Sunday, January 4, 2009

home sweet home


I'm writing this post from my new digs. It's a grey morning, and I'm sitting in my self-proclaimed "breakfast nook" having just completed breakfast and nursing my second cup of coffee. From the tall plate glass windows I can see the street, lined with old historic brick homes. The one directly across the street has a turret like a castle! The apartment itself is on the second floor of an old building. We have old-fashioned radiators that keep it toasty and warm as well as wood floors and two (count em!) closed-up fireplaces with mantels.

I can't really describe how happy I am with the way everything has worked out. When I first moved to this town three years ago, I rented a room in a house as a way to save money and as a "temporary" thing. Three years later...I was still there and getting more and more frustrated with lazy, slobs masquerading as roommates as well as just tired of not having my own place to call home. I never felt like I could invite friends or colleagues over, nor could I entertain and throw dinner parties (I love to cook). It was really stifling and I don't know if I even realized how much until this week when I moved here.

Already, DF and I have decorated the place with our own things and are having some friends over to hang out this afternoon. One of my coworkers lives in the neighborhood and we were invited to a neighborhood potluck at her place last night. We were by far the youngest ones there (mostly eldery and retired live here) but they were so fun-loving and charming and warm that we felt very comfortable.

We spent the Christmas holidays packing and then the last few days of the year moving boxes into the apartment in a series of short runs. The last day of the year was the final push when we got all our furniture here and cleaned the old place. We spent New Years Eve exhausted in front of the TV, curled up in our new home and ready to greet the new year.

It's nice to have a home. :)

10 comments:

Kati said...

Oooh! Pretty! I love the warm, toasty color on the walls and the hardwoods and all the white trim. It's very grown up looking!

Carolyn Jean said...

You new home is absolutely gorgeous! And TWO fireplaces! I love seeing these pictures.

Tracy said...

Look at how incredibly cute your apt. is!! Very nice. Isn't it wonderful to be away from the roomies? Love the floors!

sula said...

heh. Thank you all for oohing over my new place. I'm so happy. *g*

Kati, "grown up" is the perfect word...I had not thought of that, but you're right. About time I grew up. heh.

CJ, I totally heart the fireplaces. Now if I could only think of a creative and funky way to decorate them.

tracy, after having been away from the roomies for almost a week, I can't imagine how I put up with them for so long. gack!

Kristie (J) said...

Oh wow!! Look at those floors!! And the fireplace!! And the view. What a charming place you have there!! I am SO happy for you and DF!!

Kwana said...

Congrats on our new place!! I love the fireplace. I wish you all the happiness in the world there.

Dev said...

What a cute place! I love it :-)

Rosie said...

Love the new place! It looks wonderful. Those windows will be fantastic in the spring, although I like to look out the window year round.

Sula, I just sighed at those pictures of you in the wedding gowns. My fave is the first here. Maybe because it's so romantic looking and looks so 'right' on you.

Sarai said...

Aww it looks so nice and cozy. Congrats on the new place

Kat O+ said...

I'm jealous of your round dining table. I've wanted one for aaages.