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Move completed!

30 Jan

Okay, so it took us two weeks to move to the apartment across the hall.

BUT, we are done!

As we get settled into our new place, I’d like to reflect on lessons learned during this move:

1) There is such a thing as taking too long to move. Two weeks is just too dang long. We spent EVERY DAY for two whole weeks moving bits of stuff across the hall. Come home from a full day of work and move some more. To be fair, given our time and energy constraints, we couldn’t have moved much faster. But moving becomes tedious after about a week. It’s boring and at that point, you just want to be done with it.

2) Deron and I are gross people. After removing all our furniture and decorations, we observed a layer of grim over our whole apartment. It was dust lines on the shelves. Dirt behind our dressers. Piles and piles of cat hair under the bed, in the closet, on the ceiling (!). We were pretty disgusted. And resolved. We are not going to do that again. Yuck!

3) Crappy IKEA furniture is still crappy after a coat of paint. Don’t believe what the design/DIY blogs tell you, paint cannot work magic on an IKEA bookshelf/table/dresser. It’s still broken in three places and wobbles. It’s still cheap. Now you’ve just painted it a different color. BUT, I will say that by painting our IKEA furniture in a color I love, I can at least tolerate those pieces in our apartment. For a little while. I hope.

4) Dishwashers are amazing! Strange as it is in this day and age, we didn’t have a dishwasher in the old apartment. Everything was handwashed. Even all the dishes after Thanksgiving dinner. And since Deron and I are gross (see #2), our dishes were never that clean. There were bits of crud leftover on all our plates. Our glasses always had water spots and a milky haze. It was embarrassing. Now, oh now we have a dishwasher. And I can never go back. It’s me + dishwasher from here on out.

The boring, tedious part of moving is done. And now the fun begins. It’s time to decorate!

On a side note, sorry for my blogging hiatus. Moving was seriously time consuming. No time for Henry pictures or videos. No time to write. Hope to remedy that soon.

Apartment inspiration #1

16 Nov

For those of you that didn’t hear the exciting news, it looks like our family is getting a bigger apartment. It’s the best of all situations- the apartment is across the hall from our current one (easiest move ever!), there is an second bedroom (Henry will have his own space!), and we’ll be able to house our wonderful visitors (yay! more visits!). Plus, the kitchen has been renovated with granite counters and maple cabinets (no more linoleum!).

We’re super excited about it and I’ve been thinking non-stop about decorating our new space. This is such a great opportunity to  stop living like grad students, chuck our cheap-o IKEA furniture and to upgrade our furnishings a bit. It’ll be the great purge of 2011. Bye-bye junk! See ya later old, never used stuff! Becca and Deron are moving up in this world!

But the big decorating question is… what do we replace our old stuff with? What do we (okay I) want our new, more mature apartment style to be? I have so many ideas and I can’t decide on just one direction. So I thought that I would just tell you guys about them. Maybe one will stick.

Here is apartment inspiration #1, a little something inspired by the American Southwest…

This theme reminds me of the desert sunsets, mountain vistas, Native American imagery, and warmth of my childhood. There is something so comforting about that. More apartment inspiration coming soon.

Antlers

Day of the Dead print

Pendleton blanket

Succulent terrarium

Arizona pillow

Agave print

Pendleton Navajo blanket

Day 4 complete. 26 days to go.