After an exhausting weekend moving Monday seemed to arrive faster than ever. I was so unprepared for the move into our new apartment, when Friday morning rolled around we spent the entire day packing and then moved everything late into the night. I am SO not a night person and we didn’t get to sleep until 3:30am which is almost unheard of for me. I swear I was running on pure adrenaline (& coffee, always coffee).
After my last apartment went into foreclosure I spent the past three weeks living with Jordan and his roommates in a house in the suburbs. He was so sweet to let me stay with him however despite his kindness the house never quite felt like home. If you’ve ever moved into someone else’s house with them you know it can be difficult to give it your own personal touch. I found myself saying “When we get to YOUR house…” only for him to repeatedly cut me off “You mean OUR house“, it was a sweet sentiment but if you’ve ever moved in to someone else’s already established place you can relate: it never quite feels like home. Consequently I was anxious to find a new apartment back in the city. I grew up in the suburbs and completely loved it but moving back reminded me that at this stage in my life I am 100% a city girl.
I played a little guessing game (thank you everyone who participated) and want to reveal I picked apartment #1 (Magnolia Condo). We moved in on Friday and I am so in love with the place already. The two bedrooms are coming along nicely. We made the choice to use the smaller room as our bedroom and it is currently feeling quite cozy and uncluttered (just the way I want it). The second bedroom will be used as an office and walk in closet (we both have an affinity for shoes…) and though there are still quite a few unpacked boxes in the mix the room is really coming together. The living room/dining room area is a separate story altogether. Walking in the door it currently looks like you’ve arrived on trash island (as it is filled with huge piles of flattened cardboard and packing paper) but I know it will fare much better once our furniture arrives. The current way we greet our guests is by inviting them to eat dinner with us in bed. It’s a friendly vibe (;
The biggest downside of this apartment was the lack of natural light. The living room is fairly bright as is our bedroom but the office/walk-in closet was horribly dim. It didn’t help that even though it was the darkest room it had a red accent wall that was making the whole place feel like a gloomy dungeon. Every time I entered I couldn’t help but make some sort of negative comment about how horrific the red wall was (as a whole I don’t love red as an interior paint color but in this room it was especially bad). We didn’t see painting as a viable option since it is a rental but I really couldn’t accept how badly my cute turquoise and gold pieces were going to clash with the bloody wall of death (is that dramatic???). Luckily I stumbled upon the most lovely temporary wallpaper at Target and was able to lure my lovely Jordan into helping me transform the death wall into my dream office.
I know these aren’t exactly the best photos in terms of perspective but as you can tell the wallpaper has really transformed the room. I can’t wait until my cute prints from The Preppy Printshop arrive so I can really spruce the place up. Interior design is consuming all of my thoughts lately. I am so anxious to have a real home I have to remind myself not to rush through it…decorating is a process. I still can’t wait to take photos of the finished apartment and give you guys a virtual tour of the place. Am I the only one who is creepily obsessed with seeing how other people live? I am by no means an interior designer but I find the whole process to be such a blast. I’ve had the best time coming up with themes/color palettes for each room. I am so thankful Jordan and I vibe so well when it comes to decorating.
How was your weekend? Do you get lost in the interior design process? All I want is a picture perfect apartment straight out of Domino Magazine (or the Pottery Barn Teen catalogue) is that too much to ask?