I thought I'd share a "Fall Home Tour" of my old apartment. These were taken in September 2009, to be exact!
Looking back, I have the fondest memories of this apartment. We moved into this home in August 2008, right after getting married. It was my first "grown up" apartment. I had been living at home through grad school in order to save money, so believe me I couldn't wait to move in with Evan and have our very own place to decorate!
The funny thing is, at the time we were living here, I remember that I just could not WAIT to get the heck out of here and move into a house! When we first got married, we didn't have two nickels to our name and we spent several years putting every last dollar into paying off our student loans. So glad we did, but I would seriously just count our pennies, stare at our budget, and plan our income out to the last dollar and it was HARD! Time seriously c-r-a-w-l-e-d until the day Sallie Mae was paid off and we could start saving for a house! I absolutely could not wait.
We may not have had a lot of money, but looking back I'm so proud of the decisions we made and the home we created even though we didn't have a lot of disposable income at the time. Most of the furniture in our place was hand-me-downs that we refurbished, stuff we made, or things we bought at the Pottery Barn Outlet using numerous gift cards we got as wedding gifts. The dining room chairs and white shelves in the bedroom were the only new pieces we bought. We bought them from Value City Furniture (super affordable and have held up extremely well!)
I loved this bedroom... It is still one of my favorite bedrooms I ever had!
I know I couldn't wait to leave this place and the time period when we lived here wasn't the easiest, but I look back at this time with nothing but the most amazing memories! It made us so close and we accomplished some major, major goals. It is a really good lesson to just appreciate where you are at! You may be making amazing memories and not even be aware of it! Try to enjoy the season of life that you are in, even while working toward a bigger dream for the future.