Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Movin' On Up: New Apartment Tour

Happy Hump Day everyone, we're halfway through the week! 

(and we leave for Michigan tomorrow--squeeee!!)

Almost two months ago, Cam and I decided to move from the downstairs apartment in the house where we were living to the upstairs apartment. The previous tenants who were in the upstairs apartment when we moved in bought a house and moved out in April, so we jumped at the chance to have a little more space. Our previous apartment was two (small) bedrooms, one bath whereas the upstairs apartment has three bedrooms, two baths so it's much more conducive to having out of town company stay with us. It definitely still has the same dated decor (read: wood paneling) that the downstairs apartment did, but because it has a lot more windows and vaulted ceilings it's so much lighter and brighter.

The house itself is definitely...unique. The exterior is painted mauve and it's this little pentagon shaped cottage that has slanted interior walls that make you feel a little like you're inside a ship. I think it has good bones and if we owned it, I know we could renovate it and make it look really cool. But since it's not ours, we just kind of have to deal with what is. However, the upper deck is much larger and offers better views than the downstairs deck, so that's definitely a plus. Overall, I feel so much happier living in this apartment because I love how open, airy, and sunny it feels inside. And that's why I wanted to share it with you--enjoy a little peek into our home!

Our little cottage in the woods...

Family Room
Peonies are my favorite :)
Wood-burning stove
I am definitely no expert when it comes to styling bookshelves, I just tried to arrange what we have!
Souvenirs from Italy, Germany, and the Netherlands
Oregon & Michigan!

I love how much light our family room gets
View from the other side of the room
Sitting area
We have so many pinecones around our house, it's crazy!
The Kitchen
It also gets a TON of light!
View from the kitchen sink...not too shabby!
I love having fresh flowers in the house :)
Down the hallway from the kitchen are two small bedrooms--the littler one is used as a sort of makeshift garage/Lola's room
Downstairs bathroom
The larger downstairs bedroom is my office...and since it's the closest to the front door it's also where we keep coats/shoes
My desk aka where the magic happens Monday-Friday
We actually only have a small closet in our bedroom so Cam and I keep the majority of our clothes in the large closet in my office...that has curtains instead of doors...yeah.
Our Ikea cabinet that we purchased to use as a pantry in our downstairs apartment has also been relegated to my office
So that concludes the downstairs portion of the tour...
...let's go upstairs!
View of the family room from the stairs
Our cozy loft Master Suite :)
View from the bed

Our bathroom
I love that we can see out the window when we're laying in bed, it's so nice to see the stars at night and the sun/mountains in the morning. I'm not as crazy about the orange 1970s window shades...but oh well.
When you walk out of our room on to the top of the stairs, you get a great view. The vintage skis hanging over the window make it feel very Tahoe :)
Out on our deck we've got our grill and a great chair for reading
The view of the mountains is so much more open from our new deck and we eat most of our meals at the picnic table out here
Pyramid Peak
Trees, trees, and more trees

The sunsets are pretty amazing :)
Overall, we're really happy in this new apartment. Because it has that mountain cabin vibe, it sort of makes me feel like we're always on vacation! (Although working from home means I snap out of that pretty quick...ha.) I'm not sure how long we'll end up living in Tahoe, but I am definitely cherishing the memories we're making in this house because I doubt we'll ever get the chance to live in a little cottage like this again. Thanks so much for checking out our home! Xoxo

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  1. Cute! I love the look of the outside actually, it looks like a little mountain getaway. And I love the loft feel of the inside - you definitely utilised your space well :)


  2. Super Cute! You guys have done really well on taking advantage of all the space has to offer.

  3. I also love that your place has that cozy cabin feel - it's very Tahoe looking, and I mean who wouldn't want to feel like they are on vacation every day?! :) Your views are just breathtaking. I would adore sitting out there having meals every evening and looking out at that amazing view. Enjoy every bit of it!!

  4. I love it, it is beautiful inside and especially out. Have a great trip here in MI, travel safe!! :)

  5. I love all these pics, your place is lovely!

    Mal @ The Chic Geek

  6. I love this!! Jack and I would KILL to live in a place like this -- though I know it's totally different when you're actually there. But I can definitely tell you're making the most of it -- and it seems like Lola is fan -- which really is all that matters :)

  7. Jane, I love it! It has such a cozy and lovely feeling to it - you're right, it definitely feels very Tahoe, and I love it!

    Hope you're having a great week - thanks for showing us around :)

  8. Oh wow!!! First I love the vibe/feel of your apt. And then secondly, the views are amazing! Such a cool place to live!

  9. I love those built in bookshelves! I think they look great and what a great feature! Love the 'feel' of your place!

  10. Wait, stop it. This is where you live?! This is so awesome!! We have very similar towels and I have a lot of brown & blue in my bathroom/bedroom. LOVE!! Oh, and we have the same dresser. :)

  11. oh wow you are so lucky! its so cozy !

  12. fun photo tour! I love your bookshelf- it looks great although you said you weren't an expert, I love it! Great views and yeah it would be easy to think you were on vacation!!

  13. Your place is GORGEOUS! I love love love the view and the high ceilings! You've done wonderful things there!

  14. What beautiful views! Keeping an eye on the outdoors helps to forget those sweet window treatments indoors.

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  16. HI, You leave in a great place! So amazed with the forests around your home, great :) I live in a big city so You know, sometimes I wish to have some more trees around me :) thanks for sharing!


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