CITY APT TOUR Take a tour of our city condo as it looked before we moved out at the end of 2017. Click on the images below to open a slideshow in a new browser window. The living room, with the mantel and logs that we installed around year six, became my favorite space. Just about every item in this room is secondhand. The challenge of this space is its narrowness. After a lot of trial and error, we found a love seat to be the best fit for the space. We picked up this West Elm loveseat sleeper through Craigslist. You’ve gotta love a gallery wall, right? What I did not love was filling in all the holes when we moved out! That IKEA cart is still one of my favorite things. I regret not buying two more in that color before it was discontinued. The Mister has owned that military trunk for as long as I’ve known him. It became the perfect coffee table/storage for bed linens in this small space. The logs in the fireplace were stacked but not connected. This made it easy to dismantle the installation. Once a few logs were removed, the whole thing started collapsing. Keeping the remotes corralled is a cinch with this little container filled with glass beads. One of the best things about this condo – and one of the main reasons we chose it – is the abundance of sunlight. The washer and dryer are in the closet behind those louvered doors. Keeping the laundry supplies on that little shelf kept them within arm’s reach of the machines. The chalkboard kitchen is one of the first things I did when we moved into the condo. I never grew tired of it over the ten years we lived there. The Union Jack runner really set the tone for the kitchen. It also made a wonderful catwalk for impromptu walk offs. The stenciled entryway was another feature that I never tired of seeing. It made me smile every time I walked into the condo. The bedroom went through a number of design directions before ending up with this clean, white space. Adding the IKEA wardrobe to one wall made this small space more livable. This school desk is one of the things I’ve owned the longest. I purchased it at a church sale for my first apartment at the age of 19. The plumbing pipe shelves in the den are second only to the mantel installation as my favorite DIY project. This room eventually became known as the den. The DIY patterned curtains closed off an office closet. The Lubi Daybed under the windows became the favored napping placed for human and feline alike. Painting the radiator was a messy, time-consuming and smelly task. And it was totally worth it.