Opening a New Door – We bought a new House!

We bought a New House We’ve had some big changes around here lately! Recently my husband and I bought a new house!! And when I say recently, we just moved in a week ago, so yes veeery recent!

Even though I will miss my fabulous kitchen in my old house, we are so excited about this move. For years we have wanted to move closer to the city. The little rural town that we lived in was a great place to raise a family, but now that the kids are grown, and we are no longer tied to a particular school district…. we are really excited about this next phase of our lives! My husband has been commuting an hour and a half each way to work for over 15 years, his commute is less than half of that now, which means more leisure time for him and more together time for us. For the first time in our married lives, we finally live near restaurants, shops, movie theaters, coffee shops and so much more!

When we got married, we each had two kids from our previous marriages, so we started out together with a full family, since all of the kids lived with us full time. For years we have looked forward to a time when we could do things together just the two of us, and now that time is finally here, we are going to be taking full advantage of all that this new area has to offer! No empty nest syndrome here! We are opening a New Door and jumping right on through it! I’m looking forward to spontaneous dinners out, shopping at the local barn sales (there are quite a few around here!), going to the movies on a rainy Saturday, hopping on the train to D.C. to check out the Museums and Galleries, and going to the various local festivals! Of course we’ll be spending lots of time decorating our new house too, (I’ll be sharing lots of photos soon, so stay tuned for that!) and everything that we need, paint, hardware, lumber etc., is now just a hop, skip and a jump away! We’ve only been here a week but I feel different somehow. I think a move can do that for you, it’s like a fresh start. I feel a little lighter and freer and I’m looking forward to many happy years in our new home.

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  1. So thrilled for your new adventure!! I have a few more years to go before the empty nest hits – I can’t imagine how excited you are to start this new chapter! Congrats on the move, and keep us up to date with photos as you decorate! Also, thanks for the heads up on the contest, I am going to enter!

    • Karen Watson says:

      Thanks so much Candace!! I’ll be sharing lots of photos of the inside soon! It’s a little crazy right now… boxes everywhere still, and then I’ve started decorating projects at the same time! Wishing you much luck on the contest!

  2. Look at you……how cute you are and what a beautiful smile!!! What an exciting adventure you are on……so many new discoveries to be made……and new memories to be made………..its an exciting time of life for you, a fresh start, wishing you the very best!!!! Can’t wait to see more photos…….

  3. I don’t know what I love more…….the excitement of knowing all the new projects you’ll share, or the fact that you’re wearing one of my favorite sandals of all time!

    • Karen Watson says:

      Kim, those sandals are the best!!! I hate to wear anything else on my feet during the Summer, I have a brown pair too and I just bought a tan pair with a wedge heel! Love my Crocs!!

  4. congratulations on your move. It sounds as if you have many plans, Enjoy. PS you look really cute!

  5. Julia G. says:

    Congratulations on the new house and the empty nest!

  6. That’s wonderful..sounds like you’ll be having a great time in the coming yrs…should you be in Annapolis when the First Sunday Arts Festival is going on…look me up…just sew darling…you’ll see a lot of Graphics Fairy transfers…ALL over my work..Best Wishes for a fantastic time in your new local………Wende

    • Karen Watson says:

      Oh!! That sounds like fun! I’m so glad you are finding the transfers useful!! I hope you sell like crazy!

  7. Katie Ellison says:

    Congratulations to the genius who has spawned so many creative dreams. Hope your new adventure is blessed with fulfillment, romance and contentment. Can’t wait to see where you hang the horse. Fondly, Katie

    • Karen Watson says:

      Thank you so much Katie!! I just found the box with the Horse in it yesterday actually! He’s propped up against the wall for now, but I’ll get him properly hung up soon!

  8. Oh! Congratulations! And I quite understand the delights of having a new life ahead! And on a completely different side note, you have fabulous arms. Just sayin’.

