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The 100th Post: Our Tiny Apartment

It seems fitting that for our 100th post we feature the tiny apartment that has become our home. I don’t know how much longer we’ll be here, it could be a year, it could be five, but I do know that I’ll never forget it. I’ve always told Theresa that I’d be happy anywhere as long as I had her, but I know when we finally decide to move on it will be a bittersweet parting. These 700 square feet or so have born witness to our life as newlyweds. It has harbored us within its brick walls as we’ve grown and matured as a couple. I am thoroughly content here, and it’s sometimes difficult to imagine being anywhere else.

The running joke/question when it comes to any kind of home related purchase is “where are we going to put it?”. Given the limited amount of space we have to work with it’s a legitimate question. Over the last few years Theresa has pulled together an assortment of wonderful things. After dozens of estate sales and with more than a little help from Theresa’s incredibly talented parents, she has created a place that truly feels like home to us. It is with great pride that we can say nearly everything in our home has been made, or refurbished by someone in her family.

Sitting here typing away on the now famous Chester I look around and realize just how blessed we are. However, it’s not our material wealth that blows me away. Rather it is the love and support of our family, and the legacy that they have given us through their hard work and time that humbles me. It is the knowledge that I am well and truly loved by my wife, by my parents, by her parents. It the deep seated faith that even if our apartment burned to the ground tomorrow we would be alright because we have each other. The beautiful things in our house are just a reminder of the larger truth: we are loved.

All you need is love.

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21 Responses

  1. Mary Jane

     /  January 17, 2011

    What a wonderful tiny apartment! Great Photos! It is so fun to think back on all the transfomations of salvaged items that have made your house a home. Each peice holds a memory, a weekend of estate sales, Second Saturday’s, weekends at home, planning, painting, fiting furnature into the old 4 Runner and the tiny Prelude. Your hearts have gone into makeing your home, and it is a reflection of who the two of you are……from the gun cabinet made over into a bookshelf to the tiniest of owls!

    Love, Mom

  2. Wow! I love everything about your apartment! Great job!

  3. Mom, THANK YOU! It would not look like this if it were not for you and Dad!

    Heather, thanks! It has been a work in progress, I can only imagine what kind of shenanagins I would be up to if we had a WHOLE HOUSE to work with!

  4. truly gorgeous. I adore your cup and plate storage SO much and love all the old maps you have!

  5. your house is AMAZING and happy 100th post! i have that white owl mug but in black! i love having my morning coffee in it…makes me smile πŸ˜€


  6. Thanks cb. That little owl is my official mug. Theresa got it for me as a Christmas present and I love it. I kind of have a thing for owls :)

  7. How inspiring! You can just tell how much character and loveliness you brought into the space. Looking forward to reading and seeing more!

  8. congrats on your 100th post– that first photo is adorable, by the way! your apartment is way cool, and you’ve done so much with such a small space! i love your dresser w/ all of the jewelry on top. i mean, seriously, it’s amazing.

  9. Absolutely love what you guys have done with your apartment. The colours, the pieces of furniture, the wall features, posters, the mug stand, they are all lovely pieces, full of character and life which gives the apartment a sense of warmth and style. Keep it up guys!

  10. Happy 100! I know I’m behind in the congrats, but had to say that your apartment is adorable – keep the blog posts coming :)

  11. Maybe not the mustard sofa, but i like everything else! You have a lovely home!

  12. I got here via The Etsy Blog and I’m now inspired to attack Spring Cleaning with a purpose greater than just clearing away the dust: to make every corner of our house beautiful to look at. I especially enjoyed the photo of your kitchen with its oh-so-familiar linoleum tiled floor; I grew up with that floor, though ours was a very 70s shade of orange! You have a gorgeous home, thanks for sharing it!

  13. Bravo to you both! I am glad to have stumbled upon your blog through If your Seattle flat is tiny, mine (also in Seattle) is tinier but it’s home and I love it. I am now inspired to further improve my small space. Thanks for sharing your lovely home!

    P.S. I think Chester is simply brilliant!

  14. I just love your place very cute and wow how great is it with all those interesting treasures I love your colorful dishes, and the yellow couch is simply to die for, love your view from the window, just love all of it, I love thrift stores and creating cool stuff , you have a fantastic home.

  15. What an inviting, appealing, creative place to live! Thank you for sharing- I enjoyed every picture. Particularly liked the coffee table with the mugs displayed.

  16. Your house is a home. I can see the love and fun that have gone into makeing it the beautiful haven that is so inviting. I especially like the table-window area..I would sit there for everything that I had to do sitting is just a lovely place. Nancy

  17. I agree with Nancy — that view from the table is awesome! And the beauty of small spaces (I have one too) is that it doesn’t take much to turn them into warm cozy homes. Congrats on the 100th post!

  18. your home is perfect! i love all the little vintage finds, the furniture, the handmade touches here and there…and you’re DMB fans to boot? i knew i liked you two, but now i really dig you. πŸ˜‰

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