I have grand plans for this one side of our downstairs that I refer to as “the apartment” on snapchat. I can’t tell you how many people are confused by that as it is not standard in most homes! Someday I’ll do a video tour, but until then I’ll explain it as best I can.
The previous owners of our home knew they were moving into it with the husband’s mother, so they built her an apartment on the side of the house. It was a tiny little apartment with a tiny kitchen, stackable washer and dryer in the bathroom, and one bedroom. She had her own entry, and I’m assuming it served the exact purpose for which they put it there!
When Justin emailed me this house from a listing 2 years ago, my sister and I read through the description. We were so confused by the apartment, and it made so much more sense to see it in person.
So, essentially, we have an attached apartment that we simply treat as an extension of our home. And when my family comes to visit, they have their own little part of the house that is quiet so they can have a little space.
My grand plans are to knock down the wall dividing the bedroom from the living area, creating one large space. I want to remove the kitchen, which is currently used as storage, and in it’s place build a laundry room/pool entry room. This would be where all the children, wet from the pool, could come in and drop their towels off versus walking directly into the nicer living room off the deck.
We’d finish the hardwoods, maybe cut out another window or two, and get a huge sectional for the ultimate family hang out zone. Then, in the corner where the couch currently lives, I’d move the white round breakfast-sized table and create a kind of homework zone/sitting area.
I can see it all in my head perfectly, I just need to get my husband to commit to doing that actual project!
Anyway, in the meantime, this area has gotten no love as it’s just the kid hang out room. But I got pretty tired of looking at the empty undecorated space and decided to shop my own house to bring some life in there.
Having just come back from Lake Tahoe, with plans for our family’s social calendar and such, I wanted to create a little family calendar area that was easy for quick reference, and also a place to store some of the junk that piles up on our kitchen counters. Also, I wanted it to look pretty. My friend Rebecca is kind of a gallery wall queen, and she has this awesome one in her kitchen that inspired me to create my own.
I did my best to source as many items as I could below.
Family Calendar Gallery Wall:
The cabinet is from my parents apartment that they are no longer renting in Raleigh. Before that got placed there, this was just a big open wall! I love this little area so much. It serves a perfect purpose, and looks pretty too. In fact, the other night I walked past it and said, “I like you”.
Yes to my wall. Yes I was sober.
Let this be a lesson to us all – let’s quit waiting to finish a room because we may be waiting forever and it’s better to like your space while you are living in it, versus saving everything for when it’s “perfect”!