  9. I totally can not believe you have an empty nest!!! Seeing that picture, I could have sworn you are not a day older than 29…lol!

    Best wishes for a happy and beautiful love nest for the mama and papa birds :-D I look forward to seeing how you decorate and style!

    Gunnvor Karita

  10. Congrats on your new home! Sounds like a very exciting change. I am sure you will be keeping very busy as you decorate your new home and make new memories. Also Thanks again for featuring my WANTED table as I know you must be spread thin with all you have going on.
    So very happy for you!

    • Karen Watson says:

      Thank you Kimberly! And you are very welcome for the feature, your table was awesome and we were thrilled to feature it!

  11. Congratulations on the new home and amenities close at hand. I know you will be loving the night life and day fun.

  12. Congratulations Karen! So happy for you and your husband.
    My husband and I are doing the same. We are having our
    retirement home built in Kentucky (almost finished) and are
    moving from Southern California to a small rural town. It will
    be a big change for us (living in CA all our lives) to move to
    a small town. But wanting a slower pace of living, owning some
    land and having a large veggie garden, and of course getting
    to decorate a new larger home! Can not wait.
    Good luck to you both on your new adventure!

    • Karen Watson says:

      Thank you so much Tricia! Your new home sounds so perfect!! I hope you enjoy it as much as we are enjoying ours!

  13. Roxanne says:

    Wow! Congrats! Its everything my husband & I are going through too! Wishing you all the Best in your new Home! :)

  14. Congrats on your new home! Change can be very exciting. I love moving into a new home and all the decorating that comes along with it to make it your own. Can’t wait to see the pictures as things progress. Cheers to making new memories!

  15. Oops! Sorry for leaving 2 messages. Thought the first hadn’t gone through.

  16. Congratulations, Karen! What an exciting and different time for you and your hubby. Enjoy it! My hubby and I moved almost three years ago from Long Island to Ohio with his job. We moved states, down-sized, and empty nested all in one shot. I’m sure it must be great to be closer to where the action is. We went from suburb to suburb, but it is pretty good as we are only about 20 minutes from the city of Dayton and the theatre district there.

    • Karen Watson says:

      Thanks Kathy!! Wow, that’s a lot all at once! I’m grateful that we stayed in our state, so that we didn’t have to do all the extra stuff that goes along with that. It sounds like you are in a fun area with the theatre district nearby and all!

  17. Congratulations on the new home! And the new-found freedom of having raised your children. It took me a while after my kids left home to find my self. But wow! What a feeling when you realize you are freer than ever in life! So much can be accomplished. Your husband will be saving gas $$ too in addition to time on his commute. You can enjoy both those savings together. Looking forward to seeing the pictures of your home and hearing of all your new adventures!

  18. Wow! You look gorgeous! You don’t look old enough to be any kind of a empty nester, a month of a toddler maybe. BRAVO your antics keep you young! The house looks pretty and can’t wait to see and hear more my best! ~Lady T

  19. Congrats on your move, hope you will enjoy your new area, and your new freer and exciting life.

  20. Best wishes for your new home, I am sure you will be very happy there.

  21. You enjoy what what you have worked unconditionally for. I am looking forward to seeing what adventures happen next…..

  22. Congratulations on a new house and an exciting new phase of your life. We are in the process of moving- into a camper! Until we find our next home, that is. We are looking to do just the opposite of you, though. Moving from Atlanta area, to out-in-the-country living in SC. Should be interesting. :)

    • Karen Watson says:

      Thanks Sheila! Good luck finding the perfect home! SC seems like such a nice place to live, I envy the milder Winters that you guys have down South!

  23. What an exciting time, Karen! You don’t look old enough to have grown kids!

  24. You do NOT look like the Mother of grown kids! You look fabulous and ready to begin your new adventure. Enjoy the time, just you and your husband…it has been a great time for us. We’ve developed a whole new “best friendship” within our marriage. We are (suddenly) now entering the grandparent phase, seems like it arrived awfully soon, but oh, are those babies sweet and precious. Congratulations on your new home, may your lives be blessed with love and sweetness.

