Our East Coast Apartment

Rise and Shine! The birds are chirping and the sun is up! I have a little pep in my step these days.

As some of you already know, we have moved into our summer apartment. We had the opportunity to live in Connecticut for 3 months over the summer and we jumped at the chance to be tourists.

The Upper East Coast is somewhere I have always wanted to explore. So, pinch me! Dreams coming true over here! We have 3 months of fun and weekend getaways planned all summer long. Our first order of business though– getting settled into our apartment.


As you can see I wasted no time making it cozy for us. The rug that they provided in our living room I actually love, so I am basing the room design around that. Think palm springs meets Chinoiserie chic. I just want our place to scream bright and happy summer fun!

We are in corporate housing in an upscale apartment community. I haven’t lived in an apartment since the first year of our marriage. It is a little bit of an adjustment, going from a larger house and a yard. I tell you what though, it makes me feel like we are on vacation!! It’s a little escape from the ordinary. Everyone we have met has been so nice and helpful. We have full access to a very nice pool, a gym, and a wooded area all right on the property. It is a pet-friendly community too, and our little Zoey has already made a couple new buddies.

Our apartment is on the back of our building, which I love, because our window and balcony overlook the wildlife reserve next to the property. It’ just over 1,000 square feet of living space.

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Since it is a corporate lease, we are not allowed to paint and all of the furniture was provided so I had no hand in picking it out. But, it is pretty neutral and modern so it works. Everything is brand-spanking new too, so that is nice.

I’ll be sharing some great decor ideas for renters while we are here. I packed really light and just brought out a few things from our home to decorate with.

Here’s a little sneak peek of what I’ve been working on.


I’ll be sharing more of our summer apartment as projects unfold. We have a balcony patio and an office area to set up still. Also, I haven’t touched the bedrooms yet.

I will also be sharing our travels around the Upper East Coast and sharing my favorite spots for dining, shopping, and activities. So B@H, is going to be a travel blog, too, these next 3 months!

So far, we are 2 for 2 on restaurants and the dining has been amazing!

Tomorrow, I will announce the first winner of our Blog Anniversary Giveaway Week! You still have time to enter all 5 giveaways with great prizes from LUCIANA, Rugs USA, Crane & Canopy, HomeRight, and Holly + Martin.

See and enter all 5 giveaways HERE.

It’s the last day for the LUCIANA print giveaway and I will announce the winner tomorrow!!

I will be traveling tomorrow for a blogger event and will share a bit more on that later too.

Happy Monday!!

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28 Comments on Our East Coast Apartment

  1. Kimberly Hughes
    June 9, 2014 at 5:36 am (12 months ago)

    I love that you’ve already made the place your own, it looks fab! What a lovely opportunity, enjoy!!

      June 9, 2014 at 5:44 am (12 months ago)

      Thanks Kimberly :) It’s fun to figure out how to work this space. It feels like a vacation since we don’t have a weekend full of yard work and huge home projects. I do miss my power tools though ;) xo Kristin

      • Kimberly Hughes
        June 9, 2014 at 6:18 am (12 months ago)

        Haha! Knowing Wayne, he would have wanted to take them with him!! ;) xxx

  2. cassie
    June 9, 2014 at 6:24 am (12 months ago)

    i can’t wait to hear all about your east coast adventures! i am an east coast girl forever and always!

      June 9, 2014 at 6:30 am (12 months ago)

      I can totally see why you would be forever and ever! I have loved loved loved our first week out here! We have been able to explore a bit already and it is so gorgeous and everything is so close by. Boston is next weekend! I am so excited!! xo Kristin

  3. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life
    June 9, 2014 at 6:55 am (12 months ago)

    What a fabulous opportunity. I would love to be able to explore the East coast. Love the decor so far and that rug is to die for. Can’t wait to see more.

  4. angela
    June 9, 2014 at 7:43 am (12 months ago)

    Love that you are making the apartment your own! You are all going to have the best summer!

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

  5. Pam @ Simple Details
    June 9, 2014 at 8:13 am (12 months ago)

    It looks great already, Kristin! What a fun summer adventure for your family!

  6. jillflory
    June 9, 2014 at 10:15 am (12 months ago)

    So very fun when dreams come true! Your apartment is looking wonderful – have the happiest of summers!

  7. Dagne Goodwin The Yankee Frugalist
    June 9, 2014 at 11:02 am (12 months ago)

    Wow, I locw ir

  8. jlhoneyman
    June 9, 2014 at 1:41 pm (12 months ago)

    Such a fun adventure for you guys, and of course, I love that you are so close for a few months! The apartment is looking like it’s yours already!

  9. Mimosa Lane (@MimosaLane)
    June 9, 2014 at 8:37 pm (12 months ago)

    I can’t believe you brought pillows and paintings! you are so funny. It looks beautiful so far. They are going to want to stay with everything once you are through with that rental. They are not going to let you go. Can’t wait to hear about your adventures.

  10. Tracy Laverty
    June 10, 2014 at 9:08 am (12 months ago)

    You’ll love the east coast. I grew up in the Boston area and we go to Massachusetts every summer. There’s so much to see and do there. Also, how exciting to be in a new place for a few months. Can’t wait to see all your adventures. I love how you brought your special things with you to the apartment.

  11. Bethany @ Dwellings By DeVore
    June 10, 2014 at 1:07 pm (12 months ago)

    This sounds like such a fun adventure! I love how you are changing things up to make it your own!

      June 13, 2014 at 6:33 am (11 months ago)

      Thanks Bethany :) It is a nice little distraction from our regular goings-ons :) Today I’m off to the land of IKEA to pick up some fun things for our place :) xo Kristin

  12. Pat
    June 12, 2014 at 11:46 am (11 months ago)

    You are fast! I wish you were close ~ I live in an apt too. I know you’re going to have an incredible 3 months..enjoy every moment!

    P.S. Did you already have the tray on the coffee table?

      June 13, 2014 at 6:30 am (11 months ago)

      Hi Pat :) yes, the tray on my coffee table I brought with. It is from a jesseD.com. You should check them out. They have a whole collection of faux exotic skin home accessories. xo Kristin

  13. shavonda@ahomefullofcolor
    June 13, 2014 at 12:47 am (11 months ago)

    I heard that Kristen!! Way to make your temp home gorgeous my friend. Hope you enjoy your conference!

      June 13, 2014 at 6:31 am (11 months ago)

      Thanks Shavonda :) I got in late last night but it was such a great trip and so fun to meet the girls in person :) xo Kristin

  14. Amber from WillsCasa.Com
    June 17, 2014 at 11:50 pm (11 months ago)

    What an incredible opportunity!! Your apartment is more styled and put together than my house!! Jealous!

  15. Jennifer @ Brave New Home
    June 18, 2014 at 11:42 pm (11 months ago)

    How fun! I love that you’re putting in a little extra elbow grease to make the place feel more homey even though you’ll only be staying for three months.

  16. Lindsey B.
    June 30, 2014 at 1:38 pm (11 months ago)

    I’d love to know where you got your black and white pillow, it’s gorg!

      July 1, 2014 at 9:35 am (11 months ago)

      Not sure which one you mean but Ikea for the LAPPLJUNG pillow covers, the rest are from Amazon.com.

  17. Lindsey B.
    July 1, 2014 at 2:32 pm (11 months ago)

    ha, i guess they all are black and white. i meant the middle one :o)

      July 2, 2014 at 8:50 am (11 months ago)

      Ikea ;)


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