Ceiling Update

This is one area I have not touched based on in my rants on my blog, but I think it’s about time!

[warning: there are disgusting pictures below.]

We moved into our lovely apartment the day after our wedding, so August 3. Approximately 2 weeks after, some intense heat struck and our walls in the bathroom began to bubble and drip. We assumed they used the wrong type of paint and went to spend our day in air conditioned areas to avoid the heat. After the intense heat left, we noticed most of the bubbles disappearing.

A few weeks later, we noticed bubbles forming again, but over the shower itself. After about a week or so they grew and grew and dripped and dripped.

Eventually the mold came. This led to moldy/rusty/disgusting water dripping on our heads in the shower. (I sincerely apologize if Trevor or I have smelled at all the past month and half due to this issue…) We began to limit our showering or would make our showers super fast to get out of there as fast as possible.


Now you’re probably asking yourself, “Why didn’t they tell their landlord? That would have solved everything, right?” Well, we did tell him! Probably 3 weeks after the disgusting mold had formed someone finally came in to “fix” the problem. Basically, they scraped off the mold and put a board over the problem. Our landlord told us more solutions would be coming shortly but that’s all that would happen for now. It didn’t take long for the mold to creep around the board and down the wall. Talk about gross.


So, this brings us to the beginning of this week. Sunday Trevor got a call from the landlord saying that plumbers would begin their work on Monday to fix the issue. We were so excited something was finally happening!

Monday morning comes around and we’re happy to be out of their for the guys to get to work. Monday night we get home at 4:45 or so and run to the bathroom to see what’s up. The floor was a mess. The tub had disgusting stuff all over it. AND there was a ginormous hole in our ceiling. The pipe that was dripping now exposed and directly leaking into our tub. We looked around the place for a note saying when they would return – nothing.

So these old, beautiful buildings, aren’t so pretty on the inside really… The plumbers came back Wednesday. We had to be out by 8 am (neither of us were too happy about that..). I was feeling pretty hopeful that the whole situation would be done with, but of course, it was not.

All they did while we were gone that we can tell was apply this lovely board. There were also notices posted around our building saying water would be turned off from 8 am to 4 pm. So the solution has not been an easy one.

Last night when I got home I saw that there is a pipe replaced. But we still have this lovely hole. The board is also now taken down and we can see into our neighbors bathroom because they had to go into their bathroom to replace the pipe as well. All of this has just become a huge mess.

Here’s the latest update from our landlord:
“Plumbers are wrapping up work today. We will be closing off the wall between the two bathrooms for privacy. We will be leaving the ceilings exposed and opened over the weekend to allow the framing and material to dry. J&M will be in on Monday to being patch and repairs.”

So here’s to a long weekend with no showers.

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Our Place

Trevor + I have been in our wonderful apartment for quite some time now…well I guess we’re still under a month so maybe not. But really, it’s feeling like home now! Things are finally in their places (for the most part…) I am loving our neighborhood and we’ve already made some fantastic memories!

Today I snagged some shots from around our apartment. I learned how hard it is to take pictures of interiors! Especially our place. A lot of the rooms (save the living room) are pretty small so you can’t get quite the right angles..

Our Bedroom
Our Bedroom
The mirror above the dresser
The mirror above the dresser
All of my hair products + fave scents + contact necessities - post about all of that coming soon!
All of my hair products + fave scents + contact necessities – post about all of that coming soon!
My bedside table
My bedside table
Closet door - featuring many scarves
Closet door – featuring many scarves
Our lovely IKEA table
Our lovely IKEA table
Spike, Herb, Bert - our succulents
Spike, Herb, Bert – our succulents
Our countertop
Our countertop
Our dishes
Our dishes

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The only thing we have hung so far - Polaroids!
The only thing we have hung so far – Polaroids!
My bookcase, featuring only some of my books
My bookcase, featuring only some of my books
Our awesome IKEA couch  + throw + pillows
Our awesome IKEA couch + throw + pillows

There’s not much to our little place – but I love it anyway!

I made my goal of getting this posted before school started…it was a close one! My next goal is to establish a blogging schedule. That way I can stay on task with posts, even during my busy school year!

Like the pictures? Find more of my work – here.

Thanks for reading!
XO Elisebeth

IKEA

You guys! This is my 50th post using WordPress as my host site for my blog – I must say I have really grown to love it, even more than I had imagined!

So I still need to write up a post with pictures of our lovely apartment, but you will all see a little sneak peek of the place in today’s post!

My parents were the absolute best. For our wedding present from them, they took us to IKEA and bought us some furniture for our place. We had discussed with them in advance that we would probably get a couch at that time, since we didn’t have any living room furniture except a coffee table.

When we first got off the escalator into my all time favorite home store – the living room area was spotted. We tried out about fifteen different couches and joked about how it better be long enough to be able to sleep on. We finally found the perfect couch – eventually.

