Archives for June 2014

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!

DIY Reclaimed Wood Lamp & The Home Depot DIY Workshop

DIY Reclaimed Wood Lamp & The Home Depot DIY Workshop

This post was created in a partnership with The Home Depot
Natalie from Doodlecraft created this winning reclaimed wood lamp

Hello! Do you see that fun lamp in the photo above?

I’m excited to announce I will be co-hosting a Lamps & Lighting DIY Workshop on July 12 from 10:00-11:30AM at The Home Depot store in Bellevue, WA!

So, can you guess what I’m going to be making and bringing to the Workshop? EEK!

Recently The Home Depot partnered with Instructables.com for a Lamps & Lighting  Contest. The winning project pictured above was based on the following criteria: clarity, ingenuity, creativity, quality of presentation and execution. Would you believe Natalie from Doodlecraft made the Himmeli shade out of coffee stir sticks? So clever. You can find all the DIY instructions here for the awesome Reclaimed Wood Lamp and the Himmeli shade.

Well, did you guess? I will be creating my own version of the Instructables winner’s lamp project! Slightly (ok very) nervous about that, but I’m going to give it my best shot and sharing it here too, for your amusement. :).

The Home Depot offers free workshops for do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels who want to learn how to take on more home projects. If you want to sign up for a workshop, you can find one near you and sign up via this link to the DIY Workshops registration page. Use the hashtag #DIYWorkshop to follow along on social media!

The location and time of The Home Depot I will be at is below:

The Home Depot Store #4711

325 120th Ave NE

Bellevue, WA 98005

July 12th 10:00-11:30AM

Hope to see some of you there!

The Home Depot partnered with bloggers such as me for their DIY Workshops program. As part of this program, I received compensation for my time. The Home Depot believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. The Home Depot’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.

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