|Our old Chicago living room. Where the Great Centipede Infestation began.|
|The old dining room with its beautiful French doors and chandelier.|
Then, at the last minute, we found a duplex in Humboldt Park. It's doesn't have the vintage charm of the last place, but it includes a gated parking spot, central air, and laundry (the other apartment didn't) plus it's bigger with 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, and 2 separate living spaces/rooms. As a bonus, it's just a few blocks from where we originally wanted to live in Bucktown/Wicker Park. Now we can go to awesome shops and restaurants all the time!
The only downsides are the master bedroom and the narrow layout of the living areas. The master bedroom is surprisingly the smallest of all the bedrooms and has doors on each wall so there's nowhere to put a bed of any size. We had to put the bed going sideways in front of a window...we'll see how that works out! As for the living areas, the whole house is long and narrow so it's hard to find room to put a couch AND tv. We think we found a solution but we won't know for sure until we actually buy a couch and see how it works in that space. I'll post pics soon.
Needless to say, this apartment is definitely challenging my design sense. Once we get the internet turned on, I'll be posting quite often asking for ideas and suggestions. Hopefully you're all ready to be creative :)