Hey guys, long time no blog!! If you’ve been around for a while, or follow me over on YouTube, you probably know that there have been some pretty big changes in my life over the last couple of months. I married my now wife on June 2nd after six and a half years together, and we also moved apartments three months before the wedding. So to say things have been hectic around here is an understatement!
Before moving, I knew I wanted to document what our apartment looked like after living there for three years. This apartment was by far my favorite of all time, and I was definitely sad to say goodbye. But we had made the decision to downsize to a smaller apartment for a year in the interest of buying a house within the next year!
So obviously I’ve wanted to share with you guys my final apartment tour, and I’m really excited I finally have the time to sit down and get it all written out for you guys. While I stopped sharing every little update I made to our home on the blog, I still love sharing snapshots of how our home changes over time. I think it will be so fun to look back on in the future at what each stage of our life looked like! So without further ado, here is the final walk through tour of our split level apartment.
One fun thing I loved about this apartment was how the front door opened into a little entry hall, that then opened up to a nice large entry foyer. The hallway was perfect for storing shoes and coats, and the foyer was the perfect place for our entryway bench and drop-zone table.
Walking through the little foyer landing, you can either go up or down a small set of stairs to access the two floors of the apartment. We also had a little coat closet to the right of the stairway.
The first thing you see at the bottom of the stairs on the first floor was our little bar cart area, which I thought was so super cute.
Turning all the way around to your left, you are facing into the living room, with the entry foyer now on your left. I love that the foyer was open to the whole first floor. That and the super high ceilings made this apartment feel so light and open.
At the very back of our living room we had our tiny little dining nook. We repurposed our official dining room, which you’ll see later, so we stuck a little two person dining table here, and I just loved it! We had never really used our big 4 person dining table before, so I was happy to get rid of it and switch to a tinier two person table, which is all we really needed anyways.
Also in the little ‘dining area’ was my old dresser from high school. We have been meaning to paint this dresser for years and years, but just never seem to get around to it lol. It is wonderful storage though, and holds everything from extra linens to present wrapping supplies. Both Melissa and I were also super in love with the little decorative setup we had going on here.
Our kitchen was a pretty basic apartment kitchen, but it was nice and large and provided a lot of storage space.
Our kitchen also doubled as our laundry room and you can see above. The opposite corner of the eat-in kitchen was also the perfect place to add our unofficial ‘pantry’ which was again so amazing for providing even more storage in the kitchen.
The view in the picture below was probably one of my favorites in this apartment. I just love that you could look out over the whole first floor, and everything felt so bright, open and airy.
The final room on the first floor was technically the dining room. For a while we had it set up as such, but basically almost never used the room. Then we made the decision to convert it into an office for Melissa, freeing up the upstairs office to become solely mine, and we could not have been happier.
The one thing from the old dining room that we did have to keep in that room was our big old china cabinet, just because there was really no place else to put it.
Ok, on to the second floor! Obviously you walk up the stairs off of the main foyer, and then the hallway at the top turns right down to three doors. Straight ahead is my office…
…to the left is the master bedroom…
…and to the right is the bathroom.
So we’re going to start with the room on the left, which is the master bedroom! Our bedroom went through a couple furniture rearrangements before settling on a setup that really worked for us. And while I never really ‘finished’ decorating it (just like the rest of the apartment) I was pretty happy with where our room ended up.
Of course we have a little Dakota section of the master bedroom. Her little bed is at the foot of ours (even though she spends most of the night in our bed) sitting next to the ottoman she uses to jump up on our super high bed.
We were also lucky enough to have a walk-in master closet in this apartment, which I make a priority when choosing apartments to live in… we have a lot of stuff! I didn’t snap any pictures inside the closet, but the door next to the large mirror opens into the closet.
Across the hall from the bedroom is our bathroom. I really love the grey and teal color schemed that kind of evolved in this apartment.
We also had a super awesome large linen closet behind the folding doors in the picture below. It was pretty deep, and much larger than the door makes it look. Again, storage is key when living in an apartment.
I saved the best room for last, my office! I loved having a dedicated office, and having a room to really do whatever I want with. And of course, Dakota had her own little corner of my office as well, which you can see below.
I also stored my vanity and all my makeup and jewelry stuff in this room, so it wouldn’t take up space in the master bedroom. Then under the window was my craft station where I stored most of my crafty supplies and tools.
The other side of my office held the true workspace, and this was my happy place. I absolutely loved my desk setup in this office, and I get inspired and motivated to work just looking at it! I’m still working on getting my new office setup, so maybe seeing these pictures again can give me the kick in the pants I need to get on it already!
Since my office was technically the second bedroom of the apartment, it came with a decently large closet. I didn’t need a closet in my office, so I ended up taking the doors off the hinges to give my office even more space. I ended up putting a whole couch in the closet, and made it my filming area, to have a designated background for my YouTube videos. The closet also had two levels of shelves at the top, which again… great storage!
And that finishes up my tour! I definitely do miss this apartment, and have so many amazing memories there. It’s actually the place where Melissa and I got engaged! So again, I’m so happy I have these photos and this blog post to look back on and remember this time of our lives.