Sometimes I get so sick of discussing the same thing over and over again. Ok, so Colin and I have been trying to decide where we are moving to. Our tiny apartment is only 600 square feet and it is getting cramped in here, lemme tell ya! Well, we were 'shopping' online for the perfect place and Colin says, 'Hey, we never dicussed this before, but what if we spent the money we would have spent on moving...on totally revamping, reorganizing, and redecorating the place we have?'
Um, scuse me?
So after I roll my eyes and sigh heavily a billion times, we started seriously talking about what we could do to make this space work for us. And..it's a LOT. Thousands of dollars in new furniture, renovation, and countless manhours shopping and reorganizing. Not to mention the lifestyle changes we will have to make to keep this tiny space clean all the time. I feel like this subject has been a constant thorn in my side. So...we're not moving. And I guess that's ok.
Now so you don't think I'm spoiled or something, let me tell you that our home is filled with almost nothing but thrift store furniture. We had literally nothing when we moved here. Suitcases and our computer. That was it. But in order to set up house really quickly, we had to buy things fast. Fast and cheap. So, we went to the thrift stores almost everyday to try and fill our house. And Walmart was our best friend. OK, fast forward 3 years and 3 kids and you can guess that our house is taking on a shabby tone...with none of the chic. Every room is a mish-mash of junk furniture and the cheapest that Walmart stocks. Obviously, there is nothing wrong with this....it just isn't us. We're ecclectic, kinda funky, experimental, travelers......and our home reflects none of that.
So now I have literally been given carte blanche to get this house into shape. Whatever I spend it won't cost the nearly 10,000 euros it would cost us to move to a new place and stock the extra square footage. (Yes, it really IS that expensive here) And of course I will see immediate results instead of turning our lives upside down by moving to a new town. Another good thing is I don't have to find a new school for Lara and Mia. They both have a spot reserved in one of the best childcare programs in this city and I wasn't thrilled to have to move them. Now we won't and we can relax and make plans and get comfortable.
It's kinda silly, but we have been living here for 3 years and still haven't made this our 'home'. We've been living temporarily and I think that was the root of our problem with our 'small' apartment. It may be small, but there are so many things I love about it. We have incredible light and it's new and in awesome condition. We are just a few blocks from our tiny dowtown where I can get almost everything I need. And we are just a block from the street train which is awesome for me since I don't have a German driver's license.
So, even though we're not moving, I am going to make this work. We are going to have a fabulously fun and functional apartment and I can't wait! Ok, so thanks for reading my novella! Hahahaha! Here are some photos as a reward! Ciao!
everything in norah's photo is by laura alpuche (symphony kit & frameworks) thanks, Laura!