The Move

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind consumed mostly by cardboard, tape, fast food, and trips to Lowes. But among those was also the huge satisfaction of moving into our first home, the overwhelming support from family and good friends, and the giddy excitement of promise that is opened with every broken down box.

My parents were angels on move-out weekend- they painted three whole rooms including re-doing all the trim, moulding, and windows from 60's beige to nice, clean white (which made an incredible difference, by the way). They even brought food to keep the take-out to a minimum and make sure we (inclduing Baby O!) were properly nurished. Honestly, I don't even know how I could have managed all of this load without their help - but because of it, we had enough of a headstart that even with keeping up life's regular pace, we were completely unpacked and enjoying all the comforts of our new home within 1 week out from our move.

There's still details that need finished-- little projects that need fixed, updates we want to make, furniture that needs bought, and pictures that need hung (obviously), but every time I walk in the door of our home my heart overflows with love for this place and all it's little quirks. It's not perfect - but it's ours. And to me, that makes it pretty darn close.

An open letter

In honor of the official last day of our lease and turning in our apartment keys for good, I decided to write a brief letter to that ol' place. Because I'm sentimental like that.

Dear Apartment,

It's not you, it's us. Just kidding, it's actually mostly you.

You served us well in a pinch when we moved to Charlottesville at the drop of a dime, but I have to say, I'm not sorry to wave goodbye to your crapped, lightless quarters, awkward neighbors, and crappy appliences. You couldn't have expected we'd actually stay together for longer than a year after the baggage you brought to our relationship. The dryer that took 3 cycles to dry anything, the giant glowing orb outside our window, the complete lack of wouldn't even let me paint my own walls without strict guidlines. And honestly, how can I feel at home when all my walls are white with accents of peeling drywall? We paid for you with a more than worthy wage every month, yet still felt like you simply flushed our hard-earned money down the toilet each time. We're sorry, Apartment, but that's just not okay.

*At the risk of hurting your feelings, please know that we still cherish our time with you, despite the bumps in the road. You were a great little place for us during a time of transition and provided for all of our needs. We celebrated many holidays with you and Bourbon loved making new friends at your dog park and tennis courts.

Regardless, we've found someone else. Someone who provides enough space so that guests aren't either shunned to a hotel or kept prisonor to the deflating air mattress for their overnight visit. Someone who has a real backyard in which we can entertain and let Bourbon play. Someone who can accommodate a new baby on the way. Someone who has a lot more to offer us in the long-term.*

We hope your next tennent enjoys loud music through your walls from neighbors and your poor maitenence service.


Leah & Matt

What's next

Over the summer, (and I'm sure as my "nesting" kicks in for Baby O) I'll work on sprucing up the details to make it truely homey and of course, party-ready for lots of hosting! Below, take a tour of the new place through before pictures of our new home, just as it was the day we got the keys.

I'll update over time with all my projects under the new "house to home" category, so be sure to like [Firefly Photography] on Facebook and check back to the blog regularly for the newest DIY projects and tips for the home. In a few months, we'll be starting with the nursury decoration and I want my Firefly family to join in with the excitement as it all unfolds!


is that a cute little backyard or what?!

Living Room
Guest Room

Bourbon had to poke in to see what was going on, of course...


the perfect tiny room for a tiny human

*it's already painted blue... do you think it's an omen?!?

Master Bedroom

And there it is! A peak into our adorable 3 bedroom, 4 bath, brick home with a fenced backyard, 5 minutes from downtown Charlottesville. I think this a pretty good excuse to use #blessed.


BOOM - There's a whole other floor! That's right, the entry level is not pictured becaaaaause (drum roll)

it's the future home of the new & improved Firefly client meeting space + studio!!

I'm over-the-moon about the possibilities and can't wait to work on creating a beautiful, cozy space where I can meet with future clients and take my session reveal parties to the next level! It's all about better serving YOU and my creative juices are just ramped with excitement about how to achieve that while continuing to grow the Firefly experience here in Charlottesville.