At Long Long Last

Finally! Here is the apartment in all its glory.

There are still a few things waiting to be sold, but, you know, sometimes you just have to move forward. Much as I am doing now. Pretend you don’t notice the mini-TV and the two motorcycle helmets (the motorcycle? got sold four years ago. We are a bit slow).

I drew a not-really-to-scale floor plan of the apartment so you could see how it is laid out. I live to serve you.

Ready? Onward!

The giant bookcase in the entry way. This is what happens when a Comparative Lit major marries a History major who becomes a librarian and a book blogger. Look out for a book giveaway soon. . . .

The view from the front door. That television should be making its grand exit this morning. Cross your fingers.

The view from my desk chair to the entry way.

Onto the kitchen! Where I know that my blinds are not even. Welcome to my life.

Yeah, should have turned on the flash. Sorry.

Bart put up that towel rack. He is awesome.
My mom sent us that dish rack. She is also fantastic.

Little shelf set in the kitchen, which is pretty much the most brilliant thing in the world and why didn’t we do this in our last kitchen?!

I love this sunlight. It is very lovely in the afternoon. Or, I’m guessing, for about ten minutes a day in the winter.

On to the living room:

We are selling the green chair so, eventually, it will be less crowded in there. I will miss that ottoman more than is healthy, though.

My closet. With mirrors on it.

The “office.” Where I am sitting at this very moment.

Another picture of the living room. Hi boxes.

And now to the bedroom:

This bed was my anniversary present. Pretty much the greatest day of my life.

All rejoice!

Bart’s wardrobe, plus the laundry bins and drying rack.

Wardrobe plus my closet in the background. Oh yes, I have two closets.

One other thing. This garbage can?

It was Bart’s anniversary present. He asked for it specifically. Only took four years for us to becoming old boring married people.

And. . . .that’s where we live. Come visit anytime. I hope you like air mattresses.

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  • Reply Jennifer Lee August 28, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    LOVE the wall of books–it is Sungti's dream to have a home with a wall of books. Also, you didn't even comment on the cute aprons hanging in the dining area. Don't worry. I noticed them anyway and thought that was a brillant way to hang them (right out in the open, I mean.)
    We love air mattresses! And you! And Bart! And Dunkin Donuts! So, obviously we'll come see you in Boston.

  • Reply Douglas Carl August 28, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Looks great. I'd enjoy seeing some pictures of the exterior of your building and neighborhood as well.

  • Reply Noelle August 28, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    Wow! I'm impressed you got unpacked so quickly!!! Looks great 🙂 The wall of books is also most impressive.

  • Reply Beth F August 28, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Looks lovely — all that sunshine.

  • Reply megan August 28, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    At long last? I have lived in this house for five years in september, and I am STILL no where near as organized. Too bad I can't have you come throw out lots of our stuff and organize our lives. Nice job.

  • Reply S August 28, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Nice! I'm curious to know if/how you have your books organized…

  • Reply Lexilooo August 28, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    So, so adorable! Also, I LOVE those wardrobes…where are they from? Steve is in need of something similar…the closets in his house are ridiculously small.

  • Reply Jess August 28, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    The apartment is gorgeous! And I still can't believe how quickly you pulled all this together.

  • Reply RA August 28, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    The place looks great! What if you get an ottoman to use as a coffee table of sorts? Then maybe you won't miss the green one as much…

    If/when I come to visit, the very first thing I will do is skim all the titles on your lovely big bookshelves. I love to "eavesdrop" on what people are reading or have read.

  • Reply Heather August 28, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    My favorite was the blueprint of the apartment. That really helped me get a feel for things. And if I didn't have four kids, I'd pack my bags and come visit since "I've never been to Boston in the fall . . ." Plus, it would be weird should we never meet in person.

    Congrats on getting everything in order.

  • Reply ellen August 28, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    What a cool apartment!! Isn't Boston great?!?

  • Reply Ralphie August 28, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    It looks lovely Janssen. You did a great job. And knowing you, I'm not at all surprised that you have it all set up already.

