Ever since we found out we’re moving, I’ve been very, very excited to decorate our new place. I’ve also been telling myself that I’m not going to give up on projects I want to do in the apartment — like, potentially paint — because I either think we aren’t going to live in the apartment very long, or I wait too long to start and then feel like it’s not worth it. I put off a lot of projects in our current apartment and now we’ve been here for nearly three years. The crappy paint job the previous tenants did still bothers me.Continue reading “White, Pink, & Green Bathroom Ideas”
I’m moving! Out of state!Continue reading “A Big Move”
Ahhhh! It’s been a month since I posted. I didn’t mean for that to happen. I wrote a post about the state of the bathroom at the time we moved in nine months ago (how?!), along with some ideas I had for it. And, apparently, I was very optimistic about how much I would actually do, including painting the whole thin. Well… that did not happen.
Also, the bathroom did change between when I posted those original pics and when I updated things yesterday. I got rid of that random stuff that was left here when we moved in, and it became more comfortable for us, but the biggest change is that we just had a clear shower curtain until now. I became a passionate clear shower curtain proponent at our previous apartment because the window was in the shower, so I felt like it kept the space more light and open to just use the liner.
Now, though, I’ve changed, basically because… banana leaves!! (Also the window isn’t in the shower, so I stopped being stubborn.)
Here is a look at how the bathroom looked up until yesterday:
I added this shower curtain I got on Amazon, and The Two Fridas have made their way from the kitchen. (Is it a page from a calendar in a frame meant for a record… maybe.)
The white curtain is the Ritva from Ikea. I’m not totally sold on it for the bathroom, because I think it might be too thick. I bought two packs of these since I plan to use them in the bedroom too, so if I decide to get something lighter weight — still plain white — for the bathroom, I can just return the unopened pack. I do like the texture a lot, just looking at the before pic, that thin curtain did have a nicer flow to it and felt like it took up less space.
As you can tell, our bathroom is pretty small. Took this pic by reaching my arm as high as I could into the air in the corner.
That’s it for now!
I could say that the reason I haven’t blogged for so long is because I was waiting for a full six months with the mattress before I did my Tuft & Needle review, but that’s not the case. Just been lazy, and it just so happened that the post that made sense to write next was this one.
As has actually been documented here (unlike anything else for the past couple of months), we moved into this apartment in November. At the time, we decided to switch out some of our furniture. We sold our Ikea Tarva full size bed frame and bought a queen size one, both on Craigslist. Accordingly, we also ditched our very old spring mattress, which belonged to Michael for a very long time, before we were even together. It was looking and feeling rough.
Because we live in New York and don’t have a car, the best option was for us to order one of these new fangled order online mattresses that inflate before your eyes. After researching some reviews and looking around at the prices, we decided on Tuft & Needle, which was $575 for a queen, base price. Shipping was free and, for us, with taxes the total came to $626.
I’ll just start by saying, the process of actually receiving the mattress was easy and SO FAST. The mattress arrived within two days of ordering it, which was great since we had been sleeping on an air mattress for the few days between when we moved and received the new mattress.
It arrived in a big box. (As you can see in the pic above, I took a picture of myself standing next to it, and it came up to my shoulder. I’m 5’2″.) Basically, you just take it out, unroll it on to your bed frame, and very carefully cut off the plastic wrapping. (This process involved a lot of me going, “It’s puffy!” “I like it!” “It’s already puffy!”) Reading reviews, I had heard that it didn’t have a smell, but still, I was shocked to find that it didn’t have a smell. I’d bought mattress pads before and those reek for the first few days; this is basically a much larger version of that — a giant piece of compressed foam wrapped in plastic — so shouldn’t it smell up my apartment for weeks? Nope. It was just neutral from the start, which meant we got to sleep on it right away.
That first night, I already liked the mattress, and it’s been six months now, and I’m still enjoying it. Some reviews I read online — not just for this mattress, but any new mattress — talked about having to get used to it and adjust. But I guess my standards were just so low from years of the ancient mattress that I didn’t have to go through that? I mean, that one was so uncomfortable (we had a mattress pad on it, but even still), that I think anything would have been an upgrade for me, so I liked this one right away.
I do feel like after months of sleeping on it, though, I can say that I do really like this one, and not just as compared to the old one. It’s definitively not a firm/hard mattress, but I think it’s really comfortable. Doesn’t sink in too much. The only thing I could even put as a negative is that if you sit on the edge, that part sinks in a lot, but that’s more just something you notice if you want to sit on the edge to put on your shoes or, you know, kneel on the edge to reach a water glass you left on your dresser because you don’t feel like getting all the way up. Overall, I’m really happy with the purchase and would definitely recommend Tuft & Needle, especially considering the price and how convenient the whole process was.
I just wanted to share what the current status of our bedroom is since I’m trying to be fairly consistent with documenting this whole apartment decorating thing. The bedroom looks the most complete out of what we’ve gotten set up so far — well at least half of it does. The side with the bed and my wardrobe is all good. The side with Michael’s dresser and the piles of random stuff is not because… there are piles of random stuff. Also, my dresser is still being used as our TV stand in the living room, which says quite a bit.
Here’s what the bedroom looked like when we moved in:
There’s just one small closet, so I bought the Kvikne wardrobe from Ikea to put at the wall in front of our bed since it’s set in more than the rest of the wall. I had the rolling rack from my previous apartment there at first and I’m really liking how much cleaner it looks with the wardrobe (even though it’s crooked because ALL the floors in this apartment are crooked). With the rolling rack all the clothes were just out, but with the location they would constantly be in our line of vision so it was really jumbled looking.
