Every apartment has quirky things about them. In my opinion, it’s those things that give the place character. At our apartment, there are a few things that set it apart from other apartments that I’ve lived in and that I’ll always remember even after we move out.
The space between the toilet an the shower door. Cramped. So cramped that I have to sit sideways. There is also no space for the waste bin, so if I’m not careful, I might just step right into it when pulling down my pants.
The step going into the bathroom. The cause of many devastating toe stubs.
Itty Bitty step in the hallway. Super annoying that I once considered adding a yellow strip on the edge of the step.
The mix and match trim styles and colors….oh, and the awesome paint job around the trim….
And last but not least, the multi-directional wood floor.
Believe it or not, all of these little idiosyncrasies have grown on me. They must not be that obvious either because everyone that comes to visit mentions how cozy and inviting the apartment is.
There are many things I love about this apartment, the brick column, the large windows in the living room, the cozy kitchen, but by far my favorite element is the entryway. Friends who visit always comment on how unique and beautiful the door is. There’s two steps coming down as you enter the apartment. With time, I have grown to accept the steps. At first I was super annoyed by them, but now I think they make the entryway look somewhat stately and elegant.
So it’s been a little over a year since we moved into our little apartment. I finally took pictures of what it looks like. Let’s first take a look at the bathroom.
The bathroom is very small but we’ve learned to work with it. The only new thing I bought for this room is the blue patterned rug. I got it at West Elm on clearance for $14 bucks. Not bad since I think it adds interest and character to the bathroom. Most everything else you see is re-used it from our old apartment and my old college apartment.
I bought these baskets from Target to hold some of my stuff. One holds my blow-dryer and curling irons, another basket is designated for my makeup bag, and one basket holds clean face and hand towels. Not only does it look tidy and nice but helps keep everything organized.
I also utilized baskets to organize his and hers bath and hair products. The bottom basket serves as a mini linen “closet”. It holds our clean and spare linens. I love living in a small space because it forces you to only buy what you need. I bought these baskets at IKEA. I lied when I said I had only bought the rug, I bought these baskets to accommodate our need for additional storage.
I took a couple of old IKEA frames and cut out magazine pictures and framed them! Super easy and inexpensive too!
I have been playing with different color palettes for the apartment and I keep coming back to this one. This awesome makeover put it all into perspective for me and gave me the confidence boost I needed to get started!
The new desk is up and running. We purchased it at Ikea (seen here) a few weeks ago but had not gotten around to blogging about it, so here it is! It’s pretty straight forward, except that it has birch drawers. How cool is that! The contrast of the birch drawers and the white desk is pretty much what sold me on it. I love how it adds dimension to the desk and is not just all white. I also think it plays off of the other wood tones of the apartment.
The chairs are the same ones we brought from our old (first) apartment seen here. They were salvaged from a project at my previous employer and I spiffed them up. Did I mention they were royal blue? Yup, they were. And did I also mention they are original Fritz Hansen Series 7 chairs? Yup they are. And I got them for free(!). We have 7 of them, so we use 4 for the dining table, 2 for the desk and 1 just wanders around the apartment. It’s a nomad.
We’re moving right along in the move-in department. There was a time in the middle of side-stepping in between boxes that I questioned myself “how am I possibly going to fit all of this “stuff” into two small closets?” To give you a visual, all I pictured was an image of me trying to shove a thick strand of yarn through a needle hole.
As we unpacked, every time we emptied a box, we had a small celebration and chanted “oneeee lessss, box!” No, but I really think I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, or should I say: the light coming in through the windows. I’m already thinking of what type of storage we will need to buy to store not everyday items like extra linens and winter clothes. We also need another shoe rack, I kind of took over all of the shoe storage. Oops.