Spinning Wheels...

Thanks for all of your good luck wishes on house hunting. It's been stressful and daunting (and a little disappointing, to be honest!) but we're making headway! We keep running across the most amazing houses only to have them snatched up right in front of us. We found two that we really like, in the same East Nashville neighborhood, but totally polar opposites. 

The first is a huge 1899 Victorian bungalow with a mass amount of space and a huge fenced in backyard that the girls would absolutely love to play in daily. The other is a sweet little cottage with a lot of personality (and lower price tag!). One thing we absolutely don't want to sacrifice is a fenced yard for them so even though the second house doesn't have a fenced yard yet, we're hoping the landlord would be okay with us putting up a chainlink fence (with the help of my rad stepdad). I mean, who would say no to a free fence?! Anyway, we applied for the larger bungalow last night but we won't know if we were chosen until probably tomorrow. If we are, we're going to weigh everything between the two houses and go with the one that's a better fit. If we don't, we'll just keep looking I guess!

House hunting can be so fun, but I'm a really impatient person and I get stressed with stuff like this! Not only that, but we're looking to leave the loft a month early to snag one of these houses if they're up for grabs. Hence this post... Our landlord hasn't listed our loft on Craigslist or anything yet, but we were given the okay to start fielding some applicants that might be interested that way we can time up our exit perfectly. If we get either of the houses above, we're looking to move Feb 15th. (I'd assume it'd be ready to live in the following week or so.)

There's so much we love about our loft (the brick! the wardrobe! the lofted bed! the creative freedom!) but we know the girls suffer on days we can't take them to the puppy park. That's such a big deal for us and every time we move we're constantly saying "I wish we could find a place with a fenced yard!". So we vowed to make it happen... now I'm hoping it doesn't backfire! :P With that being said, if you are in/around Nashville and you're looking to move into the Midtown/Downtown area in the next month-ish (or by March 1st), and you're interested in our loft, let me know!

Rent varies slightly based on how many people are living here, but it's between $850 and $875 for 1 or 2 people and that includes water, trash and recycling. We've done a lot of small renovations and additions to the place since we've lived here and we're leaving most all of them. 2 giant walls are exposed brick (one original, one painted white), and we repainted everything! The kitchen is mustard yellow with white cabinets, the bathroom is a pale blue, and the back wall is a pretty honeydew green. You can see more photos around and about HERE. If you look at the first entry, you can see a snippet of the kitchen. The people in the building are wonderful and very artsy fartsy. It's a really great place to live. I know we're going to be saying "I miss blah blah blah" about it daily, but I think a house is the next step for us!

If you're at all interested or know someone who is, feel free to email me (kaelahbee at gmail dot com) and I'll be glad to answer any questions you might have about the place! If we hear good news back from either of the houses then we're going to tell our landlord to go ahead and list it. If you want it, it might be smart to get in now! That way you can come by and see it with all of our stuff still here. It's definitely a place for a creative/imaginative person or couple! This could all be premature, as they may not pan out for us, but we'd like to at least be prepared. No one likes to pay 2 rents! And now I'm off to a photoshoot with Mike! Have a great Sunday!


  1. the bungalow looks SO amazing! i love the color and the porch! wow so amazing! i wish you good luck!

  2. Both of those homes look so cute and cozy! I'm def loving on the green bungalow.. How exciting!! Good luck!!

  3. Your loft is perfect, but you next home will be as well because you are taking your perfect little family with you! The two houses you are looking at are gorgeous! I hope everything goes through with the one you applied for! House hunting is fun if you do not let the stress get to you, but you seem to have a good head on your shoulders =) Good luck!

  4. Good luck Kaelah! Keeping my fingers crossed for you guys! Love from Canada!

  5. I'm loving that bungalow! Your loft is pretty cute too.

    ♥ sécia

  6. Good luck, both of those houses look adorable!

    If I lived anywhere near Nashville I'd totally snag that place up! I love lofts but there aren't many where I live and the other options is the city in which they are either way too expensive or affordable but have bad reviews.

    xo Amber P.

  7. the bungalow, the bungalow! i love it.

    and if i lived in your area, i'd move into that loft in a heartbeat.

  8. Wow your place is lovely! I can't believe the price! Such a great deal! We live in the 'burbs half an hour outside of San Francisco and you can't even get a tiny studio to rent for under $1200!

    Good luck with the hunt!

    xx, C

  9. Best of luck, looks like either way you guys have a beautiful creative, inspiring place!


  10. Both beautiful houses! So lovely and american - you never get houses like this in England. Good luck with the hunt and hope something comes through for you soon :)

  11. Your loft is literally my DREAM first apartment. The 'bedroom' area is my dream! Shame I live thousands of miles away in the UK...

