New Year; New Home.

January 2nd, 2014 | Posted by Erica House in Life

While it’s still not 100% set up I just couldn’t wait any longer to give you a tour of my new place! I’ve done a video tour which is at the end of this post. So far I absolutely love it, and it feels like a mansion compared to my former 490 sq ft studio. IMG_7437

IMG_7438As I state in my video I need to make some sort of head board (that can be hung on concrete!) so if you have any suggestions please let me know!

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  • O I love the window into the kitchen! That is so great and you can look out into the rest of the house :)

  • Jessica says:

    Headboard on cement wall?? Can you paint one? or a wall-decal would be pretty cool. =)
    Your apartment is really cute.

    • Erica House says:

      I should have prefaced that the headboard would have to be very, very lightweight!
      I was going to say I’m not sure if the landlord would let me paint one, but … I think I’ve got an in with him ;)

  • Looks like you are all settled in. It’s a great feeling! :)

  • Jess says:

    Couple of things:
    1.) Yay to not moving anymore! I actually think it’s awesomesauce that you could live in a 490 sqft studio. (Like I’m sure I could do it if I had to, but sweet Jesus, I would have to get rid of a LOT of stuff.) Whenever I moved, I wanted at least two bedrooms so I could separate my bedroom from my office space, which would then be converted into a guest room when guests came in from out of town. Since I used to have (before graduate school) a LOT of out-of-town guests, this worked well. Now, I have three bedrooms, and I feel awesome and grown up to be able to give two couples a door. You never know how much you appreciate doors!
    2.) I love that pass-through. I had something similar in my former apartment, which just opened up the whole thing. Now, my house doesn’t have that and I miss it, but have been adapting.
    3.) Concrete walls suck. Reminds me of college. Command strips would help. My old apartment also had no studs, which made things interesting when hanging!
    3.) Regarding headboards, I’ve been thinking of something similar to update our bedroom, however, I’m concerned about damaging our wall. The coolest thing I see is when folks take old doors, cut them down, finish/paint, and then put them up. If I could get away with that, have it match our old furniture, and secure it so that we didn’t damage the walls, I would do it in a heartbeat.
    4.) Don’t worry about your laundry and your parents. I’m 30, too, and was just talking with my partner about doing laundry at my parents (in Jacksonville!) when we’re down there next week. No shame, man. No shame.

    • Erica House says:

      1. I had to get rid of half the stuff I owned to live in the studio, which is why I was worried this place would look totally barren!
      2. The pass through is definitely my favorite part! Can’t wait to string christmas lights around it next year :) Or, this year technically lol.
      3. I need to seek lightweight headboard ideas since whatever I do has to be put up with command strips. Or, I could try to suspend it from the ceiling but I’d be paranoid it would fall on my head!
      4. I just hate spending money on a washer when I do have access to a free one, albeit inconvenient!

  • Congrats on the new place! Looks fantastic – and it MUST feel like a mansion. I currently live in a tiny bachelor so I know the feeling!

  • Love the new place, must feel so big compared to a studio!! Its very cute and seems like its got a lot of character to it! Enjoy making your new home…a home!

    • Erica House says:

      Thank you! I don’t love the way I have it decorated as much as I did my studio, but I’m sure I’ll be working on it more over the next few weeks.

  • Helen says:

    Congrats, Erica. Your place looks really nice. I bet you’re finally glad that you’re settled in now. Moving takes time. I helped my friend move during the weekend and it took a long time. lol. My arms were sore afterward from carrying couches, wardrobes (up the stairs) and tons of boxes!
    And, I sure bet it feels like a mansion.

  • I love seeing other people’s homes… makes me want to redecorate!

    • Erica House says:

      After watching the video myself it made me want to re-organize a lot! The closets need a bit of work, and I’d love for a bit more decor. I hate spending money though, so it looks like I’ll be hitting up the thrift stores next week to see what I may be able to score!

  • Loved the little video! So happy for you and your new space!

  • Ali says:

    Wow, totally love the new space!!! Everything seems to have it’s place perfectly.

