Saying Goodbye to The Lily Pad Cottage

It’s about that time where I typically share all my fall decor and I’m all hyped up on pumpkin spice lattes and itching to break out my boots buuuuttt…

I’ve been sitting on a big secret this summer. Although if you follow me on instagram you may have noticed the empty shelves in my kitchen and figured it out for yourself. I can’t believe we are actually saying goodbye to The Lily Pad Cottage, but we are! I know, pick your jaw up off the floor with the rest of our neighbors, who can’t believe we are moving (including my parents) either. But I think you will be really excited when you hear about the new adventure we are about to begin…

which I can’t tell you about yet. ;)

A view of a living room

I know, don’t throw things at me, but I want to wait until everything closes (next friday) to spill all the beans. I promise you that it is killing me – just ask the Mr. or my mom, I have basically known every gift I have ever gotten, because I can’t deal with the suspense of surprises.

This is hugely bittersweet for our family, we have poured blood sweat and tears into this house. Of course there is the fact that this house brought me all of you as well. I started blogging just to share the little decorating projects I was doing after we moved in here with family and friends. I never dreamed that anyone other than my mom would read it! I’m so thankful you all have stuck around through all my ridiculous DIY attempts and shenanigans. This blog has truly become such a fun creative outlet for me, turned hobby, turned dream job and I’m grateful for all the sweet comments and emails you have encouraged me with over the past 4 years.

I have really slowed down blogging the last year mainly, because this house is basically done! It’s hard to have a DIY blog when you don’t have much to DIY, so I’m really excited to have a new (huge) project to undertake. It’s going to be so fun to blog from beginning to end (well, like it really ever ends) and be able to share every single paint color, fabric swatch, and light fixture source with you. I’m really hoping you are ready to come on the next part of our journey with me. I can promise you one thing I will be blogging my booty off because there will be so many projects, design decisions, and progress pics to share I can hardly wait!

I know some of you are wondering why on earth we would leave this house and we do love it here. But as our kids have grown we have realized certain things about the floor plan/space that could work better for our family. Having little man in my belly and a 3 year old when we designed this house we didn’t keep in mind what would work for our growing family of 4. We had been slowly realizing this for the past year, but never thought something would pop up that would check all our boxes. This whole decision has been such a God thing for us and we have truly felt His hand through this whole process. The new place is going to hopefully grow with us through the teen years (eek!) through the empty nester phase and back again to grand babies.

In the meantime you can’t walk two feet in our house without bumping into a box packed with all our earthly belongings. The house is feeling pretty empty and sad and I alternate between wanting to get the heck out of here, because the mess is making my eye twitch and being weepy about all we are leaving behind. Here, want a fancy fall home tour complete with hastily shot iPhone photos?

A messy room

Not a mum or sunflower in site, just piles and piles of mess and sad empty rooms! If you do need a little fall inspo you can check out my tour from last year here.

A room filled with a large window

My kitchen is down to the essentials, lunch boxes, water bottles and wine…have you ever seen my shelves styled so beautifully minimalist? Tupperware chic anyone?

A kitchen with a stove and a refrigerator

So stay tuned as I will be sharing the whole long story soon, I’ll just leave you with the fun fact that you should never take me to an open house just for fun…the Mr. learned that the hard way ;)

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  1. Oh my goodness! WOW! Ok youre leaving that gorgeous bathtub with that lake view? Youre leaving that sunroom to DIE FOR? Ok I get it, Im an empty nester and I know how having more room is important. Yes Open Houses are SUPER DANGEROUS! lol. Ill be waiting and watching. Meanwhile Im 3 years into our Lake house reno and holding my breath until the exterior is resided and painted and i get a new kitchen. Hubby is taking his time because he knows that once its done, ill get itchy to move on. Look forward to seeing your new home! Is it a really run down reno? Or new home that needs character? Cant wait!

  2. You have a real gift Kelly. I also have a cottage home on a pond…and it’s full of lilypads, especially this time of year :) It is one of the reasons I ended up coming across your blog. I told my sister who is painting her unborn son’s room to go with the Clark+Kent ‘Peek-O-Blue’ that caught my eye in your re-do photo. I can only imagine you’re upgrading now towards renovating an old castle or French chateau! I’ll be sure to check in as your style and ideas are the types that bring people like me, looking for inspiration, back. Good luck with your move and wishing your family all the best as you move on to your next adventure!

  3. I love reading about all your projects..and your home is Beautiful !!! So excited and look forward to all your new post..Sandra N.C.

  4. Of course I’m still going to follow! A new journey and plenty of new projects! Sad that there is a chance I’ll have to say goodbye to the lake, but so excited for you otherwise. Love hearing about God things!

  5. Congrats on the new adventure! Can’t wait to hear all about it! So glad you are not leaving the blog world as I first thought when I read the title of your post bc your blog is one of my favorites! Good luck!

  6. Congrats on your new adventure, kelly. I will miss seeing this house decorated for each holiday. Us loyal blog lovers will follow you to your next home. Hope the move goes safety and easy. God Bless your lovely Family. Love Jennie

  7. So excited for you and your family! You know what a bigger house calls for though right? A new baby ???? just kidding. Can’t wait until next Friday to hear see where you are off to next! Big kisses! Helpful hint keep the wine close! ?

  8. I’m so happy for you. I’ve loved seeing your transformations. Looking forward to seeing your new adventure. We have moved three times in the last nine years (military) It’s always bittersweet and quite stressful, but super fun to decorate a blank canvas. Good Luck!

  9. Hi Kelly,
    I just can’t believe you are leaving. It has taken me a day to really grasp it! I have always thought your home was perfect and in the perfect setting. I wish I could buy it. I have throughly enjoyed this home and all you have done with it. I have duplicated so many of your ideas into my own home.
    I wish you happiness and blessings in your new home and adventure in life. I am excited to get more ideas from you as you begin again to transform your new place into something spectacular ! God Bless You

  10. Wow! Best of luck on the next adventure. Thanks for letting us tag along on this house. I adore your cottage so much that I have given my builder multiple photos of it. We are building a home in Ohio (sadly, not on the water) and I am borrowing elements from your kitchen and bath for inspiration. Can’t wait to see the new house!

  11. When I first read this, I thought you meant you were not going to blog at all anymore!! I’m so glad you will be sharing your journey with us! I can’t wait to see what’s ahead for you… maybe its just down the street ?? will you be changing the name of your blog?? so many questions! HA! Anyway, glad to hear God was directing this journey. Obedience brings blessings ;-) Best wishes with the move.

  12. In Shock! Love your home. I’m guessing your hubs took a new job and you will be building a new home…Traverse City ?? Can’t wait to see if I am right….when you do your reveal post. Your home is perfection and whoever is lucky to live there now, I will envy as well.. My dream retirement home…
    Your so lucky as a young family to be so blessed. Good luck on your next “new” home beginnings…

  13. I will miss your beautiful home!!!! Please don’t eliminate this home from your archives!!! I wish you and your family the best and look forward to sharing your new adventure’n

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