I could not be more excited to be typing these words: WE. BOUGHT. A. HOUSE!!!! A real live house!!! Oh my gosh, it is such a dream come true and has been SUCH a big secret we’ve been keeping!!!!!!!! (Though many of you thought I was pregnant or Jeff was opening a Dunkin’ Donuts. Hahaha!)
As a lot of you know, we’ve been looking on and off for a long time but once Baby A came along, it was glaringly more obvious that we needed to get out of our 3 floor walk-up, one bedroom apartment. (I have SO much more respect for those of you raising babes in NYC and hiking up all those walk-up apartment and subway stairs! Phew!)
The short version: We put a long-shot offer in on a 1930s charmer with allll the character and quirks and a big BIG backyard and somehow, by some literal miracle… we got it!! We’re actually still in shock.
The long version: We had been looking in a totally different area of LA but I have this problem where I like to look at house listings all day long (#productive) and I happened to come across this house that had really amazing arches (evidenced above) and I didn’t even look at where it was, I was just like “We’re going to go see this house.”
So the next Saturday, at the end of a long day of looking at places that needed a lot of help and were already at least $100k over asking, we drove over to this house. We walked in and our jaws just kind of dropped. It had character, it had three bedrooms, it had a huge (for LA) backyard covered in bougainvillea… AND it was in our price range!?
We met the owner and chatted with him and the next day we wrote our offer along with a note about us and Arlo. We even included a cute pic of him because while we weren’t coming to the table with an all cash offer, we DID have a cute baby. GOTTA USE WHAT YOU GOT, FOLKS! Haha!
Two days later we got a call that we didn’t get the house, our offer wasn’t even being considered. Luckily, our real estate agent/my sister-in-law, Eileen (who btw has literally been asking us if we were ready to get a house since our wedding day haha! If you need an agent in the LA-area, she’s the absolute BEST!!!) didn’t take that for an answer and asked if they’d let us come back with a better offer.
So we put in our very best offer and just crossed our fingers.
Several more days later (it was now early May) and we were at the Getty with Lauren & Mike who were visiting us that week and Eileen called and said “Sorry, you didn’t get the house.” And I was all “Oh ok, well we knew it was too good to be true” and shook my head “no” at Jeff.
And THEN! She goes “JUST KIDDING YOU GOT IT I CAN’T BELIEVE IT!!!!!!” And then this happened…
Side note: In case you’re all “Aw, Kelly is EXTRA excited in that last photo with the stroller!” It’s actually just that Jeff ran over my foot with Arlo’s stroller. Haha!
Fast forward through a month of inspections and negotiations and we were closing at the beginning of June! This past month and a half has been kind of a blur with Jeff at the property every few days managing a new roof and HVAC, refinishing floors, paint, and now… we move in next week!!!!
Oh my gosh I just have so much to update you on. I hate keeping secrets!!! The good news is every single room needs a big ol’ makeover and after YEARS of you guys requesting more home content, the time has ARRIVED! This will be the first time where Jeff and my interior style really gets to shine!!
Can you tell I’m excited!? Next Tuesday, July 25th, we’ll be sharing all the before pictures and doing an Instagram Live walk through of the house to chat about some of our plans!! The Insta Live will be on my account (@studiodiy) at 2:30pm PST. So mark your calendars for that!
And in the meantime, I’d love to hear what kind of home content you guys like to see!? We’re already planning on sharing some overall home aesthetic posts, room design inspirations and of course some epic before and afters but if there’s anything specific you love when it comes to home coverage, let me know! This is pretty new for us and man, I’m so darn thrilled. You’ve been with us on our WHOLE journey and this is going to be so much FUN!!!!!!!!!
YESSSSSSS! You guys!! I’ve been refreshing this blog ever since it was morning here in The Netherlands (one can hope, right?!) and I’m SO EXCITED for you! The arch in the photo already looks amazing and the animated gif made me tear up a bit. So much sincere happiness is a lot to take for a girl who really needs to eat lunch 😉 Enjoy this wonderful ride lovelies, you SO deserved it and of course I’m looking forward to seeing all the home-related content over here!
Ahhh haha!! Thank you!!!
LOL, I’m exactly the same Vera! Sitting here in Düsseldorf waiting with baited breath!
