This all started a few months ago when Jeff and I started talking about getting more space for Mustard Seed Interiors. It started with frustrating declarations from me as I tripped over a piece of furniture in the basement or had a pile of inventory sitting in my living room. “I need more space to work!!” It developed into the desire to host workshops, events and sales. It progressed into the serious conversation that this business is growing and the workspace in our home is bursting at the seams because of it. Ideas are limited and put on the back burner because of it. It’s time.
So, Jeff and I started looking into commercial spaces. We were just testing…sticking our toes in…to see what was out there. That turned into the struggle – rent a commercial space or move to a home with property and outbuildings that can accommodate our growing business? Neither of us really wanted to move, but neither of us really wanted to pay rent.
So, we began to marinate on it.
A few weeks later, Jeff came in, computer in hand, to show me some properties that could meet our needs. I’m usually the one who would be prodding us to get a realtor and ask to see a place in person, but it was all him. He was serious and wanted to go for it. Who am I to argue with that?
We found some really good possibilities that we’re excited about, so a couple of weeks ago, we put our house on the market. Stuck an “I’m beautiful inside” sign in the yard and everything. Eeee! I know! Stressful, crazy and a little surreal. Maybe even insane with everything else that’s on our plates!
Remember that getting-things-finished post I wrote? That’s what those projects were about. (A few of you seemed to pick up on that, smart girls!) I wasn’t sure if I wanted to write about it on my blog at first, but my home and my blog are so tightly linked that it feels right to share it. And who knows…one of my readers might even be in the market!
Our home is for sale in the Gettysburg, PA area. It’s rural, but many people we know commute to York, Harrisburg, Chambersburg, Hanover and into Maryland (Westminster, Hagerstown, Frederick, etc.) We even know some crazy people who commute to the DC Metro area. Our home is in a very safe, tiny downtown area (with two stoplights) and is surrounded by orchards and rolling hills.
The house itself is on a nice street (a few homes have pools and/or tennis courts), is on 1/3 of an acre and we have very sweet neighbors. It was built in 1948 and had an addition put on in 2003, so the home has the original 1940’s charm with a huge kitchen open to a family room and a master suite. There are 4 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths and a total of about 2300 square feet. And, if you read my blog, you know we’ve done a lot of work to it and have a killer basement workshop.
I have switched out some of my antique light fixtures, because I want to take them with me, but the famous living/dining room curtains will convey as well as, obviously, all of the amazing built-ins Jeff has done. All of the appliances also convey.
This home wasn’t love at first site. It was a little tired, some rooms were awkward, the master bath was underwhelming and many things were fine, but just not my taste. We have given this house a lot of DIY attention and through all of those projects, I have fallen in love with it. I wish I could pack up my kitchen and master bath and taken them with me! Seriously. I love every inch of them.
Here are a few things we’ve done to the house. The less fun, but important things are having the boiler chimney relined, replacing the hot water heater, paving the driveway, installing lights and painting the floors & walls in the basement, building a storage shed and updating some of the old plumbing.
Some of the fun stuff involved painting every wall and ceiling and piece of trim, new kitchen floor, painted kitchen cabinets, custom range hood, butcher block counter tops, engineered hardwood floors in the family room and master bedroom, fully renovated master bath with marble floors, subway marble bath tile, custom antique vanity, updated tub, custom built-ins and cornice, and a skylight tube, a fully renovated ½ bath with marble hex tile floors, bead board walls, custom built-ins and radiator cover, a built-in home office with crown molding, family room wainscoting, and a planked ceiling in the master suite.
Our home has been featured in many publications including Better Homes & Gardens, Romantic Homes, Cottages & Bungalows, Flea Market Style, Fresh Style, Romantic Country and more.
If you’re interested in purchasing our home, you can contact our realtor, Terri, at 301-874-0436 or you can send me an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll provide the link to the listing.
As far as where we’ll be heading once our house sells…well, we don’t exactly know, yet. There are some places we’re interested in, but this is a big step of faith on our part. We’re just trusting that God will provide the perfect place where we can live and work in His good time.
Now that the cat’s out of the bag, I am looking forward to sharing my thoughts on preparing a home to sell. We’re not sure how long it will take to sell, but we hope it won’t take long. We want to be patient, but we’re excited about the next step.
Fun things are on the horizon…
PS – The ironstone collection does not convey!