3 Year Anniversary Of #CozyCuratorHome
The first photo in each pair is of the apartment BEFORE we moved in, when the previous owner still lived here. The second photo in each set is of the space now that it is ours!
Three years ago we moved in to #CozyCuratorHome (except there was no Cozy Curator then). It feels like forever ago and yet at the same time like time is moving too fast. Jay and I must have talked about living together DAILY since we began dating in college. The 'one day we'll get to see each other every day' chat was so regular that it STILL feels surreal that I get to sleep next to this man. I personally think that moving in together had a much bigger impact on our day to day lives than marriage has. However, I've felt like marriage has brought bigger impacts in my mind and heart. Marriage makes me feel so tied to your Jay as my FAMILY. Moving in together made me feel like a couple who was creating a life and home together.
Moving in with Jay was one of the best things to happen to me and one of the greatest decisions that I've ever made. I'm going to do a post about how we made a pretty seamless transition into the realities of cohabiting in another blog post so please send me any questions you'd want me to answer!
Decorating and nesting are two of my all time favorite things. I knew that I would love picking out decor but I didn't expect it to be such a bonding experience for Jay and I. He got really into it and was so excited with each new addition. For example, when we got a liquor cabinet/hutch he would just stare at it for a solid 5 minutes every single day after work for weeks. He was in awe with how it was all coming together and feeling like a home. I, on the other hand, was feeling major senses of accomplishment and joy watching this vision that I only had in my head come to life before my eyes. Of course that vision was constantly brought back to the drawing board (mainly because of damn price tags haha) but I am still so happy with how it all came together.
I didn't realize how great of taste Jay has in decor until we started the process (I mean clearly he had good taste picking me so I guess I should've known haha). Until that point, his ideas for decor mainly involved things like hanging his Barcelona towel hanging on his wall (it was a nice towel I do have to admit). I used my tried and true 'narrow down' approach that worked perfectly. Jay didn't want to go out and do the legwork to shop for (or worse yet: create!) all of the things that we needed. So I would keep his style and steer away from things that were too girly as I shopped and then would present him with 2 or 3 of my top choices to choose from (assuming that he loved the choices)!
We bought the condo from a middle aged man who worked with one of the most notorious decorators in town. I thought the vibe was really cool for him but we wanted to make it feel like OURS. I also wanted to make better uses of certain spaces, like the nook where we put the desk. Obviously there's still plenty of design goals (and renovation goals) that I have and if it were up to me, everything would be swapped out every six months but that's clearly not ever going to happen!
This little 900 square foot apartment didn't become a home because of the things that we hung on our walls or the throw pillows that we selected. It is a HOME because I share it with the guy who went from my boyfriend to my fiancé to my husband all while living under this roof. Well that and the fact that our refrigerator has a filtered water dispenser...I feel like that means that it's a real home haha.
Jay, you are the greatest roommate that I've ever had. I can't wait to keep creating memories in my favorite place, our home!
"Curating a cozy home alongside was one of the most joyous things I have ever done. Those walls have seen some of the best memories of my life and WOW do they hold so much love." -Excerpt from our wedding ceremony
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Marble hexagon tray on coffee table:
Coffee table collection (our table (which was an 'entryway base' is discontinued and was replaced with this):
Lamp on desk: