Welcome to our home! Exactly two months after moving in, I am so excited to share with you the cozy little apartment that A and I call home in downtown Pittsburgh.
I had initially planned to photograph and share our home when it was “done”. I foolishly thought I’d be finished decorating by now. Instead, I’ve found that making a home is an ongoing work in progress. We moved in with a bedroom set, dining chairs (in need of some paint), and a bunch of stuff. We quickly purchased a sofa, dining table, media console, bookshelves, and curtains. We still don’t have a shower curtain or matching bedside lamps. And I may want to add a rug to our living area so that it feels like it’s own defined space. Plus, I’m dying to create a gallery wall with family photos at the end of the kitchen. But in the meantime, this is home.
Most of our time at home is spent right here on the sofa. I love how the different textures bring this very neutral spot in our apartment to life. The oatmeal colored sofa and wooden table contrast nicely with the dark wood floors, while the throw pillows (one is a map of Pittsburgh and the other of Philly!) add interest to the sofa, and the plant in the window connects us to the outdoors.
West Elm dining table // thrifted dining chairs
Crate & Barrel placemats
Confession: I bought this dining table because the raw wood is gorgeous and I knew it would make a great background for food photos. #priorities
I threw this centerpiece together quickly before my family came to visit a few weeks ago, but I love it so much I’m going to keep it around all season (or at least until the gourds start to rot)!
I scored our four dining chairs for free at a neighbor’s garage sale. They were in great condition, so A and I simply primed and painted them to match the legs of the dining table. It took us a whole afternoon, but we’re thrilled with the result, and we saved a ton of money!
I spent the past year looking for a bar cart and came up short. I ruled out gold (it would clash with our kitchen appliances and other items throughout the space) or dark wood (it would blend with the floor), and I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on such a small piece of furniture. That didn’t leave me with a lot of options. Ultimately we decided to instead buy this desk and bookcase and turn them into a bar. I’m so glad we did because it’s also proven to be a great place to store other items like cookbooks and our cake stand.
I love these kitchen canisters so that I always have easy access to my baking essentials. I keep mini chocolates in the smallest one so that I can end every day with a sweet treat.
Our bedroom is small, but it’s very cozy. I love to read in bed, so a good reading light and comfy throw pillows were a must. My mom, who inspired my love of baking and other creative pursuits, is quite crafty and made these pillows for me for Christmas last year. And lucky for you she just opened her Etsy shop (check it out here!), so now you can get your hands on these beautiful, knit throw pillows, too!
That tiny protrusion in the corner is our closet. It might be big enough if I had it all to myself, but marriage requires compromise and thus I am sharing it with A. Poor A has to keep his suits and dress shirts in our larger coat closet by the front door so they don’t get wrinkled while squished amongst all of our other clothes. And my shoes took up all of the floor space and most of the upper shelving in the closet, so A keeps his shoes in a neat row under the bed.
What our little apartment lacks in floor space it makes up for in view. I love staring out at the river (and bright yellow bridges!) from our windows, especially as the sun sets behind Heinz field!