Casey’s Apartment: One Month in…

During the last home tour of our new Chicago pad, I left you with a pretty scary sight..

Messy hallway

We’ve now been moved in about a month and things are looking much, much better. The boxes are gone and it is actually starting to feel like home.

Keep in mind this is just a “progress report.” We still have a lot of work to do, and we’re looking forward to sprucing up every square inch of this place.

So take it all in, and realize that each space is still under construction…

Front hallway

You’ll see our big bookcase right when you walk into our place. Therefore, I knew I wanted to personalize it as much as possible.

Bookcase
Bookshelf
I added pictures, our favorite books, and small personal nick-knacks to this bookshelf area. We also have a bowl for our keys, and a basket that serves as a “catchall” for scarves and mittens. When we were still unpacking boxes, I styled this area first. I just needed 1 spot in our messy place that felt like “us.”
Guest room
Up to the right, you’ll see our little hallway gallery wall (more on that this Friday!) Then we have the 2 sliding glass doors that go to that oh-so-scary triangle room. Since we moved in this has been a dumping ground for stuff that just doesn’t have a home yet…
Guest room stuff
This pile is slowly starting to go down, but I can’t seem to find the perfect place for all of my favorite things. I don’t want to make any rash decisions and hang something too early…only to hate it after a week. For now I’ll just keep slowly chucking away at that corner pile o’ stuff.
Double Ikea Desk
We originally had plans to turn this room into a guest room/office. But once we put our belongings in there, we quickly realized it was just way too small to fit it all. Instead we decided to buy a double desk and truly make this an office where we could both work. The desk and chairs are from Ikea and took quite awhile to put together. So far we are totally loving this setup, but we still have lots of work to do to make this space complete. I’m thinking art above the desks? And then a big comfy chair in the “pile o’ stuff” corner? I think it would make for a nice reading blogging nook.
Kitchen
Next, we move into the main area of our place. The kitchen and family room. Luckily we have plenty of cabinet space, so all of our kitchen supplies fit very nicely. Our Ikea stools are still going strong, and we even found a nice home for our bar cart.  All a must for entertaining…
White and blue family room
The family room is really coming together. I purchased a few pillows (still need to buy a few more) and I am really liking the color palette in here. Very light & airy! I have plans to DIY some wooden shelves and will be adding a little somethin’ somethin’ to those white curtains that I hemmed in this post.
Family room white couch
Balcony
Our outdoor space..yikes!  We had some leftover outdoor furniture from our time in Wisconsin, so it is currently hanging out on our balcony. Obviously it is December, so we’re not really spending much time out here anyways. Come spring I will definitely make this a little outdoor oasis with lights, flowers, and a new grill!
Master bedroom
I think our bedroom is coming together quite nicely. We’re still absolutely in l-o-v-e with our West Elm duvet cover (soooo comfortable!) and I still adore the gray and green accents. We recently purchased bamboo shades for the windows (more on that soon) and I have future plans to DIY an upholstered headboard.
Quote on canvas
I’m happy our quote on canvas found a spot in our new home. The quote resonates with me now more than ever. I look back just a few months ago and remember how scared and uncertain we were about the future. Would we find the right jobs? Would we find a place to live? I realize now that it all works out in the end and there is no reason to fear the future.
So even though I’m anxious to get our place looking “perfect”, I constantly need to remind myself to enjoy the process and make each moment we have here count.
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  • Alysia @ Slim Sanity

    I really love the new place! I think it’s coming along great. Chicago is pretty much the only city outside of Dallas we really want to move to, and I’ve applied to a couple jobs for after graduation!

    • Alysia you are too sweet! Come to Chicago! Could you imagine? You could get our butts into shape, and we could help you decorate. It would be glorious!

  • Alysia @ Slim Sanity

    I really love the new place! I think it’s coming along great. Chicago is pretty much the only city outside of Dallas we really want to move to, and I’ve applied to a couple jobs for after graduation!

  • Alysia you are too sweet! Come to Chicago! Could you imagine? You could get our butts into shape, and we could help you decorate. It would be glorious!

  • Lisa Muhs

    So cute! LOVE the new place!!

    • Thanks Lisa! Can’t wait to see you in a few weeks

  • Lisa Muhs

    So cute! LOVE the new place!!

  • Runt

    It’s coming along great! We have been in our house since March of 2011 and I’m still “making it our own”. Like you, I don’t want to make any rash decisions, and life in general is just so busy – especially with our first little one on the way – but things will come together eventually. I always have to remind myself that it doesn’t HAVE to be done NOW. Rome wasn’t built in a day right? =]

    • Good for you! Yes slow & steady is my motto.

      Congrats on the baby!

  • Runt

    It’s coming along great! We have been in our house since March of 2011 and I’m still “making it our own”. Like you, I don’t want to make any rash decisions, and life in general is just so busy – especially with our first little one on the way – but things will come together eventually. I always have to remind myself that it doesn’t HAVE to be done NOW. Rome wasn’t built in a day right? =]

  • Thanks Lisa! Can’t wait to see you in a few weeks

  • Good for you! Yes slow & steady is my motto.

    Congrats on the baby!

  • Lisa C

    I am in love with your skyline painting over the couch – any idea who the artist is or where you got it?

    • Lisa,
      We actually purchased it at HomeGoods last spring. It was only $99! What a steal. I’m in love with it too!

      xoxo,
      Casey

  • Lisa C

    I am in love with your skyline painting over the couch – any idea who the artist is or where you got it?

  • Lisa,
    We actually purchased it at HomeGoods last spring. It was only $99! What a steal. I’m in love with it too!

    xoxo,
    Casey

  • Jessica Shilt

    What desk is this exactly? Just a table top with the legs and drawers added?

    • Jessica,
      Yeah it is kinda like that! It’s a desk from Ikea and you can choose the legs for the table and what kind of drawers go in between each work station. Kinda hard to put together, but totally worth all of the space in the end!

      Casey

    • Jillian

      What is the Ikea name for the desk system?

    • It’s called HISSMON/GODVIN, and then we got an ALEX drawer unit to go underneath the table to break up the two work areas.

  • Jessica Shilt

    What desk is this exactly? Just a table top with the legs and drawers added?

  • Jessica,
    Yeah it is kinda like that! It’s a desk from Ikea and you can choose the legs for the table and what kind of drawers go in between each work station. Kinda hard to put together, but totally worth all of the space in the end!

    Casey

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