Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Home Sweet Home

I'm back, as promised, with pictures and details about our new place. There are quite a few pictures, so I'm going to try and keep the words to a minimum.

We'll start with the entry way. It's basically a narrow hallway with a simple light. We haven't figured out what we want to do with this area yet. We'd love to find a system to house our shoes since we both like to just kick them off as we come through the door. The floor lamp isn't currently plugged in. We've been trying to figure out if there is a place we can utilize it, but if not we're debating on donating it to Dan's office.

As for the little box on the floor near the door, it's a little metal card catalog (similar to this one seen on one of my favorite blogs YHL) that I picked up at a local Habitat for Humanity store for $1.75. I haven't figured out how I want to use it yet, but I do know that it made a great doorstop during the move.

As you can see in the photo above, the kitchen is off to the side of the entry way. It's sort of like a galley kitchen, but with a island on one side. The sink & dishwasher are on the island, while pretty much all of the cabinetry is on the other side. I'm still getting use to whole island thing - I'm finding myself going in circles around the island. My favorite part of the kitchen would have to be my milk glass collection above the cabinets. There aren't a lot of them, but they still make me smile.

The door at the end of the kitchen is to the laundry room, which is currently a little empty.

And yes, I do know I have a lot of paper towels. But in my defense, they were on sale! As for what we're doing without a washer & a dryer, I'm pretty much holding out until next weekend when we're suppose to be getting some delivered (more details to come once they've come in). If you stand in the laundry room and look out to the kitchen, to the left you'll see our little microwave nook (new microwave courtesy of the fiance's parents - thanks again guys!!) slash cat feeding area. And to the right you'll see our pantry.

Beside the kitchen is the dining room. Right now it's looking pretty bare. The plan is to eventually hang some floating shelves and hang some of our pictures of family & friends. But for now, it works.

And as for the microwave on the floor - it's going back to my classroom sometime this week. Our old place had a built-in microwave above the stove, so we never purchased one. But this place didn't have that luxury. We asked for a new microwave in our wedding registry, so we planned on holding out until after the wedding before buying one to see if anyone bought it for us as a gift. But, Dan's parents' beat us to it, and their house warming gift to us was the new microwave you saw a couple pictures ago.

Across from the dining room is the living room. We use to have a couch & love seat in the old place. However, this living room is smaller, and they simply would not fit. So, we tossed the couch and opted to pair the love seat with the pullout love seat that was given to us by Dan's brother and sister-in-law. I'm really loving this new layout. However, it's not exactly conducive to cuddling. Also, the behemoth of an entertainment center was a freebie from someone the fiance works with.

The door to the right (behind the entertainment center) leads to the master bedroom. The bed is definitely an upgrade from what we slept on the first night, but we still can't wait to update it after the wedding to something a little more comfortable. The bedding is a mismatch of a bunch of stuff I've collected over the years. We're hoping to buy new bedding after the wedding. And we're thinking of going with a navy/grey color scheme.

We just purchased the bedside lamps this weekend. All of the major living spaces have ceiling fans, but they don't have lights. So we were a little short on lamps. Would you believe it? The fiance picked these out! We got both lamps (like these, but in black) & shades at Wal-Mart for around $42. Oh, and please ignore that black cord hanging between the dresser & the cedar chest...I'm still working on a solution to fix/hide that.

Warning: What you are about to see is a total & complete mess. But, for the sake of keeping it real... here's my master closet:

I warned you! This is one of two rooms I still have left to organize. I've got one box of clothes left to unpack. Then I like to sort my clothing by colors to make picking things out easier in the mornings. Hopefully by this weekend it will all be taken care of. I'll post nicer pictures once it's all completed.

The second room that needs to be finished is the master bathroom. However, it's not a complete mess like the closet. It's just really small! We're planning on talking to the complex management to see if we're allowed to take the door off the hinges & store it in a closet. The plan would then be to get a tension rod & hang a curtain. Sure, it's not exactly sound-proof, but we are getting sick & tired of trying to brush our teeth at the sink while having the door basically sticking in our backsides.

 This picture probably shows best how small the place is.

If we go back to the dining room & living room, between the two of them is a semi-hallway that has the door to the water heater & air conditioner. Warning: another mess is about to be revealed!

The pile is all of the blankets & towels that we slept on or used the first night in the apartment. We were all so nasty & smelly that I didn't want to put the sheets or towels on anything else until we were able to wash them. So, until we get our new washer/dryer, they're going to stay right where they are.

To the left of that messy pile is the guest bathroom. We sorta went with a beachy-vibe for this one. This bathroom is actually bigger than the master. Only downside is that it doesn't have a garden tub like our bathroom does.

Across from the guest bathroom is... you guessed it! The guest bedroom! Tough one, right? Well, I'd probably say that our guest bedroom has turned into one of my favorite rooms in the apartment. The twin bed, mattress, & box spring were more freebies from another work friend of the fiance's. I'm absolutely in love with the bedding! I don't remember the exact cost, but for the quilt, sham, & two sets of sheets the total came out to just under $55. Oh, and I got them from TJMaxx. The bed skirt ($12) was purchased from Walmart at the same time we bought our master bedroom lamps. The desk is Dan's old desk. The papasan chair is a thrift store find (more on that here). And we bought the bookshelf this past weekend from Target for around $30.

 This was before we got the desk into the room.

And here is the after. There's a lot of cord mess that needs to be cleaned up. And eventually we'll have a proper desk chair in there. I've got a plastic mat that's been sitting in my car trunk that I still need to bring inside.

 We were trying to be sneaky & hide boxes out of view.

And of course, here is a peak inside the guest bedroom closet. This apartment has a lot less storage space than the previous one, so a lot of our things are staying in their boxes.

And last, but not least, our patio. It's a bit of a tight squeeze with both bikes out there, but for now the weather is too hot to sit outside anyways. Our little storage closet out there currently houses all of our Christmas decorations.

So that's the little house tour. It's amazing how quickly this place is starting to feel like home. Last time I moved it took a few weeks for it to sink in. But already we feel like we're where we're meant to be.

And on a side note: anyone want to take a guess as to how many times the cats snuck into the pictures?? Not cheating! Huh? Huh?

Well here's two more for you:

And if you count the last picture, the total comes out to 5 pictures that were invaded. The cats have adjusted really well. They honestly seem to be happier here than in the old place. And for that I'm thrilled. I was really worried about the move and how they would handle it.

So, there you have it. Our new place. Our new place. That's still really weird to say. But weird in a good way. :)

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