9.19.2011

an apartment tour in photos

i knew it was love when the posting said, "washer and dryer" and "dishwasher"---
the photos of the posting were AWFUL so i'm glad i was motivated by the magic washer and dryer words and not the photos.

and then it was a brownstone. and then it was the penthouse (we like to lovingly call our apartment the penthouse because it's the top floor). and then it had a washer and dryer! and a kitchen with more than six inches of counter space! and a dishwasher (the mini kind that we love)! and an exposed brick wall! and hard wood floors! and great views! and lots of natural light! and closets! one really big closet (like lion, the witch and the wardrobe size closet).
i could go on. forever.
but believe me, there are trade-offs. there are always trade offs.

it's so embarrassingly cliché, but i feel so blessed we found this place.
the last thing you want when you are in a new place and one of you is selling your soul to law school is an apartment you don't want to come home to.
and we have a great place. one that is a sanctuary and a happy place for us. we hope to stay for a while.

the magnet for the knives is my favorite addition to our kitchen repertoire. i've been dreaming about it for a while.
the photo wall now has a photo from all the countries we've visited together (and a couple extras). i love it.
the rainbow string of lights we got in thailand in july. the lights were our house warming gift to ourselves (that and the muji nyc skyline). it made me laugh and shake my head a little when that famous blogger blogged about similar lights the other day. of course she would, i thought to myself.

and as i said, i am really hoping for a bar stool or two and nice armchair. but that's the fun part- the hunt for those treasure items.

i/ben/we love our manhattan apartment. it defies manhattan apartment stereotypes. and you know how i love to defy stereotypes! success!

16 comments:

communikate. said...

you had me at washer and dryer. no, the dishwasher! wood floors? exposed brick?! holy smokes. it's the apartment of my dreams.

i'm glad you found it. you guys totally deserve a safe haven during the rocky road of law school.

communikate. said...

oh, and i see a perfect spot on the floor that i can sleep on when i come and visit.

i kid i kid.

or not.

ha.

Brittany said...

Such a great space, Emily. You're seriously so lucky.

I especially love your brick and your travel photo wall.

kb said...

oh my gosh. that brick wall. swoon.

Courtney said...

brick wall? um..yes please!

PS: we have that same record player in our living room!!! Nat King Cole never sounded so good!

kELLO! said...

^ kate better be ready to snuggle. with me. cause i'm totally coming to visit.
love the brick wall.
and i'm thinking about getting one of those magnetic knife things... but then again we're at the child stage in our lives so maybe i'm not thinking about it anymore...

naomi megan. said...

emily. it looks great! i am so happy you and ben are enjoying nyc so far. you make me miss living there. and, duh! we miss you in dc!

hanner said...

i lub it! and we really will come visit and admire that brick wall. often.

nomadic gnome said...

wow, you are a quick settler! your place looks so cozy and warm and inviting. love that it's on the top floor and you have natural light all day. la de da.

i also love those colorful knife handles on the knife magnet. so pretty.

laden backpack said...

ah, a sanctuary from the vicissitudes of life, a home, a penthouse, a protective wrap. I love it all ready and I too eyed the floor with lust, a hard day in the city, a good matt on the floor and as the morning dawns across the city, a floor rested body will arise and in renewed energy go out and tackle the city again. What a great place, even the brick wall speaks a thousand words of light, variation and color. thanks for the pics

Rhianne said...

oh Emily, its beautiful, I adore thte lights and love love love your gallery wall, I just put some or our travel photos in a frame too. it looks great!

EunnieProctor said...

Love the new apartment! You guys have been to a lot of countries! I pictured having a magnet for our knives and what a big temptation they would be for Paul ;)

shayna said...

Imagine my comment to be as poetic and beautiful as dad's was. I like the flow of the kitchen to the living room, I feel like it would be a good party apartment. Shall we have a party?

Linds said...

your apartment would be the best for a party. why didn't we have a dance party again? oh yeah, i was always asleep.

now can you come and decorate my house?

Jennifer M. said...

LOVE your apartment! I was just reading your "year in review" and found this post. Very cute and very NYC! I've been dreaming of living there someday, but have absolutely no idea what part would be good/safe/affordable to live in. Any thoughts? I'm sure it totally depends, right? I'm studying to be a graphic designer, so once that's done, I'll be looking for a job -- perhaps in the city? Hmm....

Christian said...

Your living room is a winner! The design is absolutely unique, especially the wall. It has that certain feel you only get in ancestral houses. You also did a pretty good job arranging all your books alongside your television. Have you had any prior experience as an interior designer?

Christian Traughber