Monday, February 27, 2012

Love Birds' Apartment Tour #2

In a few days I'll be celebrating the 5th anniversary of moving to NYC, and our new apartment is the 4th apartment I've lived in since moving here from Boston (check out our last apartment here). I'm really, really tired of moving, and I'm praying this will be the last move before we buy a home. Who knows where and exactly when that will be but for now I'm excited to have our current blank slate. 

Without further ado, here's our apartment:

Our living/dining area; we have a landing area outside the door for strollers/plants/shoes
      Cabinets!!! Just wish they went to the ceiling, but I'll be utilizing the space anyway. Also LOVE that I can open the window when cooking.
Opposite view from entry
Having an actual linen closet makes me do a happy dance! (That's Nia's bathroom to the right)
Oh how I have I longed to have a proper pantry; better organization to come
Another view of the pantry - lots of wall space storage ideas in my head
The office
Nia's bedroom
The master bedroom; our en suite bathroom and his/her closets make me happy!
The 2 bathrooms are similar

Now I do have to be honest and say I miss our washer/dryer, but the upside is we drop off our laundry for wash and fold, and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE not having to fold clothes! The laundromat is a half a block from our apt. Mr. Love Bird is a sweetie and drops/picks up for me, and I just have to put everything away. 

I also miss the ease of being able to run out the door and hop on the subway. We are not as mobile as we used to be (my still-fractured foot doesn't help), but I definitely see Zip Car helping more with this as we've used it 3x already since our move. 

Besides the ease of getting around I miss good retail options. Being able to run down the block to get ingredients if I'm forgetting something for a recipe or go to the drug store if I need something is a thing of the past. Our neighborhood is a few steps behind the gentrification of Harlem, and we won't be here long enough to see it catch up so for now I just have to make the most of when we have our Zip Car and try not to forget anything on my shopping list!

Overall, the benefits of our new place (space, costs, lower noise level etc.) far outweigh those inconveniences.

I have about 20 boxes left to unpack which are currently neatly stacked in my office, but I look forward to decorating and organizing with a lot if inspiration from  . . .
What sites do you use for decor inspiration?