We’ve been in our apartment in Minnesota for a little over five weeks now and I’m finally ready to show it off! We’ve actually been unpacked for a few weeks now, but I like to show off a relatively clean living space and, well, we’re kind of messy. Up first is the living area and kitchen! Next week I’ll show off the master bedroom and then the week after, the guest bedroom/office and second bedroom.
Our current apartment is about 400 sq. ft. larger than our New York apartment, and most of that space is really in the guest bedroom and the master bedroom. The living area is not much bigger than our Rye apartment but since my desk is no longer in the living area, it definitely feels a lot bigger!
Our front entrance has a large sliding door closet along with this view of our living area. We haven’t purchased any new furniture for this apartment, and in fact, we actually had to sell our kitchen table and our leather chair when we moved. We couldn’t fit a second table in this space, and although we could have put our leather chair somewhere in the room, the truth is that I just didn’t like it! I’m hoping to purchase another accent chair with some pizzazz and put it near the door to our balcony (more on that later!).
There is an obvious empty space on the wall above the cube bookshelf and I do plan on filling that up with some artwork, but I haven’t gotten around to making all the necessary purchases. I’ll definitely do an update when that’s finished!
One of my favorite features of this apartment, and one of the main things that sold me on this place as opposed to the other apartments I saw, is the fire place! We’ve already used it a couple of time and it’s so nice and cozy during this long and frigid winter! I also had fun decorating the mantle. What’s really amazing is that the mantle has become Natasha’s favorite hang out spot. She climbs up onto the media table and then jumps onto the mantle, walks behind all the stuff on the mantle and then lays down on the right side by the sliding door. She never knocks anything over! She’s quite the stealth kitty.
In this apartment, there is a more defined space for our dining table. We even have a cute little light fixture over the table (although sadly it’s not completely centered over the table).
Our kitchen is much nicer compared to our old one, which had a banged up fridge and gross oven. Although not pictured, we also have a dishwasher! All the appliances are stainless steal and they are really nice. However, the kitchen itself is still pretty small and there’s not a lot of cupboard space. It works, but I actually think our old kitchen was slightly better as far as storage. We also had wall space in New York to have a pots and pans wall mount which made it a lot easier to keep them organized. Sadly, no wall space in this kitchen so we couldn’t keep it. On the plus side, do you see that door on the right? That’s our laundry room! An actual room! A full sized washer and dryer, plus it’s where we keep our garbage and recycling cans. We also have a shelf for the laundry detergent and kitty food.
Another thing that really sold me on this apartment is the balcony and the view! Although we haven’t been able to use it much since we moved in, the balcony is large and it looks out over one of the trails that winds through the entire metro area. (We have a map of all the trails on our fridge.) We look forward to using it in the spring and summer, but so far we’ve just admired the snow and ice covered trees from afar. The nearest apartment building is quite a ways away so there’s a nice feeling of privacy. Way better than overlooking I-95!
So that the first part of our apartment tour! Hope you enjoyed it and I’ll be back next week with more!