What I think I’ll miss most about Madison is my condo. It’s 651 square feet of mine and I loved pulling it together over the past two years. Not to mention Ryan and I have many of our beginnings here (our first kiss! our first home!).
Our condo is one of the smallest in the Capitol West building (and also the cheapest – hooray!). Prior to my condo, I lived in an apartment that was about 500 square feet so the extra space was luxurious. I didn’t want something much bigger for one, because of the obvious pricing reasons, and two it’s much harder to clean, and finally, environmental concerns make it important for me to live in a small footprint. The space has a gorgeous view of Lake Monona since Madison is built on an isthmus. I will miss that a lot.
I bought the place before it was even built so it was pretty standard when I moved in. Here are some pictures from the day I closed on the condo:
Once I moved in, I was having a hard time coming up with wall colors – most seemed far too boring. I knew I had chosen some great and versatile furniture pieces… I just needed the color to make them pop! Since it’s a small space however, I didn’t want a bold color to be too overpowering.
Finally, I happened upon two photographs that served as inspiration. One featured a half wall of paint that mimicked a modern chair railing, and the other contained a wall color that was so exactly what I never knew I wanted.
I thought this was a good solution because it allowed color to come into the space, while still allowing the space to breathe and for the focus to remain on the view.
And so the taping and painting started:
Aye! What a mess!
I was so anxious to see how it looked, I wasn’t willing to let it dry… good thing for plastic!
Looks good, except for that corner… hm…
Ah, better! Ta da!
Next, a little rug and some throw pillows to cozy up the joint:
And curtains… oh how I love floor to ceiling curtains…and see how the wind is coming in from the window there? I love that.
The beginnings of my modest art collection and some family heirlooms:
Starting to feel homey, eh?
This is my favorite shot:
Let there be light! A pretty light!
I hung the flat screen TV when Ryan moved in all by myself… big holes with big toggl bolts. Quite terrifying.
Don’t look at the mess. Look at the art! More great art!
A balance between screens and books… see how I sneakily hid the TV cords? YouTube taught me that.
We also painted the bedroom “Ashley Gray” when Ryan moved in. It made a huge difference.
And hung some more floor to ceiling curtains… this time in luxurious velvet! We should be able to wrap ourselves in velvet, don’t you think?
Here’s my legendary library card file that holds all of our little things:
This is a wine rack that Ryan got me for my birthday last year. Isn’t it cool? I had a little trouble hanging it straight, but once I got that settled… wow!
And finally, those finishing touches. Do you see my cute little wall lamp?
Here’s where I got all the loot:
Arlington Sofa, Pottery Barn.
Arlington Ottoman, Pottery Barn.
Peyton Curtain Drapes, Pottery Barn.
Voile Sheer Drape, Pottery Barn.
Quinn Felted Shag Rug, Pottery Barn.
Formosa Tray Table, CB2.
Retro Metal Wall Lamp, West Elm.
Silverado Dining Table, CB2.
Icon Dining Chairs, Callagris.
IQ Hanging Lamp, Century House.
Velvet Drape, Pottery Barn.
Organic Carved Circles Duvet, West Elm.
Organic Percale White Sheets, CB2.
Parsons Console Table, West Elm.
Rosendahl Wine Tube, Century House.
For my birthday this year, among other gifts, Ryan got me this coat rack. I didn’t get to hang it yet because well, we’re moving to DC! I think it would have been the final touch, so perhaps it’s fitting that we’ll get to take it to our new place.
I’ll miss you, home sweet home: