we got our dream home!

For the past week or so, I haven’t been able to concentrate on anything because we decided to try and become home owners in Northern Virginia. Somehow the stars aligned and we found a brick townhouse with lots of character, a garage, a deck, and a yard, and we had to make an offer. And then another couple decided that they needed this house, too. Darn. Needless to say, we weren’t ready for the emotional roller coaster that is home buying. This process B-L-O-W-S, especially when the seller asks everyone for their best and final offer and you have no idea what everyone else is offering. At one point, I was so stressed out I made Brandon cuddle me and shove fast food down my throat. Sick. So much for being healthy in the New Year. Anyway

Things would have been fine but we broke the number one first-time home buyer rule — don’t fall in love.

As soon as we found this house on our trusty Zillow app, we started imagining ourselves cooking in the kitchen, our smelly dogs trying to kill each other in the fenced yard, and duh, I started pinning shit like crazy (I hate you, Pinterest). Paint colors and home decor? I’ve had everything planned out since day 1.

After not being able to sleep, a few tears, and realizing that there’s nothing else available in NoVA, we found out that we got the house! We won’t be moving in until the end of February/early March since that’s when we’re scheduled to leave Boston, but we are so darn excited.

Yippee! We got our dream home — and I never want to go through this process again. ;) Here’s to settling down in the ‘burbs after traveling a lot these past few years.


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  • ElizabethHalle

    Oh no, but this means you’re leaving Boston!! We need a goodbye dinner of sorts.

    xo Elizabeth

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      I know! We’re sad to leave Boston. :(

  • Madi

    AAAHHH!!! Yayyyy! I’m so happy for you, and so so glad that it worked out for you and you were able to get the home of your dreams! :)) Keep your fingers cross for us!

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      I hope you find out very soon! It’s such a stressful process!

  • http://www.freeborboleta.com/ Fran

    Congratulations!!! So happy for you! It looks so cute!

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      Thank you! I’m in love with all of the details.

  • http://www.lifeafterathens.blogspot.com/ Margaret Gautier

    Congratulations! That’s so exciting!! We just met with a realtor last night to start our house hunting journey, so I love seeing other people getting their dream homes :)

  • Sarah Wheeler

    That is so exciting!! Happy for you! And of course, it’s the most adorable house ever! Can’t wait to see more pictures of your decorating journey. :)

  • http://www.fromtheretoheretheblog.com/ Jay


  • http://treasuretromp.com/ Nicole @ Treasure Tromp

    ah! yay yay yay!! congratulations my dear!!! so happy for you two!

  • http://www.thechasinghappyblog.com/ Kenzie

    Congratulations–it looks beautiful!

  • Casey

    Yay!!! So fun and so cute!!! :)

  • http://bitsofdays.com/ Zia @ Bits of Days

    Congrats Rachel! The house looks adorable! I can imagine how happy you feel right now! :)

  • http://www.quaintrelleblog.com/ Setarra

    Congratulations and Welcome to NoVa! We’re currently renting in Vienna but have been talking about buying in the next 3-4 years. I’m totally in love with the area :)

  • http://travel-babbles.com/ Kym @ Travel Babbles

    YAY! Congrats – it’s beautiful and I can’t wait to see how you decorate! Cheers to a “home base” – I’m slightly jealous :) :)

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      Thanks, Kym! It’ll be so nice to have our stuff all in one spot finally!!

  • http://becauseeverybodyhasastory.blogspot.com/ Cece

    House hunting is such a train wreck roller coaster of a ride! I can’t think of anyone who has ever said that it was smooth sailing and didn’t drive them crazy!! Glad you got the one that got away!!

  • http://thesirenstale.com/ Caitlin @ The Siren’s Tale

    What exciting news! Congratulations :)

  • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene Spence

    Congratulations what exciting news! My only experience with house hunting is via HGTV and they sure to get emotional on there!

  • Brianna

    Ahhhh! Congrats girl! It’s beautiful! How exciting, I’m so happy for you:)

  • http://weiderjl.blogspot.com/ Jenn

    YAY!! That’s awesome! We’re beginning the process after our wedding and I am so not looking forward to it! And YAY NOVA :) That’s not far from where I live

  • http://www.jadeoak.com/ jackie jade

    awesome – congrats! home buying is super stressful, but glad it worked out so well for you guys! :)

    — jackie @ jade and oak

  • http://www.megoonthego.com/ Meg O.

    Oh how awesome! Congrats! Looks beautiful!

