5.30.2011

new diggs: the tour.

Well, it's here! Moving day! The long-awaited event.

This truth is this: I fell in love with this apartment four years ago....at least in love with the outside. I drove past it regularly, always slowing down in hopes of catching a glance inside. It's grand, beautiful and historic. The outside was enough to keep my interest all these years, and when the landlord called to let me know he had an opening...well, I nearly peed myself. As it turns out, my friend Jessica lived in this exact home, and this exact apartment just a few years ago...so it feels extra special to have a little friend history there, too.

I went back and forth on sharing a photo of the outside. It's so lovely and I'm dying to share. But, living in a smaller town...an exterior photo is pretty much like giving an address. As a single girl who lives and sleeps alone...and shares a fair amount of info on the internet...I've got to go old school on this one. That .001% chance of creepster reader is swayin' my vote, here.

So, shall we proceed to the inside? Do come in. You can follow along by checking out the faux blueprint up above! Not an expert, but thought it might help understand the flow.

We enter through the living room...
The view as you enter the room.

Looking back at the entrance....

Immediately off to the left of the living room is the porch...where I plan to spend many a summer morning eating a breakfast of fritatas. No, I don't know what a fritata is, but it sounds right. Play along.

Here's the porch:

Just needs a white bistro set, right?

Rather in love with these columns.

Alright, let's get back inside and take a peek at the kitchen, which is right off the living room.

Shut. Up. White cabinets? Farmhouse sink? I die every time.

There's a stove somewhere in there. Whatevs.

And now...the boudoir. I'm unsure why, but I find this room particularly loveable.

View from the kitchen doorway.

Check out that floor shine!

Finally, the bathroom. I'm still warming up to it. While I adore old homes, I love the cleanliness factor of a new bathroom. Since this home is over a century old...I'll be attacking this room with bleach and at least 2 rolls of paper towels.

Look. At. That. Floor. Once it's bleached, I intent to hug it.

I'm planning to snag this shower curtain for the space. Love me a ruffle.

And just so I don't leave you staring at the loo, here's a glimpse at the doorknobs which run throughout the space...


Older homes aren't for everyone. You have to compromise a little comfort for the charm. My first apartment was in an 1800's building, but had been completely remodeled meaning that all the switches were in logical places, the windows were brand-spankin' new and electrical outlets abounded. Not so here. But it's the sacrifice, right? There are so many sweet little touches, like cherry-patterned drawer lining and a vintage phone nook that make it worth sacrificing the newer comforts.

Anyway. I'm over the moon to shed some cardboard boxes...life has felt a bit like a cardboard dungeon for the past few weeks.

Stay tuned as I unpack...and check back tomorrow for some deets about a giveaway! :)

24 comments:

  1. What an awesome space to decorate! Totally jealous.

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  2. So lovely!
    And a fritata is basically just a fancy name for a baked omelet of sorts.

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  3. I think I've looked over these photos four or five or a hundred times. So beautiful, and so YOU. I can tell you are just bursting at the seams with happiness about this lovely place and it makes me so happy :)

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  4. love it all! Love all the whiteness! Can't wait to see what you do with it!

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  5. Unpacking and decorating is the best part! What great bones this place has. Love that vintage bathroom too. I enjoy your blog--I found you through Living the Swell Life. You have such a fresh fun way of expressing yourself that I always look forward to what you'll post next. Plus I think you are very talented and a gifted writer. God bless you and have fun with your new place!

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  6. OK, that kitchen sink? Swoon!!

    What a beautiful space. So happy for you!

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  7. Are you kidding me with this apartment? It's adorable! Seriously, take my house so I can move in.

    I adore that shower curtain. I keep telling JEGs that I need my own apartment so I can decorate it with girly things, like that shower curtain ;)

    CAN. NOT. WAIT to see the place deocrated ;)

    LB

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  8. Totally in love with your new place!! It's so cute and I can't wait to see it decorated with your style!

    By the way, how did you make those blue prints?? So cute!!

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  9. uggggh loads of charm! so exciting!

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  10. adorable! i absolutely love it! i would die for a place with so much charm. florida completely lacks charm. why? because nothing was built long ago enough to be charming. why? because florida is not supposed to be inhabited!

    anyway, i love it. really.

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  11. it's gorgeous! the porch is lovely. lucky you :)

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  12. What a great place! Best of luck in yuour new home, and I know it will look fabulous once you decorate!

    PS, Liv is spot on with the fritata definition. Actually, quite easier than an omelet as you can throw it in the oven, and wait. Also, delicious for lunch and dinner too.

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  13. L.O.V.E. it...very happy for you :)

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  14. It's absolutely gorgeous, Bethany! I have the same love of old homes as you (the one I grew up in was about 100 years old, and I always loved the idea of all the stories that the walls had to tell...okay, I was a crazy child...), and I'm sure once you get that bathroom cleaned up you'll love it just as much as the rest of the home!
    Congratulations :)
    <3 Kiersten

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  15. Now tell me, how did you manage to find a new home that is bursting at the seams with Bethany-ness? If you and a house had a baby, the result would be this little piece of dreaminess. I love it so so much. And maybe next year, I'll take a solo vacation and come hit up your air mattress in that gorgeous living room. Or maybe I'll sleep on the porch...it's that good.

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  16. it's so so sweet Bethany! Can't wait to see it as you start to decorate. xox

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  17. I love seeing a house that is bare...so much potential there. The hardwood floors are completely charming as is that sink! We'll have to have a movie date sometime when you're all unpacked. I have to see that charm in person!

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  18. that is a gorgeous home! i wish mine was that charming!! the porch will probably become your new fave place! thanks for the tour :)

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  19. What a beautiful place; I love the floors and the porch and the farmhouse sink! Can't wait to see how you decorate it and make it yours!

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  20. You should check Amazon.com for ruffle shower curtains. Love it.

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  21. wow. completely jealous. we are playing the house hunting game ourselves and i love the older homes.. but my hubby wants more space. oh to be a newlywed again and grab a quaint spot with such charming features. oh congrats to you.

    xo. marta
    p.s. found you via jessica. loving your blog.

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  22. what a beautiful little space of your own! I absolutely love the old school feel of it and the architecture :) No wonder you get inspired here!

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