Sunday, June 28, 2009

The New Digs

We got the keys to our new apartment today and spent the whole afternoon cleaning and bringing over some boxes. We are moving from a 2 bedroom/2 bath apartment to a 1 bedroom/1 bath; a brand new building to a 50-60 something year old tutor style building. As we all know, times are tough right now and we have made the decision to cut back on our spending and save up some money to buy a house in the near future. We love our Chicago neighborhood so we are only moving 3 blocks away :) We are crossing our fingers that our first house will be in the same neighborhood, too.

So here's the tour:

This is the front door. Look at the archway :)

Coat closet.

Bonus closet to the right of the front door. It goes back few feet to the right of the picture. So much storage space!

Living room. That is the radiator under the window with a nice cover to hide it a bit.

The other side of the living room leading to the dining room.

The dining room with great built-in shelving.

The dining room and window that overlooks the walkway to a beautiful backyard patio.

Dining room/kitchen. Amazing built-in cabinets that will be great for extra storage and a way to show off my glassware and dishes.

The kitchen and back door that leads to a very small landing and stairwell down to the laundry room.

I'm happy to have a window in my kitchen.

Our bedroom and another radiator.

The other side of the bedroom and a door leading to the closet. Due to the lack of closet space, we plan on purchasing a wardrobe closet from Ikea and placing it against this wall. The one we have picked out have a bonus cabinet space that we will use to store bathroom towels.

The bathroom and a great glass block window that lets in lots of natural light.

This shelving unit over the toilet was left behind by the previous renter but we ditched it and plan on finding something new at Ikea.

This is another entry to the bedroom closet from the hallway in between the bedroom and bathroom. I think this will be the only door I use for the closet.

Murphy was a little scared in the place and didn't know what to think. Look at those wide eyes!

But she was pretty intrigued by the many windows to view the neighborhood from. (We are not allowed to have pets in our current building so we have to close off our windows so she isn't seen. Shoosh, don't tell anyone.)

While we cleaned, Murph looked for places to hide. This cabinet was her favorite place to curl up and observe.

She even tried to make this ledge in the closet a comfy spot. How's that workin for ya?

Stay tuned to see how where we place all of our furniture and how we repurpose some pieces in new spaces.


  1. This looks like it will be a very cute apartment for you! Don't compare any of it the brand new modern one you are leaving - just have fun with the "personality" of this one! I saw some very cute "locker type" baskets at Ace Hardware by us, and that might be nice for your closet to put gloves/scarves in for the winter...or maybe for your bathroom stuff. They are like the vintage one you have been looking for - just nice and sparkly new!

  2. Cozy digs! Lots of charm. Roll with it and enjoy!!

  3. Congrats. I can't wait to see what you do with the space. I know it will be lovely.

  4. Hi Megan, thanks for your comment today...
    Congrats...Looks like a great apt. Loads of potential!
    Have a great 4th of July weekend!

  5. Beautiful wood wow! Congrats on your new apt.

  6. Hi there,

    Looks like a great space with lots of potential. Thank you so much for your comment and have fun with your new place.


  7. it's got great lines! :) Lots of potential--can't wait to see what you do with it! :)

  8. Hi Megan! Hope you have fun decorating the new place.
    Although I'm Australian I used to live in Chicago - back many moons ago when I was a teenager I lived in a suburb called Westmont (near Hinsdale) for 12 months. I'm sad to say I haven't been back (yet) but I will do one day as it is a lovely city.

  9. It has sooo much character! Have fun decorating!