Cheers to New Beginnings + Mini House Tour

I mentioned a couple of weeks back that I had some exciting news in the works (selfishly, it's exciting for me, not necessarily everyone else) -- no, I'm not pregnant -- let's just get that out of the way now. But I am officially retiring my suburban lifestyle and heading back to the city! If that means nothing to you, it's fine, but around here, we are super giddy. 

Today, I'm sharing what will likely be the last photos of our humble abode before we move. Bitter sweetness all around. 

Patrick and I purchased our home in Plano FOUR years ago (Plano is a suburb about 25 miles north of Dallas for all of you non-Texans) and I still can't believe it's been that long. At the time, we were still dating (engaged not long after) and were in the market for our first home together.  After months of looking off and on, we landed in Plano by way of a great deal and an investment opportunity we couldn't pass up. As a first time homeowner (he has and has had several other properties before), I have learned so much about adulting I could probably write a book. We've made a lot of memories in this home of ours and it's the only place Lennox has ever known. From hosting Christmases, Thanksgivings, to my birthday party turned engagement party, we have fostered so much joy in this home of ours. 

What I didn't know before, however, was just how tough living in the suburbs could be for me... for us. We had/have each other, but that's pretty much it. Our families aren't near, we have no kids, our jobs are 20+ miles away respectively, and most of our socializing happens in Dallas. We don't know nor have friends in our neighbors and we've just lacked the community aspect that I've longed for. Not to mention convincing people to drive 35 minutes to visit you is also a chore -- and for me, a big one considering how much I love to host. We noticed a couple of years in that we were trying to make suburbia conducive to our lifestyle, but right now, it's just not. It took a while to come to terms with the fact that I am a city girl, but I've certainly learned that through this experience. 

We have found and purchased a place in the city and I am busting at the seams with excitement. Our new place is a slight downsize, but design wise, it has ME written all over it (and "great deal" was written all over it for Patrick lol). My decor plans are already underway and I cannot wait to share the journey with you. It is completely night and day by comparison to where we are now. Literally. I get my WHITE KITCHEN, YA'LL. Oh, and my OWN closet. Like, just for me. All mine. Don't have to share. Dreams do come true. 

Besides our ample yard space for Lennox, I'll definitely miss our pool most. Although there have been summer's when it's barely used, the convenience of having the option to is something I'm sure I'll find myself longing for. 

It's also amazing to sit back and reflect on how grateful I am to have a partnership in navigating life. Big decisions like these have their way of bringing people closer together and i can certainly attest to that. I'll save the sappiness for a later date, but I truly am so blessed to be stuck with this guy. I'm excited for what's to come and I can't wait to take you all along for the ride. Cheers to new beginnings, new home decor, and a few pieces of over-priced Z Gallerie furniture I'm not willing to go without!

Xo, 

Aquia