We Found Our Next Home – and It’s a Rental

We Found Our Next Home – and It's a Rental

Were you hoping for a tour of a new (to us) fixer-upper?

Me too, sister, me too.

I hate to be the barer of disappointing news, but that won’t be happening any time soon. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to find another house prior to the closing date on our current one. So instead, we’re moving into a rental while we continue our house search.

If you’re thinking, “Wait, what? You’re moving?” catch up with this post, where I share why we decided to sell our bungalow and move on.

Speaking of moving, I’ve been given a week to pack, because apparently it’s all happening next week.

I know, I know – I, too, am shocked. With our closing date quickly approaching, we had talked about moving out in the beginning of September. I just didn’t realize September was so near, that’s all.

I still have a massive list of projects I want to photograph here at the bungalow, plus it’s my 30th birthday this weekend, so the next couple days will be busy to say the least. Feel free to follow along on Insta, where I’m sure there will be lots of talk about how bittersweet it is to leave our first little house that we’ve called home for the last four years.

Also, if there’s something – anything – at the bungalow that you still want to see or have a question about, speak now or forever hold your peace.

Back to the topic at hand: our next home. It’s a 2-bedroom, 2-bath townhouse with vaulted ceilings, a fireplace, walk-in closets, en-suite master bathroom, granite countertops, large kitchen, open concept floor plan, dark hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, attic for storage, quiet and walkable neighborhood, oversize deck, garage, only about 200 square feet smaller than our current home, built in 2013, and less than a mile to Target.

Sounds just about perfect, no? Especially if you compare these features to our wish list.

Granted, it’s a rental, so most – or rather, all – finishes are…what is the word? Let’s just say builder grade and leave it at that. I know that’ll be an adjustment for me, personally – especially as a design blogger with very specific tastes. Don’t take this as a lack of gratitude, though. This home truly is a godsend, and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect.

But I am a design blogger, after all, and I’ve realized I have a habit of touring a home and immediately compiling a list of features I would change. This townhouse was no different. Maybe I’ll share that list in a future post, maybe not. Is that something you’d be curious to read about?

Downsizing from three bedrooms to two will be another adjustment. Ideally, I would’ve liked four, but I have to remind myself this home is temporary. We plan to stay here anywhere from six months to a year – hopefully no more. Either way, I will do my very best to make it feel like home – basic finishes notwithstanding. You can be sure I’ll share the adventures on the blog, too.

But as cliché as it may sound, a home is less about the finishes and more about the people and memories. When I think that we’ll be celebrating Christmas here and our baby’s first birthday, I can’t help but love it already just they way it is.

If you were hoping to see more remodeling and renovation projects from us, don’t fret. I am currently working on something very exciting – a project that involves someone else’s house, if you can believe it. Still lots of details to iron out, but I cannot wait to share more.

In the next couple of days, I’ll also share a proper tour of the townhouse, so stay tuned. Do you want a photo tour or maybe a video?

In the meantime, I hear packing boxes calling my name…

I’d love your input, though: Give me all your tips for making a rental feel like home. A long, long time has passed since we lived in one, and I am equally excited and anxious.

You think it’s too soon to pitch a few home projects to our landlord? Asking for a friend…

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