Sep 7, 2011

Come on, get happy!

So, as you know, I've been hinting around moving for a few months now. I can finally announce that we are officially here in our new home in the great music city of Nashville, Tennessee.
I love California and it will always be a part of me. Every member of my family was born and raised in California. None of us have ever lived anywhere else but we'd always wanted to try something new. A job opportunity came up for my husb a few months ago that got us thinking about moving here and although it didn't pan out, the idea stuck. Gabe started a new COMPANY with his long time friend and you should hear the work they are doing. Amazing.

We are living in my absolute dream house. Literally, I had dreams about this kitchen when I was living in a 500 square foot duplex in LA. It's a pretty big change moving from a 1 bedroom loft in downtown LA to a huge (to us) house in East Nashville. I think the things we appreciate most are the little things like pulling into our driveway! We never had parking in LA. There is also less traffic so you get to enjoy more of your life. Crazy concept, eh? Did I mention I get my own office AND huge closet? The little luxuries count most for me!

I am so excited to share my new city with you all and let you see it through my eyes. There's just so many new fun things to explore that I could just burst. I'm obviously going to find everything sweet and pastel in the entire state (actually more like this half of the United States :).

It's my birthday today so it's a pretty emotional and nostalgic time for me. I picked up a few boxes of my old books and school work from my parents house before we left. I'm a sentimental fool so I get so excited to go through stuff I haven't seen in ages. I found a Louisa May Alcott diary I wrote in from age 8-12 and I am happy to report that people just don't change. I'm that same little girl. I wrote about four pages worth of descriptions of all the clothes I had from Limited Too. :) I updated the diary in 2001 and commented that I had no idea what my future held but I knew there were great plans for me. In 2011, I feel even more blessed than ever as we are buying our first home, I do work I absolutely love doing, and I have the closest family anyone could ask for.

I want to thank you guys so much for supporting me and lifting me up every day with your sweet presence. I know I say it all the time but each of you make my life better. I value your "friendship". I know some people might think it's silly to say such a thing but you know what? I AM silly. Very.

Ok, well, I'm off to birthday dinner with my sweet husband and some friends. Have a fabulous evening.

Here's a little peek into our new home. :)



XO Coury

78 comments:

  1. Wow what a big move! I wish you both all the best in your new place! It looks very charming!

    Xo

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  2. happy birthday little lady! so exciting the changes that are happening - i love change!! :) even when it's not mine haha. is that weird? congrats on a great move and a lovely new home :)

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  3. Oh my goodness, and here I thought you were moving to Santa Monica. Nashville is a little farther away! I'm a little jealous of your escape from the ultra-high rent of LA, but I'm excited to see what's in store for y'all. Do people in Nashville say y'all?

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  4. Happy Birthday!!! Nashville is so amazing... one of my best friends just moved there! Have fun :)


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  5. aw yay! so so exciting! what a fun and crazy time of your lives. so cool. cant wait to see other corners of your home!
    good luck settling in!

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  6. Welcome to Nashville!!! I've lived here just over a year and I love it! We'll have to grab coffee sometime. Happy Birthday!

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  7. omg looks gorgeous! a dream house!

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  8. Congratulations and have the happiest of happy birthdays, sweet girl.

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  9. Happy birthday!
    That fireplace is gorgeous!!!

    ♥ Gina Michele
    CrochetClouds.com

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  10. wooooooo what a huge move! i was thinking something like san fran or portland. but halfway across the country? how cool!

    congrats on the move and happy birthday. <3

    xo
    alicia

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  11. Coury!! I am so beyond excited for you and Gabe. And I'm incredibly ecstatic that you finally have your dream home. Of course, I'm going to miss you being in LA, but I'm looking forward to seeing all of your wonderful posts from Nashville! Good luck with everything <3

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  12. I'm so excited for you! Congrats on the new move and I hope settling in to your new life and wonderful home is full of fun and sweet moments!

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  13. nashville and you are both wonderful!

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  14. How exciting! I hope to see you around Nashville! And that you like it.

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  15. Noooo way!! How exciting! It's warm so often, you're gonna love it C:

    anastasia
    ugly plants

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  16. how exciting! I can't wait to see pictures :) Have a wonderful birthday!

    xo Julia
    galmeetsglam.com

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  17. That's soo exciting for you. I hope you enjoy many new, exciting things!

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  18. Wow what a change! I've had friends move out there from LA too and absolutely love it. Best wishes to you both and I hope you have a lovely birthday!