My parents, Trevor, Christian, and I continued to browse IKEA, because why not?! My parents asked us if we had all of our basics for our place. We mentioned we planned to buy a microwave soon, since we don’t have one. So my parents asked an employee if they have any stand alone microwaves. My mom had looked online briefly and saw built ins, which is all they sell unfortunately for us. My parents then proposed that they buy us a kitchen table and chairs instead of a microwave! Honestly, I was kind of shocked. We found an awesome table with fold out sides, and adorable chairs to go with it.

After getting home, the guys hauled up all of the big pieces. My parents wished us luck on putting together the furniture and took off.

We didn’t get to any building of furniture until the next day, after we had taken care of most of my boxes. Trevor began working on our kitchen table so we could have somewhere to eat dinner that evening. While he did that I put my millions of boxes of clothes on hangers, shelves, and in drawers.

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I helped him out a bit on different parts of the table, because some of those spots were hard to get screws into. But he did a majority of the work all by himself. He’s such a good handyman! Thank goodness we got a tool kit as a wedding present!

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The drawer on the front is so cute and looks great in our little kitchen!

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And here’s the beautiful finished table and chairs! It looks perfect in our kitchen! It has also been highlighted in a few of Trevor’s Instagram posts – check out his feed here.

The final project was our fantastic couch. We estimated the project would take us about 2 hours, but I think we got done in less than that. It was much simpler than we had anticipated, thankfully!

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Here is the beautiful finished product!

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I love our little apartment – it has certainly become home for us! I cannot wait to show you guys more about our place soon! I’ll be pulling out the DSLR soon and snapping some shots to share on here for sure. You can also see a few pictures of the space on my Instagram here.

Tiny Kitchen

I’m a major Buzzfeed addict.

As I mentioned in my last post, our new apartment will have a very small kitchen.

So I did what I do best, and did some good ole Buzzfeed research! Actually, I found this on Pinterest, and it has some great tips that I plan to utilize in our new home.

27 Lifehacks for your Tiny Kitchen

Do you have a small kitchen? If so, how do you make the most of your space? Any tips will be of great help to me! 🙂

Our Home

Last Friday (6/19), Trevor and I made a trip to Saint Paul, MN where we will be living next year. We viewed three apartment buildings, and 4 units total. The first two were in the same building, we liked them both but were not super drawn to either of them. The second building, was run by the same company so we figured it would likely be a good fit. We walked into the room and took a look around. That showing lasted about 15 minutes. We sat in the car until our next showing, discussing how transportation could possibly work with the location of this one. It was the farthest from the green line out of the three. We decided we both loved this apartment’s vibe and could see ourselves living there. But could we afford the price? We went to our final showing, and were quickly unimpressed. At the close of the showing she mentioned the price, which was $15 more than listed online. I immediately knew I could not live in that building due to the combination of things we noted: building smell, crazy lady property manager, weird tenants.

The obvious decision was the second building. So we drove to Target and sat in the Starbucks to fill out an application. I texted the property manager and told him we were applying.

After a week of sitting around, waiting, and corresponding through email with the individual filing our application, we found out we have been accepted for the apartment! I couldn’t be happier!

It’s a beautiful one bedroom apartment at Yale Apartments. If you look at the link, the unit we are getting is Floor Plan C.

Now I can’t stop looking at home decor ideas (I apologize if you follow me on Pinterest). I know Trevor is very specific in his home decor “needs,” so I have been keeping those in mind.

Here are some of my favorite ideas from Pinterest that I hope to include in our home.

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What I love about this picture? PLANTS. This last year I bought three succulents from IKEA – and they are my babies. Since Trevor doesn’t want real babies for awhile, I’ll stick to green things. I even named mine! Henrietta, Herb, and (I’m an awful plant mommy-I don’t remember the third name)!home decor 2I love this picture because of the wall decor and the couch pillows. I’m a sucker for good pillows.home decor 3 This picture shows my desires for kitchen cabinets. I love the idea of open cabinets – it forces you to keep them tidy! However, our apartment has doors on the cabinets, so we will be able to cover any possible mess – not that Trevor will ever allow that.home decor 4 This picture is a good representation of how I would love our bedroom to look. I love the light & open feel of this picture. The rug is also spot on in my opinion.home decor 5 I love the simplicity of this kitchen! The kitchen in our apartment will be super small, so I don’t think we could fit a bench area like that in there, but that would be a dream. However,  I really like this table and the chairs too – I would be more than happy to have those.home decor 6 Trevor loves pictures – obvi. We plan on getting some of our pictures printed and framed to decorate our place with. I would love a photo wall like this in our entry way!

I’m hopeful for a trendy and awesome apartment that feels like home for us. I cannot wait to move in on August 3!