Settling In


We’ve been in our new apartment for three weeks now and couldn’t feel more charmed and content in this very cozy home-sweet-home. And guys, setting up and outfitting a new space during the totally legit phase in pregnancy they call Nesting?! I have been having WAY too much fun! I’ve posted a few sneak peeks on Instagram so far, but with the more limited natural lighting we’ve got here, my iPhone camera just isn’t cutting it. So, it may be time to invest in a DSLR (recommendations, anyone?) but in the meantime, I intend to borrow one soon so that I can share a few more pictures.

For now I want to just rave a bit about a few of my favorite purchases & finds for this new layout. (After all, this blog is all about sharing Good Things!) I had a nice little fund set up thanks to the extra furniture and other things we were able to sell due to downsizing, and I’ve been intent on spending it well on things that are practical and beautiful, and that truly “spark joy!” 😉

One of our favorite things about this apartment is the utter lack of carpeting (as opposed to the wall-to-wall carpeting in every single room of the old place). Here we’ve got durable laminate wood flooring throughout, which is wonderful for the sake of cleanliness. However, I knew I wanted a rug in our sitting area, mostly for the sake of having a soft place for the little one to hang out on, and also partly to add a bit of visual interest and separation from our kitchen/dining space. I spent more time shopping for this purchase than any other, but ended up scoring an awesome deal from It arrived less than two days after I placed my order, too.

I was in the market for a bookshelf for my mini library since we no longer have built-in shelves, and I came across this one on Pinterest and decided it was perfect. (I should have read the reviews before I bought it, but it’s cute enough that I don’t mind the lack of quality so much.)

I’ve discovered that nothing makes a house a home or perfects any little vignette like flowers and plants. A trip to a local greenhouse was just as high on my priority list as Target was on our first day of settling in here.

Since we no longer live in a two-story house, we have no need for the second changing table we had found for ten bucks on a Facebook yard sale site. So thanks to a fresh coat of paint from a friend of ours who refinishes furniture as a side job and new knobs from Anthropologie, we found ourselves with a brand-new dresser. So fun! (Now to get the rustic plank bed that Caleb and his brother have been dreaming up made…then our master bedroom will be complete!)

Of course I’m also having a blast working on my nursery now that we’re finally in the home Frankie will be born in. That will merit a post all its own someday in the future, but you can sneak a peek at our registry awhile if you’d like an idea of where it’s headed.

What projects or purchases have brought you delight in your house and home lately? I’d love to hear from you!

2 thoughts on “Settling In

  1. I absolutely love the sneak peeks of your new place! Can’t wait to see more. 🙂 I recently switched from my hefty Canon DSLR to a Fujifilm mirrorless camera (I bought the XT-10). The quality of the photos is just as good as a DSLR but it’s so nice not having to lug a huge camera around, plus still having the options of interchangeable lenses. Happy shopping! 🙂 And I love your baby registry. So so cute!! Looking forward to seeing your nursery, too. 🙂

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