  • Sarah Bluett

    Beautiful! Congratulations : )

  • http://www.milkandcrown.com/ Kristyn @ Milk + Crown

    That’s so exciting! Congrats to you guys :)

  • http://heleneinbetween.com/ Helene

    eeeeek!! so exciting! congrats!! Beautiful!

  • Jessa Olson

    omg!! That’s awesome!! Congrats girl!!! I am so happy for you! I can’t wait to see the posts on how you decorate it!!

  • http://likealittlefox.blogspot.com/ gabrielle

    congrats! it looks gorgeous. i’ve heard that buying a house is super stressful, but it seems worth it if you can live somewhere that you love.


  • http://www.MrsLauraBeth.com/ Laura Beth

    So excited for you guys!! This looks so adorable!! Congrats!!!!

  • http://www.artofbalanceblog.com/ Codi @ The Art of Balance

    how exciting!!!! that house looks so adorable! I love your home decorating pinterest boards and i’m hoping that once you settle in you’ll share your decorating journey on the blog! will it be weird to be done traveling?

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      We’re still going to travel and take jobs abroad, but we’ll have a home base now so that’s nice. :) It will be wonderful to have all of our belongings in one place! Right now everything is either at my parents’ house in the Midwest, B’s parents’ house in FL, our apartment in Cambridge, and a storage unit in DC. Ha.

  • Megan

    Ahhh the house looks awesome! If you are close to DC we should meet up for dinner sometime!

  • http://www.KimchiSweetTea.com/ Quinn

    how exciting! Home buying is certainly a stressful process. Glad you survived! :)

  • Ech

    Congratulations! It looks amazing! I’m both looking forward to and dreading buying a house someday.

  • http://www.littleredpurse.blogspot.com/ Leah S.

    Congrats! Sounds like quite the roller coaster. Looks like a beautiful place for you to settle down, I wish you all the best.

  • http://allison-itsmylife.blogspot.com/ Allison @ It’s My Life

    How exciting! House buying is certainly tough but worth it in the end. Glad you got what you wanted. Now have fun decorating it!

  • http://permanentdaydream.com/ Michelle@PermanentDaydream.com

    Congrats!! So exciting. My boyfriend and I recently bought our dream home too and we both still can’t stop thinking about it (even though it’s ours now). Such a great feeling! Congrats and enjoy your new space.

  • http://www.beingmrsbeer.com/ Jess Beer

    Congratulations! It’s a tough home market here, for sure. Where in the area are you going to be?

  • Sarah Burton

    It’s so cute! Congratulations!!

  • http://westcoastmama.net/ Margarita

    It looks super cute! I hope the move goes smoothly for you :)

  • http://whatsnextfordest.wordpress.com/ Destiny Barker

    Congratulations! I’m currently in the process of finding a new apartment and even renting I’m having trouble not falling in love with every place I see!

  • http://www.lattesandpawprints.com/ Stephanie


  • Danielle

    Congratulations! What an ADORABLE home! I’m so excited for you! I’m currently looking in southern California and the hunt has been miserable, exhausting and disappointing, so it’s really encouraging and exciting to see you get what you wanted!! YAYYY!!!

  • http://lulug1975.blogspot.co.uk/ Louisa @ My Family & Abruzzo

    I love, love, love your new home! Congratulations!

  • http://morgharpnich.com/ Morg Harp Nich

    So pretty! Congrats…looks a lot like my dream house!

  • http://www.livinginanotherlanguage.com/ Amanda

    WHAT!!!! How exciting Rachel! It’s so cute. I love it! Can’t wait to see more pictures! Also, what are the two little attic window things on the top?

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      Thank you, dear! I’m so excited to move in!!! And the windows are just decorative dormers.

  • http://www.petiteramblings.com/ Kelly Louise

    congrats!!! i can’t wait to see more pictures and how you’re gonna decorate everything!

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      Thank you! I am so incredibly excited to decorate. :) I’ve been pinning like crazy.

  • B. Britnell

    congrats! So excited your offer was accepted!

  • http://amovingstory.com/ kim @ AmovingStory

    That’s awesome. You deserve it! And remember, if it’s not alright, it’s not the end!!!

  • http://lasaloperie.blogspot.com/ Isa

    Congratulations! Is it… furnished? Or is that just the photo?

    belle + compass

  • David

    We just bought our first house last month – also in Virginia. All I can say is – the craziness is just beginning!

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      Oh, I’m sure it’ll be crazy. Haha. We’re already worried about moving all of our stuff!

