where we dwell


Ever since we got home and settled in, people have asked to see the apartment. It’s small and cozy, but it’s absolutely perfect for us and the season of life we are in. Our apartment is in the suburbs about an hour north of Downtown Chicago. It’s an incredible location and it’s quiet, but still close to everything we could possible need. There’s even a Trader Joes here. That still makes me happy.


There isn’t much natural light in our apartment, but I worked with what I had for these photos. Our entryway is simple.
And there’s my bookcase that my man had waiting for me when I moved in.


 Our main living space. Characterized by the following: Soft blankets. Comfy couch. Legos. Board games. TV. Work bench.



 Yes, we decorate with lightsabers.



 I love our kitchen. It’s small, but we still manage to find ways to cook together and that’s the best.


Our coffee station. Eventually I want to make a coffee cart, but floor space is too precious right now. For now we keep our keurig, espresso machine, and milk frother on the counter with our cappuccino cups and milk and sugar.


 My parents gave us a Vitamix. I’m still excited about it.



My Azure Sky KitchenAid Artisan Mixer was a gift from Austin’s family and I absolutely adore it. I had wanted a blue mixer for years for that “one day” when I have a home of my own. Now I have it and the color is gorgeous and perfect and I know that it’s going to be my baking companion for years to come.


I would be lying if I said that this was where we ate dinner. We don’t eat dinner here. We eat on the couch.


 We have Star Wars hand towels in our bathroom. #unashamed


 I have plans for the bedroom. Plans involving picture frames, a duvet, and lots more pillows. For now, though, I’m content with what we put together. I have a man who is patient enough to hang lights for me when I change my mind as he’s putting them up. Yep. He’s definitely a keeper.




So, here’s a little welcome to our corner and the place we currently call home. We’ll only be here for about a year, but I want to put down roots – even temporary ones – because life is too short to not invest where you are and to not live beautifully and to not love fully and to not eat ice cream every chance you get.