I’ve been alluding to “big news” for awhile now, and it’s long overdue that I share. Leo and I had been house hunting for quite some time, and we FINALLY found a place and are moving in a few weeks! Very, very exciting stuff.

When you go through big life changes, you never know how you’ll feel at any moment in time. I’ve lived in my current place for a little over 3 years now, and I’m surprised at how bittersweet I am about leaving. This was the very first apartment I ever lived in alone, and when I reflect at how much I’ve grown and evolved over the last three years, I can’t help but get a tad sentimental.

I was in such a different place in my life when I first moved in. Thought it’s only been three years, in those three years I’ve changed jobs, started my blog, had my first pet experience, traveled to beautiful new places. Life is a crazy thing.

This was the first apartment I actually put effort in decorating – as you can imagine, as a 25-year-old, my home decor budget was essentially nonexistent. I made do with what I had, and managed to make this little place feel like home. Many of the pieces I added to the house have a story, so I’ve tried to capture my favorite ones here.

My First ApartmentI adore this print I have up in my kitchen. I found it on Society6, and had it printed & mounted on canvas. Since I couldn’t paint, I added color to the room with these light orange Urban Outfitter curtains and blue Ikea folding chairs.My First ApartmentMy First ApartmentThis Alessi salt & pepper set was a gift from Leo – the little characters can be moved around as their feet are magnetic. Aren’t they adorable?My First ApartmentThese rocks were our table “cards” at a wedding we attended in Greece a couple of years ago. Such a cool idea – I’ve had them out ever since.My First ApartmentMy grandma has had these canisters for nearly 40 years. They’re from Sears Roebuck back in the 70’s, and they’re called “Merry Mushroom” (I was able to hound them down on eBay). I’ve seen more visually appealing canisters, but these reminded my of my childhood and the many weekends I spent at Grandma’s.My First ApartmentI’d never experimented with wall decals prior to moving in. I needed to fill my hallway with something, and this paisley bird decal did the trick.My First ApartmentMy soap dispenser – another Alessi piece (I can’t get enough of their stuff). It’s called “Mr. Cold” because the soap comes out of his nose!My First ApartmentI discovered this street artist, Sonke, when visiting Athens. All of his art includes women with long, luscious hair. I fell in love and was able to find some of his prints online. With the darker, bluish tones, I felt this one was perfect for the bedroom.My First ApartmentMy First ApartmentI just had to pull in some photos from the couple of weeks I had Philo. Though she had a short stay, my time with her will always be remembered. She was such a character.

As I’ll be moving within the next couple of weeks, you can expect more home & interior design content from me. I can’t wait to share more about the new place and all that we plan on doing! Hope you will love it as much as I do.

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