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I Just Bought My First Home—Here’s Literally Everything On My Wishlist

written by GARRI CHAVERST

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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.

 

 

 

Kitchen

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.

CAFÉ
Specialty Drip Coffee Maker

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.

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Caraway
Cookware Set

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.

For a limited time only, get a free medium baking sheet with your purchase of a Caraway cookware set. Add the sheet to your cart and the discount will be applied at checkout.

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Crate & Barrel
White Silicone and Wood Utensils
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Crate & Barrel
Maeve Dipped Utensil Holder
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Crate & Barrel
Wood and Gold Measuring Cups
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Crate & Barrel
Wood and Gold Measuring Spoons
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Crate & Barrel
Maeve Dipped Dish Towels
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Instant Pot
Instant Vortex Plus XL 8 Quart 8-in 1

We use our air fryer so much (sometimes multiple times in a single evening) that this one with dual baskets is a nonnegotiable.

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KRUPS
Belgian Waffle Maker

It’s time to say goodbye to the mini waffle maker I accidentally stole from a previous roommate and hello to being able to make more than a single chocolate chip waffle at a time on Saturday mornings.

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Project 62
Cane Counter Height Barstool

4 colors available

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Anthropologie
Kupia Handpainted Vase Set
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Rugs USA
Medallion Washable Area Rug

I love the idea of having a big statement rug in the kitchen, but I am not the kind of person who can cook a full meal without absolutely destroying the kitchen. This washable rug is the perfect solution.

2 colors available

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Anthropologie
Tulipa Floral Wallpaper

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.

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Living Room

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.

Interior Define
Caitlin 3 Seat Sectional

After flip-flopping between a leather sofa and a green one, I landed on green. It will be the perfect centerpiece to build the rest of the living room decor around.

10+ colors available

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Interior Define
Caitlin Ottoman

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.

10+ colors available

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Interior Define
Maxwell Accent Chair

Before we even found a house, I knew I was going to want a big velvet chair to read in. This one is perfect.

10+ colors available

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Pottery Barn
Round Metal Cocktail Table

2 colors available

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West Elm
Distressed Nadine Rug

7 colors available

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One Kings Lane
Lily Side Table
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West Elm
Sculptural Glass Floor Lamp

3 colors available

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Samsung
The Frame QLED 4K Smart TV

We’ve featured the Samsung Frame TV in a few home tours recently and I’m now 100% in. I need this in my life and living room STAT.

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Juniper
Vintage Art Print
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Wayfair
Accent Mirror

The Anthropologie mirror is sadly not in my budget, but luckily for us all, there's now no shortage of dupes available.

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One Kings Lane
Finn Table Lamp
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Anthropologie
Hammered Metal Taper Candlestick
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Dining

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.

West Elm
Estelle Wine Glasses

We're big fans of these colorful wine glasses at The Everygirl. I'm personally a fan of the cobalt blue, but with 10+ colors available (and the ability to mix and match), there are options no matter what your aesthetic is.

10+ colors available

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Our Place
Drinking Glasses

10 colors available

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Lenox
2-Piece Plate & Bowl Dinnerware Set
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World Market
Wood Sansur Dining Table
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World Market
Velvet Upholstered Dining Chair

2 colors available

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Anthropologie
Alabaster Bud Vase

4 colors available

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Office

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.

Comhar
All-in-One Standing Desk

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.

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Amazon
Leather Desk Pad
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Branch
Ergonomic Chair

I know I can’t be the only one who’s been inundated with ads for Branch Furniture. Well, I’m now at the point where I’ve seen them enough times and read enough raving reviews that they’re a must-have for my new WFH setup.

multiple colors available

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Novogratz x Globe Electric
Brass Desk Lamp

3 colors available

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IKEA
Billy Bookcase

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.

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West Elm
Viv Grand Swivel Chair

Is this not the most perfect reading chair you’ve ever seen? I’m picturing many nights curled up with my weighted blanket, a glass of wine, and my current read.

multiple colors available

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Italic
Chunky Knit Weighted Blanket

3 colors available

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Urban Outfitters
Ansel Table Lamp

7 colors available

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Wayfair
Wood End Table
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Bedroom

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.

Allswell
Luxe Hybrid Mattress

This Allswell Luxe Hybrid mattress comes to me (and you!) highly recommended by Ally, chief of sales and marketing at The Everygirl Media Group. I was sold based on her recommendation alone, and then I saw the price, and it became a must-have.

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Parachute
Linen Duvet Cover Set

I’m finally taking the plunge and investing in a good duvet set. I’ve heard nothing but great things about Parachute and can’t wait to make the cloud-like bed of my dreams.

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One Kings Lane
Kelly Velvet Wingback Bed

5 colors available

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Hatch
Sunrise Alarm Clock

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.

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Etsy | Yellow House Decor
Gold Mirrored Vanity Tray
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Pottery Barn
Malcolm 26" Nightstand

I'm going to be honest here: I sourced an antique pair of nightstands that I am completely in love with. But if I didn't find those, I'd be going with a pair of these.

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Pottery Barn
Recycled Glass Plug-In Sconce

3 colors available

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Rugs USA
Tasseled Medallion Area Rug

I want a big, colorful rug to tie the whole room together. If I go with the navy walls like I'm planning, this rug will be absolutely perfect. And if not, there are 10+ other colors available.

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Tech

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.

Amazon
Smart Thermostat
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ECHOGEAR
In-Wall Cable Concealer Kit

Ever wonder how people can mount TVs high above their TV stands or fireplace with nary a cord in sight? It’s these.

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Ring
Video Doorbell
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Sengled
Smart Bulbs

We already had a few of these in our apartment and will never go back. There’s nothing like setting your lights to a color that compliments what you’re watching on TV—trust me.

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Amazon
Echo Show 10
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ELEGRP
USB Charger Wall Outlet

Wall outlets with USB ports just scream luxury to me, so I can’t wait to outfit the whole house with these.

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Amazon
Towel Warmer
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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.

Dyson
V8 Motorhead Vacuum

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?

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Bissell
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner

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.

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Grove Collaborative
Home Essentials Subscription

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.

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The Container Store
Under Box Bed with Wheels
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The Container Store
Under Cabinet Drawer
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The Container Store
Expanding Shelf
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The Container Store
Home Edit Pantry Solution

I am completely sold on The Home Edit pantry solution. I love that this starter option will let me customize my kit to fit my space and needs.

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The Container Store
Lower Cabinet Organization Starter Kit

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.

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