Tuesday, August 19, 2014


I have been pretty silent lately on the blog, partly due to being busy and fully due to selling the house. That math doesn't make sense, but then I don't do math which is why I went to law school. So, we are officially under contract and moving next week. Oh my gosh. 

It's been a really interesting process and way more stressful than buying a home was. Aside from keeping a house completely spotless, and showing the house with an 8 month old that still naps twice a day, we had many ups and downs along the way. After three weeks on the market, we had really good foot traffic, and even a couple of repeat lookers.... But crickets. Finally three weeks in, we got our first offer. And it proceeded to get weird from there. 

The offer was ridiculously low, almost to the point we didn't even counter back. But we did, and in hindsight we wish we hadn't. Those buyers were incredibly wishy washy from the get go and their realtor who was all but absent from the entire process. It was a nightmare. Luckily, we got three more offers and a backup contract. The initial buyers ended up backing out, and now we are set to close with the new buyers next week. So, we had to go through two separate inspections, two separate appraisals, and lots of stress along the way. I am so glad we are almost done with this experience!

Onto the next stressful part of the move- finding a rental. Rather than rush to find a home to buy in Savannah, we decided we would take our time and figure out which area of town would be the right fit for our family. That way we can get it right the first time and not be locked into a mortgage anywhere. Finding a rental in a good area of town, with a fenced yard that allowed dogs, and a cute place is extremely difficult to come by. I looked for weeks and weeks and finally one popped up on Craigslist. As it turned out,my Sav family knew the owners and the deal was made. We are renting a really cute 3bd/2ba on beautiful Isle of Hope, within walking distance to the marina and Bluff Drive. Excited is not the word!!! Cannot even wait. The house just happens to be within a mile of my family, too. My husband says it's a conspiracy. Pumped.

So, the Atlanta house is mostly packed which is why I haven't been decorating or DIY'ing. My art supplies are also in boxes, but I can't wait to pick up a brush again. I look forward to getting involved in the art scene in Savannah and doing a few shows here and there around town. 

A couple of my abstracts I posted to instagram (@ashleyhoustondesigns)

I also look forward to designing a new house, even if it's a rental. Any tips on rental decor? Savannah artists, any groups or clubs I should look into? 

Adios, ATL!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

8 Months!

Miss Priss is 8 months old today and full of life. She is one active little girl. From the moment she's up in the morning to the time she crashes at night she is a busy lady! 

Her favorite thing to do right now is stand up and walk around the sides of her crib and pack-n-play. She plays so well in the p-n-p with all of her toys. She's gotten really good at walking around while holding on. Not sure when she will decide to let go and try it- don't think I am ready for all that yet! 

She is still loving the pool and went swimming many times over the last month. 

She is starting to look more like her daddy everyday. 

Although she still looks a whole lot like me, too. 

She got to play with her friend Riley a few weeks ago! Riley wore her out! I foresee these two having lots of playtime in the future. 

Evans is a bona fide member of the clean plate club. She loves her sippy cup and loves to feed herself. I've started giving her more finger foods and chopped up fruits and soft vegetables. She hardly ever leaves a crumb :) She only has 2 bottles a day now- morning and night. She would much rather have the real food! 

Lately she is totally intrigued by the washer and dryer. She will walk into the laundry room with her walker and stare at them going round and round. Easy entertainment, I'll take it! 

This month she got her first pair of shoes. I never saw the point in her wearing shoes as a baby, but now that she is mobile they seem to be a good idea. I couldn't resist these denim cuties!  

On this particular day, I told Hubs to dress her in something cute. He came down with her in all of her Braves gear. Sillies. 

Did I mention she pulls up on everything now? One of her go to spots is at the big bay window. She's soaking in the sun,  completely oblivious to her mom who is about to eat her up. 

So, here we are at 8 months. She is a wild and crazy girl. She has no time to sit still or cuddle. She is on the go-go-go most of her waking hours. I love hearing her giggles and the pitter patter of her little feet as she makes laps around the house in her walker. I laugh at her doing her "fake cry" just for attention, which is quickly followed by a smirk. The smell of her hair takes my breath away, and her chubby legs make me grind my teeth they are so cute. She's a complete handful. She's temperamental and opinionated already. She's a stinker and can be a fussy mess. 

Evans, you are some kind of wonderful. 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Master Bedroom Reno

Wow, things have been crazy around here lately. We are officially under contract on the house and moving to Savannah. More on that another day. Today I am sharing plans for a master bedroom renovation - at my parents. 

They have been considering moving downstairs to the guest room for years now. Last time I was home, I helped my dad design a layout and picked out finishes for the new bathroom and paint colors and flooring. Exciting!! 

Just a few pics of what's to come and the demo in progress.... 

Gray, chrome, white, and hardwood floors... Can't wait to see it all come together. I know my mom is so excited!!