01 June 2015

Third apartmentiversary

Thank you all for your sweet comments about the blogiversary, dear readers! I know I’m terrible about replying to the individual comments (as I’m usually approving them when I’m like, in an elevator, going from point A to point B at work, or working with a bunch of precious samples at my lab bench when I definitely shouldn’t be messing with my email). But I am grateful! You guys make it fun to show up here every day.

And now that the blogiversary came and went, it’s now time for another annual tradition: our apartmentiversary! Yes, this time three years ago, Mr. P and I were closing on the sale of our house and heading to St. Louis to move into our new place. Without a doubt, one of the craziest, most stressful days of my life – so I’m fond of marking it every year, just to see how far we’ve come since then. Here’s our first apartmentiversary, and here’s the second. Now let’s see where we are after three years – and adding a new tiny roommate in the mix!

Foyer

Three years ago:


Two years ago:


Last year:


Last apartmentiversary showed what a big year it’d been from the foyer, so this year’s changes were much smaller. But still, I managed to tackle a few projects:

  • Painted the walls
  • Painted little shelves + styled them for the corner
  • Acquired + stocked + styled a fantastic vintage bar cart
  • Painted + styled the little desk on the landing
  • Added a coatrack (inherited from my folks)

Now:




I gotta admit, I’m pretty happy with the décor in this room now – incredible, after I was stymied by it for so long (remember when my aunt called it “the ballroom”?). I might tinker with a few things here and there, like hemming the curtains or re-styling the desk on the landing. But most of the to-do list is behind the scenes:

  • Clean out the built-in cabinetry (I did some before Baby P, but not enough)
  • Clean out/organize the console table
  • Move childhood photos (within the cabinetry) from albums into storage boxes

Living room

Three years ago:


Two years ago:


Last year:


Once again, this roundup makes me realize I did do a thing or two in this room over the last year! Here’s what I accomplished in the living room this year:

  • Painted the walls (by far the hardest room!)
  • Cleaned out the other half of the coat closet to make a linen closet
  • Created a gift wrap + card station in the closet
  • Acquired a new ottoman to use as a coffee table + toy storage
  • FINALLY hung wedding art on the wall, see below!
  • Added a bunch of baby toys, let’s be real here

Now:





Here’s what I’d like to do in the future – once again, some is just organizational:

  • Create a more baby-friendly fireplace vignette
  • Pare down our book collection
  • Pare down + organize (alphabetize?) the DVDs and CDs in the storage boxes
  • Spruce up our throw pillows somehow – many are flat and gross
  • Recover the lampshade, or get a white lampshade so they match
  • Maybe, just maaaaybe, I’ll add trim to the shelves next year... or at least paint the backs so the grays don’t clash any longer?!

Kitchen

Three years ago:


Two years ago:


Last year:


Y’all, our kitchen is still green. Still dark, still impossible to photograph. I don’t know what anyone expects me to do with that. Sigh. Here’s some stuff I did anyway:

  • Cleared the table of linens, because they were old and gross
  • Finished organizing the pantry (it turned out pretty great, after all)
  • Added a high chair and moved furniture around to accommodate it
  • Created a haphazard bottle organization system, see below
  • A lot of other boring baby-related accommodations (you should see my frozen milk stash, bam)

Now:




There’s not much I can do décor-wise, but again, I need organization. Since I can’t do anything about form, let’s focus on function. Here’s what I need to do:

  • Clear the cabinets of unused dishes to make room for Baby P’s stuff
  • Spruce up the dry-erase menu board, which yes, we still use every week!
  • Organize the pantry drawers (currently filled with random kitchen gadgets)
  • Cover the carpeted floor, because this kid likes to fling his food-laden spoon
  • Find some other daily table linens (I have some I’ve used only for company)

Butler’s pantry

Three years ago:


Two years ago:


Last year:


Like the foyer, the previous year was a big one for the butler’s pantry, so I didn’t have much to do this year. As a matter of fact, I think I can only claim these “projects”:

  • Added enough liquor to make manhattans
  • Moved all the liquor to the bar cart
  • Filled the new empty space with more wine

I’m not mad at that.

Now:


Yeah, basically the same, and there’s still not much I can do about the countertops, etc. So a similar to-do list from last year:

  • Redo the curtains – still not in love with these
  • Procure a rug to cover some of the green
  • More wine. Cheers!

