One of my favorite things about being married is finally being able to set up my own home with my husband. When I stop to think about it, it’s pretty overwhelming how much even a family of two needs to have a functional household. We have a gigantic mental list (that keeps growing) of things we will “eventually need to acquire” as finances allow – things that most people don’t even think about, or things we took for granted in our parent’s homes. I really miss having access to my dad’s commercial color copier, but that’s beside the point. Anyway, it’s been a little exciting seeing our very own apartment transform from empty space, to boxes stacked three or four high and two or three deep, to loads and loads of dishes to wash and find places for, to random piles and stacks of things with empty boxes and loose paper strewn all over, to somewhat of a semblance of tidiness and organization. It’s still a work in progress, and because of our lack of furniture and wall decor, the place is still kind of an eyesore, but there are little details here and there that I love, and many things I wanted to show my friends and family (that care) back home. So, without further ado, here is a sort of photo “tour” of our apartment!
I love this wall hanger. I’ve had it a long time, and it was a gift from my parents. This is where I hang my favorite scarves and necklaces.
My bedside table. Pat has the same lamp and table on his side. The photo is by Chloe Heath, taken at Garden of the Gods in Colorado for our engagement pictures. I don’t miss being in a long distance relationship and love that I’m able to snuggle up and watch football on the couch with my husband, but I sure do miss the regular visits to Colorado. Watching the Denver vs. Indianapolis game made us both “homesick” for our second favorite place. We both hope to get stationed somewhere in CO in the next few years.
That is a piece of coral that I picked up from one of the beaches we visited on our honeymoon in Hawaii. It had started to POUR on us while we were at the beach, and we were both running across the sand so we could hike across the lava field and back to the car as quickly as possible, and I noticed it out of the corner of my eye. I didn’t almost stop to pick it up, but once I realized it was coral, I grabbed it, stuffed it in my beach bag, and kept running. I’m so glad to have such a beautiful memento of our trip.
My jewelry “tree,” and Patrick’s USAFA graduation photo behind it.
Some of these things on my dresser will need to find a new “home,” but I’m content to have lots of beautifully framed photos to look at all in one place until then.
Our bathroom towels. One of my favorite wedding gifts (but I probably say that about everything).
In the guest bathroom, I rolled up extra towels and put them in a gold basket along with these hand made soaps from Hawaii. There were some that were far more naughty that I almost couldn’t resist, but decided to be a good girl instead.
Right now our office is still in disarray and chaos because I have random, half finished projects laying around and Patrick has yet to organize little odds and ends that were shoved on the book case in boxes, and piles on the floor. This is my shelf of sewing notions and paper crafting tools, along with some of my favorite novels, my Bible and study bibles and books, and a few decorative things.
I have a few of these teacup arrangements from our wedding all over the house. This one is situated in the living room on the corner shelf my aunt and uncle made out of a vintage door. I still need to paint the shelves and seal the existing paint, a project I hope to tackle (aka find the motivation to start) this week.
On the same shelf. The scrabble letters were given to me by my friend and wedding photographer, Tara. She is amazing.
The original door knob on the shelf.
The most beautiful quilt I’ve ever seen, given to Patrick and me for our wedding from Teresa, the amazing lady I worked for back home. She will always have a special, Teresa-shaped place in my heart.
Our couch with the quilt (and throw pillows made for me by my mom, for my first apartment) and shelf in the background. I hate the way our living room is laid out – there is no good place to put a couch, but this is what worked best.
It’s true that I have an obsession with owls, but in my defense, I think every single owl anything I own was given to me. Y’all are enablers!
I have more adorable decorative pieces than I know what to do with right now. So all the random things live on this shelf. It looks slightly ridiculous, but oh well.
Decorative things that were thrifted and created for our wedding – which I pilfered when we left home! The pitcher with the birds on it is one of the most beautiful little things I’ve ever seen.
Kitchen utensils. Did you notice the owl salt and pepper shakers on the stove? Also, I have two sets of owl shakers. Two!
One of the two squares of countertop in our kitchen. The owl cookie jar was a shower gift from my amazing mother-in-law, and my wonderful husband helped me mount the wine glass racks to the cupboard.
It’s kind of a problem. I just can’t help but smile, though!
Just because I love our dining set. We found it on Craigslist back home for $200.
Mmmmmm… awkward, empty space! There’s lots of it to be decorated! But it’s starting to feel more like home, or at least our home away from home, because no matter what, Texas will never feel like home. We don’t hate it, but it’s pretty boring compared to the wonder and grandeur of the Pacific Northwest, or even the Rocky Mountains.
So that’s that! I realize there weren’t many photos of the rooms themselves, but like I’ve said, they’re a little lack luster as a whole right now. As things come together more, I’ll definitely post more inclusive photographs. Thanks for reading!