Operation Homestead: Complete

Our apartment is finally complete! We found a bookcase on Craigslist for only $90. Pretty good since it was originally $300 and is still in perfect shape! We didn’t want one of the traditional bookcases that you can find anywhere. Plus we wanted it to match our coffee table. After endless evenings of searching Craigslist, we found one. I convinced my friend Alex to help me haul it with his SUV (and to carry it up the stairs!) and repayed him with rations from our freshly stocked bar cart.

The bookcase only holds 1/3 of Emmaline’s books, but she is going to put the rest in her room so the living room is free of clutter. The finishing touch will be creating a wall of photos on the entry wall. Currently it is barren except for an exotic framed picture of two mice in suits sitting on onions and staring at a butterfly.

Without further ado, here is a short photographic tour of our living room!

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We have decided to become one of those obnoxious apartments where you aren’t allowed to wear shoes. I thought it would cut back on the amount of debris on the floor that tends to stick to your bare feet, but somehow it gets tracked in, anyway. I’ll just keep telling myself that it is cleaner.

Emmaline has a ton of cute little trinkets and decorations that I loved placing. They’re all exotic and make us seem like such well versed travelers! Our bookcase is filled with travel books and nonfiction. We are truly an NPR household.

Basically, the living room is a rectangle. One wall has the bookcase, the front door, and the large plant. The second wall has the door to the sunroom and the white chair. The third wall has the large yellow Craigslist couch and the entry to the hallway. The fourth wall has our shoes and the large entry to the kitchen. I am a big fan of the flow of our apartment and how nothing feels “closed off” other than the bedrooms and bathroom. Maybe thats a perk of a small apartment.

They’re putting the finishing touches on the apartment building across the street. I was woken up today at 7am by the construction, so I’m glad it will be done soon. Even though it is annoying, it does remind me of living in Amman and being woken up by the birds and construction and occasional squeal of the gasoline trucks.

Our downstairs neighbors with whom we share wifi are hosting a party on Saturday night. They visited to warn us about the noise and even extended an invite. The walls in the apartment are so thin. We can frequently hear the baby across the hallway wailing and the dub step bass of the music below us. It doesn’t bother me too much, though. I’m sure we get loud on weekends, too!

You can look forward to my next post sometime next week where I will highlight all of the freebies I’ve received in the past few months!


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