After my whole daydreamed redesign of our bedroom, we moved! I’d already started implementing little things, and documenting the room ‘Before’ the change when we found out that our landlord was selling. Suddenly, I didn’t feel quite so motivated to make changes to the bedroom. So… alack! Twas all for naught!
We took one look at this place, with it’s huge beautiful windows, abundance of natural light, deco detailing, and decided yes, this was our new apartment.
We moved in September 1, and I’ve been busy unpacking!
I kind of hate pictures with so many unpacked boxes in them, but hey, it’s totally the truth. I went around taking pictures of a few areas in the mean time, though:
Unpacking the kitchen was my first priority. Gotta be able to eat and drink! Putting up my magnetic knife rack was a big one, as it turned the room from A kitchen to MY kitchen. This is by far the smallest room in the place (I think it’s possible it’s smaller than the bathroom, honestly), so I was worried about organizing it.
We put some shelves in this shallow closet to make it a pantry, which freed up all of the cabinets for china and cookware.
There’s limited counter space, so I’m being very picky about what is allowed to take up that space. Coffee is a must, though! The microwave is hidden away in a closet right now. We’ll see if it actually gets any use in there.
It felt sooo good to unpack our books. This made it more of a home than unpacking the kitchen or my clothes. Also, as a note, our local Binny’s was really nice about letting us grab a handful of boxes anytime we asked, and wine/beer boxes are perfect for books! You can’t pack them too full, because they are fairly small, so they never get too heavy, and they are traditionally a little more structurally sound because they’re made for heavy product!
If you have eagle eyes, you might note that the desk is already on a different wall than it was above. I expect things will change as we actually live in and use the space. I’m trying not to hang anything on the walls until I feel like the furniture is a little more finalized…
I’ll probably be organizing things a little more visually, ultimately, but I’m trying to prioritize unpacking right now. This is our couch without the white slipcover, by the way. I should say former couch, as it has moved on to a new home, and you can peek at our new couch here:
Exciting to be in a new place! With full height ceilings! And lots of natural light! And more space!
i’ve still been pursuing my desire for a ‘clean slate’ as of late. this weekend was really productive. i cleaned the entire apartment. and i’ve been trying to finish projects that have been laying around for a while.
like this overhead light for the bedroom:
i’ve had the shade for quite a while, but i bought the other components last week, so i finally got it up this weekend. all light in the bedroom has come from lamps, so it’s really nice to have something that casts a better glow.
and i finally figured out what to do with this cute faucet handle i bought a few flea markets ago:
right above the audubon print in the bathroom! the audubon print is also from the flea market (serious love for the flea market). i like it for many reasons, not least because it reminds me of ‘okay for now’ (note to self: get back to those book reviews).
as i was going through and cleaning, i went through this one corner of the kitchen. it’s the kind of corner (i’m sure we all have them), that collects things… you know, unpaid bills, nice cards from the most recent card type occasion, and those papers and small objects that just don’t seem to have a home… anyways, i decided if i put something there, maybe it wouldn’t collect nearly as much stuff. so here’s what we’ve got now:
time will tell if this actually keeps the clutter at bay, but it’s worth a shot!
well, anyways, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that this was the weekend of the flea market.
i only bought one thing:
a lovely turquoise ring. new mexico has very much been on my mind, recently…
i also saw this fabulous large poster for the rocketeer:
jake loves that movie, and i love the heavy art deco influence on the design, as well as the retro advertising. the poster is a ridiculous size, considering our small apartment, but i had to admire it. jill got a really fantastic hudson bay blanket, which i offered to carry around for her. someday my own hudson bay blanket will find me! until then, i will snuggle with all of my wool blankets that i already own…
i finished a couple of other smaller projects. i’ll share those later this week! what’d you do this weekend?
it sometimes goes that i have a very specific idea for something. for example, i bought two enje shades about six months ago with the idea of hanging them in the bedroom. they’ve been chilling out, leaning up against a corner of the bedroom for…. yeah, six months. this has been on my overall to do list for a long long long time (i knew well before i even bought the enje shades that this is what i wanted.).