    • Karen Watson says:

      Thank you so much Judy!! You are the sweetest! I’m glad to hear that you and your husband are enjoying this stage in your lives as well! And thanks for the blessing, it’s very much appreciated!

  25. How exciting for you!! Let’s hope your nest stays empty long enough to enjoy it.

    • Karen Watson says:

      So true Dolores! Our nest has a bit of a revolving door on it! That’s okay though, we want to be there for our kids should they need it, and at least they don’t require much work on our part!

  26. Karen – Congratulations to You and your Husband on your new home – and exciting adventure! Looking forward to more photos.

  27. Congratulations on your new home..!

  28. Annie Spackman says:

    So happy for you and your husband! Congratulations Karen!!!!!

  29. Peggy L says:

    That is so awesome for you guys. Can I make a recommendation. Take a photo of your house, slightly from the side and send it to me and I’ll be happy to send a pretty watercolor back. It can be from an ipad – those work well. I add a border and a few bits – its a nice keepsake. Thanks for sharing all your images!

  30. nikki johnson says:

    Good for you! Congratulations! My hubbie and I had always lived at least an hour away from anything interesting and 5 years ago we moved SO CLOSE to everything. We feel like little kids. It doesn’t take a day to get lumber or groceries or anything we could want. That is an amazing feeling! We can’t believe we put up with that inconvenience all those years! He also had an hour commute each way to/from work for over 15 years. We’d had enough. Now, though, we also realize we’re sick of winter, so we’re moving south. We’re moving next Friday. eeek! We’re going from IN to FL, so we’re super excited. It’ll be the first time in our lives we’re not scared of winter coming :) We’ll still be in an area close to everything, so we’re really looking forward to it. I just LOVE your graphics site and thank you so much for helping me make my home (all of them over the years) a more beautiful place to live. I don’t know what I’d do without you!! You are awesome!

    • Karen Watson says:

      Thanks Nikki!! It’s amazing how much of a difference it makes having things close by and not having to plan going to the city around rush hour traffic, every time I need some craft supplies! I hear you on the cold weather! My husband doesn’t like hot weather though, so I think we’ll be staying put. But living someplace warm and sunny year round, certainly appeals to me! I hope your move to FL brings you lots of fun in the sun!!

  31. How exciting. Having driven in extreme traffic coming from Southern California, I know that is a life changer. Good for you both! Skip right over that empty nest time and just spread those wings and embrace the changes!! So happy for you. And of course I can not wait to see the inside.. and what you do :))) Hugs ~Shanon

  32. Laura Strack says:

    Oh Karen, so happy for you and your Hubbie. I can’t believe he drove so far for so long and all so that the kids could attend a more favored school district. He’s a great Dad and a Keeper, too. You will enjoy buying a hamburger and fries and when you get home the food is still warm. Lol. Enjoy your new home and I look forward to all the pretty new décor and projects to come. I’m sure your mind is racing, trying to decide which ones to start first. Big Hugs, Laura

    • Karen Watson says:

      Thank you so much Laura!! And yes, you are right my mind is racing with loads of ideas!

  33. Karen,
    I know how exciting change can be and how tiring, but rewarding, unpacking and getting settled in a new house can be. A year ago we moved from Maryland to Tennessee. I also had a 1.5 hour twice-a-day commute into and out of DC, so as soon as I retired, we headed south to “calmer” country. :-)
    We’re still making changes on our house. I told about how we changed the look of the front of our house on my blog at Your façade looks beautiful, so it doesn’t look like you’ll have to do as we did.
    Good luck with the unpacking!
    Sue P.

    • Karen Watson says:

      Sue, Your house looks lovely!! What a great transformation! Thanks for sharing!!

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