Sunday, March 23, 2008

Before and After

So, when we first moved into our 300 square feet of home, I took pictures to show how bare and gross it was.  My goal was to make it cute and take after pictures, but it was hard to get it the way I wanted it to be.  But, finally, we are beginning to settle into our first home.  All two rooms of it!  Even though these will never be in the pages of a decorating magazine, I am quite pleased with our home - especially as we only have hand-me-downs for furniture - and a mix at that.  But, it's good enough for us and much better than the way it looked before!  Enjoy!

The dining "room"

The living room/study:

The hallwa....I mean kitchen:

Our bedroom, view one:

Our bedroom, view two:
Bathroom, view one:

Bathroom, view two:

And now, for the after pictures!

Our dining room, plus the bookshelf that doubles as an extension of our kitchen...we would have no room for all our dishes and appliances without it!

Our living room, complete with Adam's grandparents' couch, awesome bookshelf, his neighbor's recliner, my homemade coffee table, and our gorgeous wedding present - the black & white painting - it feels like a window, which gives more space to the room!

Again, our lovely couch, $2 Pier 1 pillows that match nothing, and my Great-great-aunt's trunk that we store linens and towels in.  What space we have - we use it!

The "study," complete with our black and white MacBooks.  Also, more art from our wedding - we were blessed with some talented people as friends!

Our tiny kitchen.  I actually enjoy the metal cabinets because the match the black, white, and red theme.  Plus, you'll notice I put my recipes on them with magnets as I'm cooking.  Another amazing space saver!

Our narrow hallway/kitchen.  But, it works!  I love the picture of White Sands Adam took.  I think it's perfect at the end of the hallway.

Our bedroom!  Pillows and curtains (and the rugs you can't see) courtesy of Pier 1 again - I love that store.  Also, you can see wedding pictures and the beautiful sketch of the Nauvoo temple - thanks to Amelia, Joel, Lisa, and Matt!  We love it and it matches perfectly!

This gives a little perspective of how small our home actually is.  Luckily we don't need into the furnace closet or we would have no place for my dresser!

This was the first room I completed (all four square feet of it!).  It may be simple, but I love our cotton balls and q-tips being in these jars.  Again, we use the space we have!

The other half of the bathroom.  If you're curious about the basket of tp, it's because whoever built the house put the toilet roll dispenser IN the shower.  Yeah, that makes sense.  But, Adam's Haitian art looks pretty sweet.

All in all, it's a pretty tiny place with quite the variety of materials.  But, it's our first home and it fits our needs!  We've already been able to invite people over, though we've discovered our max is six total (including us!).  But, we're just happy to be married and have a place we can afford to live in!


Jen said...

You don't have a small house. You are just blessed with a lot of stuff that makes it seem small. :) I really like the temple picture above your bed.

Beth said...

what a cute apartment! you're lucky you're also married to an artist. adam's photos could decorate every wall! fabulous job.

April said...

Cute apartment. It's perfect for your first home together!!! How fun!

Susan Christensen said...

Wow! You did such a good job. I am so impressed! You are such a cute girl; you have the "cute touch" (like the "golden touch" where everything turns gold when you touch it). Way to go!

Heidi said...

i just realized you had a blog! and i loved reading all about your home. i felt like i was reading something on or something. :P it really is so cute and homey though!

Emily said...

Ma'am, you guys did an awesome job decorating your apartment! I love that black and white picture in your living room! You are a genius. Amen the end.

Amelia said...

Your house looks great! I can't believe how much you've done with so little space. I especially love the q-tips, etc. on the window ledge! What a great idea! Keep up the good work!