Things are finally coming together around here…
You can see (below) which bare-bulb light fixture that we ended up going with. It’s the “Defiance” fixture from Schoolhouse Electric. I can’t even tell you how much we love it too by the way. It’s black enamel, and looks great with an oblong edison light bulb.
Here’s our dining space. It’s part of the main living/dining combo. I must say that I’m really starting to LOVE the apartment by the way. We are now becoming converts to “living small.” There was no reason for us to have a 4 bedroom house before. It was absolutely crazy and way too much to clean and take care of. But now, this is completely manageable. Possibly our only complaint would have to be about the size of the kitchen. (But that’s probably more Nick’s complaint than mine at this point since I don’t have time to cook very often.)
A sneak peak into our bedroom.
Well, the weather outside is frightful…
(We didn’t write that, I swear.)
But the fire is so delightful…
But since we’ve no place to go…
Let it snow…let it snow…let it snow!!
Today was possibly the best snow day, I’ve ever had. Complete with Scrabble, homemade soup, and our first fire in our very own fireplace. I couldn’t love Brooklyn more right now. Of course, our street may never get plowed if that person doesn’t come back for the minivan they abandoned at 4am last night.
The difference between living in your own house and living in an apartment is pretty big. For example, what I would choose to upgrade my kitchen with vs. what the landlord chooses to use is vastly different. Neither of us are fans of granite countertops…however, never one to look a gift-horse in the mouth, we’re grateful for our new dishwasher, granite counter, and single-head sprayer faucet. I feel as if “The Jefferson’s Theme Song” has been running through my head all day. We almost didn’t even get the sprayer faucet, but I mentioned that since the new sink is shallower than the old one due to the under-sink dishwasher, it would be next to impossible to fill our coffee pot if we kept the old faucet. He agreed. (Whew!) One lesson learned today…it never hurts to ask!
Our next plan is to paint the cabinets black. It’s going to make a huge improvement on the overall aesthetics of this little 5′ x 5′ space. (Mainly because the fridge and stove are white….so it needs a single color scheme to keep it in check.) Also, I’ll be getting rid of all the brass cabinet pulls. Little details will make a big improvement. (P.S. Our counterspace is hilariously small. Can you tell from this photo? Yes, that’s IT! But we have a solution for that too thanks to Ikea. More details to come soon.)
Well, it’s after Thanksgiving now and we’re finally starting to settle in. Things feel kind of homey, although not totally perfect. Here’s a bit of what things are shaping up like so far.
This is what we’re referring to as our “Christmas Tree.” I mean…hey, the lights are in the shape of a cone, and there is a hanging green plant in the center. Soon we’ll start hanging ornaments from it. Ha!
Every year we decorate gingerbread houses after stuffing ourselves with Turkey at my in-laws house. This was my contribution, and now my only real Christmas decoration. Everything else is in storage, and I don’t feel like digging it out. :-\
We had to scale back a lot when downsizing to this apartment, but we did bring a ton of wall art. In fact, our movers made a snarky comment about it. We obviously don’t have room for it all (and we have a bunch shoved under our sofa), but here’s a little bit that actually made it up. Little by little…
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!