler says

    Congratulations and I can’t wait to follow you to your new cottage that you’ll have looking great in no time! Good luck with everything.

  13. says

    Good luck with your move. As you can see by your empty nest remodel blog, moving can be quite a challenge but we love it as much as you do (not!) Look forward to seeing what you do with the new place and your current buyer is very lucky!

  14. says

    Congrats on this new adventure. I can’t wait to see what you guys do to the next house. You are both so talented.

  15. says

    Congrats…living near family and great friends is always a great thing especially when you are thinking about starting a family…we moved away to be closer to our son’s family and it was the best thing we ever did…
    Good luck!! Looking forward to your new adventures in bringing another house back to life!

  16. Laura says

    Layla, you inspire me. Not just in the decorating choices you make but the way you live your life. My husband and I are going through the process of putting our house for sale, buying another and having a baby. I hope to live the adventure with the same wonderful attitude you have when tackling new projects and new dreams. Best of luck to you!

  17. Beth says

    Congrats on getting a contract so quickly! My daughter lives in Montgomery. She and her husband own the Benjamin Moore paint store called New Look. I have a small shop inside their place… hope you stop by some time! Brian and Amy would love to meet you!

  18. says

    Congrats Guys!! Not that there was any doubt in my mind that it would sell. You are just so lucky that you didn’t have to wait to long. Now you can find the next gem. Can’t wait to see what you guys do next!

  19. says

    Moving is such hard work, but such an exciting chance to open up a new door…to new experiences, so new paths in life. Best of luck over the next few months!

    – Holly

  20. says

    Must feel kind of sad to be leaving a house you’ve worked so hard on, but good luck finding your new dream home!

  21. says

    Congratulations! That is so exciting to be back near family & friends + a new house to revive. We are currently staying with my Mom back in our hometown as we renovate our dreams come true. It sure seems like someone has a plan for your family. Best of luck on your new path. I’m giddy about seeing the next cottage that could:)