If you asked me a year ago if I thought I’d buy a home sometime soon, the answer would have been a resounding “no.” If you asked me in January if I thought I’d be buying a home in a few months, the answer would still have been “definitely not.” So I really can’t believe I’m about to type this sentence, but I just bought my very first home. The process was an absolute doozy. I fell in love with every single house I put an offer in on, stressed over whether said offers were good enough (most of the time, they weren’t), and, of course, started shopping for furniture and home decor immediately.
Most of the time, that shopping was devastatingly premature—losing out on a house you love is a different kind of heartbreak I wasn’t expecting. But the process was entirely worth it because today, I’m officially a homeowner. And now all of the shopping I’m doing isn’t simply daydreaming; it’s necessary.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve spent seemingly countless hours perusing just about every decor and furniture store I could find, creating mood board after mood board after mood board, and dragging my husband to any and every vintage store in a 50-mile radius. I am having the time of my life curating pieces that will make our house a home while simultaneously spiraling into a pit of despair because I think I’ve looked at about 100,000 different TV stands and still haven’t found The One. While I have yet to find the perfect media cabinet to complete the living room, I have found just about everything else we’ll need for our first home, and I’m sharing them all with you below.
Our kitchen might be my favorite room in the house. It’s got this perfect area for a little nook by the window, and that will be one of the very first projects I work on. Everything else on my kitchen shopping list is about upgrading the random stuff I’ve accumulated throughout the years as I bounced around from apartment to apartment. I’m trying to keep the kitchen products as neutral as possible because I’ll eventually be painting the cabinets green (making my years-long dream of having Dakota Johnson’s kitchen finally come true) and I don’t want anything that will clash with that.
The coffee maker will be living on our kitchen counters, so I need it to make good coffee and look good too. I love that it can also connect to my phone, so if I ever forget to set the machine before bed, I won't have to do the walk of shame back to the kitchen in my jammies.
The green kitchen of my dreams is still a few years away, so I’m bringing in the color with this cookware set from Caraway. Not only will it look good on my stove, but Caraway also has some of the best cookware on the market. And for this price? The set is a true gem.
One of the very first projects I'll be working on is the kitchen nook. At the center of it all will be a table I got for a complete steal at a thrift store and this gorgeous wallpaper, which I haven't been able to stop thinking about since I first laid eyes on it.
I am so excited about the living room. It’s a bit on the small side, but after meticulously measuring the space and all the furniture I’d like to get for it, I’m confident it will be the perfect area to both entertain and completely veg out.
When it comes to team ottoman versus team coffee table, I am firmly on team ottoman. You just can't beat the extra seating it provides when you have guests and the extra foot real estate when it's just you seeking ultimate comfort on a night in.
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The dining room is one of the areas I’m still not positive about, so if you see me on The Everygirl in a year showing off a dining room that has none of these products, kindly understand that it’s because I had a crisis and started over from scratch.
My husband and I both work from home full time, so it’s absolutely pivotal we pull out all the stops when it comes to the home office. At the beginning of the pandemic, we didn’t put too much thought into our desks and chairs, and I ultimately chose form over function. That’s going to change in our new space—hello, standing desks and ergonomic chairs! I know that sounds boring, but I’ve also got plans to create the reading nook of my dreams. Life’s all about balance, after all.
I’ve searched high and low for a standing desk that wouldn’t make me want to gouge my eyes out. I love how sleek this one is, and with the added drawer storage, I’ll be able to keep my desktop nice and tidy. After two years of sitting more than I ever have before, my body is craving more mobility. The standing desk is the first step to my new ergonomic lifestyle.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve dreamed of wall-to-wall bookshelves. Sure, I’ve used Billy bookcases to get me close to that dream in the past, but now that I’ve got a home, I’ll be taking a stab at one of the DIY Billy Bookcase Hacks I’ve seen all over Pinterest.
I am painting the main bedroom a dark, moody color (currently leaning toward navy), so the decor will likely be light and airy to offset this.
I simply cannot sleep without the sound of thunderstorms rumbling in the distance, and while my Alexa can do that, it can’t do everything else the Hatch Restore can: sunrise wake-ups, mood lighting, evening routines, and so much more—I can’t wait to have this on my nightstand.
Ever see the classic 1999 Disney original movie Smart House? Yeah, that’s what I want (minus the part where the AI turns evil, obviously). It was game over the moment I hooked up my bedside lamps to Alexa—now everything in the house needs to be smart.
Cleaning and Organizing
Listen, I love a clean, organized house. But I don’t love cleaning or organizing. Every few months, I’ll get fed up with the state of my dresser, take everything out, and fold and organize it, only to let it fall into disarray again within a week. But after watching a few episodes of The Home Edit, I’m turning over a new leaf. Everything in the house will have a place, and I’ll try my damndest to make sure it stays that way. Don’t be surprised if you start seeing me post weekly restocking ASMR videos on TikTok.
I've been telling anyone who will listen that I want this vacuum. If I'm going to be doing a chore I absolutely despise, I might as well have a tool that will make it as easy as possible. And investing in a good vacuum just feels like the kind of thing a full-grown adult would do, you know?
With three dogs who have no sense of personal space, a handheld shampooer is an absolute must. The number of times I (or, rather, one of the three little gremlins who never leave me alone) have spilled coffee or wine all over the couch is astronomical. This is a boring purchase, sure, but it will be a lifesaver.
In an effort to make cleaning and up-keeping my home as easy as possible, I'm looking for solutions that take the guesswork out of the entire process. With Grove, all I'll need to do is select the products I need and they'll be delivered straight to my door. Because each product is shipped on a flexible schedule, I'll only get the products I need exactly when I need them. I also love that every product at Grove is selected with sustainability and affordability in mind. It's truly the perfect solution.
While my home is not equipped (yet) with lower cabinet drawers, this solution makes that particular upgrade nonessential. This system will keep all of my pots and pans within easy reach—no more rifling through the cabinet while my knees scream in pain.