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  19. Oh how exciting! I've always said if I didn't live in OR I want to move to Nashville. No joke. So I hope you find it lovely and perfect for you and your darling family. Happy Birthday! xo

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  20. Can I just say that your home looks to die for?! How beautiful! Look at the light coming in through that window! Congratulations, and welcome to the southeast! :)

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  21. Oh my, that fireplace-- I love it! Congrats on moving to Tennessee, you escaped this horrendous heat wave going on in California. When you walk outside, it's like you have to push your way through the heat. Hopefully we get to see more pictures of your home, it looks so grand!

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  22. since i've been reading your blog in its multiple variations practically since you lived in nashville (whoa since 2005), and since there are some quality people who live there, i'm excited for this new chapter in your life too!

    i'm looking forward to hearing about all the fun places to go in nashville, as you've always done for San Fran, LA, PS and everywhere in between. there's nothing like a personal restaurant recommendation when you're travelling (and by personal, i mean blogger in whom you trust blindly).

    all the best and happy birthday. go get a paleta to celebrate! or visit one of the few anthropologie shoe and accessories stores in america! or have gabe buy you something fancy at the lovely imogene + willie ;-) [oh man... i need to go to nashville soon.]

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  23. So exciting! Best of luck in Tennessee!! and congrats to husb! looks like they will be having fun!

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  24. Happy Birthday :)

    AND super jealous of your move to nashville, my mister and I have been contemplating a move there too!

    AND I just realized your mister used to be in Plus One??!! I totally shook his hand at a meet and greet back in the day! My happy discovery of the day ha ha

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  25. Wow! Congratulations Coury!! I'm originally from Southern California too (La Crescenta) but I've always dreamed of settling elsewhere. I love a lot of things about Los Angeles (mostly that my mom's here :)) but I've never felt like it was my city. It seems like you feel the same. I've been following your blog for a while- I follow a ton and yours has remained my very favorite- and I think Nashville will be a very happy home for you and your own family.I can't wait to learn more about the city through your eyes!

    oh yes, Happy Birthday !!

    xo
    Sheva

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  26. wow, congrats and happy birthday! that is so exciting--i can see you guys fitting in just fine in nashville. best of luck on your new adventure! xoxo, laura

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  27. I grew up in Nashville and will be moving back there this winter. You will love it! Welcome!

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  28. go to local honey while you're in nashville!! it's a super cute vintage store :)

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  29. I've always wanted to visit Nashville, so I can't wait to see pictures from your new adventures in your new home! So excited for you, and a very, very happy birthday to you, sweetie!

    ♥, Jamie
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  30. Happy Birthday! what a fun new adventure for you and your family! i love settling into a new house.....all your old things feel new again. even all the way over here in hong kong, i have fond memories of when i traveled to tennessee and stayed on a gorgeous lake for a weekend. my favorite thing about the south is the sweet tea! have fun setting up your new home!
    xo
    n
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  31. Happiest of birthdays to my favorite pretty in pastel blogger! You deserve the best C! Can't wait to see Nashville through those sparkly candy coated eyes of yours! What an amazing time for y'all!

    Congrats again and totally here on the journey with ya!

    xo-Julie
    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture Blog

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  32. Nashville is the best place in the world. I went to grad school there and currently live in nyc, and love it, but look at my dream houses in nashville all day that i'm waiting to move back to. and i can't wait to do just that in a few years. enjoy nashville, it's an amazing place.

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  33. Wow! Nashville is amazing, I'm sure you'll love it :) and happy birthday... and congrats on your beautiful new house.... AND to Gabe too! It's so inspiring to see you both doing so well at things you really truly love to do. Good luck with everything!

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  34. congrats! sooo ridiculously exciting! i look forward to hearing all about your new home, new city AND state!

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  35. wow! happy happy birthday and congratulations! that fireplace is breathtaking, can't wait to see the rest!!

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  36. Wow happy birthday and congrats yo you both! Love your blog and I just can't wait for all that you have to share with us. :)
    -April

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  37. oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY! you are wonderful, and i love being "friends", too! your blog always brightens up my day. srsly.

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  38. Happy Birthday! Moving sounds so exciting, that fireplace is amazing.

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  39. whoa, NASHVILLE?!?!?!?! i had no idea!! i'm i the only totally clueless one? anyway, hope you love your new home and the memories you will make there. so glad you will take us with you on your journey :)

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  40. Crazyness!! My husband and I are moving there the first week of October, specifically Brentwood!! If you need a friend there, I'll be there in 4 weeks!! haha We are moving from Colorado - and we were a bit skeptical at the apartment we secured there, it almost seemed to good to be true, but it's just so much more affordable to live there! I've been building up lots of ideas for our new home! Anyway - it's fun to hear of someone else who is new to the area!! Take care!! - mK

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  41. Congratulations and happy birthday!

