When Jeff and I found out we were pregnant, we knew we would have to leave our labor-of-love garage loft for a more practical apartment with doors so we wouldn’t constantly worry about the cats sleeping on top of the baby.
While we realized newborns could be brought up pretty much anywhere, the building was extremely loud from the scrap metal business on either side and sometimes even crumbling a little from the rumbling! It was time to move on and so we began the epic search for a New York City apartment. Nothing would be 1,400 square feet with a 1,400 square foot rooftop, but something great would come up…right?? WELL…It took a lot longer than either of us could have ever predicted, but we finally settled on a condo that couldn’t possibly be more unlike the garage!
We love our new apartment, and are thrilled to have a low maintenance space with central air for our new adventure into parenthood, but fitting 1,400 square feet of stuff into a small two bedroom condo with one good closet was really difficult. I had to give up my gigantic studio for a crammed desk and we got rid of three rooms worth of furniture in exchange for more practical pieces. With my nesting instinct in full swing, I took the move as an opportunity to freshen our decor. I had my loveseat and sofa recovered, bought some new rugs, new towels and linens and updated a few pieces of furniture. It’s amazing how a new space can change how you look at your own stuff! My advice for anyone out there moving soon is to look at each thing in a new way as you pull it out of the box and ask yourself if you could put it in a new spot, paint it or change it in some way to give it a new life. It’s the cheapest way to give your home a face lift. Here are the photos of our new place!