So we used to live in an a really small apartment. We upgraded 90 square feet and bought a 1932 bungalow. We’re always in the midst of remodeling. I might talk about our new space if I can in fact manage to get it picked up and ready for a photo! But folks liked our old apartment, so I’ve left the posts below….
I thought there should be a space just for our ever-evolving little apartment. So this is it.
(April 16, 2014) So here are the latest shots of our space. I can’t believe the last update was 2 years ago this month! We’ve rearranged like 9,000 times since then. And I regularly question my sanity about why I even post pictures of my home on the internet for God and Holly Hunter to see, but people seem genuinely curious when I tell them our apartment is only 660 sq ft. And there is usually more marveling when they see it in person — not because it’s something out of Elle Decor, but rather because I’ve revealed a little bit of my crazy (think color-coding everything). So fellow internet-ers — enjoy this latest iteration. I’ll try to wrangle the hubs into creating a new floor-plan for the archives here. Until then, the pictures will have to suffice.
I’ve not updated any “kitchen” or “bedroom” photos as they haven’t changed once!
You will see that we moved our closet from the corner to under the lofted bed and it made a huge difference of feeling open and airy. A big purchase was a dutch antique Armoire to replace the bakers rack. (Smartest thing I’ve ever done!) That piece and the second couch went over into my studio. You will also see a new ikea hack and the original we did here. Here’s a close up of the beautiful coffee table the hubs made (welded frame and all). And I haven’t even taken pictures (well, descriptive ones) of the new bookshelf and gorgeous hair-pin-leg end table he made me too. (I’m a terrible person, I know.) I absolutely hate my yellow chairs — wait that’s not true — I hate the fabric on the seat and I hate even more that I’m so lazy I’ve lived with fabric that I hate for 7 years!! But whatevs. I’ll survive. My ideal chair would be these beauties! You can also see the DIY light fixture in our closet here. And if you wanted to scroll through anything I’ve label “My Home”… just click here. But trust me, it’s a rabbit hole!
I also decided to leave the original stuff down below…. feel free to peruse!
A Little History
Our little 660 sq. ft loft was designed by a prominent Houston architect for his sons who were also in architecture school to use for their studio space. Once they moved on, they thought it would be just right for another architecture student — if only there was space for a bed. Thus, the idea for the elevated bed was born– and they’ve been renting to students ever since. We are the first married couple they’ve had living in the space and they weren’t quite sure how we would both manage. But I was up for the challenge. We love all the natural light and ability to think creatively about the best use of space. I was super worried about not having a full kitchen seeing as how our previous kitchen was huge (in comparison), but downsizing has been easier than I thought. And we love the evolution of making the space ours.
(Written: April 7, 2011)
Update: 08 April 2012
The hubs created this idea of suspended shelves. (The same gauge wire we used for the dressing room too.) I like the simple look and clean feel. But because it was so light (looking), we decided to keep the vast majority of our books on the
floor bench new bookshelf. Not sure how long we’ll keep it that way, but for now I kinda like it.
Update: 27 August
No, we cannot fall off the bed onto the floor. There is just enough space around the edge of the bed to #1 act as a barrier and #2 justify making the bed. Boo! Although it may not look like it in the photo because of the down comforter under the bedspread, the railing is taller than the mattress. So we would have to roll over the gap and up and over the railing to be in any real trouble. The biggest issue I have is getting up in the middle of the night to answer the call of nature. Clumsy + Sleepy + Ladder do not mix well! But so far so good.
Update: 27 August
We added these little “half” curtains to help block the light from our lovely windows!