life {changes}


Daily Drop Cap by Jessica Hische

efore reading this post, there is one thing you must know.  I love change.  I thrive on it.  It totally excites every cell in my body. When given an opportunity for change, I always jump directly at it with full force, not always looking first.

And there begins the story…

Out of sheer curiosity, and well before this horrific oil spill, husband and I listed our personal home here at the beach as a summer vacation destination. We thought, “this will be a fun experiment, maybe we’ll land a couple of rentals this summer and we’ll go to our Georgia house during that time.” Much to our surprise, we put our house on a rental site and the calendar filled up for the entire summer in less than 12 days. Emails were flooding in, the phone was ringing off the hook.  We were shocked.  My initial plan was to blog about our home’s availablity in case any of you were planning a little vacation in our area. But I never had the chance, it all happened so fast!

We decided we would have to find a temporary home while this one rented for the summer.

I guess what I’m trying to say is:


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It’s been a wild ride, friends.  Moving a family of six isn’t all that easy.  Hmmm, maybe I would compare the experience to something like attempting to pluck your eyeballs out with chopsticks.  But the man and I are adventurous types, so it’s always hard to predict what we’ll do next.

After our rental bookings were confirmed, I started packing up our home and we began the search for our new, yet temporary home…a strange combination. We were blessed to find a place we all love – just a few streets down.  The best part?  It’s in my favorite section of our neighborhood on a nature preserve. Now we have privacy and a yard…which feels like a total luxury.

These days, the sounds I hear during the day are sweet birds chirping instead of noisy vacationers on summer break. Nothing against vacationers, it’s just hard to live next door to them year ’round.

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Some funny things happened during our moving adventure.  For instance, we decided to be cost conscious and try the move ourselves with a U-Haul.  This was comical.  By comical, I mean the laugh-at-yourself kind where you wonder how you ever got into such a psychotic mess.  Keep in mind that we had to keep our old house furnished for renters. So we moved some things from our Georgia house [6 hours away] to the current house will be living in so we can keep the other looking spiffy.  Did you follow that? Oh, and let me mention that we packed up and loaded while the kids were all home for spring break for TWELVE days. Fun. Non stop, bite-your-fingernails off and consider secretly drinking scotch straight from the bottle kind-of-fun.

Visualize this: me, four kids and a dog in one crammed SUV, husband and a jam-packed U-Haul trailer being pulled by another SUV.  At one point I was driving behind my husband on the interstate and what do I see coming straight at me?  Our newly purchased partner’s desk top [scored from ballard’s outlet at a total steal] fly off of the top of his car and right at me and the brood.  Apparently it burst from the bungie cords off the top of his SUV and propelled into the air like a missile from an F-15.  So not funny. But I still laughed. A problem I really need to work on. We lost the desk, it was highway pizza, but thank goodness we all lived to tell.

All the boxes have been moved.  I personally packed each and every one on my own [I’ll admit a few expletives fell from my lips on more than one occasion].  And husband unloaded each and every one. We’re beat.  We still have quite a ways to go unpacking and getting settled.

This is not our home, but please enjoy the beauty…



The color finishes of our temporary house are 180 degrees different than those of our other home so I’ll plan to adjust our palette. We switched from our longstanding off-white kitchen tradition to another that was finished with dark stained cabinets and brown accents [the crowd gasps].  I’m totally excited about tackling the design challenges and sharing the process of turning a temporary home into one that reflects your own personal style…all while doing so on a major budget!  Interested in reading about that?  Let me know if you like this idea.

And thus the seeker of style and change continues her journey of getting settled while juggling the busy life as wife/mom/designer/blogger.

To be continued…

[top photo from melanie acevedo, middle photos from patrick cline, last photo from greige]

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  1. Hana says:

    as a renter, i can’t wait to see what you do with your temporary home! you all deserve some R&R after you get settled!

  2. pve says:

    I see a reality show in your future.
    How has Pippi survived to the move…I always hear that animals run back home? I think I would be running home. Perhaps I need a lesson in loving change.
    Show me your quick changes first!

