Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Welcome to Our Apartment! A Tour of Our New Home

Welcome, welcome!

Now that we're finally starting to feel settled in our new home (glad that only took 3 months. . . sheesh!), I'm ready to show off pics of the new digs. 

We're still working on a few things, like hanging more stuff on the walls and finishing the nursery, but for now, it's perfect. 

Won't you come in?

(Here are some pics of the model apartment I posted way back before we moved, for reference if you're interested.)

Upon entering the front door, you walk right into our wonderfully spacious kitchen. 

Behind the opened double doors you see above is our little laundry room.

And next to our laundry room, our happy hour station. :)

Loving this poster and drink cart combo.

We bought the poster during our 2nd anniversary trip to Nashville and the cart was a Christmas gift from John's sister.

The kitchen leads right into the living room and dining room.

We just hung that wooden wall art a few days ago. It's so lovely, it makes me feel the happies inside whenever I see it. Which is, like, all the time, because I live here. Cool.

See our overflowing shelf of board games hiding behind the table? And that beautiful, framed print of Madonna and Child?

Through the arched doorway you see above is a guest bathroom and . . . 

The nursery!

We finally have the bare bone pieces all put together, so now it's time to work on decorating the walls and bringing some FUN and COLOR to John Paul's room. Lucky for us, John Paul doesn't sleep in here yet, so we still have time. We're probably going to kick him out of the pack n' play in our room around 6 months, so I've got 2 months left to find some more nesting urges and jazz this room up a bit more.

This is back out in the main room, facing the other direction. On the left is the kitchen, on the right is our sunroom (which we opted for over a patio), and through that door straight ahead is our master bedroom.

While we miss our patio space, we love the extra indoor space this sunroom gives us. I have no idea where we would have fit the desk and office stuff otherwise.

Also, look at all that gorgeous sunlight! LOVE.

We're using this sunroom closet for all our kitchen gadgets and gizmos.

Ladies and gentlemen, the desk from which I am typing this post . . .

A view of the main room from the sunroom . . .

And some neat/funky/weird wall decor we bought recently at Target . . .

Finally, some pictures of our master, which were taken later at night because someone was napping in his pack n' play while the other photos were being taken.

Diaper changing central. A bit of a mess. Eep! Any suggestions for organizing?

And this is how we organize John Paul's wardrobe. Eep! Another mess.

The master bathroom is a bit more spacious than in our last apartment.

Bathroom mirror selfie!

And that's a wrap!

Hope you enjoyed your stay! It's too bad you can't hang out a tiny bit longer. I was just about to throw some cookies in the oven. Perhaps next time. ;P


  1. Nice spacious apartment and so sunny! You picked a good time to take pics...sounds like you are loving the new digs.

    1. We sure are! And yes, it was suuuuper bright and sunny while I was taking pics. Glorious!

  2. Gorgeous!! Thanks for the tour :) :)

  3. What a beautiful home! Looks like you are settling in nicely. Isn't it so much fun to put those touches in that make it truely your own? Thanks for sharing.

    1. It sure is! Now that most of our stuff has been tucked away, it's fun now to decorate!! Weeee!

  4. Okay so - you mention using the pack and play for 6 months... I'm starting to gather that maybe a crib is unnecessary? Before I go spend hundreds on a crib, do people really even use them anymore? It seems a pack and play, bassinet, or even co-sleeper are what most people are using these days and the bed is really just an unnecessary formality that could be avoided altogether... Thoughts?

    1. I have a feeling we're going to get lots of use out of our crib once we transition him into it (at 6 months). During the first few months, it just makes more sense to have him in our room with us because he's (possibly) up a bunch in the middle of the night and the SIDS risk is higher. Actually, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that baby stays in his/her parents' rooms until at least 6 months because it's been shown to lower the SIDS risk. So that's really why we're doing it. Sometimes we put him down for naps in his crib during the day, so we do use his crib now, but we'll be using it tons more after he's gotten a little older. If you have room in your bedroom, you might even consider keeping the crib in there and then moving it to the nursery when the time comes to transition baby out of your room. That way, baby is already adjusted to sleeping in the crib AND you don't have to buy any extra baby-sleeping devices (pack n play, bassinet, etc.). Totally up to you, though! To summarize: cribs are still necessary, in my opinion, just not in the first few months. :)

  5. Thanks for showing us around! Your kitchen and bath are gorgeous!

    About the 'baby clothes on momma's dresser' and the 'diapers on the floor' problems, this is what changing tables are for. I know people love to hate on them, and if you have a small dresser to dedicate to such a task then you could certainly do without one. But they are cheaper then dressers on craigslist and you need to put the stuff somewhere. (and this goes double for us cloth diapering folks, so if you start feeling guilty for buying what's unnecessary for so many other people just comfort yourself with that.)

    1. *Sigh* You're totally right. I kept hearing how useless they are, but now that you mention it, it really would solve all our storage/pooping-on-the-bed problems. Thank you!

  6. I love your shower curtains! They seem very you. : ) It looks like a wonderful, bright space. I'm glad you're enjoying it.

    1. Yay! My taste in shower curtains match my online personality. ;) Thanks for the positive words!

  7. Your place looks fantastic and homey! I especially love your kitchen.

    1. Thank you! We do too! :) In fact, it's probably the room that won us over when we were internet-searching for apartments on the internet.

  8. IT LOOKS AMAZING!!! Way to go mama! Of course, the big 'way to go' is how healthy that little boy looks...what a doll!!!

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