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Signing Off (With A Sneak Peek)

Last Updated on December 24, 2015 by Kristi Linauer

Well, I’ve decided to forgo the usual “best of…” or “highlights of the year” posts that generally fill the blogosphere during the last days of the year, and go ahead and sign off for the rest of this year. (I’ll be back on January 2nd!!)  I have a ton of stuff that I want and need to do before the end of this year, so a few days away from the blog are definitely needed.

But I didn’t want to go without saying a huge, Texas-sized…

…to each and every one of you who stop by Addicted 2 Decorating regularly, who show so much support, who leave such inspiring and encouraging comments, and who have helped 2012 be the best year yet for A2D. I look back at the growth of my blog over the last year, and I’m truly astounded…and thankful. And of course, it would be nothing without YOU.

So thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

It is because of each and every one of you, as well as those of you who have allowed me to help you with your WordPress blogs over the last few months, that I feel very confident that 2013 will be the year that Matt and I move from our condo and into a house. And that never would have been possible without you.

So I want to leave you with a little sneak peek of the house that we hope to purchase in 2013, and turn into our home.

Isn’t it (potentially) cute? Can you see the potential like I can? The picture is a little deceptive, because it makes the house look quite small (perhaps because it’s dwarfed by that MASSIVE tree in the front!!).  It’s actually not a small house.  It’s not huge by any means, but it’s certainly not small.  It has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a dining room, living room, small den, kitchen, huge sunroom, large hallways, and a two car garage.

So why this particular house? There are many reasons, really.

  1. I know the owners, and this house has been in the same family for 40+ years,
  2. It’s a fixer-upper.  That’s actually a huge plus for me, since I’m not really a fan of new construction,
  3. It’s tucked away on a pretty quiet street,
  4. I think the house has tons of potential.  It just needs someone (i.e., ME) to help its character shine through,
  5. The price is great, which would allow us to pay it off in about 2 years, and then be free from a mortgage (and after living cash-only for six years, a huge mortgage is something that we would absolutely never even consider), and
  6. Most importantly, this house sits on a 1-acre lot!!!  The lot is huge, especially for a house located in the city.  ONE WHOLE ACRE!!  The back yard just goes on, and on, and on.  With a lot like that, we would have plenty of room to do just about anything we want in the future.  A detached workshop for me?  There’s room for that!  A swimming pool?  There’s room!  A massive garden that could feed the entire neighborhood plus some?  Yep, there’s room!  Additional rooms added on to the house?  Of course, there’s room!

So there it is.  Our main goal for 2013.  And even if things don’t work out with this particular house (and I’m really trying to hold it loosely so that I don’t get my heart broken if it doesn’t work out), then there will be another house for us.  Perhaps it won’t be on a 1-acre lot, since those are quite rare in the city, but we’ll make do.  🙂

Again, thank you.  You have blessed me tremendously.  🙂

By the way, as you may already know, at the beginning of this year, Matt and I decided to take drastic steps to get healthy and lose weight.  I shared a weight loss photo over on the Addicted 2 Decorating Facebook page.

Also, I just want to give fair warning that my prices for Blogger to WordPress transfers, custom WordPress blog designs, and other WordPress-related services, are going up on January 1st.  In order to lock in the current lower prices, you need to contact me before December 31st, get on my schedule for January, and pay a deposit.  If you’d like to do that, you can contact me here.  🙂

Goodbye for now!  I hope you all have a very blessed week filled with family, fun, laughter, relaxation, and much more!  I’ll see you back here on January 1st….2013 (wow, that just seems strange, doesn’t it?  2013!!).

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    December 22, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Happy holidays, Kristi! I really hope things work out with the house. It has so many great features. Love your new profile pic too, btw.

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    Jan S.
    December 22, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Merry Christmas – thank you for all your wonderful ideas and for sharing your hopes and dreams with us. Congrats on the weightloss, you look fabulous. Prayers that the house deal will pan out the way it’s supposed to!