    When I bought my current apartment, I was so excited to have a two bedroom and thought how amazing it would be to have kind of like a walk-in closet for all my clothes and a completely separate, organized space for my workout gear in the second bedroom. Well, what started out as a great expanse with lots of room to see everything has now become a bit of an issue. My two bureaus are absolutely packed full, as are my closets! Gah! It’s like when you have the space you are encouraged to fill it. Psychologically I couldn’t seem to stop buying stuff over the past couple of years so that now I really cannot fit anything new in without getting rid of stuff. I even went through stuff over Christmas trying to see what I could give away but I love it all. Oh well, there are worse problems I suppose.

    I have a couple of questions… I’ve been considering getting a cat but I get so worried about the litter box smelling – is that why you had the closet door closed? Also, does Salem scratch at the door to let you know he wants in? In some ways that would be the perfect door to have the curtain on assuming that he wouldn’t drag the curtain into the litter box which I suppose could present an even more challenging issue!

    The other question and perhaps it was addressed elsewhere, just out of curiosity… what prompted your move? The other space seemed to fit you perfectly. Not that the new space isn’t absolutely fabulous, I’m just being nosy ;).

    • Erica House says:

      Oh I’m absolutely worried about not being able to keep as organized in this place as I was with my studio! The closet in my office is already driving me nuts. I basically shoved a bunch of random boxes/art supplies in there during the move and need to take a day to purge/reorganize.

      The door to where his liter box is at is always cracked open. I thought it may look weird in the video when I closed it! It can still smell a bit if he’s just been in there, but I clean it out at least once a day so it’s rarely an issue. I definitely wouldn’t let that stop you from getting a cat!

      I moved because my former landlord is a crazy b!tch. Really. I had been in a subdivided Victorian she owns for 3 years (2 in a 2 bedroom ,and the last year in the studio) and she was constantly an issue for me by not fixing things and making me pay for ridiculous stuff. I’m SO happy to be out of her reach but I do miss the studio already!

      • Ali says:

        Thanks so much for your thoughts on the litter box and that makes perfect sense to clean it once a day because then you really avoid any serious concerns about the smell. Hahaha… I guess I should’ve assumed you just closed it for the video.
        Oh no! So glad to hear that you are out of her reach. That’s terrible. I still remember back when I was in school, a place came up that both my friend and I were interested in and my friend swooped in and took it without letting me know. I was pretty bummed because it was a great price in a prime location. Sufficed to say, karma is a b*tch because the landlady ended up being seriously craze-balls – like to the point where I seriously think she could’ve/should’ve been charged for some of the things she did. Like my friend would come home sometimes to find the landlady in her suite or come home and know that things were out of place and hence knew someone was in there. My friend was scared to put in a formal complaint until she could find another place for fear of some sort of retaliation and unfortunately it was during the serious rental shortage period in our city and it took her almost a year to find another place. Creeptastic if you ask me. I dodged a bullet with that one for sure. :)

        • Erica House says:

          Wow. I don’t know if my landlord was that bad, but definitely close! I’d call the cops if someone was in my house – I don’t care if they own it or not!

          • Ali says:

            I know, right? It creeps me out just thinking about it.

            On an even creepier tangent… (sorry for this, but it just popped into my head) I remember a news story a couple of years ago about a landlord putting spy cams in the suite that he was renting. That totally made me paranoid because they can hide them so easily. In one of the places that my ex-boyfriend and I lived, there was a security system and I always freaked out thinking about how easily someone could be watching the camera without our knowledge. The ex totally thought I was a paranoid freak but you just never know especially when things like that actually happen from time to time. Although I guess if I am being honest, I do try to look for the best and stay on the positive side of things, despite the fact that there are creepy things that happen in this world. :)

          • Erica House says:

            Totally creepy!! You never know I guess what your landlord may be up to.

  • dotsie924 says:

    Ohhh, I like your new place! I am just getting to blogs…I was of work last week so I am just now catching up.

    I love the opening you see through the kitchen and living room! I want one of those ottomon type things you have in front your sofa…does it hold a good amount of stuff, or not really?

    I also love the curtains instead of closet doors..pretty neat!!

    • Erica House says:

      I got the ottomon from Target on sale for $60 I think and I LOVE it. It holds all my workout stuff – weights, mat, trigger point. It’s so easy to pull out and use when working out at home.



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