The New Apartment!

From the front door.  The kitchen, living room and dining room are an open floor plan.

From the front door. The kitchen, living room and dining room are an open floor plan.

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.

Our new view is spectacular!

Our new view is spectacular!

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!

Living Room

Living Room

I used the old dining room rug to cover the ottoman.

I used the old dining room rug to cover the ottoman.

My new favorite thing...our Jaxx Beanbag!

My new favorite thing…our Jaxx Beanbag!

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The dining room.

The dining room.

Our new light is just a shade from Ikea and a covered cord!

Our new light is just a shade from Ikea and a covered cord!

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We added Billy bookshelves to the hallway for more storage.

We added Billy bookshelves to the hallway for more storage.

The guest bathroom

The guest bathroom

I'm loving this shower curtain from West Elm and rug from Target!

I’m loving this shower curtain from West Elm and rug from Target!

Every guest bath needs wooden guest toothbrushes and mesh poofs!

Every guest bath needs wooden guest toothbrushes and mesh poofs!

Our new towels from West Elm are part terrycloth, part Turkish cotton!

Our new towels from West Elm are part terry cloth, part Turkish cotton!

Down the hall on the right is the nursery!

Down the hall on the right is the nursery!

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The master bedroom/ office

The master bedroom/ office

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My studio is definitely crammed in, but I couldn't live OR work without it!

My studio is definitely crammed in, but I couldn’t live OR work without it!

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My closet...1/3 the size of my old closet...

My closet…1/3 the size of my old closet…

Here is a little costumer trick if you can't see all of your shoes or handbags.  Post thumbnail photos of everything hidden away!

Here is a little costumer trick if you can’t easily see all of your shoes or handbags when you’re getting ready. Post thumbnail photos of everything hidden away!

The master bathroom.

The master bathroom.

Finally a perfect spot for that giant vintage toothbrush of mine!

Finally a perfect spot for that giant vintage toothbrush of mine!

Only a few more days away!

Only a few more days away!

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3 responses to “The New Apartment!

  1. The new apartment looks beautiful! I posted a comment a while back, when I realized that I was your neighbor across the street on S4th. I’m curious, did you guys buy your new place or are you still renting? I want to move so badly but rents in the area have skyrocketed since I moved in 6 yrs ago. Anyway congrats on the space and the upcoming stork gift!

    • Anonymous

      Hey again neighbor! We are still renting, and YES, prices jumped A LOT. It helped that we were looking in the winter, though, because rents tend to be lowest when no one is looking to move. We still ended up with a $700 increase in rent, but a $400 decrease in utilities by moving into a normal space!

  2. Jaclyn

    It looks fantastic! Love what you did with your ottoman.
    and genius advice for tucked away accessories!

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