I Bought A House!

Hooray!

The news is out and it’s officially official, ya girl is a homeowner.

I didn’t share anything about it until everything was set in stone because I knew, from every home buying resource/website/blog/expert, that things can turn real quick, shit can hit the fan, and that home you have your eye on can be ripped away from you in what feels like a blink of an eye! And I’m not superstitious, but I am a little stitious, so I didn’t want to jinx anything.

But now I can talk about it because the papers are signed, the keys are in my hands, and I am officially the bank’s bitch. Yay!

All in all, I had a really positive first time home buying experience. Though it’s all a whirl because everything happened SO fast. The week of Halloween, my dad drove to Raleigh to help me start my search with a realtor. We saw a few places, only finding one really great space that checked most of my boxes and where I experienced my first real estate heartbreak when we learned that the sellers had accepted an offer an hour before I arrived (and 11 hours after the house went on the market). A couple of weeks with a whole lot of nothing went by, then finally my realtor flagged a super charming townhouse and made an appointment for us to see it at 8:30 a.m on November 14th (a Saturday) just 12 hours after it went on the market. I walked in and got the feeling, I just knew it had to be mine! We made an offer at 11:30, and at 7 p.m I got the call that my offer was accepted. Next came the whole whirlwind of getting my loan approved, acquiring home insurance, doing home inspections, due diligence, and planning for my move (most of which I was doing without a computer, since my laptop was away for repair). I closed on December 11th. Blink of an eye, I’m telling you!

So, now I’ve got this gorgeous 3-story townhouse with a big kitchen, hardwood floors, and a ton of natural light, and I’m just so excited to get in there and start making it home after Christmas. I’m also excited to become a handy homeowner, because you all know I’m all about the DIY. I’ve already caulked some trim, painted the walls in the dining & living room, and next I’m refreshing the kitchen. I’ll be documenting everything here, duh, but for now I thought it would be fun to share some of my inspiration I’ve gathered from my Pinterest boards!

So much fun. I can’t wait!

How-To: Hogwarts Inspired Floating Candles & Witch Hats

If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw that my main decorating project for Halloween this year was hanging floating candles and witch hats in my entryway for a super magical, Harry Potter-esque effect. I absolutely loved the way it turned out and seemingly so did everyone else because I got a TON of questions asking how I did it, so I thought I’d share the how-to. Spoiler: It couldn’t be easier.

All you need is clear fishing line, a sewing needle, scissors, clear command strips if you’re renting (or staples if you own), witch hats, battery operated taper candles, and a ladder.

I started with the witch hats because they took up more space so I wanted to have their placement established before the candles. Cut pieces of fishing line in varying lengths so the hats hang at different heights, and then use the sewing needle to thread a piece of fishing line through the top of each hat. You want to thread the line through the top of the hat in a perpendicular direction to the hat itself, so that it eventually hangs straight. Pull the line through so each end is even and then tie it off in a double knot. Choose where you want to place each hat and either apply a command strip in each location or use a staple gun to adhere the string to the ceiling.

Then move on to the candles. Put batteries in each candle (it’s a pain in the butt to do this after the fact.) Again, cut pieces of fishing line in varying lengths so the candles also float at different heights. Tie the line around the taper candle – either you can wrap it around the lower half of the candle a few times or tie a knot around where the “flame” starts (I did the latter.) Tie off the string in a double knot and repeat the process of finding your preferred candle places & attaching them to the ceiling.

Viola! So simple, so magical, so much fun!

2020 Halloween Decorations

It’s almost Christmas and I’m playing catch-up with my Halloween/fall content. If that’s not a 2020 vibe, I don’t know what is. I was tempted not to even bother except for it just doesn’t feel right to have these sit around in my drafts. I get ideas, take pictures, and then after all the copywriting I have to do for work I just struggle to motivate to write for this blog. Plus, nobody knows what’s going on in 2020 so it’s like what authority do I have to seem organized and inspirational?!

Another reason I didn’t want to pass up on sharing my 2020 Halloween home decor is because it was the last Halloween in this apartment, and I’m already starting to feel nostalgic! It’s so fun to take a look at how my holiday decor has changed over the years in this home alone, and I really did not hold back this final round. I know that one day I’ll cherish looking through this blog and remembering all the small details that made each place “home”, especially during one of my favorite holidays!