Monday, January 24, 2011

Home, sweet, new home - Part 2

So this weekend, Alex and I officially moved to Washington, DC. While we moved to the area almost a month ago, we had been staying with our awesome friends Andy and Kim in Silver Spring. Now we have our very own apartment in the sky right in downtown Washington, DC.

We still have a lot of nesting to do. But first, take a quick tour around our new apartment!

We are living in a gigantic apartment building in the tiny neighborhood of Lanier Heights. There is some debate as to whether or not Lanier Heights is actually its own neighborhood, or just a section of Adam's Morgan. We took a walk around Adam's Morgan, and I'm not so sure about it, so I'm going say it Lanier Heights is its own neighborhood, just west of Columbia Heights and just north of Adams Morgan.

The lobby of our building is pretty swanky and has a 24 hour concierge desk. There is a cute little park across the street, which will be lovely in the spring. And, there is great little market in the basement of our building. We don't even have to go outside. They sell beer, wine, champagne, peanut butter... You name it, they've got it. We are totally living the life.

When you head into our apartment you can go one of two ways: right into the bathroom or bedroom, or left into the living room and kitchen.

Our bedroom is enormous. We have three huge windows with great views of DC. We live in a neighborhood full of churches, which are gorgeous all lit up at night.

It also has a nice big closet, which annoyingly does not have a built in closet light. Something that is going to have to be remedied pronto.

Our bathroom is pretty big, but looks a little bit like a locker room. Hopefully with a little TLC we can get it looking less sterile and more cozy. We do have one of those neat hotel-like curved shower curtain, which gives the illusion of a larger shower. Very fancy.

First renovation is to paint the walls above the tile. The wall tile is light blue, the floor tile is light gray. Any suggestions for what color we should paint it?

Our living room is nice and big also and we have a cute little porch off the back that is going to be key in the summer months. Bonus! There is a window between the kitchen and living room, so I can cook and watch tv at the same time.

The kitchen is a bit tiny for my liking and a little dated looking. We are planning to spruce it up a little since this is the room I'll be spending the most time in. Since the move, we've already replaced the cabinet door knobs, added more shelves in and above the cabinets, and installed a faucet Brita Filter system to avoid drinking DC tap water. I've seen Erin Brockovich. Just say no to Chomium-6

We are also planning to paint under and above the cabinets. What color do you think would work?

The stove is pretty nice, and I can wait to get cooking! We have a built in microwave, which is pretty sweet. And, I am most excited about that little cabinet next to the stove. It will be perfect for cookie sheets and cupcake pans!

The apartment also comes with a few amenities we will easily get used to: We have laundry in the basement... 

And, a fitness center and a rooftop pool. It will be pretty awesome when the DC summer heat hits.

We are super excited to move into the apartment, nest, decorate, and make it our own. In addition to loving the new place, our neighborhood seems great too. There are lots of restaurants and bars to explore within close walking distance. And, many of the new and cool people I've met in DC are close to Columbia Heights too, which is very exciting!

More updates to come as we settle in to our new home, sweet, home. Hope you enjoyed your quick photo tour!


  1. What a gorgeous view! Do you read Mango & Tomato? Olga is a really sweet, friendly food blogger and lives in DC too.

  2. Thanks so much for the suggestion! I've been on the hunt for DC food bloggers. Mango and Tomato looks awesome. Thanks for passing it along!

  3. What a beautiful new place! I can't wait to see it in person!! The bathroom looks a lot nicer than I was imagining.

    Wondering if the fact that peanut butter is sold in the building was a selling point for Alex?