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    December 22, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    I am grateful for all of the great ideas you have shared with all of us this past year. I hope you two get the house, or a house at least 🙂

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    December 22, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Congratulations on the weight loss! You look absolutely fabulous. Just curious as to how much weight Matt has lost over the course of the year. My husband’s question was how much money do you think you saved over the year by cutting out the soda and fast food.

    I really, really hope you get the house! I’m dying to see what you do with that much space and all those rooms, especially if you end up with a workshop in the backyard. Although, I’m still holding out to see your bedroom in the condo finished because it was looking so beautiful in the last update you did.

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    [email protected] Vintage
    December 22, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    So excited for you Kristi! Wishing you all you hope for in the new year. I know you would turn that house into a stunner!

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    December 22, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Happy Holidays, Kristi, and I’m crossing my fingers for you!

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    December 22, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Happy Holidays and best of luck in the New Year!

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    nicolette @ momnivore's dilemma
    December 22, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Happy Holiday to you.

    Hope that dream home becomes a reality for you in 2013…


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    December 22, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you! Hope the house purchase goes as planned, I’d love to see your TLC changes!

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    December 22, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    I hope so much that you can get this house, it’s very cute and your special touches would make it fabulous…I’m excited for you and your hubby:) Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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    Kathy, Petticoat Junktion
    December 22, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Such a cute house Kristie. After seeing your condo makeover I can’t wait to see what you do with all that room. Hope every thing works out! Merry Christmas.

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    December 22, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    I have followed you for nearly a year and am always impressed with your projects. They are so original and well done. Hope the house works out for you. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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    Diane | An Extraordinary Day
    December 22, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Merry Christmas Kristi!
    I pray your New Year will be everything you dream and more.
    God bless you! And THANK YOU for making my blog become a reality!

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    December 22, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Been following your wonderful blog and ideas for quite some time now. I will be keeping my fingers crossed for your house– I can’t wait to see you get your talented designing hands on a HOUSE! Oh the places you will go! Have a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year!

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    December 23, 2012 at 8:18 am

    That’s so exciting. I really hope you get it!

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    [email protected] beautiful life
    December 23, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Happy Holiday’s Kristi! My lucky number is 13 so I’m hoping 2013 will be my year as well, I’ll cross my fingers for you.

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    Kelly Palmer
    December 24, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    So excited for you and hope that it all works out the way you plan. Have a very Merry and blessed Christmas!!

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    Lisa T
    December 24, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Somewhat new to your blog, but love it and love your openness and honesty. Wish you all the best in 2013 and hope your dreams come true!

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    December 27, 2012 at 3:27 am

    Well you are definitely going to get that house because you have people all over the world wishing for you, just so we can watch what you do with it. It made my little heart pound just to see the photo. Let us know what happens.

    Happy New Year

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    December 27, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Happy New Year Kristi! I will be praying that your dream house ‘comes true’ for you and your husband. It looks like a home with a lovely front yard and much potential. You had me at huge sunroom and 1 acre lot. Good luck, good health and good blogging to you.

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    December 29, 2012 at 8:02 am

    I hope you’re able to get that house, it’s wonderful! Happy New Year, I look forward to reading your blog in 2013 🙂

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    Angela Conley
    December 30, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Best wishes for your holiday and with that house! Love that huge tree in front!
    Thank you for sharing your journey and blog wisdom. I look forward to much more!

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    December 31, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Happy new Year Kristi, it sounds as if you are going to have a very exciting new Year indeed! I just had to stop by and thank you for your response to my question about hanging a mirror on mirror with command strips, with any luck mine will be hanging this week!! I gave you a little shout-out on my blog today!!

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    Anne @ DIY Projects
    January 2, 2013 at 7:13 am

    All the best for the new house. I’ve heard you talk of wanting to move from the flat for a while. Happy 2013 to you and yours!