A New Chapter: Our First House

Happy Monday! I’ve been pestering my daughter Kylee (who you’ve seen on The Inspired Room with her cute illustrated recipes and her wedding) to share a little bit about her recent move into the townhouse she bought, and at long last she is finally here today! She will be sharing more about her small space adventures in upcoming posts, but here is her intro, photos of her new house, and some new pics of her puppy Bella!

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A New Chapter: Our First House

It’s been one month since my husband Lance and I moved into our townhouse and we are still on cloud nine! We wake up every morning to ACTUAL sunlight, which is quite thrilling considering we spent the last five years in a basement apartment…

When we first moved into our apartment five years ago, we didn’t imagine staying there long. We had just trekked up to Seattle from Portland to finish school and neither of us had jobs. We just grabbed the best place we could get and assumed we would move as soon as we got settled with work and school. It was small and dark, but affordable so we decided to make it work until we could save up to buy a house. (I’ll be showing photos of my new house throughout the rest of this post!)

A New Chapter: Our First House

Fast forward to 2014. We have both settled into careers that we love and decided that this may be the year for us to start looking at our options for buying. Whether buying or renting, Seattle is certainly not the cheapest place to live. Not even close. We debated the possibility of moving outside of the city where we could find something a lot bigger or nicer for our price range, but ultimately decided on staying in the city. We both work here and enjoy city life so we aren’t quite ready for long commutes from the suburbs. Maybe someday…

A New Chapter: Our First House

The decision to stay in the city meant we had three options: a fixer-upper house, a condo, or a townhouse. We set out with open minds for all three, but concluded that a townhouse would suit our needs best. The Seattle market is insane right now and the first place we made an offer on got 27 other offers and ended up selling for over $100,000 more than asking price. Crazy, right?!

A New Chapter: Our First House

Discouraged, but not defeated, we put in an offer on a small, three-level townhouse. Within a few hours our realtor called and let us know our offer had been accepted!

A New Chapter: Our First House

A New Chapter: Our First House

Now that we have moved in we are slowly unpacking and getting settled. My sister Courtney just moved into our lower level and we are excited about having her there!

A New Chapter: Our First House

Another exciting change in life is that we have welcomed a sweet new puppy, Bella, into our home! You may have seen her on the blog a few weeks ago. I think she loves her new home as much as we do.

A New Chapter: Our First House

A New Chapter: Our First House

We will definitely be sharing some small space ideas with you soon, and even a few house projects now and then. We’ve already gotten started on a few projects that I’m really excited about!

Veggie Panini Recipe

Veggie Panini Recipe

This delicious recipe and sweet illustration is by my oldest daughter Kylee, who is definitely the best chef in our little family. She always makes us yummy and creative meals when she comes over…which you know, we’re never mad about. This combination is particularly delicious. Kylee admits that she wouldn’t exactly consider herself an ‘eggplant fanatic,’ but this is nevertheless one of her favorite recipes! And goat cheese is great on pretty much anything, isn’t it? We love it! Let us know if you try it! 

Check out these other recipes by Kylee (with more cute illustrations!). Click the illustrations or the links below:

Veggie Panini Recipe

Veggie Panini Recipe

 

Minty Watermelon Lime Popsicles , Cucumber & Tomato Salad with Crispy Chickpeas, Ricotta, and Mint, and more recipes in our Entertaining/Recipes gallery here.

Veggie Panini Recipe
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