city apartment

IMG_5435it’s official: we have an apartment! I’m half excited and half still in shock over the cost of rent in this city (it’s bananas, y’all!). the rent is eye-watering, but we’ll be right in the middle of the city, blocks away from fenway and the famous citgo sign above. I’m incredibly grateful to my in-laws for letting us stay with them while we were apartment hunting. our move-in date is next friday.

since we drove out to boston with only the things we could carry in bess, our buick century, we had next to nothing in terms of furniture/household items. I’ve been shopping for the apartment over the past couple of days, being intentional in buying only items that we need AND love. it’s got to work for us on all levels – function, style, quality, and price. if something’s not quite right, it doesn’t come home with me.  I’d love to share some of the items that have made the cut in upcoming posts. it’s been several years since we’ve had our own place, so I’ve definitely been stockpiling ideas on how to decorate our new home!

here’s a before photo in the meantime:IMG_5433it’s small and I’m not digging the wall-to-wall carpeting, but it’s ours and we’re together. plus, I did say I wanted a white kitchen… ;).

 

hay fever

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to say that I’m obsessed with stationery is an understatement. I could conceivably go a whole year without buying any new clothes, bags, shoes, etc. (more on that later) but I stand a snowball’s chance in hell of being able to say the same with stationery. james will tell you that I own far too many pieces, and he’d be right, but I can’t help it. I enjoy the act of writing in general and having good paper & good pens/pencils are a must for me. at the risk of sounding insane, I really hate that feeling when the pen drags across the page…it’s akin to nails on a chalkboard for me. aaaand with that revelation, are we still friends? :).

but I digress.

the whole point of this post wast to share just how excited I am that hay, the wonderfully dreamy danish design brand, is this month’s nordstrom pop-in feature. since the only other place you can shop hay that easily this side of the atlantic is at the moma mini market, I’m beyond stoked. I’ve rounded up my baker’s dozen of top picks, but I’m telling you right now that that is by no means an exhaustive collage of all the things that caught my eye. if you’re a stationery geek like me with an appreciation for sleek, scandinavian design, go here & do your happy dance.

have a lovely weekend!

a room of one’s own

james sent me a link to a listing for the studio pictured above yesterday, as he’s wont to do, and it was a lovely reminder of what is in store for us in the near future. I immediately saved the picture to my desktop as something to hold onto for the next 18 months when we’re both chasing our own respective dreams in two different cities.

our first apartment together was a studio smaller than this one, albeit it had a separate kitchen that was way bigger than the one above. the one thing we didn’t like about it was that in order to use the bathroom, you had to walk through our closet. it was awkward & it annoyed us to no end at the time, but looking back, I realize just how lovely that space was. sure, it had a mishmash of furniture we bought off of craigslist, friends, & ikea, it had dubious heating & cooling, and bringing groceries up four flights of stairs was a witch, but it was probably the best apartment we’ve had in terms of coziness & how happy we were.

we moved out to an awful one-bedroom when our lease was up the next summer, and then we moved to a nicer, modern one-bedroom, and then ultimately into a two-bedroom unit before moving back in with my parents last august. maybe it’s the delusion of hindsight, but I feel now that those later apartments had more features & more space, and we had more money & more stuff, but we had less simplicity & really, less enjoyment. I’m amazed at how good we had it & that we didn’t realize it.

a year and a half on from moving back home, I’m itching for a place of our own again, and it’s been a lovely process to realize that the next place I’m looking for as our very first home as a married couple is very much like the first place we had. some place simple & easy & just enough for two people starting a new chapter in their lives.

p.s. if you’re looking for a room to call your own in the boston area, here’s the exact listing (& image source) that got me dreaming.

coming around again

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hi! long time no see. I didn’t realize it had been over a month since my last blog post, simply because these past 5 weeks have gone by in a blur. why the absence? the long of it is since july 18, James and I visited Boston, packed, moved, unpacked, now commute 1 hour and 15 minutes each way to work Monday-Friday, and are still unpacking during the weekends. the short of it is life is kind of crazy (to put it mildly) right now. there was one point about a week or so into my absence where I was a little peeved with myself about not getting everything checked off my to-do list. this lasted for about 5 seconds, until I was overwhelmed just by thinking about the sheer amount of things that had to be done and just decided to let go. for those who know me well in real life, this is big because letting go is not my thing. but in this case, it was either lose my mind or let go. so I focused on the things that absolutely needed to get taken care of, mainly my responsibilities at my full-time job, packing/moving/unpacking, and not being a completely stressed-out PITA for James. everything else got set aside, including this blog.

the time away was very much necessary. I had the time to focus on pressing, important things and more time to spend with the important people in my life, which includes myself. l read books, I thought long and hard about what changes I wanted to make in my life, sometimes I was lazy…it was lovely to have things a little bit more simple for a little while. these weeks have given me some perspective, new discernment, rest, and a new creative energy that was hard for me to find in the months leading up to the move. and now, I’m coming round again.

I stated over 11 months ago in my first post on this blog after moving to wordpress that fall for me always feels like the beginning of something new, and I feel the same way now, as summer comes to a close. I start school in a little over a week, we’re adjusting to our new living situation, and I’m writing again, here. I’m ready for a new season.

are you ready for fall?

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wish list wednesday | outfitting a functional, multi-purpose bedroom

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I mentioned last week that I was officially a student again. when I was thinking about going back to school, I knew I didn’t want to take out new loans. so in order for me to fund school, I would have to keep working and lower expenses. our biggest expense, like most people, is rent, and after crunching the numbers and doing the math, living at home while I do my program was far and away the best way to cut back on expenses. my parents have graciously welcomed James and me back and are supportive of our plan, so we will be moving out of our apartment and into a 12 x 14 bedroom come August.

this new space needs to be both a retreat for James and me and a study space of sorts. the only way those two objectives are going to be met is through functional furniture. the bedroom comes with a 5′ closet that has decent hanging space but no shelf space save for one long shelf above the hanging rod. to give us more functionality, we’ll be adding an 8-drawer dresser that provides ample storage for folded clothes without being massive, drawer organizers to use with it, storage boxes to store linens and out of season clothes, and slim shoe storage organizers that will take advantage of the closet floor space. we’re also going to be buying some pant hangers to go with our slimline hangers to maximize the hanging space.

outside of the closet, we’ll be using a queen-sized bed that has built in storage. I’d like to add a mirror, both for its space-magnifying capability and also to help with getting dressed in the morning. this one has hooks at the back for jewelry/belts and a little clothes rack where you can hang the next morning’s clothes, so it’s adding even more storage.

and for studying, I’m eyeing this compact desk with built-in storage and the complementary drawer/file system. side by side, they take up less than 5′ in length but would give me a little corner to study and keep all of my school things in one place. since I’m anticipating having to be at a desk for a decent amount of time daily, I’d like a chair that has some back support. I’m considering this one but I’m not sold on it yet and might want to find something that takes up a little less space.