our apartment

our apartment

Hello. I'm new here. I figured I'd introduce myself and show you pictures of the apartment I share with my fiance and our cat. We live in a small-ish (although we've upgraded from our first place, which was tiny) apartment in the Northeastern United States. LivingRoom2 The living/dining room combination. LivingRoom3 We hung that picture way too high. NewTVStand New TV stand. LivingRoom4 We've since added a small bookshelf to the right of the piano and moved our little mosaic table next to my desk. Kitchen2 The baker's rack and credenza. Kitchen3 Limited counter space. Ducky1 Our bathroom. Ducky3 I love the rug. Bedroom1 We've since switched things around to add a desk. I should really update our pictures. Bedroom2 Lots of books. StockingKitty She rules the place. OurChristmasTree2 Our first tree. Hints for first time apartment owners (especially those on graduate-stipend salaries like us): Craig's List is your best friend. Seriously. Our TV stand, the giant red desk, our bookshelves, our piano, our bed frame and our floor lamp all came off of CL at a fraction of their original prices. Don't feel as if you have to settle for crappy stuff because it is second hand or because you don't have a lot of money. Many people sell things in brand-new or almost new condition. Be patient and you'll eventually see what you want. It took three months for us to get that TV stand. It's originally from Pier 1 and cost over $100, I think, but we got ours for $35 and there isn't a scratch on it. (We saw the same stand from another CL seller that was a bit beat up, but I politely declined. Two weeks later we got ours for less money than the first guy wanted.) If you're a looking for your first place, be aware of things like whether the apartment is on the same side of the building as the dumpsters (very smelly and noisy), if there's any construction in the area or if there are railroad tracks nearby. These things seem obvious but it's easy to overlook them. I didn't notice the dumpsters when I moved into my first place and that entire year was a nightmare. I'm looking forward to seeing all of your apartments.
Purple Coneflower?

Purple Coneflower?

sign of spring

sign of spring

Castor bean and trumpet plant

Castor bean and trumpet plant

My first bloom!

My first bloom!

Red Lily Beetle alert.

Red Lily Beetle alert.

Room in my Florida house…

Room in my Florida house…