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  42. welcome to nashville & happy birthday! east nashville has been my neighborhood for a long time and i wouldn't live in any other part of the city. i'm on my way out of here next week (to california, no less) and have loved the past 10 years of my life spent here. i'll be trading my 2 bed room house for roughly 500 sq ft of high, west coast rent, but good things come from change, i'm sure of it!

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  43. This made my heart so glad!
    Happy Birthday pretty lady!
    I love all the happy news you shared... I can't help but feel uplifted.
    Happy settling into your new home.

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  44. Happy birthday and Congrats on your new home! I hope you will love it there and you'll be very happy!

    XoXo
    Plami

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  45. oh it looks absolutely gorgeous!! congrats and good luck girl!

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  46. I can't wait to see the rest ofyour house! That photo looks amazing:D

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  47. Your new home looks so so beautiful !! It's really inspiring :)
    Hope you gonna feel well in your new home sweet home !

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  48. can't wait to see more :) happy birthday!

    pinklemonincrystal.blogspot.com

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  49. Happy Birthday!
    That is great news. I wish you all the best in this new year of your life and in this new stage of life!

    Greetings from Germany <3

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  50. Yayyy change is so great, right? Nashville sounds awesome too!! xo V

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  51. Well Happy Birthday to you!! I hope it was sweet and lovely!!...I am so excited for your new move and the adventure you have embarked on!! WOW...It is so much fun exploring new places and discovering things for the first time! Have fun!! I just moved with my husband from Kansas to Dallas TX...so understand what you are going through right now...I am so excited to see Nashville through your unique perspective!!

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  52. Happy birthday! So nice to hear that you and the husb are settling into your new home :) it is funny/silly how blogging forges "friendships" with people you haven't met!

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  53. house looks fantastic, I`ve always loved property with a character and beams! Have a Happy birthday too!

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  54. aw happy birthday and congrats on the new place! best of luck, it's a big move from LA to nashville! can't wait too see your new city and home :)

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  55. Happy Birthday! Congrats on your new home!

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  56. oh, wow! congrats on your move :) nashville is SO wonderful! i have friends who live in east nashville and go to the anchor church there. it's really cool if you guys are looking for a good one ;)

    and go to pangea! it's a fun little shop in a neat little area.
    and happy birthday!

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  57. Wow, wasn't expecting Nashville! Congrats on the move and the house-it looks lovely, can't wait to see the rest. And Happy Birthday! I wish you and your family the absolute best!!!

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  58. Happy Birthday and Congrats on the big move. I have been trying to convince my husband that we need to move to Nashville. Its seems like an awesome city and would be a big departure from boring ole CT. One day!

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  59. Happy birthday and congrats on your move! :)

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  60. Congratualtions! And congratulations! And Happy Birthday!
    That little corner of your house looks absolutely perfect!

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  61. Congratulations, hope you show us more of your new home! I love the painting!

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  62. Happy Birthday Coury! Hope you have a magical birthday :)
    I love getting to take a peek inside your world! thanks for sharing!!

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  63. Exciting news! Happy Birthday and best of luck in your new home, looks like it's going to be lovely!

    wishfulsinfulyou.blogspot.com

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  64. Congrats and good luck with your amazing start to a great and magical opportunity! :)

    <3 The Daily Dani

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  65. best wishes and happy birthday! Based on the fireplace I am jealous already.

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  66. I love Tennessee! Thats where my sister lives! It's beautiful! well I cant wait to see more pics of the house! Im sure its wonderful!

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  67. Happy belated birthday and congrats on your new home!

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  68. So happy you found your dream house! That is what people look there entire life for (or build) and really never find.. I love that picture!!!

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  69. happy bday beautiful :) your new home looks amazing, please show more soon!

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  70. Wow! Congratulations! Nashville is such an amazing city! xo

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  71. so excited for you :) i too have nostalgic memories of my limited too clothes. :D im glad to know you haven't changed and that im not the only little girl walking around in a big girl's body! happy birthday and congratulations on your move!

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  72. Hope you had a great birthday :) Congratulation! Can't wait to see more photos from your new home. Love from Norway :)

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  73. Welcome to Nashville! I live in 12 South & was born and raised here. I actually lived on the East side for a couple years too. You will L-O-V-E it here!

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  74. things are so much cheaper outside of CA and outside of NJ and NY too it seems. houses out here are 300,000-500,000 for 2 or 3 bedrooms that of course I'll never be able to own a home of my own. Congratulations to you on the move. I hope you will have a great time in Nashville. i love that you had a Louisa May Alcott diary. How cute. I hope your birthday went well! Happy birthday again!

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  75. Congrats on your new beautiful home and happy belated birthday! You are such an inspiration Coury! <3

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