Master bedroom

Three years ago:


Two years ago:


Last year:


Oh, how this room has changed over the last year... and then changed back. For a while I basically lived in this room, when Baby P was a sleepy (and not-so-sleepy) newborn and I just fed him there in our bed. So it feels like there were so many changes in this room... but I’ll just keep the list to these:

  • Painted the walls (also a massive undertaking)
  • Moved my clothes out of the nursery and into the wardrobes
  • Moved the standing mirror from the nursery into here
  • Created a shoe storage ottoman
  • Acquired a new duvet cover
  • Commissioned the wood to trim the wardrobes from my stepdad
  • New TV and Roku! (Merry Christmas to us, ha)
  • Cleared out the dormer window for Baby P’s bassinet
  • Took down the bassinet and created a sitting area
  • Relocated the Ballard knockoff mirrors for a gallery wall to come

Now:




Even with all that I did, this room still has a lot of work left to do – enough to warrant a whole blog post about it recently! So here’s an abbreviated version of the to-do list:

  • Hang the gallery wall (I finished putting everything in frames, finally!)
  • Attach the wood to the wardrobes in a reversible way
  • Fix the nightstand drawers where the knots are bleeding through
  • Paint the standing mirror something other than gross antique white
  • Spruce up the TV stand with new hardware/styling
  • Clear out my closet, because it’s due another good purge

Bathroom

Three years ago:


Two years ago:


Last year:


It’s kind of hilarious posting all these photos every year. Spot the changes in the all-too-similar photographs! So yeah, the bathroom décor has gotten a bit... boring. Oh well. The only changes this year were purely functional:

  • Acquired a new shower rug (the other looked dirty even when freshly washed)
  • Made room for all the new tiny washcloths, baby soap, etc.
  • Discovered where the light switch is for over the shower, holy moly how did we live here this long just assuming that light was just burned out?!

Now:



I admit, I’m probably not going to do much in here. But if I do, here’s what I’ll tackle:

  • Continue my quixotic hunt for a 3x5 rug to cover the gross pinky-beige linoleum
  • New hand towels, because it’s so past time for new hand towels
  • New soap dispenser, because it is now rusty and gross
  • Bolster up the counter skirt, because it’s gotten saggy
  • Conduct a nice purge of the under-cabinet storage to make room for more of Baby P’s toiletry whatnots

Office

Three years ago:


Two years ago:


Last year:


I don’t know if it’s just the passage of time, but I finally feel like I’m at peace with this room. It’s not the most stylish, but daggum, it is functional. When I need to work at home, this is exactly where I do it. When my mom lived with us over the spring to care for Baby P, this was her living room space. It is absolutely working nowadays and I’m so grateful it’s finally come together, even if it looks mostly the same. Here’s what I did:

  • Painted the walls
  • Made + hang paisley-print curtains
  • Gave away the old faux-oak laminate bookshelves
  • Added bookshelves to the dormer window to create a built-in look
  • Relocated + painted + styled bookshelves for the back wall
  • Rearranged the desk + printer stand
  • Cleaned out the closet and relocated linens to the living room closet
  • Hung the Ballard knockoff mirrors in here, instead of a gallery wall
  • Yes, that is a baby swing in the doorway, with a high chair stocked with bibs in the background, this is real life

Now:




Because this room is finally feeling like the room I need it to be, the to-do list isn’t as long, and it’s pretty specific:

  • Deal with the cord situation under the desk
  • Hang shelves + art on the desk wall (I know what! I know where!)
  • Spruce up the lamps (recover the shades?)
  • Continue another quixotic hunt for another rug (growing weary of the $20 IKEA number)

Nursery/Guest room

Three years ago:


Two years ago:


Last year:


Considering this room got a whole new designation this last year – from guest room to nursery – I’d say I/we did a lot in here! Some highlights:

  • Painted the walls
  • Cleared out all of my clothes to make room for Baby P’s clothes
  • Packed up the textbooks on the bookshelves to make room for Baby P’s books
  • Hung the mirror + added hooks on the door for when guests visit
  • Added blackout liners to curtains
  • Hung some art from Baby P’s shower
  • Acquired + built a crib
  • Made a DIY crib skirt
  • Made a DIY faux capiz chandelier
  • Made a DIY calder mobile
  • Mounted my baby dress for DIY art
  • Created a changing table out of a dresser
  • Added a glider + ottoman, because turns out those are ESSENTIAL
  • Added a baby, no bigs

Now:




It’s hard to even imagine what else I need to do in this room, honestly... it seems to change every few months, if not weeks, based on what we need for it to be functional (not unlike the master bedroom’s roller coaster over the last six months). So here’s some rough goals:

  • Clear out Baby P’s closet periodically
  • Tackle what’s hiding under the guest bed to see if anything is purge-worthy (I’ve honestly forgotten what’s under there)
  • Tackle the desk drawers, for the same reason
  • Keep the space what Baby P needs it to be!

Whew! Thank you, dear readers, for indulging me yet another annual walk down memory lane! My house goals seem smaller nowadays in favor of family and work, but I still enjoy making our home a beautiful and functional place to live – and sharing it with you along the way! Here’s to another year in our historic mansion apartment!

2 comments:

CalcDave said...

Hey! I already alphabetized the DVDs!

Rachel C said...

These pictures really show how HUGE an impact paint can make in a space. Even the rooms that had small updates, like the foyer, look so much more complete painted gray.