Our New Apartment

Due to unforeseen circumstances, David and I had to move out of our previous apartment in June before summer vacation. Two of our friends left last year and we got their apartment. All of the buildings in our area were built similarly. However, our new place is a lot nicer of an apartment and we’re loving it. (Especially the view!)

We rent our furniture from our employer. We inherited a few new rugs and furniture pieces from some of our friends.

I found a metal “B” for $2 over the summer, brought it back to Turkey, and covered it with twine for some front door decor:


Front door decoration


Here’s the entry foyer area:


Foyer area




I made this wood pallet art last year. The pipes made hanging it a lot easier this year:


Wood pallet art


Here’s the kitchen. The shorter counter by the window is a great height, but the rest of the counters and cabinets were made for giants. It’s kitchen Olympics every time I cook. I can barely reach the lowest cabinet shelf without the step stool.






Kitchen counter


The balcony is right off the kitchen. Some pigeons welcomed us when we first moved in, but we quickly vacated them.




This is the hallway to the bedrooms:




First door on the left is the spare bathroom. No squatty potty this year! This is our cleaning supplies storage closet.


Spare bathroom


The second door on the left is the full bathroom. We don’t have to put the drain hose in the shower any more when we do laundry! It’s amazing! This bathroom is all fancy with fancy tile and gold accents. We like it a lot better:




Our bedroom is on the right. I plan to add some decorations to the walls sometime soon:


Master bedroom


Master bedroom


Master bedroom


Also on the right is our guest bedroom. It’s pretty sad looking, especially since I haven’t put any linens on the bed yet. It has a small porch behind the curtain:




The room at the end of the hall is our “dolap” room. (Dolap is a Turkish word for any kind of cabinet.) We couldn’t get the chair to fit in the living room, so we put it in here. This was originally supposed to be the guest bedroom since it’s larger, but it’s where the movers put the dolap. It ended up working out better this way, I think. We hang our laundry to dry in this room.


Dolop room


Dolop room


The living room and dining areas are off of the foyer. It’s amazing what a difference crown molding makes! (PS. See my peace lilly on the right? I didn’t kill it over the summer! I cut the dead shoots away and it’s growing again!)


Living room and dining room


The art on the wall by the table was a print we purchased in Bruges. We got the frame from Ikea. It ended up matching our light fixtures:


Dining area


Living room area


This couch is amazing. We rarely have the footrest put away:


Pull out couch footrest


Our cabinets, TV stand, and buffet are all against one wall now:


Living room wall


So that’s the new place! Home sweet home.

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  • Reply DiMy

    LOVE IT, Leah! So happy you have such a nice place.

    September 21, 2013 at 8:59 am
    • Reply Leah

      Thanks, DiMy!!

      September 23, 2013 at 1:22 pm
  • Reply Jordan

    I love your home! It seems like you have a lot of great space. This is crazy, but we have a very similar print from Bruges in our bedroom. Great minds decorate alike!

    September 21, 2013 at 10:59 am
    • Reply Leah

      Thanks! That’s too cool about the print! It looks like the signature of the artist on ours is Alicja. It was a super last minute buy for us. When I did the semester abroad, I bought a piece of art in every country. We are considering carrying on this tradition. 🙂

      September 23, 2013 at 1:21 pm

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