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Better Late Than Never House Tour

We have lived in our current apartment for a little more than two years, and we've loved it here. We came a couple of months after our wedding, escaping from a cave of a place in Park Slope that had a little outdoor space, yes--but that space came at the expense of any sort of windows or light indoors.

Dining Area

Family Portrait 1

We made the best of that place but it made me claustrophobic, plus it had a crappy landlord-special kitchen and recessed lighting that showed every crag and pore. So once the wedding was out of the way, we got to looking. With luck and persistence, we found a fourth-floor apartment in Prospect Heights with more light and windows than we thought were possible. . . and, you would not believe: a dishwasher. We knew we wouldn't be here for very long because we wanted to look for a place of our own once we'd saved a down payment, though.

Hydrangeas on the Coffee Table

I realized today as we started to accumulate boxes to pack that I never photographed this place. As much as I love the space, it's always felt a bit underfurnished because we knew we would be moving on. Plus, the paint colors are terrible-the paint went up before we moved in and we never saw it on the wall (in fact, I think we were out of town when the place was painted). The colors looked so totally different than we expected that we thought the painter had made a mistake! What we thought was grey was actually blue, and what we thought was nice muted green was more like a pastel key lime. Lesson learned.

kitchen
kitchen

Oh, this kitchen. Basic, but perfectly sensible with TONS of storage. The guy who lived here before us NEVER cooked, so we basically inherited it pristine. We never filled the cabinets quite . . . but the new place has slightly smaller ones and fewer, and I'm a bit scared about it.

dry goods shelf
dry goods shelf

My favorite thing about the kitchen is this shelf, which we use for dry goods.

Dining Table & Old Hutch
dining table & old hutch

We brought this dining table with us from Houston, where we bought it cheap from a furniture refinisher who never got round to refinishing it. Neither did we. Now it's too small for our new dining area, but I'm not sure what else one does with a spare table in a 2BR apartment. I couldn't bear to toss it or sell it, so we may keep it in our storage area until we make our next move. Unless you have a better idea!

The hutch we inherited from a neighbor in Park Slope who was going to throw it away. Its joints are all out of wack, and there's some water damage on the bottom.

There's a lot of pressure when you buy a new place to make it perfect and gorgeous and new. But looking at our stuff now makes me feel a bit of pride in how well we've made the wabi-sabi look work.

Mein Sofa Yeah Yeah
sofa & storage (we're getting rid of that shelf when we move)

This great sofa was a craigslist find. A nearly-new Hutton Sofa from Room & Board. It's wide and great for cuddling or sleeping, and Moses is only a little interested in scratching it. It hasn't held up perfectly (because she is a LITTLE interested), and she's also, erm, puked on it a few times. Cat puke doesn't come out of velvet too good. Nothing to be done.

Sofa & coffee table
moar sofa
Chairs
seating / foyer

Note: please forgive the odd scale of some of these photos. Something's wrong with my wide-angle lens! And any detritus that seems to be lying around should be ignored as no styling went into this. The place was merely passably clean for an in-law visit :)

BR
bedroom

The bedroom is way bigger than we need it to be. One thing we looked for in our new apartment was an appropriate balance of living space and bedroom space, because we've found both of our big bedrooms to be wasteful and were never able to utilize them properly. Happy to report that we think the new place strikes just the right balance. Please ignore the icky walls and forgive us our festive holiday bedding. We're still celebrating I guess.

Bedroom View
bedroom view

The northwest-facing bedroom has a view of the Empire State building in the winter when the leaves are down, and beautiful green trees in the summer. I'm going to miss all the birds back there, as our back view will be somewhat more urban in the new place.

study / craft room
study / craft room

This was the first time we ever had another room. It's a bit odd because you have to walk through our bedroom to get to it. One thing about where we live now is that the public and private spaces aren't that separated. In the new place, the bedrooms are down a hallway from the living room, so it feels a bit more private. I'm happy with what we ended up doing in this room. It's such an odd shape--long and narrow--that we couldn't have fit any kind of guest bed in there. And since I took this picture I hung art and got an amazing ikea curtain that is, of course, coming with us to the new place!

