Hi everyone!! So it has officially been one year since Melissa and I moved into our dream apartment. How the heck did that happen? It really feels like last week we were signing our lease, and taking our first walk through of our dream apartment. (Learn how to find your very own dream apartment here)
To celebrate one year of living in our home, I thought it’d be fun to share an updated home tour, and see exactly how much things have changed in the past year. In some aspects, we really have come a long way, and things are looking way more put together and “home like”. None of our rooms look anything like the disaster zone that was our apartment a month and a half after move in (you can see all the beautiful pictures of that here).
On the other hand, not going to lie, I thought we’d have a few more things put together by now. For example, our walls. We have still somehow managed to be too busy/lazy to hang things on most of our walls for an entire year. Oops. Once again, bumping that to the top of my to do list!
Overall I just super love our apartment, and am so happy I get to call this beautiful place home for the time being. We just recently resigned our lease for an additional year, so maybe I’ll do another post like this one next year… and we may even have stuff on our walls by then! Let’s take a look at how things are looking now, shall we?
Warning: this post has a lot of pictures, feel free to skim and scroll 🙂
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Our front door leads right into a little hallway, that opens into a nice landing area. I have never had a true ‘entryway’ in any of my previous apartments, and love all the space this one offers. It really makes getting in and out of the apartment so easy.
Here’s a peak at how this space looked before we moved any of our stuff it. This landing is kind of a 1.5 floor, since it’s between the first and second.
This space has made leaps and bounds since we first moved in. Being the first place you want into, it quickly became a big old dumping ground for moving boxes and such.
We have obviously since cleared out the space, and I just love how fresh and open it feels, now. Especially since you can lookout over the whole first floor from here (you’ll get a peak of this a bit farther down the post).
I am hoping to do more with this space, to really get the most function out of it. We currently have a small entryway bench and side table setup. Each of our family members (Melissa, Dakota and I) is assinged one of the cubbies in the bench to hold small grab-on-your-way-out-the-door items (like gloves and sunglasses). I’m also hoping to set up a command center of sorts on the wall above these two, to really help make this an organization powerhouse.
You can see a more in depth tour and all my to dos for this space here.
Opposite the entryway bench is our stairs. The fact that this apartment has two levels and stairs was one of its major selling points. You wouldn’t believe how much you start craving your very own set of stairs after living in one floor apartments for 5 years.
I’m going to take you down to look around the first floor first, then we’ll make our way upstairs.
You can see almost the whole first floor from the entryway landing. This is one of my favorite views, since it is so open and light. We’re also really lucky to have super tall ceilings since we are on the top floor of our building.
This view was not always as super clean and clear, as you can clearly see in the picture below from when we were still moving in.
I cannot tell you how much better it feels now that all that junk is unpacked and put away! We may still occasionally hang jackets and such on the railing, but we try our hardest not to ;).
The first room you walk into on the first floor is the living room. We made some major changes to this room when we moved, getting rid of a bunch of old furniture, and adding in some new pieces. Our next major purchase we’re planning for is replacing this sofa, and I cannot wait for that day to come.
For now I love the direction our living room has been heading. Here’s how things looked before adding in our stuff:
And here’s how things were looking shortly after moving in… please don’t judge me.
Things are looking a lot neater and put together nowadays. I am especially loving our first ‘grown-up’ floor lamp over in the corner, and there’s been talking of adding a cute accent chair to that corner.
Turning around to face the back of the living room, you can take a peak into our dining room and kitchen. We also have a small desk setup on the far wall, which we use as a little bill pay station.
You can see a full tour of our living room, and all the plans we have for this space, here.
To the left you can walk into our dining room. It was very important to me to have a specific separate dining room in this apartment, not one of those living/dining room combos so many apartments have. While I just love this space, I am still not sold on how we have the furniture arranged. So you may see that changing in the near future.
Here’s how things were looking before we moved the furniture in:
And the craziness during the move:
The dining room was another place we liked to dump things that didn’t have a home yet. Words cannot describe how good it feels to have a clear dining room table!
We have also since moved the island to under the window, and added an adorable bar cart to this room. You can see a full tour of our dining room, and a list of all the stuff we still want to get done in this room, right here.
From the dining room you can head right into our kitchen. After our teeny tiny one person kitchen in our last apartment, Melissa and I are both over the moon for the spacious kitchen in this place. The amount of cabinet space is just crazy-town. There are even a couple cabinets that are still empty and unused after all this time!
Here’s a peak at our kitchen before we moved in, basically just before we filled up the counters.
And here are the kitchen counters full of junk before I organized them and cleared off everything that wasn’t essential to keep out.
