Life Update: I Bought a House!

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If you keep up with me on Instagram or Youtube, you’ve probably already heard the news: a few weeks ago, I closed on my first home!

If you told me 2 years ago that I’d be not only living in the PNW, but living as a homeowner, I would have probably just laughed. That, or said “really?!” with wide eyes and a big, goofy smile – because it would have sounded like a dream come true.  It still feels like a dream, if I’m being honest. I definitely did not anticipate purchasing property within my first year of living in Washington. But life unfolds in mysterious ways, and I couldn’t be happier with where I’m at.

Owning a house is a huge financial commitment, time-consuming, and it already feels like I have a never-ending “to-do” list. But it’s also incredibly rewarding, and it feels really special to have a place that’s all yours.  I filmed an “Empty House Tour” for my YouTube channel if you want to check it out:

It’s kind of strange to live in an “unfinished” house. I work from home and I’m naturally a homebody, so the lack of order has been sort of…mentally jarring. Dylan (my boyfriend) and I both have a lot on our plates right now and agreed it would be best to “fill” the space at a slower pace. Most of our things are in the house, but we’re still slowly putting together our plans for furniture and decor. There are little pieces of various rooms that are complete, but nothing is 100% done…yet! 

We’ve put most of our energy into the two rooms we spend the most time in: the Kitchen and the Bedroom. The Kitchen is actually almost entirely done, so I think I’ll save that for a future blog post. The Master Bedroom has gone through quite the transformation too. Dylan and I spent our first weekend in the house painting the walls and ceilings white (they were gray) and I love how bright it is now.

We’ve now moved all of our furniture into the space (more on that later), and got ourselves a vegan (!) mattress and pillows from Avocado Mattress! Each mattress is made-to-order in California from non-toxic materials, including certified organic cotton and 100% natural and sustainably sourced latex. Environmentally-friendly products are very important to my partner and I, so I’m thrilled to be able to work with them. Not to mention we’ve been having the BEST sleeps of our lives! The mattress is so dang cozy…and definitely makes it harder to get out of bed in the morning (in the best way possible).

Every purchase gets free shipping + a 100-night sleep trial, which is pretty awesome if you ask me. Click this link to learn more about Avocado Mattress! Dylan and I ordered the King Sized Mattress with the Pillow-Top (we are side-sleepers) as well as two King-sized pillows.

We obviously needed some sheets to top our mattress, and decided to go with Brooklinen. Their high-quality sheets are so much more affordable than other luxury sheet brands, thanks to their direct-to-consumer model. All of their textiles are Oeko-Tex certified, which means they are free from any harmful chemicals. It’s kind of crazy to think that other sheets are not….but I guess that’s the world we live in, huh?

We decided to go with Brooklinen’s Linen Duvet Cover for a cozy, effortless look, but pair it with some printed cotton sheets for a little flair. We went with the Luxe Collection sheets (in Black Maze), which are made from single-ply, long-staple cotton in a 480 thread count….which is all fancy talk for strongsilky smooth, and lush sheets that will keep you comfortable and cozy all year long.

We also added in a set of Classic Pillowcases in Toffee for a fun pop of color – these sheets are cooler to the touch (thanks to a Percale weave), and *actually* make hitting the pillow after a long day that much more refreshing.

If you want get some Brooklinen sheets for yourself (and you should), you can use code “mybowl10” to get 10% off of any order over $50. Plus, all Brooklinen sheets come with a lifetime warranty – meaning if they ever rip, pill, or fray, they’ll either repair or replace them for you!

That’s all of the house updates that I have for now, but I’ll be sharing more soon! It’s been really rewarding to see the place transform so far, and I can’t wait to see, live in, and share the final product with you over the next few months 🙂

Now… I’d love to hear from YOU!

Do you have any advice for this transitional time, tips for moving, or even links to your favorite design/organizational sites? Leave a comment below and let me know! Seriously. I’m a total newbie at all of this, and will take all of the help I can get.


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