Preparing to Move
This is what it looks like now.

Oy vey.

bathroom
charming vintage bathroom & skylight

I love the natural light in this bathroom. The new place has TWO bathrooms, both with frosted glass windows. They won't get quite this much light but it will be enough to not make me miss this too much. Plus, we're renovating both . . . and as much as I love the vintage look I can't wait to have a couple of brand spanking new places to relax and take care of bizness.

Sunday Snooze
Moses enjoying her last peaceful Sunday, though she doesn't know it yet

Moving is difficult. As we get older, change can be harder to embrace. Once, I moved to Houston without ever having visited. And I dragged Chris with me! Once, we moved to Brooklyn on a whim. Now, I'm sentimental and what is familiar is a comfort. It's hard to leave this place, our first home as a married couple. But it's time for the next thing. Hopefully, next time you hear from me on our home, you'll see photos of an absolute mess, an apartment with great bones in need of TLC and in the midst of having some of its guts ripped out. And by summer, you'll hear me bragging about our view of Eastern Parkway, blogging about DIY pizza parties around the island in the kitchen, and crowing about how attached I've become to our roof deck (bye bye Vitamin D deficiency!) and my container garden. I know it.

Family Portrait 2
family portrait

But the best part is, these two rascals are coming too. So how different can it really be, right?

Posted by jess at February 19, 2012 6:39 PM | TrackBack
Comments

I just realized I have never seen EITHER of your places since the first Park Slope one, which means it's been far too long. Good luck in your new home, and it warms my heart you still have that table.

Posted by: Jolt at February 19, 2012 9:04 PM

wahh. bye bye bathroom skylight.

SOB SOB SOB

(sorta) kidding aside, can't wait to see your new place! mazel tov, btw. :)

Posted by: Sandra at February 20, 2012 9:46 AM

Thank you for sharing your apartment with us. Best of luck with your upcoming move!

Posted by: Knittripps at February 20, 2012 10:40 AM

I totally understand the sentiment. I'm about to move in with my almost-husband, and I'm sad to leave my little townhome. I've lived here five years, and although it's a positive thing, it's bittersweet, for sure.

Your current place is lovely, but I imagine your new home will be equally filled with happiness and memories.

Posted by: Jacey at February 20, 2012 1:03 PM

This was a very sweet tour and I would be missing that dry goods shelf something fierce too BUT owning your only place is quite exciting!! If I were in NY this week I'd be very happy to help you move because I am a freak who weirdly enjoys moving (?)...

Posted by: Heather at February 20, 2012 9:28 PM

Looks so cozy! I love that dry goods shelf--ingenious storage like that is always the best. The bookshelf in the craft room is nice as well, though I'm a sucker for such things. Good luck with the move!

Posted by: Sara at February 21, 2012 9:24 AM

Love this post and love your style! The photo of you guys on the couch looks like it came from a magazine.

Posted by: Lindsay at February 21, 2012 1:01 PM

Any chance your old place is looking for a new tenant? I'm not a creepy stalker, I promise! I know a few of the spiders in person. Currently live in a very tiny apartment in Prospect Heights.

Posted by: Valerie at February 23, 2012 12:51 PM

Your place looks/looked cozy and homey. I've been following your blog for some years now and I remember a different couch that you had. A cream colored button-number. The Petrie from Crate and Barrel? I remember being jealous when you got it because that's the couch I want. What happened to it, if you don't mind telling? Was it a dud and so replaced?

Good luck with your move!

Posted by: Jean at February 26, 2012 2:20 PM

I love especially the picture of the kitty on the granny square blanket. Happy Moving!

Posted by: Renee at March 2, 2012 6:28 PM

Thanks for the tour, seems super cozy. I know how hard moving can be, hope it goes well!

Posted by: Andres Recinos at March 19, 2012 8:07 PM

What an absolutely beautiful apartment - but am sure the new house will be just as beautiful :-) Love the story about the couch. Yip, velvet really isn't the best thing for cat puke..... ;-)

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