  3. Lori says:

    Wow, never a dull moment with you! :) I look forward to seeing your temp home, esp the kitchen, as my kitchen has all the dark cabinets too. I think of painting them white all the time, but haven’t had the nerve to cover the expensive cherry that the previous owners picked.

  4. Helen Young says:

    Hi Seleta –
    Wow! That’s a lot of stress and change. You have a great attitude. We’ve had some big changes recently too – only I haven’t been so cheerful the last week. I’m going to be inspired by your attitude and be excited about change (but that’s hard for me). Great post.

  5. sue silva says:

    Can’t wait to see the place and what magic tricks you have up your elegant sleeve!

  6. sue silva says:

    Can’t wait to see what magic tricks you have up your elegant sleeve!

  7. Jay says:

    How long will you be at the temporary crib?

  8. Pru says:

    I can’t believe that you have moved and that you have managed to keep blogging at the same time – a true wonderwoman! Looking forward to the redesign posts of the new place.

  9. sloan says:

    I too am shocked that in the midst of all these recent amazing posts you’ve been in the process of a move – WOW, you’re amazing!! And yes please to future design posts through a renters eye!!

  10. dianne says:

    This really is a surprise! Why didn’t you just plan to stay in Ga. this summer and save yourself a lot of trouble? Sounds like you are ready for an adventure and I can’t wait to hear and see all about it. Good luck!

  11. Cindy says:

    Oh my! Sounds like you have been very BUSY!And, yes, yes I can’t wait to see what you will be doing in your new place. I am certain that it will be fabulous!

  12. Morning T says:

    Wowee Seleta, I’m excited to see your new place and how you pull it all together with your fabulous style!!

  13. michelle says:

    omg…thank goodness you are ok…but if you have to go…a Ballard Design furniture piece may be a stylish exit. lol.
    You inspire me to do something…no really you do!!!

  14. Wow! I can’t wait to read about the adventure!~!

  15. Tara says:

    Can’t wait to see what you do with the temp home!

  16. Enjoy your family and take it easy on yourself! This is a lot and of course you will make the best of it. Hope you are loving your new digs!

  17. Kifus says:

    Well, they say that change is as good as a rest but I’m not so sure this is the case! Hope everything goes well in this new moment of your life, it sure sounds exciting!

  18. Stephanie says:

    as the wife of a resident {majorly on a budget} with the looming reality that we will be in 4 different temporary houses for the next 5 years with at least 2 kids {perhaps more by the time it is all said and done} I would LOVE to know how to live and decorate when you know it is temporary!!! I CANT WAIT to read all about it!

  19. This was such a fun post to read, as someone that moves a lot I can relate to so much of it!! And doing it with 4 children, you are a saint!
    Enjoy the challenge with the new colors, I can’t wait to see what you do with it.

  20. Tessa says:

    i “simply” don’t know how you do it all with 4 kiddos!! looking forward to seeing the new place and what you do to make it feel your own.

  21. Melissa says:

    That sounds so exciting! Sorry about your desk. Maybe you will find the exact desk even cheaper! I’d love to read about decorating your temporary home, look foward to reading more. =)

  22. Esther says:

    Seleta…I cannot believe you are doing this? I guess I don’t understand the end result here?? I know some of my neighbors here on the beach do this and they make a ton of money doing it. Make sure you get a hefty cleaning deposit from them and that you screen the folks really well. Few years back had up to 20 rental properties and I can tell you some stories that will make your hair stand up. No matter how hard we had them all screened some of them were just down right slobs….not to scare you but just be aware,just sayin’. You are definite very adventurous. I couldn’t rent my beach house, I am extremely picky and afraid of damages…lol Hugs~

  23. Nicole says:

    I agree that change is a great thing and can’t wait to see what you do with your “temporary” home!

  24. pam says:

    wow, seleta. yes, i’d love to see how you make this new, temporary space your own for the summer. and i think i’ll take this post of yours and use it as inspiration to try to embrace change (as this subject came up just yesterday between hubby and me, in a mattress dept nonetheless), and perhaps seek it?. pam

  25. Alana says:

    I agree…love change…it keeps me on my toes + I always learn something from it. Sounds like you all have a fun summer ahead of you. lots of luck! Would love to see ur quick desing fixes.

