So I inadvertently have been taking a blogging hiatus. Work has been nuts and as of my last post, Jefe and I were traveling. A LOT.
Since then, I’ve felt less than inspired as I grew so tired of seeing the same stuff online recycled over and over and felt the pressure that if something wasn’t “Pinterest Perfect” that there was little point in blogging. But I do love writing. And designing – be it for myself or my limited group of family and friends who are crazy enough to unleash me on their own homes.
With that all said, I have a new life update that will include a LOT of projects in the future that I will do my best to write about and recap in semi-real time: Jefe and I moved! Now, don’t get too excited dear East Coasters, we haven’t moved that far (yet). We’re only went a mile east and 2 blocks north of our last apartment.
You may ask – why bother if it’s really that close in the same hood? #1 = square footage. We gained over 300 extra square feet back by upgrading to a 2 bedroom. #2 – PARKING. I finally have a garage space to call my very own! No more fighting for a spot and worrying about early morning moves to avoid street cleaning.
There’s also a million other reasons like the 3 walk-in closets, a backyard, etc. But I’ll let the pictures do the talking. And note these are all 100% before pictures as we’re still unpacking boxes and I’m not quite ready to share the place in it’s current state. I also have HUNDREDS of ideas of how to make this place a true stunner that we can call home.
Bedroom: It was painted grey by the previous owner. And we would have loved to keep it. But our landlord is pretty strict about paint and we didn’t want to inherit the financial responsibility of required professional painters down the line. So white it will be (But we’re keeping the navy blackout curtains. Nap time just got 1,000 times better.)
Second bedroom: Our future office. I’m already worried this is going to turn in to a bobblehead museum, but one challenge at a time Sledge.
Bathroom: So this may be the one down side – we’re downgrading from 1.5 pure white bathrooms to a single with pink tile. Luckily, a non-clear shower curtain can cover 75% of it.
Hallway: Closets. Closets. Closets. I think I just heard an angel sing. The grand total is 3 walk-in closets and 2 linen closets, one of which we’ve already turned in to a pantry.
Kitchen: What it lacks in counter space it definitely makes up for in storage space. And new appliances are a definite perk I was afraid we weren’t going to find again. And although I’d prefer stainless steel, I honestly don’t mind the white, especially with what I have in mind. Winner winner, chicken dinner.
Living room: All the space we could need and then some. I’ll just need to create some sort of fake mantel/shelf getup for the Christmas stockings.
Dining room: No longer will we have to cram into a tiny space between our dresser in the living room, the bedroom door and the sliding balcony door. We shall have a whole room for eating and entertaining. And it’s got a walk-in closet. I am officially spoiled.
Backyard: The landlord told us no one ever uses it and we’re welcome to set up a grill, furniture, etc. My head is bursting with ideas, I can hardly stand it. I’m already envisioning dining al fresco, Parenthood-style.
So there you have it friends, the new space. We moved in two weeks and although we still have a ways to go, its already starting to feel like home.
I’ll be back soon with ideas and plans for each of the rooms; I can’t wait to get started! But for now, I’ll leave you with a preview of the first real project in the new place: