Today was all about getting ‘ish done. Phone calls, errands, last minute house cleaning stuff, and of course some research work. Days like that feel SO good – so many things checked off the list.
I took some pictures now that the new house is a little more put together. It’s not perfect — things still need to be hung, a few changes hopefully to be made when some income allows — but I am so in love with it. I still can’t believe we found a place that had everything on our check list, within our price range, and in a decent location. We passed up a few contenders along the way – we had faith something this wonderful would come!
New House Tour
Here is our main living space. We combined three people’s furniture and surprisingly it all works pretty well together. We do have a TV on the other wall, but we don’t have cable or an antennae so it’s kind of useless at this point. The couches are used mostly for cuddling with dogs.
The kitchen is open to the living room, which is so great. It was updated pretty well with Ikea cabinetry and has tons of space! Enough to hold everything all three of us brought, which is totally ridiculous because now we have three cheap Walgreens toasters, three sets of unmatched silverware, and three sets of cutesy Bed Bath and Beyond mixing bowls. #studentlife
It sold me on the place – open big kitchens just making cooking at home so much more enjoyable. Plus there is an extra fridge in the basement that the old tenants used as a beer fridge, but we will use to hold extra cartons of almond milk, LaCroix, and bunches of fruit I’m sure.
The dining room is just so cute. We have a dining ROOM! I’ve never had that in an apartment. I always just shoved a table in a random corner somewhere. It definitely makes the place feel like a real home. And yes, we put an extra chair and my harp in there too. It’s a reading/harping/dining room.
Next up is my bedroom. It’s the only one on the main floor — the other rooms are upstairs. My room has cool french doors!
My bathroom is to the left. It was updated with a fancy sink that I feel terrible brushing my teeth in. I’m also still using the same towels I’ve had since college. That’s 10 years now. I should probably invest in some new ones. Is 10 years long for towels?
My room itself was actually designed as an office, but I chose it as a bedroom so I could have my own bathroom. It means I have some cool built ins that I’ve set up as a vanity of sorts. I also got an armoire off Craigslist because my closet doesn’t have hanging space, just tons of shelving. That was a surprise, but it’s all good. I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out.
And here’s my bed! A headboard is one my one-day wish list, but for now I’m digging the brick wall.
(Bedding is West Elm.)
Next is the little office area. It’s upstairs with the other bedrooms. TBD whether the other girls will put desks in there — they didn’t use desks all last year so I’m not sure if they’ll start. One of the puppy’s big crates is in there too. And I’ve been doing some home yoga practices in the space. It’s actually where I’m typing as we speak.
And finally the backyard! The porch and deck look a little run-down and the yard could use some work, but we are excited about cleaning it up a bit. The best part is a fenced yard for my two canine roommates. Their moms are very pleased to be able to let them out without a leash. Spot the pup?
So there you go! It’s great to be a student in St. Louis because you can get so much for your money. We are less than 10 minutes from school, walking distance to my brother’s apartment, 15 minutes from my parents’ house, and close to some cool restaurants and bars.
COME VISIT ST. LOUIS! It’s fun here!!