      Congrats on your new place!

  • Samantha Horseman

    Awesome!! Congrats :) We are looking to buy a house in Richmond…I am so excited but terrified

    XO Samantha

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      Happy house hunting! I hope you find something awesome.

  • http://www.themarriedme.com/ Whitney Morris

    Congratulations! Home buying is totally a rollercoaster. We placed bids (multiple) on 2 different houses before the one we live in now. So frustrating!

  • la petite lulu

    Woo hoo!!! Awesome news. Congrats home owners! :)

  • Kelsey

    i love it!! congrats rach!

  • Mionna Henderson

    Buying a home is definitely stressful, but worth it all once you’re in! Congrats!

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      I completely agree! :)

  • elle

    Congrats Rachel, I looks like a gorgeous home that you will not tire of, and will not grow out of. Happy furnishing, and memory making! Now following you!

    XX, Elle


  • http://www.kayliwanders.com/ Kayli Schattner

    So, so happy for you, Rachel! Congratulations!

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      Thank you, dear! So happy to have a home base finally. :)

  • Anja Van Der Vorst

    Wow, how wonderful! The house looks lovely.

    I know all about that stress; I cannot take it and it wears me out (sleepless nights) and irritable. We needed a month to recover from ‘house-stress’ recently!

    The good part is: you will forget about the stress and enjoy your new home hopefully for many, many happy years!

  • http://www.mylifeandlemons.com/ Kenzie S

    Yay! Congratulations! We just found an amazing house too and put in an offer, it was accepted last week and now we are waiting for the rest of the process to go through. It is so stressful!

  • http://www.foreverafterundecided.com/ ForeverAfterUndecided

    It is absolutely lovely! It certainly looks dreamy! Congratulations … I can’t even imagine to be a home owner but I am sure it is an exciting and nerve-wrecking journey. Now … happy pinning and decorating!

  • http://megancstroup.blogspot.com/ Megan C. Stroup

    Congrats!!! This is so so exciting! So you’ll be in a DC suburb now?

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      Yep! :) We’re in Northern Virginia… well, we will be at the end of Feb/early March after the Boston rotation.

  • http://mrsgaeul.com/ Autumn

    It looks beautiful! Congratulations on the huge purchase and life milestone!

  • Jessi Korpi

    We bought our first home this past summer and it was not fun at all. Now you can enjoy it, relax and start picking out paint!

  • http://www.iris-hanlin.com/ Country Girl’s Daybook

    Yay!! Congratulations!

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  • http://www.simplybyserendipity.blogspot.com/ [Hannah] Simply by Serendipity

    Congrats! It looks like a beautiful home to call your own. :)

  • thediynurse

    I’m so excited for you!! It looks fantastic. We went through 3 or 4 offers [and I’m talking about very decent offers on not so decent homes in a down market] before we found our short sale. Had to wait months though. I’m in the Winchester area by the way… not too far!

  • http://www.akachymecindy.com/ Chymecindy

    The house looks lovely. Congratulations!

  • http://she-travels.net/ Chantal

    What a beautiful house! Congrats!

  • http://33sprincess.blogspot.com/ Lisa

    So cute. Where in NOVA are you heading?

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      We’re in Loudoun County!

      • http://33sprincess.blogspot.com/ Lisa

        How coool!!!! I’m in Fairfax!

  • http://www.northernbellediaries.com/ Lisette

    YAY!!!! Congrats girlfran! I know you were worried and stressed out about this. So happy for you!

  • http://eefdesigns.com/ Erin

    Congratulations!!! Such a pretty house!

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      Thank you, Erin! I was so happy to find a brick townhouse. They’re my favorite. :)

  • http://www.danielle-abroad.com/ Danielle E. Alvarez

    Congratulations! The house looks beautiful. Best of luck with preparing for the move :)

  • http://amiciarai.com/ Amicia Rai

    Congratulations! It’s a beautiful home! :D

  • http://thebenroecks.com/ Lisa

    Congratulations!!!! I can barely handle finding a place to RENT because I feel like my heart always gets broken, I can only imagine how stressing the buying process is. But now you’re done – yay!!!!!

  • Kayla Magness

    SHUT UP!!! This is amazing! Good for you guys! The home is BEAUTIFUL!!! :)

  • http://becomingadorrable.com/ Becca Dorr

    That’s so awesome!! What a gorgeous home.

