Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Apartment (and City) Dwelling: Part 1

Let's start a series shall we? A series about our new life in the apartment and in the city. I'll take you through each room of our apartment and throw in some of my thoughts and feelings on living in the city as a bonus. Lucky you!
Welcome to #7202!

Tonight: The Kitchen and Dining Room

This is the kitchen. I lost a lot of cabinet space moving from a house to an apartment, so it took a little creativity, a healthy dose of organization, and a lot of determination to get my kitchen functional and feeling like MY kitchen.
Notice the magnet strip for cutlery and I don't know if you can tell, but I have about a thousand spoons and spatulas crammed into that utensil canister...the determination kicking in.

The view if I'm standing at the kitchen window.
Had to invest in the little wicker shelves for tupperware, Braelyn's cups, and paper plates and such. It is pretty amazing what I can fit in there.

Looking in from the dining room.
I have to say, it is very nice having an open kitchen. In our house, every room was it's own room. Here, Casey and B can sit at the bar and chat with me while I'm working in the kitchen and I love that!
Also, at the bar, there are usually his and hers Macs. Casey's mac is in Sugar Land with him at the moment. :) This is where we do most of our computer time. It's where B and I eat breakfast, it's where I do my quiet time, and where I am blogging at this very second. It's one of my favorite spots in the apartment.
You like my stools? So do I! And so does Gwyneth Paltrow! I know this because she has the same ones!!! I came across her blog and saw them here. When I saw that she got them at, I checked 'em out online and snagged me up a pair. I love them! It was my way of making nice with my very modern apartment. ;)

The dining room with our borrowed dinette set. (Thanks Erica!)

Facing towards the living room.
So that's the kitchen and dining room. I have big plans for some very simple and inexpensive, but much-needed curtains. Hopefully, I can remember how to sew! It's been so long!

Okay, now for a thought on city dwelling. Well, friends I have to say, that I am not missing lil' ol' Brenham when it come to grocery shopping. Across from the apartment, we do have a very fancy Wal-mart, if you can call a Wal-mart fancy, but that is not where I do my grocery shopping, friends. No, I drive a few miles down the road to a great and glorious H-E-B. So many delicious cheeses and a fabulous collection of organic produce and organic everything for that matter! They are not play'in. Here, everything IS better!

I think the first day I went grocery shopping here, I was feeling a little sad, feeling like I wanted to be back in Brenham, but as all moms know, the fridge doesn't fill itself just cause you're feelin' sorry for yourself, so with my kid and my shopping list, I picked out the kind of cart I wanted and proceeded with the task at hand. Now, I can't say for sure, but as I walked into that store with tears of sadness for my beloved country home streamin' down my face, I suspect that one tiny tear of joy slipped out of my eye when I looked around that place. Of course I'm just speculating, because all tears look alike, but I know that one of those tears felt happy. I just know it!

Alright, that's all the thoughts (and drama) I have time for. (You do know that I added a little extra drama to my story for entertainment's sake, right? Just a touch, though. Most of it it is completely accurate. :)
More rooms and thoughts to come.


Cynthia said...

You have done such a great job at making your apt. feel homey so quickly! I love the wicker drawers in the kitchen - where did you get them? I could use them in our bathroom. And, I love that you bought those stools! I saw that blog post about Gwyneth's redo and fell in love with the whole place!

Steph said...

Thanks Cynthia! I got the wicker shelves at Bed, Bath & Beyond. But I have to warn you...they were more money than I wanted to pay, but they were the only set I could find that were the right size and the drawers weren't hard to pull out. Don't know why wicker is so pricey!

Becca said...

You are awesome. I love what you've done to make it feel like The Cease's! And, I guess it should be noted that I especially admire you because you are more moved into your place than I am in mine, and I've been months.

Abba's Girl said...

You've made your apt. look like home. Love you!

Mommy, M.D. said...

It looks great! Love your new font, by the way.

I remember my first time at the Brenham HEB. There were tears involved that day as well... but I've come to love it. It's homey. That's what I keep telling myself anyway.

Blessings, friend. Miss you.

mandi said...

oh! I'm so glad you're posting pictures. It's weird not knowing what your friend's house looks like. It looks great!
So...maybe you have a great big HEB, with actual organic produce. But...does your cart roll away from you when you're trying to load your groceries in the car? Because, what's grocery shopping without a little adventure?

; )