Sunday, July 8, 2012

The Big Move

"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."
(Walt Disney)

At the beginning of June, shortly after the wedding, we moved into our new home, a 510-square-foot 1-bedroom 3rd floor walk-up apartment in Brooklyn's Park Slope. We have been residing here for over a month now and the settling in process has been slow and steady. On top of the whole getting-married-and-merging-lives, it was a pretty significant move for both of us since my new husband was coming from Michigan by way of Grenada, and I had been living with my parents since last August; still, neither of us brought a lot of personal things and we started with little besides a lot of kitchen items.

We needed everything else: sofa, coffee table, dining set, bed frame, mattress, bookcases, wardrobe units, side tables, TV stand, lamps, rugs, and additional storage pieces since we have just 2 small closets in the entire apartment. Crate & Barrel, IKEA, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, and Home Depot have played a large part in our lives over the past several weeks.

Following are some photos of our apartment.

Before the Move

The bedroom is fairly small but fine for us, same with the bathroom, and the kitchen is too small, but the living room is bright and sectioned off which gives us more flexibility, as you will see below. (The first photo was actually taken more recently, since the plants and planters were not voted on until after we moved in.)

4-floor walk-up building
Apartment door and hallway
Living room and dining area

After the Move

Moving was a multi-day process, but thankfully, several friends and family members helped us on the first day. Without them, I don't know if we would have made it through!

Helping to assemble some furniture
Plugging up holes near bedroom flooring
Afterwards, toasting to our new mess
Where do we put everything?
Dining area
Living room
Boxes and trash everywhere

Furniture by Room

The collages below show our major furnishings thus far. Everything is pretty neutral, not girlie but also not too masculine. The white dining set is meant to stand out in the center surrounded by the darker pieces, while the white in both the bedroom and bathroom is meant to blend into the walls. The only thing we could add to our tiny kitchen is a wall-mounted pot rack, which is why we bought the buffet and hutch.

{Crate & Barrel: Union Coffee Table, Stowe Chocolate Leather Storage Ottoman /
IKEA: EKTORP Vellinge Beige Loveseat & Chaise Lounge, HEMNES Black-Brown TV Unit}

{Crate & Barrel: Cabria II Dark Buffet with Hutch Top, Walnut Folding Bookcases /
IKEA: LIATORP White Dining Table, INGOLF White Chairs with ADMETE Natural Chair Pads, HEMNES Black-Brown Nightstand}

{Crate & Barrel: Pastis Nesting Side Tables /
IKEA: VANVIK Blekinge White Queen Bed Frame, PAX White Corner Wardrobe with VIKEDAL Mirror Glass Door, PAX White Wardrobe with 2 BIRKELAND Doors}

{Home Depot: Zenith Collette White Wall Cabinet /
Target: White Set of 3 Wall Shelves}

I'll wait to share more photos of the apartment, as there is still a good deal of organizing and decorating to do in the midst of Sam studying, me working, and us going on our honeymoon later this month!


  1. where are the pictures of your two big tree plants? :) looking forward to seeing more pics!

    1. Haha, I think the tree plants might be in a category of their own, they're so big. I'm also going to try to grow a little garden of fresh herbs in containers on our kitchen windowsill!

  2. Ooooh I can't wait to see the furnished photos of your apartment!! :_

  3. me too! excited to see how it's all set up. your kitchen is just a little longer than mine is. :P I feel your pain about kitchen space!! xo


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