so saturday rolled around, and i had no idea of putting enje shades up. i was scooting around, cleaning here, tidying there, putting things to right that had gotten out of hand over the course of the week, and i stopped for a minute to do a little knitting. i sat down on the couch and pulled my knitting towards me, flipped open the laptop to have my colorwork chart up in front of me, and the sun streaming in from the window made it impossible to see my chart.
so i put up one of the enje’s intended for the bedroom. on a complete whim. but the lack of window dressing has been bugging me in there for a looooong time. (true story: i borrowed the drape in the before pictures so that the living room would look a little more pulled together. but then it went back to it’s intended window.)
part of what has held me back for so friggin long is because i wanted to trim the shades down so that they would sit perfectly inside the window frame, and be all flush and pretty. but in my fit of pique at that random ray of sunshine, i didn’t bother with all that business, and just went for it. and i don’t think it bothers me at all? only time shallllll tell! i still need to figure out some kind of curtain-y situation. mostly only for when we want to watch something in the afternoon, again, when the sunlight comes a-streaming in, and the couch is situated just so that all you can see is the glowing window reflected in the tv. the rest of the time, i want as much sunshine as is possible.
we got the couch from ashley (you might remember it from the home tour? or you can spot it in their previous apartment here), as it is too long to fit in their living room. i measured the space that our couch sits in, and we had a roomy 2 inches of extra space! ashley made the white slip-covers for it, and they have been suuuuuuuch a blessing. every drop of wine that has gone rogue, every miraculous flip of a spoon carrying chili, everytime baiza has an upset tummy in the vicinity of the couch… all i need to do is pull the covers off and launder them. i am absolutely sold on the merits of slipcovers.
the lamps are new, too. the big brass lamp is too big to properly fit anywhere in the apartment. but i saw it gleaming brassily at me in the thrift store for $5 and absolutely could not just leave it there. so big! so brassy! morgan would undoubtedly approve. the white floor lamp is from target. the floor lamp from the before pictures finally died and i pumped my fist triumphantly. floor lamps are too expensive, and too hard to find attractive ones in thrift stores, so the brass one just kind of limped on until it just couldn’t anymore, and i felt validated in actually spending a little bit of money to get something attractive. huzzah!
there you have it. many words about a few objects and changes.
i’ve been changing a few things up around the home, so i thought i’d give you guys an update.
i saw this tip on pinterest, and goodness knows i don’t frequently have reasons to use my stem vase, pretty though it may be. so i’m using it for a stack of bracelets/cuffs/watches
forgive the unlovely view, but this is the only way i could capture it. i just put a clicky-sticky battery powered light in the closet, and it makes a huge amount of difference when i’m looking for a particular item in my shadowy little closet.
i recently rearranged the bedroom, and i think the layout is much better. and i owe you more pictures than this. but the new layout made it difficult to use the previous bedside lamps, which is fine, they were only ever meant to be stop-gap measures. the clip lamp is my most recent solution.
we welcomed a recent addition to our home… say hi to baiza:
we adopted this sweet girl from a friend about a month ago. we have taken our time settling in together, but she is sweet as can be. you also might notice: a new couch! well, new to us. our yellow couch was starting to look a little… weathered. as an added bonus, now not alllll of our seating is yellow!
warning: it is extremely likely that i will turn into a poster of copious amounts of kitty pictures. you have been warned.
katie of house of humble recently posted about her desire for tried and true cake recipes in a little recipe box, which reminded me of my own quest for a vintage recipe box, and i realized that i somehow had never checked etsy! what the what?
so i went over and peeked around, and here are some of my faves:
this looks SUPER familiar to me. like maybe someone i know has this in their kitchen… i’ll have to keep my eye out when i go a-visiting. vintage yellow recipe box with red roses from kitchen table vintage.
how gorgeous is this simple copper recipe box with the brass sign? total babe! i can see this in a mid century modern kitchen, all bright whites and teak and this gorgeous pop of copper… vintage copper recipe box from snippety cricket (i’ll be honest, though, i stole the photo from aliya and lucas, but theirs sold).
which is your favorite? or are none of these quite doing it for you? or do you have a different method for storing and organizing your recipes? in all honestly, that copper one is the one i’m most tempted by!