Then this was how it looked right after we got the bed setup. Not much to say about that; although I do plan to talk about the mattress we ordered in a future post.
And then this is what it’s pretty much looking like now once the wardrobe was assembled and pictures were hung behind the bed. These are the same pictures we previously had behind our sofa at the old apartment. (It’s a old National Geographic poster of the Onion Nebula, a George Harrison poster, a Rush record, and a Strokes record.) I always really liked how these went together and the colors and thought it would work better in the bedroom this time. Speaking of, one of these curtains was in our old living room and one in our old kitchen. They really need to be washed, but I LOVE them. I had such trouble finding curtains I actually liked and I came across these at Target a few years ago. Now I never want them to get messed up.
So that’s that. I’m hoping to get working on “building” (it’s going to be concrete blocks and wood boards…) our shelves in the living room for the TV tomorrow, so hopefully I’ll have my dresser in the bedroom soon and be able to talk about the other half!
In completely different news, THE OBSESSION CONTINUES:
In my old age I’ve gotten much better about not buying things like dresses and heels just because I like them even though I rarely wear dresses and heels, but someone help me I NEED this dress from ASOS. Just look at the back! I’d wear it somewhere eventually, right?
The last time I wrote here was about two weeks ago and I was struggling with figuring out whether we would be moving or not… Well, turns out we are. We’re not moving into what I had been referring to as the “big kitchen apartment” before. (Bear in mind, this was only New York “big,” which is to say “can fit a table and be comfortably hung out in.”) Instead, we are moving to a place right around the corner from where we are now that has a shared yard (a not very well kept shared yard, but I’ve got nothing right now!) AND *drumroll please* ALLOWS SMALL DOGS!!! No, we do not have a small dog, but we talk about getting one constantly so having the option alone already feels like a triumph. Also, I think I can fit a very small table in the kitchen.
Anyway, for the past few days, I’ve been putting stuff in boxes and now it’s the night before we start actually moving the stuff in the boxes and it feels like there’s SO MUCH LEFT. Can you be bad at moving or is everyone just bad at moving? There is a lot of confusion this time around, including the fact that apparently we are able to move tomorrow when a mere four hours ago I thought we had to wait to do most of it on Thursday. Yay management companies!
On the bright side.. uh… this will all be over soon? I’m ready to just BE there. On another possibly bright side, this coincided weirdly with the timing of me starting this blog, so it really feels like I have a fresh start as to what I’m sharing with the new apartment, especially because we are getting rid of some of very old hand-me-down or second-hand-and-has-also-lived-through-at-least-four-apartments furniture. I really want to start posting more photos on here, too. If you want to imagine what I would post right now, it’s a living room covered in junk and liquor store moving boxes.
Right now, I’m going to try to chill and watch This Is Us even though my mind is racing wondering how this is all gonna work out. Hoping that putting some of this down here will help!
Well, things have taken a little bit of a turn over here. While Michael and I had spent some time recently talking about things like getting a new bed (to move from a full to a queen, which I think would feel giant at this point) and doing some other updates around the house, it now looks like we may have to find a new place.
We’ve been between leases for a while now because our landlord has been hard to reach as far as scheduling a time to resign. This was already annoying, but a couple days ago, we started having water damage in the kitchen again and while we’ve sent urgent messages in a variety of forms, we haven’t heard anything back. Basically, water seeps into the ceiling/upper wall in the kitchen because of some sort of plumbing issue. This had happened in the past but never got repaired (again, it’s hard to get in touch about scheduling things around here), so now it’s happening again.
We went and looked at a couple places today because we were like, well shit, maybe we should just move, it would be much easier to do while not in a lease. Mostly, the places were insanely small or just plain weird. We did find one we like. My only issue with it is that it would be quite a bit further from the subway than we are currently. Michael wasn’t into the layout because it doesn’t really have a designated living room. It’s marketed as a two bedroom and if it was used as such that would mean that the kitchen was the common area. For us, though, we would use one “bedroom” as the living room and have a large kitchen, something I’d be really excited about since the one we have now is so small. The idea of having a table and chairs in a kitchen in New York would be completely new to me. I also just love hanging out in a kitchen (I picture a lot of wine drinking) and this setup would mean that we get that plus a second hang out area with the living room. Andddd it wouldn’t be an open floor plan. I’m not a big fan of those and I think this particular setup could be really cozy.
This sounds pretty great, right? Well, there’s a problem and that’s that I sometimes make rash decisions and am pretty good at talking myself into things — and with something like an apartment in New York where it’s very hard to find an apartment you like within your budget I very easily start feeling like we HAVE to take action fast lest we miss out.
So, here I am sitting in my water damage-y apartment on a Sunday night obsessively thinking about how it would be cool to have the other apartment’s larger bathroom that would allow for more storage or how the fact that it has more closets would mean I didn’t have to use a rolling rack. Plus, there’s the big kitchen… And my mind goes on and on like that.
We haven’t taken any action yet as far as putting down a deposit or deciding we’re definitely leaving here, but we did message our landlord that we would have to go if the issues here aren’t worked out really soon. I’m hoping we will have some sort of resolution tomorrow with it being the next weekday and we can choose what direction in which to move forward. (And hope that the big kitchen apartment isn’t already taken.) (It probably is.)