Empty House Tour + What Moving to Raleigh Means to Us

Empty House Tour + What Moving to Raleigh Means to Us

If there is one thing I have learned about social media, it is that there is always a backstory to a photo. The saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” still holds true in today’s digital world. Moving to Raleigh is a really big deal for Mike and I because it is a goal that we set three years ago in 2014. We were visiting my Aunt and Uncle for Christmas when we completely fell in love with the south-east. We loved the 60-degree weather, the culture and people, and the up and coming city with so much to do that aligned with our values. We went back to NH, and I told my closest friends at work that Mike and I were going to move to Raleigh one day. I created my vision board for 2015 and put on the board that we would buy a brand new house and move to Raleigh before 2019. I didn’t know how we were going to do it with my corporate job tying me to a physical location, but I knew that I needed to figure it out (Mike is a management consultant at PwC, so he is not tied to a physical location).

We saved and dreamed about moving to Raleigh and talked about it endlessly with close family. After leaving my corporate job two years ago to start Style Collective, we decided to start looking for homes in January of this year. We found our realtor Maya Galletta in February, and she helped us start our journey to home ownership. After many emails, brochures, and phone calls, we booked a flight to Raleigh in March and signed a contract for new construction on March 2, 2017. It all feels surreal, and we have been dreaming of our new home for the last eight months. We’ve been homeless for almost 100 days, and the anticipation and excitement could not be more real.

So when you look at these photos, do it from a place of compassion and empathy. Don’t compare your story to my story; we have different and unique life stories, values, goals, and journeys. You are doing you (and you are doing AMAZING – don’t ever forget that!) and I am doing me. There is nothing wrong with that and it is what makes each of us so beautiful and unique. 🙂 I am incredibly grateful and feel so blessed to be able to share this part of my life with you wherever you are in the world!


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  • Dream come true <3 I am SO happy for you two this is the most gorgeous new home!!! Cannot wait to visit <3

    • I can’t wait for you to come visit!!! XOXO

  • Congratulations Annie and Mike! So happy for you! Perfect timing to celebrate the holidays in your new home!

    • Thank you so much, Jessica!! We are excited to have family down!! XO

  • It’s beautiful! So happy for you and your hubby! Congratulations!!
    (Is your home builder Pulte?? I’ll have to message you why! Lol!)

    Xoxo!
    With Love & Style,
    ♥ Amber
    ALL THE AMBIENCE

    • Thanks girl!! Our builder is Stanley Martin! 🙂

  • Helena Marz

    Your new home is absolutely gorgeous and breathtaking! Congratulations to both of you and all the best❤️ xo

  • Jamie Lynn

    Love that front door! At first I thought I don’t have enough stuff to fill a house that big! Then I realized, yes I do!!!! Lol. It’s gorge and congrats!!!!!!

    • Thank you!!!! We don’t have nearly enough things right now to fill the house, which means lots of echo and the perfect place for singing really loud!! haha. <3