Allow me to begin this post by begging you not to judge the sad state of affairs that is our apartment right now (aside from the kitchen because all that’s missing there are a few minor decor staples, some tidying/rearranging and these lust-worthy bar stools). Coming from a kitchen with one (yes, one!) drawer and a poor excuse for countertop space has me super excited with what we’re working with. We didn’t actually see our apartment in person before moving in, but were lucky enough to get a video tour which proved it had what we considered to be non-negotiables (washer and dryer in-unit, the larger kitchen space I mentioned above and we knew it was within walking distance of Pete’s office). That pole you see smack-dab in the middle of our living room was there to stay, lest we lose the incredible view which drew us to the apartment in the first place. Minor details, right?
I think it’s quite apparent the couch is going to have to go and I’m more than okay with that. It was a hand-me-down I’ve moved from apartment to apartment over the last 7 (or is it 8?) years and needless to say, it is time. We purged a ton of our belongings before moving (all from early college days and even a few pieces that were strung along from high school – eek!) and what you see is all that is left. I really love my spacious desk, but I think it’s simply too big and its current home is less than ideal.
We’re also planning to say goodbye to our large West Elm rug as well. So sad to be getting rid of it!Pete and I spent a little over four years in our apartment in Kansas City and much to my embarrassment, we never fully “settled in.” I think it had a lot to do with the fact that my taste is still very much evolving, and the deep beige walls paired with a lack of natural light didn’t lend us any favors either.
I’m hoping we can use this space as a palette to figure out what we like, what we don’t like and how we want our home to feel. The hodgepodge we’ve
had got going on isn’t going to cut it anymore.
The door to the right houses our washer and dryer and believe it or not, we discovered our air mattress fits perfectly in the hallway when our friends came up this past weekend! There’s hope for visitors after all.
There is a large walk-in closet off the kitchen and a small closet in the bedroom. And as one might guess, Pete got the latter by default – such a trooper!
Trying to decide if a bar cart is necessary or if I can create a little vignette on the counter now that there is room – lots of decisions to be made! Our apartment is technically a convertible, meaning there is no bedroom door, which isn’t a huge issue for us because we came from the same type of layout in Kansas City. However, the bedroom space is much, much smaller. Proper bedding is in order, clearly, along with a slew of other things.
If you have any interior design tips/ideas/anything to help a small space look (and feel) bigger, send them my way! I’m thinking some strategically placed mirrors might do the trick.
I said no judging…
It took awhile to register (thanks to the outpouring of natural light throughout the day…so good!) but I realized our bedroom and living room have no overhead lights! As a result, no fan above the bed. We loved our ceiling fan at our old place and the background noise it created each night – it ran year-round! It might be time to see what the Dyson fans are all about.
I’m not entirely sure who laid out this apartment because the bathroom is about three times bigger than it needs to be. What do they think people do in there?!
So there you have it. All 615 square feet of our humble abode in River North! Watching the sun say goodnight brings everything into perspective and leaves me feeling beyond thankful for everything I’ve felt over the last week and a half, including worry over something as silly as where I’m going to put my shoes. Again, minor details.
Before I let you go, I’m contemplating participating in the One Room Challenge starting in October to motivate me to tackle our bedroom. I don’t want an entire year to go by without feeling settled, and this would be a surefire way to ensure that doesn’t happen! Is that something you would like to see here on the blog?