ease on down the road

Big news in the Schoenberger house. We are selling our house and easing on down the road to a new one.

Say what?

You just finished that house???

I’m told that’s how it happens. Finish one, move on to another. Not really sinking in yet. I’ll count those chickens when it’s time, so in the interim, we’ve got our hands full with selling the first love and a tiny slice of beach heaven. I’ve been in contact with companies like Sell Now Iowa to try and get the house sold as quickly as possible but we haven’t had any interest yet. It’s just a waiting game at the minute! I just want the house to sell quickly so that we can move into our dream home. It’s been a busy time! A lot of work, a lot of wine. I’m expecting it to be a stressful process so I’m trying to prepare myself for that, although I’ve been told that selling via somewhere like eddale.com makes it pretty simple. As far as I’m concerned, if we can keep the stress to a minimum then I’m happy. I’ve got to admit that I’m nervous that no one will want to buy this home that we’ve put so much work into. However, I have been looking into House Buyers of America if I don’t want to go down the traditional real estate route to sell our home. Hopefully, we can quickly and efficiently sell this house to begin our next chapter.

Pick your left foot up
When your right foot’s down
Come on legs keep movin’
Don’t you lose no ground
You just keep on keepin’
On the road that you choose
Don’t you give up walkin’
‘Cause you gave up shoes, no

We moved into this house in 03, just after Jackie boy was born, and it has been a work in progress ever since. A lot of love, labor, change and design has gone in to making it the perfect home for our family. But now its time to move a few doors down and couldn’t be more thrilled to share this next chapter with you all. I myself have thuroughly enjoyed watching my fellow blog friends move homes. Its an exciting time. Share in all that newness and style they create. I hope ours will be as exciting.

{Our sweet boy Charlie, chilling on the front porch, like he always did. We miss you Chuck!}

Here’s a shot of the house as it began. It was the hay day of Cottage Living and I was obsessed with cottage style hence the white trim, window boxes and red door (feng shui). But ultimately the villa roofline would win me over and in 06 we added on to our home and I went with a dark trim, Curio Gray, by Sherwin Williams, and have never looked back. When we first decided to sell the house, I looked at some tips for getting high property valuations as seen on websites like thewowdecor.com. I made a few home improvements and then called a real estate agent out the next day. The next thing I knew, our house was up for sale! It’s been crazy!

In addition to selling first love, we also have a one bedroom/one bunk condominium on the south side of 30A in Seagrove Beach we are selling. One of them you may be familiar with, Unit 16, where we blew up the wall-to-wall carpet, popcorn ceilings, kitchen, bath and bedroom. Read all about the before and after shots HERE. I threw the hammer down on that place. Total gut job.


Because we spend the majority of the high season, Summers, in Michigan, we rent our unit year round. You can reserve your spot HERE. Shortly after the renovations on unit 16 were completed, the unit above became available for sale. We jumped on it and have enjoyed getting to know our long-term renter living there now. We’re pretty jealous, to say the least. Gorgeous ocean views and the sound of waves every day…seriously? Young kids have it so good these days.

On to our forever home. God-willing. It took us months to get use to the idea that it was actually happening. A lot of prayer. A lot of grateful tears. So many new and favorite things I want to share. I’ve started a board here on Pinterest of inspiration and ideas for this home if you would like to follow along. Pinterest is still my hero for keeping thoughts and projects organized.

As you can imagine, some mad planning going down and there will a mad sale too. Keep you posted on that. However, I wanted to share a few design decisions I’ve made in regard to wallpaper. Maybe if I put it out there in the universe, I will stick to it.

This first wallpaper I’ve stalked for years, “Emile Cachemire” is a classic from Schumacher. I’m a sucker for paisley and since this half bath is right off the family room/man room, I want it to have a masculine, Ralph Lauren quality to it for Mikey. But with some J. SHO juxtaposition of rough and luxe. Mom’s mirror, purchased some 20 years ago, is finally finding its perfect perch. Dad and I discovered it in garage year’s ago (NO WAY! Can I please have that?). Throughout this wild ride, I’ve been looking for signs…talk to me God…and thought surely this wallpaper being on sale is one of them? 😉

‘Cause there maybe times
When you think you lost your mind
And the steps you’re takin’
Leave you three, four steps behind
But the road you’re walking
Might be long sometimes
You just keep on steppin’
And you’ll be just fine, yeah

If you know me, you had to know Brunschwig and Fils “Talavera” was going in somewhere. I think it is the perfect complement to this half bath combination, don’t you? Clap along if you feel the happiness is the truth.

Sophia will have her own bathroom in the new crib and she loves this pick of Schumacher’s “Chenonceau” in aquamarine (Another sign perhaps?). Lots of birds and butterflies, perfect for my Sunshine girl.

So if you or anyone you love would like to live in a home with ten years of love and design invested in it, in a wonderful walkable neighborhood with kick ass neighbors on every side, you should buy it. LOL.

Next up, the Design Blogger’s Conference I attended last week. The good times, the new friends, the take-a-ways and my thoughts on how to make next year’s conference better among multiple levels of blogging experience.

And a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY BEST FRIEND, MY SISTER Jacqueline Lee that forever cheers us on. She celebrates tomorrow and I am so blessed to have her for my big sister throughout this wild ride. When I was a little brat pip squeak to now, she helps me over the hump. Which usually begs the question, “what do you think Mom would say?” We laugh, sometimes cry, depending on the answer. Thanks Mom and Dad for giving me a stellar Sister and a Brother.

happy Saturday friends! Peace out,

jenny from the rock


  1. Love every one of those wallpapers…..you are gonna rock this new place! Wish I could buy that little slice of heaven on 30A but I have my hands full with 2 mortgages of my own:)

  2. I’m so excited for you. What a great opportunities a new home brings. Can you let me know which real estate agent has your condo in Florida listed? My husband & I were just talking about buying a condo in Florida at breakfast this morning. Great timing!

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