Our First Apartment

Posted 13 August 2010 at 2:47 PM | Comments (8)

When we married eight years ago, my husband and I moved into a studio apartment that was, oh, about 500 square-feet. I remember my sweeping excitement about sharing that place with him, daydreaming often about how we would decorate it together.

Reality set in, and I realized that there was no reason to invest whatever miniscule amount of money we had in that tiny apartment, because we probably wouldn’t be there long. It was a disappointing reality to face, of course; I was MARRIED, and my husband and I were sharing an APARTMENT—it seemed like the ideal time for creative energies to flow and our unique tastes to converge.

So, to be practical, we ended up keeping the small sectional couch, the roll-top desk, the old swivel chair, the IKEA end tables, and the brass bed frame—all of which we had inherited from friends. We did our best to decorate around those things, eventually coming up with a decent color palette that, to this day, when I see this combination of colors, I think of those exciting, youthful, sweet and passionate days of early marriage.

Our Studio Apartment on Clark Street
Dusty Purple, Sky Blue, Pale Gold, and Ivory Color Palette

Someday I may end up going back to this color palette, so I can always be reminded of that amazing time in our lives.

(Note that, because the colors in the photo look so inaccurate, I did my best to recreate a proper example of that dusty purple, sky blue, pale gold, and sweet ivory.)

8 Responses to Our First Apartment

  1. delara says:

    i remember that studio!! i loved it.

  2. Mojan says:

    Me too! It was always so sunny and cozy. And I can’t leave out all the interesting smells and sounds coming from the storefronts downstairs.

  3. Amanda Sevak says:

    Ah..I remember that place too. BEFORE you bought your first condo…red walls there, right?

  4. Mojan says:

    Oh, I think I’ll have to write a post about our condo, too! We didn’t paint it red, though — you must be remembering the red bench that was front-and-center in our living room for a while.

  5. Heather says:

    That dusty purple color always makes me think of you. 🙂

  6. Mojan says:

    Does it, really? How funny!

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