A Note About the New Apartment

Moving is never fun, and it seems like each sequential move gets harder. But I am happy to report the move itself is all done, finally, and we are almost unpacked.

However, it may be a little while until packing is complete. Our apartment is a bit short on storage. For instance we don’t have a closet in our bedroom (it is obvious that a man picked out our new home). So boxes will be employed for a bit longer for folded clothes until a solution can be chosen and purchased or built. We are thinking about building something like the garment rack below that I found on the blog You_Have_Broken_the_Internet.

handmade coat rack by Ryan E. Plett from You_Have_Broken_the_Internet

This apartment has a unique set of challenges other than the storage issue. The overhead lights in almost every single room are large and not to our taste (they do not blend in), nor most of the hardware here (while more subtle it does set a tone). There is a ornate, faux-vintage vibe going on, and our style is much simpler and minimal.

The apartment itself is traditional. It was built in the 1920s, and still has original crown molding, doors, and an awesome window above the back door with a nouveau-style design created out of frosted glass. I’m excited to find ways to incorporate our more simple style with the traditional space. It won’t be the easiest design dilemma to solve in all cases, but I definitely think it is possible if we take our time and make careful decisions.

And along the way, I plan to use this blog to document changes and seek your suggestions for the issues we encounter. So I hope a little interior design is something you’re interested in reading about in addition to what I already write about.

I’ve missed blogging over the past few weeks and am happy to feel more settled in order to get back to it. Thank you for giving me the time to transition to Chicago, and I’m glad you’ve come back.


  1. Katie* says:

    Yes, the only bad part about those classic Chicago apartments is the lack of closet space. I lived in a place once where I had to buy those standalone clothes racks. Be sure to get the corresponding plastic bags/wrap so keep the dust off your clothes!

    • jacqueline says:

      Oh no plastic! The museum person in me cannot bring myself to it. Plastic traps moisture, which then attracts things like bacteria and buggies, which then encourage destruction of clothing. A muslin cover of cotton is ideal for keeping the dust away.

  2. Caitlin says:

    I am so, so excited to see what you do with the space. I’m terrible with interior decorating (and matching clothes, and all sorts of things like that), and wish I had your simple and minimal style. I definitely tend more towards farmhouse clutter than anything else. And yay for you getting settled in Chicago!

    • jacqueline says:

      Believe me, I have clutter habits. I’m just trying to break them. I like the look of minimal and I’m getting better about executing it. But I’m not perfect yet.

  3. I’ve had one of those open clothes-rack type things before (a fairly cheap and nasty one from IKEA), and I didn’t love it. It was probably a result of owning too many clothes and being generally quite an untidy person, but it never looked neat like that one up there, probably because we own more than nine things. With a wardrobe/closet, when your clothes get a little out of hand, you can at least shut the door and it magically makes the room look neat. If everything’s on show, then you have to keep it neat all the time (and all your clothes have to match and look nice hanging together) for it to feel restful. Or at least, that was how I felt. But like I say, I’m quite untidy and I own far too much stuff, so I was always destined to fail!

    I don’t know if you know this, but almost no houses or flats in the UK have built-in closets. It’s just not a thing here. We keep hanging clothes in freestanding wardrobes and folded stuff in chests of drawers. You do get fitted wardrobes, but they’re not really the same thing as a closet. My parents just threw out a lovely vintage wardrobe (with hat shelves. HAT SHELVES!) without telling me and I could have cried.

    Well, think that’s pretty much exhausted everything I have to say about wardrobes. You’re welcome.

    • jacqueline says:

      We do have a closet in our dining room that is long, although to the side, not straight back, with racks for clothes. So I’ll keep the majority in there and then use the garment rack for my favorite things. Hopefully I’ll be able to maintain the neat look if I keep only my favorites out in the bedroom. I’m one of those people that is “out of sight, out of mind,” so I’m thinking keeping the favorites out will make it easier to get dressed in the morning instead of trying to dig through an awkward closet.

      And I’m aching for you regarding the vintage wardrobe with hat shelves.

  4. Evie says:

    Our adorable Victorian apartment has one. tiny. closet. fullstop. Nick and I have managed to fill said tiny closet, as well as two dressers. Nick’s hangables go on a hideous garment rack from Target, complete with plastic casing. You can’t see it when you open the door though? I’d love a more attractive option like this, though I wonder if we simply have too much stuff.

    • jacqueline says:

      Yeah I definitely have too much stuff to fit on a single garment rack. Things I wear less often, like fancy dresses, will stay in the closet in the dining room/Travis’ office and my favorite things to wear on a daily basis will hopefully live on the garment rack.

      I do not envy your single, tiny closet. Now I’m feeling all loads of lucky for having a narrow closet in the living room, the awkward but long one in Travis’ office, and the tiny one with shelves in the hallway.

  5. Slobber says:

    I am glad to have you back and glad to see you settled in!

  6. Mom says:

    Well, in this regard, you have married a man somewhat like your father. Before we were married, when I was having oral surgery and was staying at Grandma’s for close to a week, it fell to him to find somewhere for us to live fall term. He rented 2 rooms in a house on Cedar St. My room was the size of a shoebox, a SHOEBOX, I tell you! And I don’t recall having access to any kind of a closet. Luckily, I graduated at the end of that term.

  7. Kinzie says:

    In our old place, the bedroom had a medium sized walk in closet. I thought we hit the jackpot! Until… I realized that it was the only closet in the entire apartment. No linen closet, no coat closet, no place to store toiletries, no PANTRY. Literally, it was the only place to store anything. Boy did we have to get creative with storage there.

  8. Jo says:

    I’m mega stoked to see what happens!

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