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!