When looking for a house we looked long and far, trying to decide if we wanted to stay in the city or go to the burbs. Either way some compromises were going to have to be made. We decided on the city, but in order to do that we couldn't afford a single family home. Luckily we found a short sale that really fit our needs. Because it was a short sale it was in our budget, was about 2000 sq feet, and had 4 bedrooms & 2 1/2 bathrooms, all on the top level of a condo building. I say it's like a ranch house, just placed on top of another building! Oh - did I mention there is not only a garage spot but two additional spots as well?!? That is crazy in the city. It needed a lot of work (all of the floors had to be redone and every inch was repainted before we could move in), but was worth it for the size and area. It also has a private 2000 sq ft roof deck, with views of downtown, which is amazing real estate in the city (I'll do a separate post about that!). The process was long and at times made me think I was going to lose my mind, but after about 9 months we finally closed and I feel confident that it was all worth it. We're already so much happier, and life is so much easier in this layout. Ok... onto pics. Get ready folks. This is going to be a long one!
First up, the living/dining room. This is a huge open room that extends into the kitchen area. I adore the open floor plan and all of the light. Both of which we were desperately missing in our old place. Beyond the space & light however the place needed work. The paint was old and dingy and the floors were in especially bad shape in the living areas.
We did a lot of work in this area. I chose a "colonial grey" color for all of the main living areas that I love. It's really calm & peaceful. Also obviously the new floors make a huge difference. The fireplace was also painted white which looks about a million times better, we added new blinds, and now have a couch that accommodates more than 1.5 people! The wall to the right of the TV is still a work in progress. It's a big empty wall and I'm just not sure what I want to put there, so I'm living with it for a bit. Looking into the dining area I also recovered the dining room chairs. I used outdoor fabric so they'll wipe off easier after the last covers were basically destroyed by gross little kiddos!
A few living room details. The heart art was done by a local Chicago artist that I found on Etsy, and features the three cities Tim & I have lived in (St. Louis, NYC, & Chicago). Above the piano we have a gallery wall. You may notice that two of the frames feature scrapbook paper, as I've left them empty so we have room for photos of Baby Rocketship as well!
Onto the kitchen! The space in the kitchen is just amazing. There are so many cabinets and a ton of counter space. Also a huge pantry which is a luxury when you're talking about city living.
I really hated the color of the cabinets, and getting new ones just wasn't in the budget right now, so we had our painters paint them white. Tim also added a grayish-brown subway tile backsplash (how much do I love being married to someone handy?!?). It's amazing how those simple changes make the space look so much better, and I even think made the appliances and granite countertops look nicer too. We also added some stools to the breakfast bar and a new kitchen island which has 3 deep drawers that accommodate all of my baking supplies. Win!!
Along the back wall of the kitchen we also have our pantry, fridge, and our little organization station!
Going from the kitchen there are hallways in either direction. One leads to the baby room, master bed & bath, 1/2 bath, and laundry (oh yeah - an actual laundry room!!!), while the other hall leads to the "boys wing" which features their room, playroom, and another full bath. I turned the wall heading to our room into a photo wall (thank you pinterest!!!) and the wall going towards the boys area has the kitchen organization station as well as a fun ikea cord system to hang kids art from.
|(the lighting is weird on the photo on the left. the right side shows what the paint really looks like)|
If we continue down the hallway to the "boys wing" we have two rooms that were basically identical but reversed. The only real difference was the bedroom on the very end had a big walk in closet. Also across from the two bedrooms there was perhaps the most disgustingly dirty bathroom I've ever seen. Seriously, if I posted the pictures from when we looked at the place w/the tenants you would die. Even Timmy was proclaiming how gross it was. First up the two bedrooms.
One of the biggest changes with the move was putting the boys in a room together, and putting them in bunk beds. Henry was still in a crib so we were pretty nervous, but they have done amazingly well. The bunk beds are solid wood and incredibly sturdy. They also have stairs instead of a ladder which made us feel safer about the boys using them, but also add storage as each stair has a drawer. We got them matching comforters, but let them have their own sheets (trains for Hen & space for Timmy). We also painted the boys room a light blue. The lighting is a bit off in all the pics, but it is blue in person. Blackout curtains were a must as well! Oh, we also had to remove the ceiling fan right away so Timmy didn't chop his head off. lol.
|a few of the touches in their room!|
Next up the boys bath. This room needed the most cleaning for sure. One big priority of mine was removing the sliding glass door. Not only was it gross, but it just makes bathing little ones more difficult. We 86'd the shower door, painted the bathroom a light yellow, added some fun pops of color, and my mom & I used a gel stain to make the hideous maple vanity an ebony color. The floors still need a bit of work as there are some loose tiles, but overall I'm happy with how it looks.
|hallway looking in. i just love that photo!|
Alright, so that's the boys area. If you took the other hallway first you'd hit the baby room & half bath. The baby room is still a work in progress and I'll post that in a different post entirely. That leaves us with the half bath. Paint, a fun instagram poster that I framed, and staining the vanity ebony (like the boys room) made that bathroom an easy space to fix up.
The master bedroom before was pretty nondescript. Nothing to write home about in any regard. A decent size, but that's about it.
It's nothing too exciting now, but with fresh paint and a bit of decor it looks a lot better and is a really cozy space for us. I love how well our king sized bed fits. I'm going to put big b&w pics up of the boys on the wall next to the window, but I'm waiting for Rocketship to get here before I do that. We also have a TV in our room now, which was unintended, but a line had to be put in there in order to get the cable up and running in the rest of the house, so why not? I do love to watch some QVC before bed!! lol
So that's it. The grand tour. I'll definitely do a roof deck post, as well as a baby room one, but those will have to wait for another day! Hope you enjoyed it. I am loving every minute of being here which is wonderful. Oh, if you have any questions about where things are from let me know in the comments. We sold a lot of our old stuff, as well as saved Christmas money, so we were able to buy some new things which fit the space a lot better. I'm really happy with how it all turned out! Thanks for stopping by!!!