Kristina B says
OMG OMG SO EXCITING!!!! I am so excited for you guys!!! I can’t even tell you how happy I am for you that you got everything you hoped for and in LA of all places?? DAMN there should be a special real estate award for this. Like a level-up on LIFE or something. YAYAYAYAYAY holy crap I can’t wait to see the before AND what you do with it!!
Maybe accent walls with a cute pattern? How to coordinate a bright color palette and make it work so as to not blind your guests!
What else… 🤔🤔🤔
Fun decor things OBV. AND THE ULTIMATE FRIGGIN HOUSEWARMING!!!!!
GAH!!! So exciting. OMG.
Ha it is truly a miracle, we still aren’t sure how it happened!!! And yes to lots of “how to have a bright color palette and not blind your guests” content! YAY!!!
This is amazing news!!! So happy for your family and can’t wait to follow along on your new adventure!
Thank you!! Really excited to get to document it all here!
Christine Peel says
Yay!!! So happy for you guys! I know how hard it must have been. I have family in LA and they have been having such a hard time buying a house. Can’t wait to see what you guys do with the place!!
rosemary k says
this is what i thought it was going to be and i’m so excited for you guys!!! it’s going to be an amazing space and i can’t wait to see your house tour! congrats to you and your family! 🙂
YAY! Congratulations you two! I’m very excited for home content…I’d love to see closet design, bedroom design, and how to choose a paint color! I’m sure you’ll share TONS of inspiration too which I can’t wait to see 🙂
Yes yes and yes!!! We have alllll that planned!! Stay tuned!!
YAYYY!!! Congrats! So excited for you guys! And excited for more home content as that is my current obsession. Can’t wait to see the before & afters!
That wait was epic! I had a hunch after you found your old wedding binder. I was thinking it seemed like you might be cleaning out your apartment and packing up?! So excited for the next chapter for you guys and the blog! Congratulations! Can’t wait for the home tour! 🙌🎉🌈💗
Good eye, Rosie!! 😉 Thank you!!
So excited for you guys!! I KNEW it when Jeff posted the little teaser on Instagram you guys bought a house. I can’t wait to see the pictures! I would love to get some DIY content on how to make different furniture and decor items for less that still look good.
How awesome!! Congratulations! Cannot it to see you and Jeff’s house style (I suspect there might be pink involved). As for house posts, I love seeing room tours! 😍🌱
You are DEFINITELY right! Lots of pink coming your way!! 😉
Yayyy!!! The insta hint leaving was killing me! Can’t wait to see what beauty you’ll make with your house
How the buy a house the Mindel Style? Send a picture of your baby with the offer! Lol, anyway Congratulations!!! You know what I will love to know? How do you teach Bealla to not hate baby Arlo?
Haha! And re: Bella not hating Arlo, it’s a work in progress! 😉 I’ll let ya know once we master it!
Rachel Dewberry says
Yaaaaay!!! Congrats guys!! Can’t wait to follow along . I’m sure your house will be fabulous!!
Lauren @ Oh Hey! I Like That! says
OMG I’m so so so so happy for you! We just started looking at houses and you can be SURE that I’ll be using my pregnant belly (and possibly eventually baby) to help seal a deal!
Heck yeah!!! It really does work! (And congrats!!)
Meg Kuhar says
YAAAAAY!!! So excited to see more decorating content from you! Congrats 🙂
Congratulations on finding your dream home (that doorway is amazing)!! So excited for you. And thank you for sharing so much of yourselves with us. Can’t wait to see more. And the pics of you finding out are the best!
CONGRATS!! Looking for a house is such a roller coaster of emotions!! So happy you guys have found a good one!
I knew it!
I told Jeff it was either a house, a baby, a store (although Jeff’s own dd never crossed my mind…BUT I did try applying lol.)
How exciting for you guys!
And now, you guys can’t tell Arlo to pull his weight anymore cause his little cute self just helped you guys get a house!
I can’t wait to see it all take place.
The good thing is, you have a blog to document it all! Take all of the pictures! Every now and then I’m find a random picture of my mom’s house and i cant believe what it used to look like.
Can’t wait to see Arlo’s room!
Can’t wait to see it all.
Congrats to you guys!
