First Week in the New Apartment

I moved again. That’s right, I left my gorgeous gourmet kitchen and free garage behind. Why you ask?

CENTRAL AIR.

And it is glorious, my friends. When you upgrade to central air after a year of two window units–one of which whose cooling prowess had become quite suspect this summer–your life is immediately better. The tradeoff is, your counter tops and kitchen cabinets are not as pretty. Alas. Oh and there are less of said cabinets. EEK.

I learned three very important lessons during this move.

1. Be very nice to men with large vehicles and/or large arms. This makes moving much faster and more delightful for you.

2. Everything I own goes in the kitchen. Okay, this is a slight exaggeration, but while I was unpacking, it honestly seemed like every box except “purses and shoes” was labeled “kitchen.”

3. Apartments filled with my delicate girly furniture are actually much more spacious than they seemed when occupied by a bachelor with large, over-stuffed furniture and weight equipment. The apartment is actually larger than it seemed when I toured and the previous tenant’s stuff was in it. So that was a nice surprise.

I have had to get very creative with kitchen storage. So one of the cube bookshelves is now in the kitchen masquerading (poorly) as built-in shelving and I acquired a “bar cart.” Stay tuned for when that gets spray painted 🙂 Oh and don’t tell anyone, but the bottom green fabric drawer is actually full of toiletries that don’t fit in the bathroom…

kitchen and shleves

I also spent a good hour readjusting the shelves in all the kitchen cabinets. The cabinets are insanely tall. I consider myself a fairly tall person, but I can’t reach the top shelves in any of them. The shelves rest on those little plastic peg brackets, which are adjustable. So I moved them all down to precisely fit what I was putting on each shelf and make all the shelves as low as possible. And I still need a step stool.

It’s coming along though.

New Apartment: First Glimpse

Everyone can breathe easy, this will not be another post detailing my lack of closet space. But it is about my new apartment!

Here, in all its square, tiny instagrammed glory is my living room!

living room instagram

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am pretty sure I broke most of these rug rules, but area rugs are expensive and I’m young and transitory and not quite ready to invest in rugs. However, I carefully cropped this photo so that you can’t tell I broke all the rug rules! Yay instagram 🙂

Shall we play “Something Old, Something New?” (It’s a new game I just invented for my own entertainment.)

Something Old*

  • Couch
  • Coffee Table
  • Papazan Chair
  • Cube Shelves
  • Lamp
  • Solid Curtains

Something New

  • Rug
  • Desk
  • Ikat curtains

Something Old & New (a bonus round!)

  • The chair in front of the desk is actually the 4th chair to my dining room table (pushed up against 1 wall because I never have people over for formal dinners), and it is “slip-covered” in my old shower curtain. At some point, I intend to buy cute fabric and make a more legitimate slipcover, but I’m actually really liking the look of this right now. So, not a new piece of furniture, but a new use for some old pieces.

Most of the decorative accent piece type stuff I already had, too. After packing it all, moving it here, and unpacking everything, I’ve come to realize I’m a total hoarder and I need to stop buying decorative things. Especially since there are many more cities I want to live in, and therefore, many more moves ahead of me.

What’s the SassCat’s verdict on the rug?

cat on rug

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Something new to shed on…purrrfect.”

I have some craft projects in mind for some new wall decor, so stay tuned!

*By old I just mean, owned prior to this apartment.

Singing the Storage Blues

I moved into my new apartment this past Saturday. Technically, my stuff moved in last Wednesday, but I didn’t start living here until Saturday. The first several days were full of that terrible thing…unpacking.

The biggest challenge was going from having

  • a walk-in closet in my bedroom
  • two hall linen closets
  • a storage closet on the patio
  • a huge pantry in the kitchen

to having…

  • a tiny closet in the bedroom
  • one closet in the living room
  • one hall closet
  • a…tiny space by the fridge that I think is maybe a broom closet? That’s about all that could possibly fit in there anyway
  • a sketchy storage “locker” in the basement that doesn’t close all the way and maybe has water damage

Before you all become convinced that my apartment is terrible, I should note that it has an AMAZING kitchen and there are several perks that made me choose it.

Here are the good things about the closets in the new place. The one in the living room is quite deep, which sort of makes up for the bedroom closet being so tiny. It is now housing all my coats, shoes, out of season clothes likes sweats, hoodies, and sweaters, and purses, as well as other miscellaneous stuff like my suitcase, air mattress, seasonal wreathes, spare comforter for guests, etc.

The hall closet is next to the bathroom, so it has become a linen closet for towels, my laundry supplies, miscellaneous bath and body stuff, as well as some other things that just need to be stored (cat carrier, cooler, KitchenAid mixer box).

I can’t really think of anything good to say about the bedroom closet…it’s there? Some of my clothes fit in it? My cat accidentally got trapped in it this morning. That wasn’t good at all.

There was an exciting moment yesterday when I managed to fit my vacuum in the broom closet by tilting the vacuum and angling it in. Stay tuned to see if I can ever get the vacuum back out! (I’m sure that comment will really drive readers to hit “Follow this blog” haha.)

The storage locker…well, I put a few non-essential, somewhat weatherproof things in there. My dad is convinced I’m going to hit up the hardware store and get some 2x4s to build a shelf to elevate things off the ground (see above note about water damage). This is probably not going to happen.

I’m definitely a pack-rat with a fondness with clothes and shoes (and apparently just stuff in general!), so it’s been tricky making everything fit. But, I also love organizing, so finding the best way to store and arrange everything has been a fun challenge for me. And now that I’ve gotten most everything put away, I can move on to the really fun stuff: hanging art and decorating!

This has been a terribly long and boring blog post, but I’m trying to get back into blogging by simply writing something every day, and this was all I could think to talk about. Closets. Dear God, I need a life.

 

Sunday Pinterest Inspiration: Reading Nook

I want a reading nook!

When I was younger, my bedroom had a window seat sandwiched in between two bookshelves. It was the perfect reading nook. I’m hoping my future house has one, too. Until then, Pinterest and I will just keep dreaming.

My requirements for a reading nook are thus:

  • Well-lit
  • Excellent back support
  • Comfy pillows
  • Side table or somewhere to rest snacks

Source: Black Eiffel

And here are some pretty reading nooks:

Painting Adventures

I’ve said before that I’m not much of an artist. But I enjoy artistic activities. So when my bestie planned a visit from Colorado, I suggested a painting activity. There are a few places in town here where you can go to a sort of guided painting session where everyone paints a specific picture inspired by a famous piece of art (Van Gogh’s Starry Night or Georgia O’ Keefe or something). The instructor gives you some tips on painting technique, you pick out your colors, and you get painting. To spice things up, adult beverages are available!

We went to “Mimosas and Monet.” The painting for that session was a Claude Monet inspired painting of irises.

It was really fun! The instructor talked a little bit about impressionism, gave us some tips, and then turned us loose. And, our first mimosas were free!

diy Monet irises

I’m definitely not going to be winning any awards for my painting (those do not look like irises!), but I’m really glad we went. It reminded me how much I enjoy painting and making art for my apartment. So now I’m scouring Pinterest for other diy art projects. My kitchen needs something.