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Alright, friends, we are finally letting the cat out of the bag…we sold our house and we are moving!!!!! Before I get in to a little explanation of how this whole situation unfolded, let me just say that we never expected this in a million years. I thought we would be in our home for decades! (hence expensive custom window treatments. LOL) But the heart wants what it wants…and it’s amazing how the universe has a way of bringing you exactly what you need.
I’ll start from the beginning. Since moving to Connecticut, Kyle and I have been pretty homesick for LA. I mean not only is the weather amazing there, we missed our friends, AND we really loved Sherman Oaks– the neighborhood we lived in. It was the perfect mix of town and suburb, and our house was in the perfect location where kids could ride their bikes and take walks down the road, but just a five minute walk and you could get down to Ventura Blvd where all the shops, restaurants, and bars were. We used to walk everywhere! As a New Yorker, I grew up walking everywhere as well, and Kyle and I realized that this was a part of our lives that was seriously lacking here in Connecticut. We had even spent a lot of money to create walking paths around our home here to make up for it! But those paths just led to woods…no Starbucks in sight. Ha!
Kyle and I both work from a home a majority of the time, and we realized that between the long winters, the isolation of our from work-from-home home jobs, and the lack of activity in our neighborhood…it was really making us unhappy! We sat down and chatted, and realized that the thing we missed the most about Los Angeles (besides our friends) was the proximity to town and the ability to get around easily– and to have human interaction every single day! Kyle told me that he wanted to show me a couple of neighborhoods in Westport, CT that were a lot like Sherman Oaks.
We took the kids’ bikes one weekend and threw them in the back of the car, and went off to just bike around and walk around the neighborhoods Kyle was talking about. I immediately fell in love. There were kids playing in their yards, and Marlowe would run up and say hi, and eventually she ended up having an impromptu playdate with a couple of them! It was just such a neighborly area, and I loved the idea that the families all looked out for each other and knew each other well. And there were so many kids the same ages as our kids! The best part? It’s just a few minutes walk from downtown!
As chance would have it, we stumbled upon the most beautiful home that was for sale! It’s a historical home, which was a bucket list opportunity for Kyle and I. Ever since we got married, we had been dreaming about one day renovating a historical home to make it in to the modern farmhouse of our dreams! We put in an offer, and while Kyle and I were in Spain, we found out that our offer was accepted! We were SHOCKED and so pumped. We quickly put our house on the market, and we ended up selling it the first week! It was wild!
Marlowe and Major both LOVE our new home, and they’re really excited to move in…we visited the house three times total before we closed, and each time they didn’t want to leave! It was full tantrums. Ha! They’re also really excited to be living much closer to most of their school friends who will be continuing on with them in the Westport school system the whole way through. It feels nice to be really putting roots down, finally.
This whole process has been super quick, but we couldn’t be more excited to renovate and move in to our forever home. Being town-accessible is great not only for my business, but for my happiness as well! I’m so excited that our kids will be able to walk to school each day also! We have already started all the architectural planning– and we’ll be doing some really awesome additions and changes. It’s going to be so fun to show you all the transformation on the blog in 2019! I’m going to go in to a bit more detail on what we are doing to the home in my newsletter this friday, so if you haven’t signed up and you’re interested, you can sign up HERE.
Most of all, my cogs have been turning nonstop with all the gorgeous furniture and decor I plan to install, since you all know that is my ultimate FAVE! Here’s to the next year being one of excellent Interior Inspo. And as always, thanks for following along so sweetly on our family’s journey. We are grateful to have you by our sides!
Xoxo The Martinos
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Photography by Julia Dags.