If you’ve been following my journey, you know I was slated to move to Colorado after completion of technical training. Well, I’m here now and it’s everything I thought it would be. Things have been moving at a pace of 100 miles a minute. It has been one crazy, exciting adventure. While I was ecstatic about moving to such a beautiful state, I was most excited about moving into a bigger, better apartment.
Mike and I were blessed to have a decent apartment in St. Louis, but it was nothing to write home about. We couldn’t afford a fancy place with stainless steel appliances or high ceilings. I know – I think stainless steel is fancy. We had one bedroom and one bathroom, and you had to go into our bedroom to use the bathroom – not the greatest when entertaining friends and family.
So here we are in Colorado with more money and more options. First, you should know the hunt for an apartment was pretty easy. Unlike St. Louis, where the prices are all over the board, along with the amenities offered, everything here seems pretty standard. Note: I’m talking about the Aurora area. You won’t find a nice 2 bed/2 bath in a good neighborhood for less than $1450, and if you plan on having pets or a garage, that number will jump to around $1600/month. Almost every complex worth looking at offers washer/dryer hook-ups and allows pets. Plus, most 2 bedroom floor plans come with a second bathroom. That’s a rare find in St. Louis.
IT ALL STARTS IN THE KITCHEN
Imagine my surprise when I found that most of these complexes offered kitchens with beautiful cabinets and *gasp* stainless steel appliances! I cook a lot, so having these kitchen upgrades was a big selling point. When I walked through the first showing of our current apartment, it was over. The 11 foot ceilings, cabinetry, appliances, and island stole my heart.
From the photos, you can tell there is no rhyme or reason to my decor. I try to go for a coffee/latte/mocha vibe, and all of my hand towels, clocks, and pot holders allude to this. However, I’m not the type to buy a bunch of stuff to decorate my kitchen. Most of my items are hand-me-downs from family or gifts from friends.
MY KITCHEN IS FUNCTIONAL
I like my kitchen to work for me, not vice versa. If I need to sacrifice having a bunch of doodads around, I will. It feels cozy to me, and I can build a great home cooked meal here. My great aunt gifted this little personalized utensil holder for our wedding, and I adore it. It’s useful, timeless, and does its job well. These are the kinds of things you’ll see in my home.
I LOVE CLOCKS
I think I’ve mentioned it here before. I’m slightly obsessed with clocks. So is my husband. Where some women buy shoes and purses, every time I go into shops like Big Lots or Hobby Lobby, my ears listen for the tik toks. Thankfully, my grandmother feeds my love for clocks so I don’t have to.
The past two Christmases, she has given me a clock. If not clocks, she gives mugs. Those are my two favorite things. Anyways, the clock below is a favorite she gave me last Christmas. I was finally able to hang it up thanks to an increase in wall space with the larger apartment.
I LOVE COFFEE
I spent years boycotting the Keurig brand. You might even say I hated Keurigs. I did. I loathed everything about them. Then, somewhere between working long night shifts and being poor as dirt, I found small joys in a simple mug of coffee – brewed with my friend’s faithful Keurig. I decided that K-Cups weren’t so bad, and that I actually enjoyed brewing a single cup of coffee at a time.
Mike and I added this maroon beauty (shown below) to our wedding registry, and thank the Heavens his mother got it for us. With all the cabinet space in this kitchen, we finally had enough room to make a dedicated “cafe” area – complete with the mug tree my dad built and a K-Cup stand.
To make a long story short, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking, baking, and eating. I love the new larger setup, and having an island is a dream come true. I wanted to share this with my readers because I am proud to have this amazing new area to work in.
What about you? What are must-haves in your kitchen?