Home Sweet Home!

We’ve been in our new house and studio for just under 2 months now and it has been quite the journey to get here!

My husband and I started looking for our first home early spring 2012 with our awesome realtor, Bob, at Nest Realty. He was great and really listened to what we were looking for in our ideal house. He took us to many homes around town and finally decided that we didn’t want to leave the neighborhood that we were renting in. Although this narrowed our choices, we weren’t in a rush, so we waited until we found the perfect home (and studio).

Long story short, we made an offer that was accepted, filed a bunch of paperwork, closed, filed more paperwork, and MOVED in!

And if you have ever met us, you know that it takes us absolutely forever to unpack. Yes, we had a few unopened boxes 2 years after we moved into our old apartment. We just like getting a feel for the space before making any huge commitments…and…truth comes out, but we’re procrastinators.

We, along with our pup, LOVE our new home. Best part is, I now have a dedicated room for the studio! WOOHOO. No more working out of a glorified hallway! Although we are still trying to figure out storage for the studio, the press and work desk are both set up and running. We even finished printing and assembling our moving announcements. We were inspired by this shadowbox by Young House Love a few weeks ago and decided to use keys in our announcements to allude to our 100 year old house and the people (and dog) that make it a home.

Are you wondering how we made these double sided postcards without and show through impression on the other side? We actually printed each side separately on 110lb lettra and then duplexed together to create a double sided 220lb postcard. Yep, and if you do the math, that’s 2 colors, 2 sides, 4 runs through the press per card for printing alone.

A House!

My college roommate and her fiancee just bought their fist house in Richmond. They actually closed 3 days after Tom and I closed on our house, so we’ve been sharing stories as we both enter the thralls of home ownership.

Siobhan sent me a picture of their house before they moved in and from it, I was able to create a line drawing as the focal piece of their moving announcements! Remember when I wrote about mint being the new black? Well, Siobhan and I are both IN LOVE with the tealy/seafoam/mint color craze right now. We kept the drawing and body of the text in a light gray ink and allowed the headline, OUR FIRST HOME, really pop with the teal. This was perfect because she also just sent me a photo of their freshly painted front door…perfectly coordinating with the teal in the announcements.

Can’t wait to see their new place in person!