THE APARTMENT SERIES // 2 OF 4

Hi Friends!

Some of you may know that I LOVE interior design.  I follow many – a – design blog and decorating my own home is really fun for me.  So, I plan to do a four part series where I show you the four different apartments that I have lived in, including the one I currently reside in!  This is part 2.

After my first year working and living at the boarding school (mentioned in my last post), I was moved into a new apartment.  The perks of this new place were that it was a two bedroom apartment in a girls dormitory and I would be living on my own (albeit attached to a dorm of 25 senior high school girls!).  Some of you may think this is all very crazy, to live with hormonal teenage girls.  However, I absolutely LOVED it.  I loved living with those kids!  It was such an exciting time in their lives, applying to college, learning how to live  semi-independently and making really great relationships with both their peers and adults alike.  Boarding school is not a place where people send their bad children, like many people think.  It’s an incredible learning experience for all involved (more on that in another post!).

Anyway, back to the apartment.  This apartment was a two bedroom, one bathroom apartment on the third floor (walk up!).  It had 5 walk in closets (5!!!!!!) I lived there for one year and in the summer after that first year my apartment was renovated!  So, you’ll see some before and after pictures below.  I lived in this apartment for three years total (one un-renovated and two renovated).  Enjoy!

BEFORE // The Living Room

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BEFORE // The Bathroom

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BEFORE// The Kitchen & Dining Area

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(please take note of the home made cabinets in the picture below, complete with linoleum flooring as the counter top!)

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BEFORE // The Entry

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BEFORE // The hallway with the guest bedroom behind

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BEFORE // The long hallway looking toward the guest bedroom – kitchen behind – living room to the left

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BEFORE // The Guest Bedroom / Office

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BEFORE // My Bedroom

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AFTER // The Bathroom

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AFTER // The Kitchen & Dining Area

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AFTER // Home made cabinets turned (amazing!) laundry nook

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AFTER / The Guest Bedroom / Office

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AFTER // The Long Hallway (behind is guest room – kitchen ahead – living room to right)

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AFTER // The Entry

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AFTER // The Entry looking into the guest bedroom

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AFTER // My Bedroom

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AFTER // The Living Room

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Pretty incredible transformation, huh?  I feel like in these before and after pictures, you can see my style evolving.  I never got around to completely finishing painting the TV stand (oops!).  The renovated version of this apartment has been my favorite living space in my adult life, hands down.  The only thing that was missing? Dan, of course!

p.s. Two posts in two days.  You guys, I’m on a serious blog roll!

The Apartment Series // 1 of 4

Hi Friends!

Some of you may know that I LOVE interior design.  I follow many – a – design blog and decorating my own home is really fun for me.  So, I plan to do a four part series where I show you the four different apartments that I have lived in, including the one I currently reside in!  This is part 1.

When I graduated from college, I couldn’t wait to have my own apartment to decorate.  I moved to Blairstown, NJ  to work as a teacher at a boarding school.  At many boarding schools, teachers often live in apartments that are attached to dormitories.  However, this particular year they didn’t have space, so they gave me an apartment on campus and assigned me a roommate.  I was by no means pleased with this, especially after sharing space with college kids for 4 years.  But, little did I know that my roommate would become one of my best friends! (love you Ame!!!) We shared a 4 bedroom (!), 2 bathroom apartment on the floor above the infirmary.

It was a really great space with lots of character.  Wood floors, built ins, large living space, etc.  Because this apartment was a temporary situation, we didn’t go too crazy with decorating it, because we both moved into (much smaller) apartments the following year.  Below are some photos of some of the shared spaces and my own personal space in the apartment.  The apartment came painted the colors shown in the pictures below, except for the bedroom.  I painted it green.  The photos were taken with a super old point and shoot camera.  I did my best to edit them, but the quality and lighting is not the best (read: terrible).

The Bathrrom

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The Guest Bedroom / Office

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My Bedroom

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The Kitchen

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