And here’s how things are looking now. While I am extremely partial to white kitchens, I don’t hate these wood cabinets as much as I thought I would. While I would never pick them for a custom kitchen design, I am definitely ok with living with them while we’re here. The laminate counter top is a different story, but you can’t win them all!
Our kitchen also holds our washer and dryer. I do want to eventually turn that little corner into a small laundry nook. For now we have all our laundry paraphernalia stored in the skinny cabinet to the left of the machines.
In the opposite corner of the kitchen, we had a big empty space, that we filled with a giant shelving unit to serve as a make-shift pantry. This might be the only place in the apartment that hasn’t gotten a real good makeover, and is still pretty much looking like a hot mess.
Here’s how things were looking in that corner right after we moved in.
You can see a closer look at our kitchen, as well as all my plans for this room, right here.
Ok now that we are finished with the first floor, I’m going to walk you guys back up the stairs to the second floor.
When we get to the top of the stairs, you turn right and are greeted with a nice little hallway.
The door on the left leads to the master bedroom, straight ahead leads to the office, and on the right leads to the bathroom. Let’s start with the bedroom.
Our bed is up against the far wall, in front of the window. Even though you can’t see, there are two Lack bedside tables on either side. These are placeholders until we can replace them with larger, more legit nightstands. Cannot wait for that day. I’m also dying to add 2 matching decorative lamps to those babies when the budget allows!
This is what the bedroom looked like before moving furniture in:
It’s a pretty big space, especially compared to our last bedroom. And it seems even bigger not having to keep my big old desk in the bedroom anymore.
When we first moved our furniture in, we started off with a completely different furniture arrangement. But we quickly realized we weren’t loving it, and switched things around. Previously, the bed was sticking out in the middle of the room, and really made the bedroom seem a lot more cramped that it should.
Opposite the window wall with the bed, is where the bedroom and closet doors are. Melissa and I also each have a dresser (guess which is which ;)), which are both itching for a makeover. Melissa’s is a newer addition, which allowed us to clear out some space in the closet to store our laundry baskets (instead of at the foot of the bed).
In the opposite corner of the room is my vanity, making a nice little girly corner. We also have the world’s biggest floor length mirror, courtesy of Melissa’s grandmother. Add in the walk-in closet, and this corner is a dream to get ready in! You can see how I made the jewelry organizer frame hanging above my dresser here.
I am hoping to eventually re-paint all the furniture (including the mirror) in that corner. The pink and white stuff is from my high school room, and I am so ready to adult-ify things. You can see the rest of the changes I hope to make in this room here.
Moving across the hall, we have our bathroom. There really isn’t much to show in here, but I’m gonna give you a peak just for the sake of completeness of the home tour.
We currently have a black and white theme going on in here, but I have been itching to add in some fun color recently. I’m thinking either a light teal, or a bright, happy yellow!
Here’s how things were looking before we moved in…
While we were moving in…
And a better view back at the vanity…
Finally, at the end of the hall is my favorite room in the whole place. Our home office. When you first walk in, Melissa ‘side’ of the office is on the wall to the left. Her desk’s wallspace is probably the most finished in the apartment!
Here is how things were looking before we filled up the room:
And this is the disaster that was the view you walked into before we got Melissa’s desk in there. This room was probably the absolute worst in the apartment when we were moving in. You pretty much couldn’t even walk across the floor. That goodness we quickly tamed this clutter!
On the right side of the room is my office area. Label Me Merrit headquarters. My happy place. I have wanted a true home office for ages and am just over the moon that I have this space.
This is how that corner was looking before I whipped it into shape. Possibly my most favorite before and after view.
Along the wall opposite the window in a wall of closets. Since we don’t have a need for extra closet space for clothes (our master walk-in is all the closet space we need) these closets are used for extra storage space. We again split things up, so my closet is on the left, and Melissa’s is on the right.
I turned my closet into a craft closet, to store all my Project Life and crafty goodies. You can see that process right here. I’m still planning to add a desktop and a little stool or something to make it a true workspace, but I still love it how it is now. I keep my closet doors open all the time, since the closet is really an extension of my office. I’m hoping to add some more organization and function to the shelves above eventually.
And here’s is one more before picture showing this side of the room, because I still can’t believe how crazy this room’s transformation is:
You can see a more in depth tour of the office, and all our plans we have for this room, right here.
Whew! Told you it was a lot of pictures 😉 That officially finishes up the tour of our apartment after living in it and loving it for a whole year! I hope you guys liked taking a peak around my home and how things have changed. I can’t wait to see how things look another year from now!
What was your favorite part of the tour? What do you think I should tackle next? I’m most excited to save up and replace our living room couch! What do you think should be next on our to do list?
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