    I love the wall of books in the entry way. That's my favorite part. And that wreath! I am loving that wreath! (Mine is still not hung up BTW)

  • Reply Packrat August 28, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Thanks! I'm a "house nut", so I love seeing pictures and floor plans. So cute! If I come to stay, I claim the couch. LOL

  • Reply Angella August 28, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    I love it!!

    Want to come over and decorate my house? 😉

  • Reply Chelsea August 28, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Looks pretty cute! I really liked the bookcases and wardrobe that you had. Did you get those at Ikea or somewhere else?

  • Reply Kristy August 28, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    It's darling! What a great space, and you've done a lovely job with it. I love the bed!

  • Reply emandtrev August 28, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    That looks absolutely fantastic! I love the wood flooring and the way you've organized everything. I too would love to see pictures of the city (once you get a chance, of course!) too!

  • Reply Yankee Girl August 28, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    I love (and miss) hardwood floors. The apartment looks wonderful!

  • Reply Sara August 28, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Seriously, so cute! I love the hardwood floors and the wall of books. Nicely decorated.

  • Reply Melanie August 28, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Cute apartment! I love that you have sunlight streaming through the windows. Hopefully you'll get more than 10 minutes in the winter.

  • Reply Kelly J. August 28, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    Wait. You get a BED and your husband gets a TRASH CAN?

  • Reply Bean August 29, 2009 at 3:50 am

    I love it! And one day, hopefully, my books will look as lovely as yours!

  • Reply Peaceful Reader August 29, 2009 at 3:54 am

    love your bookshelves-your apt. looks so very clean!!

  • Reply Miri August 29, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    I love your bookshelf. So. Much. There are few things in life that I want more than a bookshelf like that. It is amazing.

    Also, your anniversary bed looks incredible with that beautiful dappled light coming in from the window!

  • Reply Alison Stewart August 29, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Ditto on the book shelf….with all the books! Don't give them away.

  • Reply Kait August 30, 2009 at 12:54 am

    Love the wall of books. It is priceless, please don't give it away unless it is with the intention of filling it back up! ha. Beautiful apartment– makes me excited for mine!

  • Reply Trish August 30, 2009 at 1:50 am

    Lovely lovely–although you know my favorite part is that bookshelf. I desperately need/want one of those SO BAD.

    Glad you're finally feeling a little more settled.

  • Reply Angela Noelle August 30, 2009 at 8:05 am

    I must join in with the chorus of coveters on the bookshelf. Want.

    Also…dodgey Douglas! Friend or foe, I think shots of the building exterior is a taaaaad shady after the houseplan has been supplied alongside the highly-coveted possesions.

    (P.S. Bart's neatness…or is it yours?…is highly pleasing to my soul)

  • Reply bethany August 30, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    beautiful! love your books, crooked blinds and white bed. 🙂

  • Reply Carly Jane August 31, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Can I just tell you how much I LOVE hardwood floors. And your white bed is lovely. I'm actually impressed you own as many books as you do–since you've claimed in the past to not like owning books (or something to that effect). Hooray for a new city and new apartment and new start! I'm so very excited for you guys!

  • Reply La Petite Chic August 31, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Oh, Janssen, it looks beautiful! I'm so envious of your bookcase and book collection. If only I could get my husband to read more 🙂

  • Reply heidikins August 31, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    I'm still swooning over your bookcase…and your multiple closets.

    And I'm seriously looking at fares to Boston. You, me, NPW, Kelli…it'll be FAB!


  • Reply Lisa August 31, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Your bed is so lovely! And white!

    I sometimes wish I had a small place that would prevent clutter in corners.

  • Reply Hall Happenings September 1, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    I love your place. It reminds me of my apartment in New York. Oh how I miss the East Coast!

  • Reply Monica September 1, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Brad and I are thinking about next summer–does that work for a visit? We also cannot stop randomly commenting about how much fun we had with you too.

    I LOVE your place–especially the book shelves. It's my dream to have such bookshelf.

  • Reply kristen September 8, 2009 at 3:32 am

    i want that trash can. 😉 cute apartment, we'll have to come visit! and i had no idea there was such a huge "book blogging" world out there! i need to read more…

  • Reply Amber September 29, 2009 at 3:51 am

    Oh mackeral — that book shelf is incredible!!!

    Looks like Boston is fun! 🙂

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