Hi friends, welcome back and come on in! Jon and I have been busy making our new apartment feel like home and I’m finally ready to share an updated tour. Our goal was to make it feel as much like a home as possible and not fall into the mindset that we’re just renting so we won’t bother decorating. We kind of had that mentality in our old place but ended up staying for four years, so we weren’t going to let that happen again. In case you missed it, I’ve previously shared an empty apartment tour, I’ve shown you the views, and now it’s time to take a tour!
Walking in we have our coat rack/drop zone to the right, and that little hallway leads to the second bathroom. We really enjoy walking in and not being confronted by our Peloton bike in the entry way. The little bin is for our recycling.
We have our laundry closet at the end of the hall.
Turning the corner, the office is to the right and bedroom to the left. This space is weird to me because it seems like it would’ve been more efficient to make the second bedroom bigger instead of having a big open space. Our building used to be an office building before it was turned into apartments, so that could be why some of the walls and ceiling indents are odd.
Our kitchen is almost identical to our old one, but the dishwasher is in a different spot and it’s a little longer. We get so much sun, so we’re a little nervous it’ll be burning up in here in the summer. Even after we moved in it got up to 80* in here before we turned on the a/c. I have to be careful what candy I put in my holiday bowls because the sun melts it.
The living room is set up a little differently, mainly because our couch is so big this is the only way it could be, but we like it. It flows nicely. We are thinking about getting a rug in here, but other than that we are pretty done with this room.
My desk is in this little nook and I like being able to see the boats go by on the river.
This painting is new addition from Giri Designs, I found it from an effective targeted ad on Instagram. We don’t plan on painting the walls because we don’t want to worry about painting them back, so this painting makes it not feel like living in a white box.
The office is the smallest room, but took the longest to put together. It is a very skinny room that needed to function as Jon’s office and a cycling studio. We tried a lot of different configurations with the desk and bike, but this one finally feels right. I think we’re going to get an old map of NYC to have above the desk, and then we will be done with this room too.
Jon wanted a sophisticated background for all his video calls and it took us a while to figure out. His dream vision was a Pinterest worthy built-in across the wall, but we weren’t going to build that in an apartment. We also thought about getting a console table and art, but we ended up getting three more ladder bookcases from the website Nathan James. They are similar to Ikea quality, but they look nice and were a good solution. I was a little overwhelmed by the number of shelves I had to decorate, but it was easier than I thought.
My favorite part of the office is my holiday closet! I dreamed of having all my decorations nicely organized in colored tubs and it finally came true 🙂 Spoiler alert for my Halloween decor tour, I got more pumpkins.
Hope you enjoyed the tour! We love our new space and are so happy we were able to move.