(But also, I had a dream that the news were that you started in your own dancing video like the ones you like to watch and i was all go Kel! You were extremely excited! 😂)
Hahah so true! I guess Arlo IS pulling his weight! 😉 Can’t wait to share everything!! And also sort of sad that your dream wasn’t a reality. Was I also magically skilled in dancing in it? Because THAT would be a real miracle!
Amanda Taylor says
I’m so excited! I like ALL home content. But, especially COLORFUL home content which I’m sure you’re all over! 🙂
Hannah Robinett says
Have never commented before but I totally had a dream last night about this secret – it was super weird – so I figured I had to let you know. It involved your insta stories coming to life with cake. I mean can this be a real thing?! Can’t wait to see your home as we recently just bought one in Brooklyn! Renovations are underway so I am all ears to your tips 🙂
I mean… anything where cake is involved and I’m GAME! Haha! And that’s sooooo exciting!!! Congrats!!
Congratulations Kelly and Jeff. This is the best news! Cannot wait for the home inspiration posts but best of all that you get to see Arlo walk, run, and grow up. Hugs to you!!!
Amanda J. says
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I cannot wait to see the updates of your HOME!!!
This is such a similar story to our home buying experience. We ended up buying a house in a neighborhood we’d never even heard of because I was scrolling the real estate apps and found our midcentury dream home right here in Nashville! We moved here from LA, so believe me I understand the house buying struggle — it’s one of the reasons why we left. We beat out FOURTEEN other offers and also sent a letter and a photo of us with our dog, Bucket and I’m sure that’s what sealed the deal.
Here’s to many happy memories in your new home.
Claire | Heart Handmade UK says
CONGRATS! Can’t wait to see what you do with the place… So long as you don’t change that salmon door x
SOOOOOO happy for you guys! We closed at the end of May and moved from our apartment in June. It’s been a whirlwind summer, but it has been such a joy to (finally) permanently be able to decorate a room. Paint and all!
OMG!! I was so excited to see this headline! Congrats you guys!!!
Yaaaay! Can’t wait for all the interior/house posts!
Congratulations! I am so happy for you guys! Can’t wait to see the virtual tour xoxo
Eileen Lanza says
THANK YOU for trusting me!! It was my pleasure to find Arlo and Bella their next home. You were ideal, respectful, trusting clients and I can’t wait to see the magic you create in your new home. Let’s C E L E B R A T E !!
Trisha F says
I am so excited for you guys and jealous!
Things I want to see to help me in my hopeful someday journey to buying a house….
*leveling a floor to put tile down
*cleaning out ventilation (hopefully in a house that old it’ll be done!)
*I’m always up for tips on painting (fireplaces, kitchen, good paint for a bathroom, etc)
Chelsey G says
GUYS! I. Am. Crying! What a wonderful and exciting adventure!!! So so thrilled for y’all to have a place to call home as a family of three!!! Congratulations and can’t wait to see alllll the posts! ❤️ Love Chelsey & Ollie!
Thank you so much Chelsey!!!
I’m so excited in more ways than one. I’m excited for you, but also excited that there might actually be a home with color on the blogosphere. I’ve hunted but haven’t yield much yet.
You guys are so cute. Congratulations! Having your own home is so much fun.
movita beaucoup says
But… Jeff is still opening a Dunkin’ Donuts, right?
Jeff Mindell says
Rebecca Esther says
I’m so excited to see the home content! I imagine your house being covered in sparkles and rainbows 🙂
Also looking forward to the day Jeff buys a Dunkin Donuts franchise. (I’m actually surprised he hasn’t already!).
Ottilie Yee says
Yay! Happy for you. My boyfriend and I recently moved into a new home and I said I wanted to do the exterior Studio DIY/Palm Springs/California inspired – so our door is a bright pink! Thanks for the inspiration and excited to see more inspiring posts.
Ahhhh!! That’s amazing!! Sounds like we may have twin front doors soon! =)
It’s a big news and an exciting adventure for you.
I can’t wait to see what you will imagine for the Arlo’s room. 🙂
Congratulations!! I am so excited for you and your family! I can’t wait to see more of your new house 🙂
Useful post always gets the attention of others and this one is get my attention too.
First of all, I should say congratulation for you bought a house and thanks for sharing this information with us.