  26. Julie says:

    Holy moly, I give you props for being able to handle all that! I detest change, so maybe you can throw me a little your way!

  27. Kelly says:

    Wow! How secretive of you! I never knew you were doing all that this summer. Ha! Glad to hear that your home rented out so fast. That shows it must be very nice and will help you financially. How is your home in GA doing? I’m assuming it is still for sale? I live in GA and we chatted about this many months ago. What are you going to do after the summer is over? Are you going to move back in your home or continue to try to keep it rented? Questions, questions, oh my! Just curious how you’re reworking your new home-life. Can’t wait to hear more about settling in to your new temporary home too!

  28. Jennifer says:

    How exciting! I am a person who loves change as well, so this sounds fabulous! I’ll be so interested to see what you do decor-wise with your rental and I can’t wait to hear what you think about this whole experience! Good Luck!

  29. amy jupin says:

    while reading this, all i could think of is “oh holy hell!!” nice, isn’t it?? you certainly have your hands FULL–but i can’t wait to see what you do next!

  30. Willow Fan says:

    You amaze me for your great attitude and ability to do all of this. Moving with 1 kid was quite the task for me, but how you manage to move with 4 is awe-inspiring.
    I completely understand your desire to move from the busy area of WC. When I drive though that area I immediately get stressed from all of the bike traffic. Kudos to you for doing this with such a great, open attitude. I don’t do as well with change (wish I did), so big changes always come with an adjustment phase for me.

  31. Kayla says:

    you truly entertain my guts! thanks for being you and not changing one iota of your cute self…just like ole’ happy milton times, but now we are all grown up and know better. big Kayla hugs..

  32. Sara Jane says:

    WOW!! It’s gorgeous! How long will you be there?

  33. Ava says:

    You are so brave! I would love to see how you make the rental home your own. I love befores and afters as they always provide such fabulous inspiration.

  34. elizabeth says:

    talk about fly by the seat of your pants! i can’t imagine……your words were hilarious….reminded me of the thoughts i have at times {drink directly from the bottle, etc.} i’d be interested in your place for next summer. if you consider doing this next year, will you email me the info: number of bedrooms, location {how close to the beach} and price. that’d be great!

  35. I was wondering when you were going to post about the big move ;) We are coming into town on Wednesday for about 10 days. Hopefully we will run into you!

  36. Eddie Ross says:

    Congratulations, honey! What fantastic change! Miss you!
    Jaithan + Eddie

  37. Cricket says:

    Moving is challenging but fun. I am not really a dark wood kitchen person either but I thnk this one is attractive:

  38. Karena says:

    Seleta, I am late to the moving party and would have helped you unpack, as you have been so supportive of me!
    Very excited to see your new abode!
    Art by Karena

  39. divabroker says:

    I can’t wait to see what you do with the ‘temporary’ house. Thanks for sharing such an eventful move. Aunt Kathi

  40. Jennifer says:

    girl you are brave!! a little change now and then sure is fun though! you know, once the moving is finished :)

  41. Lizziefitz says:

    I think we may be living parrellel lives this summer. Add one baby, smaller dog and SOAKED roof top carrier full of families’ clothes instead of road pizza! Calgon take me away:)

  42. lissa says:

    I just loved reading this post! I’ve been dreaming about a big change. Possibly moving somewhere sunny. I’ve never moved and never really experienced change. It’s fun to read about someone who loves adventure. It’s inspiring. I’m sure you will do something spectacular with those dark brown cabinets!

  43. Wow seleta! Cannot wait to see what you do with the house! Enjoy your adventure!

  44. paula says:

    Now this is just crazy and I love it! what a fun memory for your family to have. Can’t wait to make it back down to the beach, maybe in the fall.

  45. Chrissy says:

    Congrats, girl! That’s crazy and exciting! And I can’t WAIT to see what you do at the new house!!! We just moved into a home we built … I’m surrounded by boxes while I write this … and obviously will need to do things on a budget for quite awhile! EVERYTHING costs more than you think it will!

  46. Hillary says:

    You MOVED?!? Told you I’m behind reading! I definitely want to see the temporary home designed on a budget. Hope you had a relaxing 4th!

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