Saturday, July 9, 2011

Old Apartment Tour

I promised a tour of our old apartment, and here it is. Let me warn you, it is NOT pretty. Now I know why it's taken me so long to post these. In my defense, these pictures were taken with my little point-and-shoot. It also appears that I was on crack when I took most of them, because the majority of the pictures are either incredibly blurry or were taken at odd angles.

I had a lot more, better quality pics saved on our laptop. However, it was giving us some issues, so we asked the wonderful people at the apple store to reformat the hard-drive {worked like a charm! I am an apple girl all the way!}. And even though Ben asked me 4 or 5 hundred times if there was anything on there that I needed before it was wiped clean and I said no every time...I realized the next day that all of the good house pics were on there. So, the few I saved on a CD will just have to do.

Oh, and just so I'm not too hard on myself and our humble first abode, I'll post something I like about the room, to go along with the million things I don't like. So here goes:

This was the most flimsy piece of ish we'd ever purchased. I think it was from Walmart for around $15. Surprisingly, it lasted for 2 years. Definitely too many chotchkes, but I do like the black and white contrast.




I loathe that table and chair set. But it was free {thanks, grandma!}. And I still love our table linens.

That is a lot of colors and patterns, especially for a neutral girl like me. This room was a hodge podge of miscellaneous items, leftover from Ben's bachelor days, as well as yard sale/thrift store finds. But I'm still a fan of the lampshade, which was a fun find at IKEA's scratch and dent section. And I actually have a similar gallery in our current guest room/study, just with prints having the same color palette.

Not a whole lot to see here. Dullsville all around. The only thing I liked was the under-the-sink storage and that it was in a cool little hallway that made it seem like the guests had their own suite.

Sadly, this is the only picture I have of our old kitchen. Then again, there wasn't much to see. With all of the nooks and crannies, it was your typical apartment kitchen. Though our stainless steel small appliances and turquoise dish cloths did help to personalize the space. And the tableware! Oh my gosh, our white, square tableware that Ben and I picked out together for our wedding registry was definitely one of our best choices we made as a couple. Not only are they apparently chip-proof, but they can even make boxed macaroni look glamorous.


Clearly, zero money was spent outdoors. No flowers or anything. What I did like was that our view overlooked a hill that was populated with the cutest family of rabbits!

The wall color was supposed to be a lot more subdued {it was much more bright in person} and this picture was taken before I learned the cardinal rule of photography: no house photos at night! But I still love the Thomas O'Brien euro shams, and those gray sheets are 620 threat count and feel absolutely heavenly. Yes, thread count DOES make a difference!

This is the only pic I can find of our Master Bath. It was small, but had this great garden tub. However, the one at our current apartment is actually bigger! Sorry, old apartment, you are not faring too well...


 We lived at this apartment for a year and a half and NEVER bought drapes! I knew we needed them, I just couldn't find any to fit over the hideous vertical blinds that were jammed against the wall. That being said...I love our massive entertainment stand and the gray and white herringbone ottoman we scored at TJMAXX. Plus, the couch, chair, coffee table, and end tables were free, so how can you beat that? Also, not a single person ever entered our apartment without complimenting the wall color. Oh how I miss my beautiful, gray walls!

Well, that concludes our old apartment tour. After that little jaunt down memory lane, I realized that I don't  need to wait until I have everything perfect to share pictures of my home. Anyone who has a passion for home decor knows that no home is ever truly "complete" ~ and that's a good thing! Searching for fun items to personalize your home is what makes it an exciting challenge. And now that I am no longer afraid of posting "unfinished" spaces, you can be sure I'll be posting a tour of our new/current apartment over the next few weeks.

So, what about you? Have you been afraid to post pictures of your home because it's not picture-perfect? In the words of Michael Jordan: Just do it!

I hope you're all enjoying your weekend. My plans for tomorrow include lounging by the pool with my husband and grilling out with friends. Hurray for beautiful summer weather!


Adrienne said...

Hi! Thanks for the comments on my blog :) I am pretty sure my husband and I have the same set of square dishes! I LOVELOVELOVE them! If they're the same, (Bed Bath & Beyond 2 years ago) they can chip, but it takes quite a tumble for it to happen. Nice to meet you!

Adrienne @ Duchess of Damask

tina / half of what I say said...

WOW, I cannot believe this was your first apartment. Mine was beyond tragic! I'm looking forward to your new tour!

simplyMae said...

I remember this place we had some good times there, miss you!!

carissa said...

call me crazy, but i actually love the guest room. all the colors and variety make it so fun.

Joselyn@ The DIY Spot said...

I enjoyed your house tour taken with your point and shoot camera. My point and shoot broke so I have been reduced to taking pics with a really old point and shoot and my iPhone. Perfection is so overrated and working with what we have and making the best of it is the way to go. Thanks for encouraging us to keep it real.

Related Posts with Thumbnails