Remember when we moved into our new apartment and I mentioned I would share photos of our place?
Well, here we are, 1.5 years later and I’m finally making good on my promise.
What we love about this apartment
Easily our favorite thing about the apartment is how much light flows in, especially during spring and summer. Some mornings we are downright blinded by sunlight!
Another HUGE perk with this apartment compared to the last one is that it’s on the top floor. This is a big deal for Will because he works from home and it’s incredibly hard to work with the noise of people walking above you (old buildings, I tell ya).
We have a great view of the Fremont Bridge and in the winter months when the trees are bare, we can see Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams clearly from our balcony.
Oh yeah – balcony! Need I say more?
We have a view of a stunning brick church and are serenaded by bells every day at noon and 6pm. Heck, I’d probably miss dinner it weren’t for those bells!
How long will we stay?
Our lease ends March 2021, so we plan to stay until then. And since we have big plans for our future (living abroad and living in NYC), we are not sure if we will renew.
An expired lease may be just the push I need. ????
Needless to say, this really feels like home to us. Much like our last apartment, it’s in a charming historic building in the NW neighborhood of Portland. We’re a stone’s throw from three major grocery stores and the walk to work is only one mile.
We both feel so lucky to live here and I apologize that these photos took so long to put together! But better late than never, I guess.
So without further ado, allow me to share our home.
This is my favorite room in the house because of the french doors that lead to the balcony. It was the biggest selling point for me because it feels so European!
The balcony overlooks the brick church I mentioned earlier and we watch church goers come and go Sunday mornings. It’s a great place to people watch with a cup of home-brewed coffee in hand. It’s also a great place to catch summer sunsets (proof below).
On weekends, we walk down to a nearby cafe with our mugs and stroll through various parts of the neighborhood. I usually gravitate toward Powell’s Books (6 blocks away!) but Will is on to me now so I have to ease up for a few weeks. ????
This is my second favorite room in our apartment because it houses all the knick-knacks we’ve collected throughout the years. Plus, there’s two massive windows in this room so it floods with light every morning.
The leather chair in the photo is my favorite piece of furniture. We purchased it after seeing one at our friend’s apartment (in New York City). Isn’t imitation the greatest form of flattery. 😉
We also purchased a bookshelf when moving into this apartment and I really like it too. We’ve been investing in furniture rather than buying cheaper pieces we wouldn’t care to move into our next apartment/home.
Our entrance is pretty simple – the key player here is the key bowl because we are notorious for misplacing house keys. Will already lost two sets!
When we first moved into this apartment, the hardest adjustment was getting used to the light from the shared hallway. The front door has frosted glass that lets light into the bedroom (directly to the right of the entrance).
It took a while to get adjusted to it but now it doesn’t bother us. Plus, waking up to summer sunshine streaming through the door is heavenly!
And there you have it, my friends. This is our cozy little Portland home. We’re definitely enjoying our time here!
I have to give tons of props to Will, he’s the reason our walls are so decorated. His adventurous spirit makes coming home a ton of fun.
Until next time,
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