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I really love our apartment. We waffled so much on where to live – uptown? downtown? Brooklyn? Westchester? In a (very literal) last minute turn of events, we signed a lease on a loft downtown and now it’s hard to picture us anywhere else. Well, at least for the next year or two! ;)

CONS:
– One bathroom, though that’s pretty standard here, and it’s really only an issue when we have guests
– We had to build walls to make the bedrooms and my office.
– This is also sort of on my pros list, but the floors are white epoxy over concrete. I love the look, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say that me and my Swiffer mop are closer than ever these days. We’re making the jump to a “no shoes past the entry” household.

picture taken standing in what is now the girls’ room, looking into what is now our room, followed by Evie’s room (aka glorified walk-in closet) our of the shot and to the left and then the bathroom straight ahead.

PROS:
– It’s a big place for NYC – almost 1500sq ft!
– Washer/dryer in the unit! yay!
– Big windows
– Now that we have walls up (see the floor plans), we have all sorts of storage space. All of the partitions are closets or bookshelves.
– the open concept living/dining set up is really working out for our family

LR windows

Also, the downtown location has been so perfect. My husband walks to work – he’s even able to sneak home for lunch sometimes! His hours are sort of less than ideal now, so this time is especially precious.

I have loved getting your emails and comments saying how excited you are to see our new place. And I appreciate your patience so much. There’s so much on my plate right now, but I finally feel like I can start focusing on decorating MY home again! Which, let’s be honest, is my favorite thing to do.

Here’s a little sneak peek of the furniture lay out. This is so NOT to scale, and a few things have changed, but this gives you an idea of the way we divided up the space with the walls and our furniture.

I’m going to call it a week and take tomorrow off. I’ve got some sick kids at home (boo to cold and flu season!), and an old college roommate coming to visit for a few days. She’s really great though, and won’t mind if I’m slapping a couple coats of paint on my kitchen island or hanging artwork after our outings!

picture taken standing where our dining table now sits.

Have a great weekend!
xx
jenny

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  1. I'm so excited to see what your epoxy floors look like! We just hired someone to do a grey high gloss epoxy floor in our house. I love the way it looks.

  2. With our new house and new baby, we made the jump to "no shoes past the threshold" and our floors stay so much cleaner! It reduces the amount of lead considerbly in your house and when there is a baby crawling everywhere on the floor, it is just safer.

  3. Wow! That place looks so chic! I seriously can't wait now to see how you've added your touch! I just know it's going to look amazing. This post is such a tease ;)

  4. I switched to "no shoes past the threshold" while living in Paris, where I had a lot of Japanese friends. They explained the concept of not wanting to bring all that city dirt into the house (and the sidewalks of Paris are quite dirty with dog poop, spit and cigarette butts). I converted and never looked back. Now I even have a white bedroom carpet (workmen must unshoe or wear "booties")! I love leaving "the city" at the front door.

  5. It's amazing that you were able to find such a family-friendly space so close to your husband's office, and in the middle of everything amazing! My fiancé is about to start in big law too, so I can imagine that those extra minutes are so important! Here's the million dollar question thought: where will you do all of your projects now?!

  6. Fantastic space! I love a loft. I am so excited to see the final design after you have everything in place. You need to buy a Robot Roomba to sweep the floor for you. I think we are going to invest in one. We have some friends who love it. Have a great weekend!

    Amy R.

  7. What a gorgeous blank slate Jenny! The floor is spectacular – perfect for Evie to wheel her little rideons about. I love the dining space – those windows! Can't wait to see what chandelier you ended up going with. Also looking forward to seeing the girls' room. I loved their twin beds in your last home.

  8. I am in love with your new apartment! It must be so fun to be able to add walls and make it your own. Can't wait to watch the creation…!

  9. Wow Jenny it's INCREDIBLE!! i love it!! so pretty. white, white and white… just my style! it reminds me of our Boston apt at MIT, only yours is 50 times nicer and bigger. haha. But it reminds me of our Boston space 'cause it had big windows, great views, and white floors:)

  10. Wow – This looks fantastic! What a great space. So beautiful and so many possibilities! I would love to do something like this one day. Can't wait to see more pictures! :)

  11. Wow, your loft looks amazing!! I look forward to seeing it once you have put all your finishing touches on it!! I'm going to have to look back on your posts but wasn't your previous home a colonial? How fun to switch gears/styles like that. I always wished I had several homes and one of them would be a loft in NY. Guess I'll just have to settle for living vicariously through you!!

  12. I can't get passed the glow of those awesome floors to appreciate the rest of the space! I'll be waiting on pins and needles to see the amazing designs that you fill it with!

  13. The place is fabulous! I can't wait to see more of it. Btw, I just found your blog and I can't believe that I've been missing out for this long. My husband and I are moving to Williamsburg soon and I can't wait to use all your lovely ideas.

  14. Wow, I can't wait to see what direction you are going in. This is so different from your old place…Looks so airy and the glossy floors are gorgeous.

    My prayers are with you during this process. I've got three little ones under 4 so I know what you mean by busy! Take care of yourself!

  15. wow. what an inspiring space! i bet you just spent some time soaking up the space and proportions before you put those walls up – i would have! can't wait to see what happens next.

  16. Wonderful loft — I can't wait to see what you do with you — your particluar knack woith softness and color is going to make a great juxtoposition with that wonderful modern space ….
    pam h
    howtorunyourlife.blogspot.com

  17. Hi Jenny! Your ideas are the inspiration for the small apartment we stayed in near the Bay Area. Window replacement project that we started there got really busy. My boyfriend and I were planning to redesign our studio-type apartment, and good thing the owner allowed us to do some redecorating. We wanted our bedroom area to have two windows. SF has really good sunny weather, and we want to feel the warm breeze in the morning. Though this season's a bit chilly outside. Anyway, I love your architectural ideas. I'll be looking for more.

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