Friday, September 28, 2012

kitchen time

I'm about to go out of town for the weekend, but wanted to quickly post some pics of my kitchen in my current condo before I leave.  I actually really like my kitchen a lot, and it was one of the reasons I bought my place: the previous owners had rehabbed it, and very tastefully, too; I love the cork floors and the marble backsplash.  I think it's an IKEA kitchen, and just for the record, I think IKEA does really great kitchens that are quite durable.  I know IKEA gets a bad rep sometimes for having items of sub-par quality, but I'm still an IKEA fan at heart, even though I wouldn't necessarily furnish my entire home with their stuff.   Here are a couple pictures (again, weirdly distorted; my apologies!):

Pretty cute, right?  The kitchen is a really nice size for a condo kitchen in Chicago.  I've made many a nice meal in here!  

The kitchen in my new place will hopefully look very much the same as this one once I'm done with it; it currently has some pretty lame-o cherry cabinets and black granite countertops; I plan to keep the countertops but paint the cabinets out white and add some brushed brass cabinet pulls (from overstock; photo below).  In my dream world I would also add a subway tile backsplash, but alas, I am going to be broke as a joke when I move into my place, and so that may have to wait for later.  I'll post pictures of the kitchen in the new place soon.  Gotta go pack!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

some pictures before I go

I haven't started packing anything in my condo yet - I move in a little over a month, but will be out of town for the next two weekends and decided I'd put off packing up until after both of those trips.  In the interim before the big move, I thought I'd post some photos of rooms in my condo that I've never  really shown in their entirety here on this blog.  When I listed my place for sale, the real estate company sent a photographer over to take professional photos of the property, which look pretty nice, but are also weirdly stretched out (no doubt to make the rooms look larger than they are).  I asked my agent to send the pics to me, but be warned: the proportion and scale are a little off in the pics below.  Still, though, the lighting is good and the images are better than anything I seem to be able to produce with my crappy point and shoot camera from Target.  So without further ado, I bring you first...a photo of my office.

Again, the photo is clearly distorted (look at the clock and the lampshade on the yellow dresser, for goodness' sake!), but you can get a bit of an idea of what the room looks like.  The yellow dresser is this one that I stripped and re-painted and posted about here; bookshelves and desk are IKEA; chair is a knock off Chinese Chippendale I got from Pier One a few years ago and painted glossy white.  Now that I look at this picture again, it's so stretched out, you really can't get much of an idea of what the room really looks like.  Dammit.  I'm annoyed.  

OK, so let's give this another try, with two photos of my foyer:

Ugh - totally distorted again, but maybe you get the picture (no pun intended).  The front entryway was actually the subject of one of my very first posts, but from here you can see how it looks into the living room on one side, and also the hallway leading to the dining room on the other.  It really is a cute little foyer.  I will miss coming home to it!

More posts soon of any other photos I can salvage and that aren't too weirdly photoshopped!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

I think it's happening

Well, well, well.   I wrote in my last post that I may be moving soon, and I *think* it may actually be happening!  Don't want to jinx anything, but it looks like I have a buyer for my condo and my offer on a house was accepted a few months ago.  This is all super exciting and I'm already making tons of plans for how to decorate the new place.  I'm going to be looooooow on cash when I move in, since I had to sell my condo at a significant loss (piece of s--t real estate market), so that means no wallpaper and no fancy bathroom renovations like I did in my last place.  But I think I can still make some really fun changes with lots of paint, new cabinet hardware and faucets, new bathroom tile, etc.  

I've allowed myself a little room in my budget to buy a bit of new furniture, including two new chairs and a sofa for the living room (I'm thinking my current enormous sofa and yellow chairs will go in the basement to make a kind of home theater with a big ass television).   I'm already having some of these items delivered to my current condo so that when I move they can be taken directly to the new house - though the new sofa will be delivered directly to the new place.  I thought it might be fun to show you some pics of what's in store as everything arrives!

Here are pics of the new sofa and chairs.  Well, actually, that's a picture of the sofa in its loveseat version; I bought it at Macy's and they didn't have the full sofa out on the showroom floor, so imagine it slightly larger, with one extra seat cushion.  When I went to Macy's, it was to check out a specific sofa - a Martha Stewart couch with a Chesterfield silhouette - but when I walked by this one, I took a double take.  After looking at if for a few moments, I figured out why it caught my attention: it reminds me very much of a tufted leather chair that belonged to my grandfather when I was little.  I'm hoping that a leather couch with tufting will always look neat; I love my couch now but it's huge and always looks sloppy after someone's been sitting on it.  

The chairs are SUPER cool - the upholstery is this neat, nubby bright red wool/raw silk.  They're really different and I love the juxtaposition of the funky fabric with the classic French Provincial chair frame.

I will post more pictures as new items come in!  Hopefully everything goes well and I'm able to move in at the end of October!