rooted at the plant
June 13th seems like the perfect day for a fresh start. Maybe it's the fact that it feels like we're halfway through the year or the fact that it's my anniversary and an easy day to remember, but wow - what a year it has been. You may have noticed I haven't really had the urge to post in a while. I really needed to focus my energy and hone in on self-care (both mentally + physically) after losing my grandma a few months back because FUCK - that was hard. After that the blog just didn't seem important. Recently I thought about how much my grandma loved reading my posts and getting my updates and sharing on Facebook, so alas - here I am. Trying to reintroduce this thing for me and for her!
I thought a great way to jump back in would be by sharing a few peeks into Brandon and my new apartment, lovingly referred to as "#rootedattheplant". It's a larger and more open version of our last place and it's been a challenge to design. We made a lot of cosmetic changes (with the help of our parents) to the space before moving in - like building a wall, adding temporary wallpaper, building out our counter base, and changing lighting and hardware. There are still lots of smaller projects throughout I'd love to tackle before doing a full tour, but we're excited about the progress for the time being!
As mentioned, we (OK - my father-in-law.) built a wall to separate Brandon's studio from my office + the dining room. My mom lovingly calls it the "marriage saving wall" knowing full well I would've ripped my hair out without it. I mean, what if Brandon's isn't working on a painting that goes with our apartment? NO THANK YOU. So here we have it....a wall!
My dad and father-in-law tackled the build out of our counter base while my mom, my aunt, and I focused on the wallpaper in the dining room. We definitely thought both of these jobs were going to be simple but they both ended up taking multiple days. I'm super happy with the results, though I wish I chose something a little more subtle for the wallpaper. You can find that here if you're into that sort of thing.
Our kitchen was designed with the entire island-ledge-thingie (the technical term) resting on one skinny pole with a giant dome base. The dads brought my idea of building out the island base using to fruition! I love this upgrade so much. It also accidentally created a perfect nook to tuck our trash cans, too. Happy accident!
This may sound a little crazy, but initially I almost turned down the apartment because of the bathroom. I absolutely hated it. Brown floors, poorly painted countertop, no storage...it was a nightmare. Now, let me preface this by saying I know it will never be perfect and I get that it's a rental, but we have made a few cosmetic changes that I am so excited about! We painted the vanity a deep navy, changed all the hardware to brass, switched out the existing mirror and vanity light, and laid down a big vintage rug that covers most of the tile. I think I'll do a whole post on the bathroom when we have the countertop figured out, but in the meantime here's an "in progress" shot showing a Pinterest fail concrete countertop.
In the main living space and bedroom we hung curtains, painted, and used our open floor plan to our advantage when creating the furniture layout. There is still a lot more I want to finish up - finding the right artwork, re-working the living room layout, and finding/building some sort of banquette for the dining room. We are also working with our electrician to get some lights installed and even maybe a hanging chair?!?! My ideas are often bigger than our wallets, so for now I'm just sort of enjoying the state our new home is in as we learn all of it's quirks.