  • http://likeordinarylife.com/ Tina Byland

    Whoo hoo!!! Neighbors! Congrats on the homeownership! We’ll have to meet up for hh or dinner one night. Where in NOVA? Fairfax County? Loudon? So excited for you guys, I know you’d mentioned wanting to move back to DC in the past. :)

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      Yes! We have to meet up eventually. So excited! And it’s in Loudoun County! :)

  • Kristin

    My brother lives in NoVa. Herndon. We had to give our “best and final” offer for our house too. Mike and I were both in the gym when we got the call that we got it and started going crazy!! And we fell in love, too. I wanted to scream when I heard someone else put in an offer.

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      Ooh, we were looking at houses in Herndon at one point but everything was already under contract!

      And yeah, I know that terror. It’s so stressful when you find out someone else wants the same house!!

  • Kayla Koroush

    Congratulations! I would love to live in Virginia someday. I’ve heard they have some beautiful wine country too. Thank you for sharing, and reminding me that rule one is to not fall in love. I will be looking for a new home just 3 short years after law school. Good luck on your new adventure!

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      Thanks so much, Kayla! And yeah… I’ll be exploring all of the vineyards. :) Haha.

  • http://sometimesztakespictures.blogspot.com/ Z K

    Congrats! I’m kinda bummed you won’t be staying in Boston, but this looks like such a great place to finally have to be able to return to. Congrats!!!

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      I’m bummed too! I will definitely miss this area but I’m excited to move in and decorate. :)

  • Vanishing Point

    Oh congrats! So happy that you got your dream home!

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      Thank you!! :)

  • kayleigh maryon

    wow its gorgeous. I have always wanted to live in a brick house.

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      Thank you! And yeah, a brick house was on my list. :) So excited to move in.

  • http://thequixoticchica.blogspot.com/ Sarah // The Quixotic Chica


    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      Thanks, Sarah!

  • Stephanie F

    Aww I’m so happy for you!!! Congratulations lady!! :) We just went through this process ourselves… SO STRESSFUL! Long story short, we also had to deal with the possible “bidding”, but also had to sell our house first. We are moving into our dream home on Thursday (like in 4 days!!)

    Best of luck with the move! I’m looking forward to reading about it.

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      Congrats to you too! Bidding is the most stressful thing EVER!

  • Michelle @ Jarrah Jungle

    That is awesome news congratulations! Such exciting times ahead moving into your very own house and turning it into a home :)

  • Andrea Derr

    SO Exciting :-) It’s so adorable and charming! Happy decorating!

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      Thank you!!! :)

  • http://www.anniewiltse.com/ anniewiltse

    That’s so exciting! Congratulations, Rachel! Your new home looks beautiful.

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      Thanks so much! :)

  • http://www.sarainlepetitvillage.com/ Sara Louise

    Fantastic news! I cannot imagine how wonderful it must feel to finally have a place to put down roots. CONGRATULATIONS! :)

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      Thank you, Sara! We’re so excited!!

  • http://www.adventuresofalondonkiwi.blogspot.com/ adventuresofalondonkiwi

    Congratulations!! Are you going to have to do much work once it’s yours?

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      It’s move-in ready but I already know I want to paint everything and stain the kitchen cabinets darker. I’m sure I’ll find other projects too. :)

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  • http://www.toothbrushtravels.com/ Amy @ ToothbrushTravels

    That’s so exciting! Sorry it was so stressful, but yay! you got it! Travelling is hard, especially when you know it’s for 6 months at a time. Hopefully things will feel easier for you now that you have a home base, might feel nice having a place to escape back too if life on the road gets tough. XO

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      Thank you! I think having a home base will be nice too!

  • DC Minute

    Congrats, darlin!!! We are actually looking right now for a townhouse to rent, and there are slim picking around here in NoVa. We prefer more of the Old Town / Del Ray area, and it’s just a matter of waiting for the right one to pop up. We too have dogs and that fence is a must!
    Good luck with the move, and certainly hope you enjoy the move south from Boston!

    • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Postcards from Rachel

      Old Town is my favorite location but yeah, there’s nothing left!

      I think I’m more excited for the fence than anything else. :) So happy our dogs can run around now!

  • http://www.someclingynote.net/ Shira S.

    Omgee! I love the house. <3

  • http://avidaebelaofm.blogspot.com/ Marisha Bailey

    This house is so lovely! You must show us what you do with it!


  • Laurie Brotherton

    Not sure why I’m just now hearing about this (probably has something to do with my lack of blogging :/ ) but I’m SO happy for you guys! That’s so exciting! It looks perfect :)

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