Saturday, September 22, 2018

Home: A [Minimalist] Apartment Tour.

Hello friends! I's been almost a week since my last post. Though I will say, a lot of what's been keeping me so busy and preventing me from blogging is going to be shared soon (so stay tuned)! Since my last post, I've gone to a networking event with work, finished decorating/organizing my apartment, attended three new yoga classes (and by 'new' I mean new styles of teaching/class types), experimented with some new recipes, and of course  have actually worked, too. I've been loving every minute of it. I've met so many new people in such a short period of time, tried so many new things, and checked out so many new places since moving down here from the UP just under a month ago. Crazy!

So now that I've had time to settle into my apartment and officially have all of my furniture/decor in place, I thought I'd take you on a little tour. Welcome to my home!
I love the size of this space. There's a ton of room to do yoga, or as my niece and nephews found out when I had my housewarming party, plenty of room to play (or roll around on my yoga wheel haha). It's so open, and not having junk in every nook and cranny seriously puts my mind at ease. There is a coat closet, but I really haven't put much in it (and likely won't). If you read my post on minimalism, you may have seen that I went a little overboard with painting in my old apartment. Blue in the kitchen and living room, bright yellow in the bathroom, and a deep eggplant in the bedroom. This place is staying white. It's clean, its simple, and I don't have to deal with re-painting when I move out. My friend Angela inspired me to adopt some greenery, so I found a few beautiful plants at Trader Joe's and Kroger. They add the pop of color I need.

As far as furniture goes, I've been carefully putting together pieces that I truly love. I got the big, comfy couch two years ago during Art Van's Fourth of July sale (always wait for a sale!) and while it is huge and awkward to move, its also ridiculously cozy and perfect for movie nights. I debated a lighter-colored couch for awhile, but as an aunt with small nieces and nephews and an avid wine drinker, I think the dark is probably better. I'll take a risk with the light throw and white pillow. We'll see how long they last.
The TV cabinet is from Wayfair, where I also found my kitchen table (which you'll see shortly). I got it on sale (of course) with the 'free two-day shipping' option. If you ever shop on Wayfair, be sure to hit the button at the top to see the options offering this delivery method! I used to have a bright yellow TV cabinet (again, see my post on minimalism), but I wanted to create a cohesive, coordinated space and bright yellow just didn't fit in. This one took about 2 hours(ish) to build, and I couldn't be happier. My mom got the bright yellow cabinet, and I think she's pretty happy, too. There's my memory trunk in the corner. The coffee table came from Target, and was extremely easy to put together. While pre-built furniture is convenient, I think there's something to be said for living in a space where you built the furniture yourself and have the memory of doing so. 

I don't have the greatest view, but I do love the noises that come from my balcony. If I leave the doorwall open, I hear everything from neighbors chatting on their patios to sirens to the ho-hum buzz of daily traffic to birds singing. And since I'm five stories up, I don't have to worry about bugs coming in (like I did at my apartment in the woods in St. Ignace). I've been here nearly a month and have had zero spiders. It's been lovely. 
Turning back into the apartment, my dining area is in a sort of hallway from the living room to the kitchen. This is possibly my favorite place in the entire apartment. My mom helped build the table and chairs (as I mentioned - Wayfair) and my dad anchored the mirror to the wall. I've found that mirrors are great at really opening up a space and making it feel bigger than it actually is. Plus it gives me a last-minute chance to check my hair before I run out in the morning (haha). I love that the kitchen light hangs right over the table, and am glad to have something under it so no one smacks their head on it. When my family was helping me to move in, my brother must've hit his head on it two or three times! 
I already showed you around my kitchen in this post, but its really nothing special. Old cabinets, this weird in-counter cutting board thing, a very old oven, fridge, and a dishwasher I'll never use (though it does make a great drying rack). I wish there was a window or something to keep the air flowing, too. I love to cook but sometimes the scent can linger from one evening to the next if I make something particularly strong. Oh well. No apartment is perfect. I can work with this.
Down the small hallway to the bedroom, we have a closet on one side and the bathroom on the other. The closet is so ridiculously huge. Since I'm not a big believer in storing a bunch of stuff you never use, I've come to use this as my laundry/linen closet/box room. Yes - those are boxes for some of my appliances, which made moving incredibly easier. I've debated just throwing them out, but for future moves I think I'll keep them around. My printer lives here until I need it, along with my vacuum and broom. I will say, this apartment has significantly longer carpet than my old one, so I find I vacuum more frequently (and it takes longer). Hmm

Across the hall, the bathroom is small but has plenty of counter and cabinet space. It doesn't have that weird 70's mirrored mini-cabinet above the counter in front of the mirror, which is nice because I don't look like I'm in a funhouse when I'm getting ready. My only complaint is that the fan comes on with the light, and there's no way to turn it off until you turn the light off. I used to listen to music while I got ready for work, or was taking a shower, etc. but you can't hear anything once you turn the light on because the fan is so loud. And more atrocious cabinets. Oh well. Again, no apartment is perfect. I love my shower curtain though, and found it for $16.99 (I believe?) at Marshall's.
Water damage, don't even close. Uff.
Hallway closet
And finally we have the bedroom. I didn't want to put much furniture in it, but I was thrilled to find this little mid-century modern mango wood side table at TJ Maxx. It was imported from India and it smells soooo good. I brought the lamp in from the living room because there's no light in here, but during the day plenty comes in through the window. The cabinet holding my Starbucks mugs is from Target, and following my new "thing" with mirrors, this one came from Target as well. I put my cube organizer in the closet to save space, and I love how convenient it is to just grab what I need in the morning. Not visible in the pictures, my suitcase is tucked back there, begging to be taken on another adventure. Planning some things for next year...
I love this apartment. Taking out of consideration the kitchen cupboards, the lack of lighting, and the bathroom fan, it's great. I couldn't have asked for a better location (10min to work, 12min to two different yoga studios and Trader Joe's, 5min to Meijer, 15min to Whole Foods), and so far everyone I've met is very friendly. There's a gym on the first floor (basic, but it works for now) and a pool outside. And while it is a little more expensive than I'd like, it includes free internet (which I was paying $70 per month before) and I haven't had to buy a gym membership yet. So...I feel like everything balances out.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing this lovely place I get to call home. I may make a few 'tweaks' if I find the perfect wall hanging or another plant (or two, or three...), but for the most part I'm pretty content with how things have come together. It feels like home. Let me know what you think in the comments below, and have a great weekend!


  1. I love your apartment! It looks clean and fresh and modern. The mid-century accents are beautiful, and the location is amazing! I hope you'll get to stay there for a while!

    1. Thanks Miriam! That's the plan! And I had so much fun putting this apartment together - I saw one Mid-century modern piece I loved (it started with the kitchen table) and the obsession kind of grew from there. It sounds weird to say, but having [somewhat] matching furniture - a cohesive, coordinated-by-me style - makes me more excited about staying here long-term. It feels like home!


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