Monday, September 21, 2009

Pictures of the New Place

Alrighty, I know I keep promising I'll get these posted...I had a few from our landlords that showed the empty apartment, but I was waiting until we had some furniture and had unpacked a little better so that I could show what it actually looks like with us in it (also it's so hard to get a sense of scale if you see a picture of an empty room...it's a lot easier to tell how roomy this place is when you can see things in the space!)

Without further ado...

From the front door you can see straight down the hall Turning around...
The kitchen is remarkably tall--I haven't had to utilize a step stool as part of my regular cooking regimen in a looong time. ☺ But since what you see here is all the cupboard space there is, I try to use it all, including on top of the shelves.And our table/chairs (one is often at the desk during the days) and my sweet little makeshift shelving.

The living room (yes, they did make good on the couch issue...good thing!)
Yes, that is a van seat in our living room...we don't have a garage to put it in, and it's been functioning as extra seating as well. The one downside of this apartment is that there's not a lot of storage... There's a big box behind the van chair there that is holding some of our bulkier camping stuff that I haven't found a home for yet... (as well as three boxes that I still need to unpack).
See how I took another box and made it into a little shelf for all our DVDs? ☺ And the TV is sitting on another little box...it would be nice to get a better stand/shelf to put the TV on and that we could store our movies in, but for the moment this is functional.
Also we have a great view, which this picture doesn't show terribly well...

Here you go, this is a better look at the view out our living room window.
Are you jealous of my Home yet?!
(Those mountains are a National Park, and the larger snow field on the right there is a glacier. We can't see the bay because of the trees, but there is bright blue water between us and those mountains...)


Alrighty then, on down the hall...

Here is the playroom, because every kid should have a place where he can let it all hang out a bit (and doesn't have to keep it clean every day...the intent is that toys stay in here and it's allowed to be messy except once a week for me to vacuum...other rooms are relatively toy-free and thus stay pretty clean)
Another of those 'make it do' solutions is that the kids' toys are sorted into boxes rather than having some kind of chest or bin system...the OCD organizer in me wants matching labeled bins, but the kids don't seem to care much (and aren't fond of putting things IN the containers no matter what they are anyway) so hey, boxes work for now.
The playroom closet currently houses all my sewing stuff...

Right now when I want to sew I have to haul the machine and whatever else I need out to the desk and work there (the kitchen table wiggles too much from the power of the machine so I can't use it). I'd like to get set up with a proper sewing desk etc (although I'd love to have it still in the closet where I can shut the door in front of it) but for now it's stacked in boxes...yes *sigh* that is pretty much all fabric/yarn/notions. Well, no, one of the boxes has my serger, one is scrapbook stuff, and one is full of items I've already made that are "in stock" in my etsy shops.

OK then, moving on...

The boys bedroom
Cute matching beds with drawers underneath...so long as they keep the comforters on the beds I've given up asking them to make their beds (they both thrash around in their sleep so much that nothing can stay tucked in anyhow).
They need a bookshelf too...right now all the kids' books are either on their headboards or in that box between the beds there.
Of course I made use of the closet for storage too. They have short clothes, so I figured it was ok to put some things along the floor... The stand-alone dresser is for the baby...1 drawer for those cute cloth diapers, 1 drawer for all the slings/wraps/pouches, 1 drawer for blankets...so it's a good thing his clothes are small cuz there's only one drawer left for them!

And the master bedroom
Yes, those are boxes functioning as a nightstand. They work pretty well. On the other side are the crib parts--I'll be putting up the crib with one side off as a sidecar/co-sleeper bed there before the baby arrives.


Whew, there you have it. I think I got everything.
OK, so I didn't show you the bathrooms...we have two full bathrooms. They look like normal bathrooms. They are neither cute nor gross...thus my not bothering to post pictures of them. Now are you satisfied?!

10 comments:

Brandi said...

wow! looks like a nice place. I hope you get situated soon :) where is this new apt?

Brasileira said...

Ohhh, your kitchen is so beautiful! So many cupboards, too! The whole place looks spacious. I love the big bedrooms and the huge windows! There is so much light! Hooray! Thanks for posting these pictures!

Elizabeth said...

Hope things work out well for you in your new place! We also know that boxes as makeshift furniture do just fine. When we lived in Eastern WA, we had a patio set for a kitchen table/chairs, lol.

GoddessofBirth said...

Nice kitchen! And lovely view!

Carrie said...

Oooo, I love your view! Amazing!

Katrina said...

I agree with Kyra: Don't you just love all your room?! And the spacious, cupboard-full, light kitchen must be wonderful. Even though you've got a lot of makeshift things still, I hope you're enjoying your new place!

Amy Jo Madsen said...

That really does look nice; very spacious, and I love those big picture windows in the living room w/the awesome view. (BOY, do I miss the mountains--I envy you a little, although I really like it here, too.) And I think you've done pretty well "making do." I give it a "thumb's up!" (Or is it "thumbs?"--I guess it depends on how many thumbs...)

Mallory said...

Looks like a great place. And you definitely have a wonderful view of the mountains!

Janeen said...

Nice and big! Apartments in Korea are SO small! It's insane and so many things that are standard in the US are considered a luxury item here, bathtubs, OVENS, you get the picture. Our apartment has three rooms total: kitchen, bedroom (separated from the kitchen by sliding doors) and bathroom. There's no formal shower in the bathroom either, just a showerhead attached to the sink. Seriously, we can get a one bedroom apartment when we get back to the states and it will seem HUGE compared to this shoebox we're in. *sigh* I MISS home sometimes...

Sanity said...

For a sewing table, if you have a closet with sliding doors, you can take one off, and let it rest on milkcrates turned sideways. The upside to this is that the milkcrates make shelves for fabric and what not underneath

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