Oct 20, 2014

'tis the season for major life changes


Have you seen that F. Scott Fitzgerald quote floating about? That one that says, "life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall." I've been finding it to ring quite true lately. This particular week in October, in fact, is becoming quite a significant week in my life in terms of "life starting all over again." On October 19, 2007 after a thoughtfully planned day-long date ending in a picnic, Riley proposed. Saying yes was one of the absolute best decisions of my life and certainly steered my "life after college" plans in a new direction.

On October 20, 2013, Riley and I (and Gidget) set sail on our five month long live-aboard sailing adventure. At the time, we had no idea what was in store for us either during or after this trip, but we knew that whatever it was, it was certainly going to be life-changing.

On October 20 of this year, Riley and I officially made an offer on a house. Of course, I probably shouldn't even bring this up because these things don't always work out, but it feels too significant not to. Anyway, we are so far gone on this house that we are going to need the aid of a support system if it doesn't work out. I'm talking… the entire renovation has already been planned out, room by room. There was just no stopping us.

Fall just feels like the right time for fresh starts, doesn't it?  It can't just be a coincidence that we seem to make these kind of major life decisions at this time of year, can it?  Does this happen to you too?  Do you find yourself craving fresh starts in the fall?

Oct 17, 2014

the grand tour of our downtown apartment


Finally, as promised, a tour of our downtown apartment! Two weeks of nearly non-stop gray skies and torrential downpours delayed things a bit because I needed as much natural light as I could get to try to photograph our little space. Tight corners and awkward lighting situations made it difficult enough already!

So this apartment really is a dream come true. I always had this idea in the back of my mind of how much fun it would be to live in a downtown apartment full of charm and within walking distance to the hustle and bustle of some city center. However, I married a country boy and was pretty certain that exact scenario wasn't in my future. Flash forward six years, and after living in the country and then on a boat, a downtown apartment happened to be the perfect temporary living situation while we figure out our next step. My dream checklist included things like a brick wall, spiral staircase, a rooftop patio, and great views. Check, check, check and check. Fortunately, I've never craved a large living space (if you couldn't tell from our previous living situation), because that wouldn't have made the budget cut anyway. Since this living situation is temporary, we didn't invest anything in terms of redecorating (aside from a few plants and pillows), and instead used the furniture and accessories that we already owned. Sometimes that worked out surprising well, and other times it made for a bit of a tight squeeze. But all in all, I'm pretty pleased with how we were able to make our old stuff feel new again in this space.  

So, without further ado, the grand tour:


The apartment enters to the kitchen, a small but functional u-shaped space. My favorite feature is the concrete counter top. My least favorite, the track lighting. The bar area is another plus since we don't have the floorspace for a proper table.


As soon as I walked into the living room for the first time, I couldn't wait to throw my cowhide rug down on that beautiful floor in front of the brick wall. I have a long list of favorites in this room, including that pine wall that conceals a door to a half bath, a window with a view of downtown, and Riley's clever custom built solution to our bulky tv stand/bike storage problem. Oh, and that spiral staircase, too, of course.  


I really feel like we hit the jackpot in this loft space. Four large windows with an excellent view of downtown with a perfect desk nook, a master bath, a small closet for a washer and dryer, and most importantly, access to our very own patio.


I feel so very grateful to have been able to experience life in a downtown apartment. Not only has it been a dream come true, but instead of mourning the ending of our sailing trip, we were able to see it as an entirely new adventure. I've tried my best to soak up every minute of it and will continue to do so in these last few months!

Oct 1, 2014

currently: fresh air, apples, and apartment tours


smelling: The "fresh" air out on our rooftop patio (I'm thinking city air doesn't truly qualify as "fresh air," but it's something).  I'm so excited that it's finally starting to get cool enough in the mornings and evenings to enjoy it again.  I've been sprucing it up with a few new fall flowers and I'm pretty sure it's currently my favorite spot in the apartment.

loving: all of these fall capsule wardrobe posts I keep seeing everywhere.  Fall is my favorite time for deep cleaning, and I've already been on wardrobe purge kick.  It's fun to see others get in on it too, and take notes on how and what they're making work for their own wardrobes at the start of a new season.  Here are a few that might inspire you, too: one, two, three

planning: a blog tour of our apartment!  When it comes to decorating, I'm never really done.  But, I think I've reached that point in apartment decorating where I'm not really going to invest any further energy in it, so it is what it is!  Plus, it had pretty good bones to start with anyway.  I'm going to have to get creative with angles in some of these small spaces, but if all goes well I should have a tour posted by the end of next week!

baking: these baked apples… over and over again.  After the decadence that was pear gruy√®re pie, I was on the hunt for something seasonal that was a million times healthier but still felt like a treat.  With only three ingredients and all of which I always have on hand, these apples were just the ticket.  I've already made them three times in the last week.

celebrating: world vegetarian day…?  Did you know there was such a thing?  I'll take advantage of any quirky food holiday, and since I've recently decided that fall produce is actually my very favorite, I don't think this one should be hard to celebrate at all.  Sweet potatoes, parsnips and brussels sprouts, here I come!


What are you loving lately?  Do you have a fall capsule wardrobe (leave me a link so I can see!)? Do you have any favorite fall produce recipes to share?

linking up with Jenna and Anne today.
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