    Good luck with the house hunt! x

  12. I'm crossing my fingers for you on the green bungalow because it looks so darling from the outside! I hope to buy a house in the next couple of years and that is *exactly* what I picture in my mind when I think of what I want.

    And oh my god...I just looked through all your loft tour posts. Amazing! Especially your wardrobe...it looks like a little boutique!

    Good luck! Hope you get exactly what you want in a house!

  13. i live in huntsville, alabama, and we have a little area called five points where all the houses look like that. :) we lived in one for about a year. my only piece of advice would be to make sure it has good insulation since it'll be an older house. that was our one big problem....in the winter we froze!

  14. We're in the exact same boat right now...except we can't go look at any of the places because they're across the country! We really want a fenced-in yard for Cypress too, it's so important! Good luck :)

  15. Oh the joys of house hunting and renting. I hate it so much. I've been there. Falling in love with a house only to have it taken from you is so disappointing. I have my fingers crossed for you two. I really love them both but that cottage is just to adorable. But the bungalow's porch is just screaming summer. Best of luck you guys.


  16. Good luck!! House hunting totally sucks, but it's worth it in the end!

  17. Oh my gosh. They're both darling. I love the style. xo, rv


  18. they are both adorable, though I preference the bungalow! Good luck!

  19. omg, that is soooooooo cheap. i can't get over it! i can't even imagine paying that little for such an amazing space!

    our loft here in brooklyn (with two built-out bedrooms) is 2050/ month (split between 3 people.)

    i'm dying inside a little...
    (but lovingly, because i'm also happy for you :)

  20. I have total confidence that it will all work out for you, your man and gorgeous pups. The houses that you two are looking at are totally gorgeous!

  21. Love, love, love the bungalow! I hope that you guys get it!

    Best wishes!

    xo -S

  22. Your apartment is amazing. I wished I live there so that we could rent it! I love it!

    Lindsey Soup

  23. I'm partial to the bungalow, for sure. It reminds me of a lot of the houses in my childhood neighborhood. Good luck! I really hope you get it.

  24. we're on the house hunt ourselves. we're toying with staying in our current place for another year & looking into buying or finding a bigger place with a larger yard to rent.

    my vote is totally for the 1890 bungalow. so adorable & i love that it's mint green!

  25. I have loved the bungalow ever since you showed it to us on twitter! I really really really really hope you guys get it! It's so beautiful and matches you guys perfectly. It's amazing to think that y'all could get moved in so quickly! It seems as though that josh and I are getting impatient to move in. It's taking forever! But it'll won't be long now! actually very VERY soon now!
    lyndsey of hellolyndsey

  26. I'm moving to a new flat next week and I can't wait but it's so stressful! Good luck- I hope you get the house you want x

  27. i love both homes, but that bugalow looks PERFECT!
    and you loft looks amazing as well, if only i lived in the us!
    xo, cheyenne

  28. Both of those houses are adorable! I live in East Nashville & I can vouch for this side of the river being a really great place to live... I especially love riding my bicycle over here & having all kinds of neat local shops all in my neighborhood. But I'm guessing you already know all about the East Side!

    Quick protip - I'd go for the smaller house, personally! Big houses are fun, but they are EXPENSIVE. And not just the rent - my last house (also in East Nashville) was nearly 2k sq feet and it cost over $350 a month to heat :( That was just the gas - the electric was another $50 on top of that! It was over 100 years old so there was basically no insulation in the walls, the windows were original (and leaky!) and the high ceilings/hardwood floors didn't help. Paying those bills sucked! Of course, if you can swing that kind of $$ then by all means, go for it! I'd just rather throw my money at fun things, like new shoes & Jeni's ice cream :) Hehe!

  29. While your loft is killer with the brick, I can imagine why you'd want a house! I really hope I can rent a house when I move to CO to be with my boyfriend. Both of those houses are already SO cute! They're going to look great when you get to put your personal stamp on it! :)

  30. Good luck with your application! Just remember, if it's meant to be, it will be. I am a house renter myself and have gone through the ups and downs of finding the perfect home!

  31. love the bungalow! i'm partial to anything from the 1800's, our huge victorian home was built in 1860! good luck house hunting!


  32. good luck! we are house hunting to buy and are running into the same thing (things getting snatched out from under us)...it's frustrating, but we keep hoping the right place comes along! i think the bungalow is ADORABLE! hope you get it!

  33. OMG I am just flabbergasted that your amazingly awesome loft is only that much! I would snatch it up in like 2 seconds if I lived there! SOOOO JEALOUS!!! You just can't find stuff like that out here....booo

  34. i wish that loft was somewhere over here on the west coast! i'd rent it! lovelovelove

  35. I love your loft and I wish I lived in your area because I'd be totally down! I pay more than that for my shitty little LA apartment!!!

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