Friday, July 3, 2015

And we are in!

The moment you have all been waiting for has arrived.  We are going through the doors.  This is our stairwell. It has that great, turn of the century, charm. 


At the top of the stairs, you will find our front door. (Sorry for the poor quality. I took it with my phone.)


This is our small living area. Oliver spends almost all of his time on top of his cat tree sleeping and keep and eye on the neighborhood. He is a good watch-cat.


I would like to draw your attention to the top of the bookshelf, for a moment. Not only do we have a wonderful wedding gift from my brother, Andy, and his girlfriend, Nikki, but there is a lovely (note the sarcasm) bird claw back scratcher that Andrew got for Christmas. I want to make sure that those involved in the gift-giving noted it lovingly displayed.


Turning to the right, upon entering the front door, you will find the kitchen. It's small and doesn't have much storage, as noted by the items on top of the cabinets, but it works for us. 


On the way to the kitchen, right beside the front door, is a vintage child's desk. I bought it from an antique store and used chalk paint to fix it up and give it a more shabby chic look. 




On the other side of the room from the couch is our dining area. We have finally been able to get some of our wedding pictures put up. We got that sign from a co-worker of mine and I think that is the perfect spot for it. 


Stepping through the door to the right of the dining table in the picture above, you will find yourself in our bedroom. It's the biggest room in our apartment (which isn't saying much, since it isn't all that big). We do, however have a closet (the white door in the picture below) and enough room for a couple dressers, which is just barely enough room to fit all our clothes. We also have room for a couple bookshelves. A good thing, since we both have a lot of books and we don't really want to part with any!


At the other end of our bedroom is a back deck. We share it with the other upstairs apartment, but as no one is living there right now, it is all ours! It is a decent size and a great place to grill, eat some dinner or just relax with coffee and a book in the morning. 



A couple small details. We got this tray at a wedding shower that the ladies of his church put together. It is perfect for me! I love the distressed look it has. The stack of books are all old Bibles. Most of them were my Grandma's, but the bottom one is the Bible that one of our nephews carried down the aisle as our ring bearer. 


And this is how we heat our house. Not only do they add great charm, but they really do heat the house quite well. There is one in the living room and one in the bedroom. Between the two we stayed warm all winter!



That's it. It's small, and we don't necessarily fit (I still have a closet full of stuff at my parents), but it's home. And right now, there isn't anywhere else I'd want to be! 




















21 comments:

  1. Hi Heather, I am a long-time blog friend of your Mom. It is great to visit your new blog. You two have a lovely and charming home. It's fun to see Oliver again too! I love the special touches in your home; you received some great personalized wedding gifts. I know the Bibles are very dear to you, also. Wishing you guys a nice holiday. Mildred in Georgia

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  2. I too am coming over from your mom's blog. You have such a beautiful home. You will make many wonderful memories here.

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  3. I am also a blog friend of your Mom. I love and appreciate the home you have and the details. I prefer the 'old' to the fancy new...it has character that you dont find today. Wishing you a Happy 4th weekend.
    Linda in Tennessee

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  4. Ahhhhhh. What a sweet apartment! You've made it "home". I like the child's desk and the Bibles & baby shoes arrangement. Those old registers (as I've always called them) provide the very best heat. When I was growing up, we had some long/low ones topped with marble. My siblings and I used to "fight" to get to lay on the one in the kitchen in the morning while our father read our morning devotions :) SO warm & cozy. Great memories.

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  5. Heather, I must admit, it was worth the wait, well almost, I am getting on in years:) Your home is beautiful and you have a knack for decorating! I think Rick's & my 1st place was smaller, but the memories were huge! Yours will be too! Thanks for sharing!!!!!

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    1. Thank you Sherri! Although I'm not sure that your first place could possibly be smaller than this, it could have been. We already have plenty of wonderful memories here, and many more to come!

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  6. Everything looks so nice - well, I'm not sure about that antler!

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  7. well i'm glad that I finally have an idea of what's inside.....some day, I'm going to just stop in and see it in person. Looks great

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    1. You are more than welcome to stop by and see us!

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  8. It all looks so cute! I think it looks more like a library than an apartment though. ;) It's so nice that that lovely back scratcher is right within reach should either of you have an itch you need scratched. I'm sure whatever thoughtful people gave it to you will love seeing you get use out of it!

    I love all the pictures. It looks like such a nice cozy home now!

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  9. So fun to see your new place! I love your Mom's blog and feel like I know a lot about you already and LOVED your wedding photos!!

    I was excited to hear you were doing this blog so I could see the place your Mom had talked about. I love the charm of older homes and buildings and your place has loads it!! You've decorated it so lovely too.

    Thanks for the tour and wishing you many blessings in your cozy home. Happy holiday weekend to you. xo

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  10. Hello again. Seems several of your mom's blogging friends have peeked in! Your apartment is very nice and the deck is GREAT!! Thanks for sharing your home with us!

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  11. You have a lovely home there, Heather. So nice that you have not only a front porch, but the deck as well. Everything you've done, I really like. Hope you make many wonderful memories. :)

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  12. Looks like a nice little starter apartment for yall. Of course if you got rid of some the books maybe youd have room for that closet full of stuff at mom and dads. Haha

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    1. You know me. There is no way I can get rid of any of my books. I tend to re-read them!

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  13. It's adorable and it does have so much charm. I love the charm & your decorating skills =) I do agree with Andy when it comes to the books lol Of course that's just because I go through the same thing with Ari's bedroom. We made "book cases" that lay flat with wheels & they slide under her bed, so she has more floor/wall space. Also a nice long piece of wood (painted up or not) & some brackets makes for a cheap shelf to hold lots of books. Just some ideas for ya ;)

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    1. That is a good idea! We just might have to look into that. Books seem accumulate very quickly in our house. Thanks!

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  14. Heather! It is completely charming. Our first apartment had little or no character and yours is chock-full of it! I like your neutral palette and the personal details everywhere you look. And I'd love to have a bird-claw back scratcher, just saying. You look so cute at your back door. I hope you enjoy many days of coffee and a book on your little deck up in the trees. xoxo Jenny the Pirate

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  15. You did a great job and it looks wonderful. Now I'll just have to see it in person :)

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    1. You are welcome to come over anytime!

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  16. What a precious place to start out your marriage Heather. I love seeing other folks houses and their decorating style. Now I am trying to guess what city you live in!!

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