Our First Condo

Posted 8 November 2011 at 8:07 PM | Comments (9)

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that I used to live in Chicago; if you know me personally, you know that I think Chicago is one of the best cities in the world. It’s where I met my husband, where we lived in our first apartment together, and where we bought our first home—an 8th floor, 700 square-foot condo built in 1964. It didn’t have a lot of charm, but it had a mind-blowing view of the city, which sold us on the place the moment we saw it. We lived there for about three and-a-half years before moving overseas.

Anyway, I just came across these pictures on my external hard drive and had to share! They’re not the best size or quality, so sorry about that. But I think you’ll get the gist.

Grove Street Condo Entryway

View of the living room from the entryway.

Grove Street Condo TV and Accessories

IKEA glass vases, patterned slipper chair from Home Center, quilted puffy pillow from TJ Maxx.

Grove Street Condo Living Room

Now you’ll know I’m not exaggerating when I say I’m a minimalist (however, this is not the way I’d do it now. I’ve grown up a lot since). Also, the wall color was Chocolate Froth from Behr paint.

Grove Street Condo Beyond the Living Room

My sister crocheted that awesome blanket. It’s one of the reasons we chose this color palette.

Grove Street Condo Dining Room

Cost Plus World Market Dining Set, IKEA floor lamp and painting, IKEA tall reeds (make it stop!).

Grove Street Condo Beyond the Dining Room

View of the dining room from the bedroom doorway. We installed the ceiling fan.

Grove Street Condo Bedroom

Awesome Crate&Barrel quilt, IKEA tall reeds (blech!), and a mostly ridiculous painting by yours truly.

Grove Street Condo Bedroom Closets

We were so proud of the geometric knobs we installed on the closet doors. Also, the wall color was Gobi Desert from Behr Paint.

Grove Street Condo Bedroom Dresser

IKEA lamp and dresser.

Grove Street Condo Bedroom Lamp

Floor lamp from IKEA, I think.

Grove Street Condo Bathroom Mirror

We renovated half of the bathroom ourselves and had a contractor finish it. It was so clean and pretty.

Grove Street Condo Bathroom Sink

The wall color was Gypsy Magic from Behr Paint.

Grove Street Condo Kitchen Refrigerator

Our tiny kitchen. We were very excited about our new refrigerator.

Grove Street Condo Kitchen

We installed the light fixtures, countertops, sink, and dishwasher. We didn’t have to do anything to the original cabinetry—it was gorgeous and sturdier than most modern cabinets.

Grove Street Condo Kitchen Cabinets

The wall color was Mountain Elk from Behr Paint. It was deliciously pleasing for a tiny kitchen.

I can’t wait for the day to own a home again. My design sensibilities have matured so much in the past five years!

9 Responses to Our First Condo

  1. Dena says:

    i LOVED your cute place! brings back memories 🙂

  2. Mojan says:

    Me too! Good times.

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  5. Paris says:

    Love the decor! I’m still in minimalist mode myself, so your design was certainly inspiring for me as I endeavor to decorate my new apartment. Have you considered submitting your photos for the “small cool” contest on Apartment Therapy? (You can win money for decorating). Anywho, thanks for sharing! Glad I found your post 🙂

  6. Mojan says:

    Thanks, Paris! Good luck decorating your new apartment.

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  8. Michael says:

    Very nice condo! I was wondering how wide the closet doors were and if that’s a good size because I’m planning on adding a closet to a bedroom.

  9. Mojan says:

    Hi Michael, I wish I could remember. We haven’t lived in that home in years. However, I can tell you that the inside of the closets were wider than the doors. Good luck!

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