Howdy! It has been a full week since we arrived in Colorado. It took us quite a few days to unpack, even though we did not move with many furniture. But nevertheless, we are home! This video tour shows the apartment we are moving into, which is a half basement of an old house. If you are in a hurry and do not have time for a video, I also included some photos below. Thanks for visiting!
You immediately enter the living room when walking into the front door. The lack of a drop-off zone is a common problem with every rental we have been. In our last rental, we carved out of a small entryway with shelves and wall-mount hooks. In this rental, we are lucky to have an enclosed sunroom right over the front door, which we immediately turned into a mudroom.
Storing shoes and winter coats outside of the front door keeps living room clean and free from clutter. Then, this becomes the view from the front door – day bed doubles as a sofa, kitchen island, and kitchen.
Since this is a relative short rental, we do not want to buy a sofa yet. A full mattress covered with our king-size bedding becomes a perfect sofa bed for movie nights and afternoon naps. Like many of you, we do not watch TV almost at all. Our entertainment is streaming with a projector. We store the projector, amplifier, and speakers inside the coffee table and project movies on the opposite wall.
The projector wall. This will be the wall we project movies and shows onto. The projector screen is lying on the floor, waiting to be mounted.
Slav has a pretty cool standing desk which he has been using for a couple years. We are lucky to get a few of these desks for cheap. We each kept one desk for personal use (mine is not assembled at this moment due to lack of space). As for the rest of the desks, Slav disassembled them and only kept the motorized legs. Our plan is to make an adjustable-height kitchen island with these legs, which we can lower and use as a dining table when needed.
The boxes to the left are (hopefully) temporary. These are Slav’s electronic “stuff”, which to me are trash but to him are definitely treasure. Well, at least he promised that they will be consolidated and “gone” by the time I come back from my expected China trip in April.
Kitchen cook top and eat-in island. We have been eating all of our meals standing up next to the island due to lack of chairs. 😉
Kitchen. This is a pretty old house so the kitchen is … authentic. We could not unpack all our cookware and dishes due to the lack of storage. Interestingly, we got comfortable with just a few dishes pretty quickly. See, there is no dish washer, and we only have one shallow sink. A couple plates and mugs are used for each meal, then immediately washed and dried. Next meal, we just used the same ones. It is very different how we use our plates and mugs when we had a dishwasher.
Laundry room. Yes. this door needs some upgrade…
The small hallway next to the stove leads to bedroom, bathroom and the utility closet. We did not unpack many art pieces and picture frames at the new place, only a few that means a lot to us. The painting hung above our bed is by Adam Faglio from Poland. He is a family friend and a brilliant artist. He painted the castle from Slav’s hometown in winter.
Bathroom. There is very little storage so we only unpacked the essentials. My guess is that we will again get used to live on very few things. We never had storage units, but we are not minimalist either by any means. I kind of like how this place forced us to live towards minimalism.
Our landlord is so kind that he gave us this new “world map) shower curtain. Do you know that there is a place called “the Sandwich Islands“?
I hope that you like our little rental! It is an old house and it is not perfect. But this cozy place is where we became Coloradoans. One of the things sold Slav to this place is a sunroom that spins the entire length of our apartment on the southern side, which I will show you in a separate video tomorrow. Thanks for checking out!