Saying Goodbye to the MCC House

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We are just a few short weeks from moving out of the MCC (Mint Chocolate Chip) House, and it’s been a great two years for us. For those of you who missed the update on what we’re doing next, you can get caught up in {this} post from last month, but to make a long story short, we’re just moving two blocks away!

MCC House

We showed the house one time and that couple rented it immediately, so now I don’t have to worry any more about keeping things looking spic and span all the time. That’s my least favorite part of the moving process.

The MCC House was a temporary downsize while my husband moved out to Kansas without the family; we knew that in order to manage two rents and lots of plane tickets back and forth, we’d both need smaller houses/apartments than we usually live in.

Thrift shop wicker furniture spray painted black with the HomeRight SuperFinish Max | 11 Magnolia Lane

| See more of the front porch here |

This one is about 1400sf and it’s actually been just the right size. We got rid of lots of things, my husband has about 3000 pounds in Kansas, and we do have a few things in climate-controlled storage, like my mom’s piano. I haven’t missed the things in storage and while I wouldn’t call myself a minimalist by any stretch of the imagination, it’s been nice to live in a smaller footprint.

Little old houses can be a lot of fun with all of their quirks, and this one was no exception. I wrote this post when we first moved in about all the things we love about the MCC House. Things like the crystal door knobs:

MCC house--doorknob

The creaky old hardwood floors are another favorite.

Spring decor in the blue and white living room at the MCC House | 11 Magnolia Lane

| See more of the living room here|

Since I put up a few of my own chandeliers, like this one in the dining room, I’ve started to take them down and replace them with the ones that actually belong with the house. I figure I save hundreds of dollars every time I change our lighting out myself. The first time I had an electrician show me how (plus my dad is super-handy and is always available to talk me through projects by phone), but it’s really very simple.

| See more of our dining room here|

The new house needs new paint in almost every single interior room; I’ll share some pictures at the beginning of July once we take possession and while I’m painting. My plan is to use a neutral taupe-gray like I did in this house (the color on the wall is Valspar’s Oatlands Subtle Taupe).

I painted the living room, dining room, and kitchen the same color, which helps to open up the space even more.

| See more of the kitchen here|

My daughter and son’s rooms are on the first floor and they share a bathroom/powder room between them. We painted my daughter’s room in Sherwin-Williams Sea Salt and she’s really enjoyed the size of her room and the light that it gets.

Vintage Vogue covers gallery wall | 11 Magnolia Lane

| See more of my daughter’s room here, or decorated for Christmas here |

I just realized that I have only ever shared photos of my son’s room decorated for Christmas; since he’s been away at college this year we have used it as a catchall for storage. My daughter would like to convert it to a yoga room but I haven’t let her! The paint was already on the walls when we moved in but it worked well with his decor.

Christy's 2017 Christmas Holiday Home Tour | 11 Magnolia Lane

| See more of my son’s room here |

The bathroom has been renovated; always nice when the house is over a hundred years old.

Summer home tour in a 1400 sf craftsman cottage | 11 Magnolia Lane

Upstairs is my bedroom and office area; it’s been fun to feel like I was living in the trees since our lot is so nicely wooded.

Pink gray and white master bedroom | 11 Magnolia Lane

| See more of my bedroom here |

I don’t share my office very often because it was never really “done,” but here’s a photo with the window treatments that are original to the house. I changed them out after a few months but can’t find those photos! By the way, this is the only room in the house that has carpet.

| See more of my office here |

We will definitely miss this house, but of course we’re not going far! Our new house is still downtown, still smaller than our usual house (around 200sf so I totally get that some of you will roll your eyes when I tell you it’s smaller), and it’s also a sweet older house. It’s name is Magnolia Cottage, and here’s a somewhat blurry sneak peek at the outside:


Magnolia Cottage

I have a long list of projects to tackle and think it’s going to be a fun challenge to put my personal stamp on this new-to-us space.

As we end our time in this home, here are a few more posts about the MCC House:

Spring Home Tour 2018 | Spring Home Tour 2017 | 2017 Christmas Home Tour Part 1 and Part 2 | 2018 Christmas Home Tour

If you’re looking for sources for any of my furniture or decor, they’ll be in these posts, or just leave me a comment or send me an email.

Thanks for stopping by!


Final New Christy headshot 2015
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  1. You truly did make this home a reflection of your personality while you’ve been there. Can’t wait to see you transoform the new home too.

  2. Congrats Christy!!!…cannot wait to see the new house…love the exterior and where you are is such a beautiful place to live!

  3. Kittyluvr says

    I have loved following your journey at MCC….and can’t wait to see what you do at your new home! Best wishes to your family!

  4. If anyone can handle it with grace and determination, it’s you, good luck!

  5. Rebecca Purdie says

    I am excited about your move to the next house.
    Can’t wait to see what you do with it. So I can get more ideas.
    Enjoy your summer.

  6. Hi friend. I am just now catching up. I know you are all thrilled to get to stay in SP for another year. And, what a darling house!!! Cannot wait to see you work your magic. As I type David is heading back from Bragg. He just returned to the states yesterday!! Katie is thrilled he is back home.

    • Oh, what a sweet reunion that will be! I always love the homecomings (of course). Yes, we are so thrilled to get to stay. I need at least two years to get through my to-do list at this new house and I’ve got so many fun ideas.

  7. I LOVE the new home!! And as others have already said, can’t wait to see your touches in time. This house looks bigger than the MCC, and perhaps not? Eitherway, adorable and what fun lies ahead!! ox

    • Thanks, Julie! Yes, it’s bigger but not by much (just under 2000sf). With our son away at school most of the time, I decided to go with location over square footage. Living downtown has been so much fun. Anyway, lots of projects on the list for this house but it’s got so much charm. I’m excited!
      XO, Christy

  8. I have enjoyed sharing your journey. The MCC house is one of my favorites. You made it so cozy yet stylish. I love your new home and can’t wait to see what you do with it. Are you buying it?

    • This is another rental…I expect we have one more move in the next few years so we’ll wait until we know where that one is (and for how long). I’m excited about this new house because the kitchen is bigger, plus we’ll have a dining room and an extra living area downstairs–but it’s still cozy and charming.
      Hope you guys are having a great summer, Heidi!
      XO, Christy

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