We did something crazy.
I’m not sure if it’s because we were newlyweds or we were just tired of not having a space that was truly ours, but we recently found ourselves day dreaming of having our own apartment. You see, ever since we returned from living in Korea (almost three years ago), we’ve been living the lives of nomads. While there’s something so exciting about living out of a suitcase, Chris and I found ourselves yearning for a place that we could hang our hats after a big adventure.
What began as innocent online apartment searches soon turned into weekly viewing appointments. We decided that we wouldn’t actually settle on an apartment until April or May as that would give us time to save the extra money and find the perfect place. Chris and I have both learned over the years that we shouldn’t push things. God’s always taken care of us and seems to give us just what we need and what we’re looking for when the time is right. It’s been a great test of patience and trust. This wouldn’t be any different.
Except it was. We believed that our apartment search was going to take months. Chris and I are very picky and we didn’t want to settle on just any old apartment. We wanted tons of natural light, hardwood floors, over 700 square feet, a building with a lot of character… oh, and we didn’t want to pay a lot. Needy much? We told ourselves that we wouldn’t jump into anything unless we were certain it was right. There was still time to slowly collect the few remaining pieces of furniture that we needed-like a couch and a bed.
December and January were spent looking at various apartments in our ideal neighborhood. Some were great but lacked a few key components that we wanted, while others were horrific (I’m talking missing floorboards and black mold, horrific). Still, there were times where we both talked about overseeing a few undesirable characteristics to an apartment so that we could just have a space of our own. Eventually, we would remind each other that we needed to be patient.
It was right before we were leaving on a trip across the state that I found a promising apartment on Craigslist. I knew that we weren’t going to be getting an apartment any time soon but I still wanted to at least see this place in person. It was right in the heart of where we wanted to live and had everything we were looking for. As soon as the door opened, I was in love.
The place was incredible. It was exceptionally bigger than what we expected, had walls of windows, hardwood floors, and more character than we could have ever imagined. It was a great price with utilities included and the kicker: the old tenant left two pieces of furniture behind-a beautiful leather couch and a king sized bed. If that’s not a sign, I don’t know what is.
We moved in at the start of February and we couldn’t be more in love!
The entryway was Chris’ baby. He wanted to decorate it with a nautical theme. The only thing missing from this picture is his framed portrait of Steve Zissou (I’m serious) that was added a couple of weeks ago.
Almost all of our furniture was either bought or gifted second hand. We had so much fun spending our days off going to local antique stores and scouring Craigslist for the perfect pieces for the apartment. The brown leather couch was sitting in the apartment the first time we viewed it. The previous tenant left if behind and our landlord said that if we took the apartment we could keep it. SCORE. Our maroon couch was a find from OfferUp, one of my new favorite apps and the trunk/coffee table came from our go-to antique shop. I stalked the rug on ebay for months but didn’t want to spend the money on it. My parent’s decided to surprise us with it as a housewarming gift and it might be my favorite piece in the apartment.
The dining room table came from Chris’ great aunt (along with the Captain’s chair at the bottom of the picture) and the industrial chairs were a Craigslist score. The hutch was a gift from Chris’ aunt and uncle as the space the bought it for ended up being too small. Their loss was our gain.
The kitchen is light and airy, only lacking the comfort and ease of a dishwasher. We have a gas range oven and a ton of storage space. My lovely mother-in-law wanted to get us a special housewarming gift and decided to fill our cupboards. We have more pasta and rice than we know what to do with. If you’re ever in the Tacoma area let us know. We’ll cook you up something special!
The most used appliance in our kitchen is our latte machine. A gift from our wedding, this instrument of java happiness is our go-to as soon as we wake up. Depending on how fancy we feel, we might even break out the french press.
Last but not least, a little peak at the bedroom. Across from the bed is a large black trunk (a Goodwill purchase) with a huge portrait of a ship at sea that was a gift given to Chris from his father.
And there you have it. A little peek at the little slice of heaven that we’re calling “home.” So what does this new adventure mean for us and our blog? Nothing really. The only real difference is that now when we land after a long flight we don’t have to make a 90 minute drive to get home (or to our parents’ houses). It’ll only take 20 minutes to get to and from the airport. SCORE. Oh, and now we’re also only 7 minutes from the best Thai restaurant outside of Thailand. Seriously.
So what do you think? Where do you like to hang your hats after a big trip? Let us know in the comment section below.