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.
View of the living room from the entryway.
IKEA glass vases, patterned slipper chair from Home Center, quilted puffy pillow from TJ Maxx.
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.
My sister crocheted that awesome blanket. It’s one of the reasons we chose this color palette.
Cost Plus World Market Dining Set, IKEA floor lamp and painting, IKEA tall reeds (make it stop!).
View of the dining room from the bedroom doorway. We installed the ceiling fan.
Awesome Crate&Barrel quilt, IKEA tall reeds (blech!), and a mostly ridiculous painting by yours truly.
We were so proud of the geometric knobs we installed on the closet doors. Also, the wall color was Gobi Desert from Behr Paint.
IKEA lamp and dresser.
Floor lamp from IKEA, I think.
We renovated half of the bathroom ourselves and had a contractor finish it. It was so clean and pretty.
The wall color was Gypsy Magic from Behr Paint.
Our tiny kitchen. We were very excited about our new refrigerator.
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.
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!