This post has been a long time coming, and I’m excited to finally share a tour of our newlywed apartment with y’all! I’m so glad I’ve gotten into the habit of taking photos of the places I live before leaving them–it’s really sweet to look back at my college apartment in Austin, my “bachelorette pad” in Chapel Hill, and now, the first home I got to share with Dave, in Cary, NC. While we couldn’t be more in love with our new house, I know this apartment will always be super sentimental to us, and we have so many sweet memories there. It’s the first place we picked out together, it’s the home we came back from our honeymoon to (one of my unexpected favorite days ever), and it’s the place where we found out about our baby. It’s hard to leave, but comforting knowing how many more memories will be made in our house!!
So, welcome! This was the view when you walked into the apartment. I had the custom crest designed as a Christmas gift for Dave while we were engaged, and love that it was the first thing you saw walking inside. All the walls were that taupe color when I moved in, but we painted the living room and bedroom white (Olympic Delicate White) to brighten things up.
My two biggest complaints about this apartment were the lack of natural light and the lack of storage space–there was one closet in the entire apartment that housed everything from our clothes to our suitcases to our vacuum cleaner. To help with the storage shortage, we made a “media stand” for the living room out of four Ikea Kallax shelves. It made a big difference, and we’re now able to repurpose the shelves in totally different ways in the house–a win! My favorite parts of the living room were the canvas above the couch (a favorite picture we took on our honeymoon in Lake Como), the Notre Dame painting (a gift from Dave while we were dating–it had belonged to his grandmother, and is our most special artwork!), and the coffee table–a Target clearance find that reminds me of my longtime dream coffee table. We also loved using the tray that held all our guest book postcards at our wedding as a place to corral remotes, coasters, etc.
Another example–maybe the best–of wedding goodness being reused in our apartment was our bar menu! The lovely Moya Minns brought my calligraphy sign dream to life, and we purposefully left our names and the date off so that it could double as artwork post-wedding. It makes me so happy every time I see it above our bar, which Dave’s brother made us for Christmas a few years ago.
The living room and kitchen opened up to each other, separated by a big island. The kitchen was one of the biggest reasons we picked out this apartment in the first place–the finishes and appliances made it feel a lot more like a “grown up apartment” than some places I’ve lived in the past!
No where was the weird corner apartment layout more apparent than in our heptagonal bedroom :) The long far wall gave us enough room for each of our desks, our king-sized bed, and our West Elm nightstands. It was a little unconventional, and we’re happy to now have separate work and sleeping spaces in the house, but I’m pretty proud of how we made this room work for us. A few highlights: the Vienna map Dave gave me as part of my wedding gift (the coaster I first wrote my phone number on for him is in the back!), the gallery wall across from our bed, Dave’s DIY standing desk by the window, and about a bajillion wedding photos :)
Last but not least, the bathroom, and for a small apartment, it was a treat to have such a big one! Our beloved shower curtain (which I talked about here), a North Carolina Thimblepress print, and the white ceramic elephant that has followed me around since my Austin apartment in college made the room to me.
Black frames, laundry basket: West Elm
Blue chair: World Market
Duvet cover, blanket: Restoration Hardware
Pillows: H&M and Caitlin Wilson Textiles
Art prints: Southern Weddings Shop, Rifle Paper Co, Oh My Deer Handmades