The Great Schlepping of Things ’11

We’ve been through a battle.

After two months of packing, moving and relocating, Spencer is finally — like for real, for real — all moved into his new condo. We spent yesterday cleaning out the very last bit of stuff in his old garage at the old house, sweeping and dusting and packing in 100-degree heat (with 100 percent humidity). And little air conditioning.

Since my boyfriend became a homeowner in early June, the transition between old home and new home has been exhausting and daunting and scary. We were eternally grateful for his mom and dad’s help in the moving process when they visited in early July, but so much still lingered in no-man’s land between the two residences.

But it’s done. DONE. No more cruising between both places. No more dry cardboard-box hands or sweaty lumbering up staircases with random heavy objects. No more collapsing on the floor at the end of the night because I can’t physically move another moment. My arms and legs and back will be glad for the break, let me tell you — but I fully acknowledge that for every box I moved, Spencer moved four.

So I know he’s happy, too.

After the Great Schlepping of Things ’11, you’d think I’d be thin as a reed by now . . . but not the case. Of course, I tend to reward myself for a job well done with a well-timed trip to Dairy Queen, so . . . you know. That doesn’t help the Moving Weight Loss Plan in the least.

But it’s done. Done. After taking the final truckload of belongings to the condo and enjoying the working elevator’s ability to get us from the first to second floors, I’m thrilled to say that Spencer’s home sweet home is home now. Once and for all.

I’ve also gone from hemming and hawing about bathroom color schemes to breaking down and investing. In the end, I think the scheme I chose is a good balance of both masculine and feminine: dark brown and Tiffany blue. The plain bathroom has morphed into something slightly more visually intriguing, though I still have a long way to go. (I love that art on the wall, though.)


But the living room has gone from this . . .


. . . to this:


That’s right, my friends: no more folding chairs. That’s good old-fashioned furniture and an honest-to-God vintage-style New York City poster to hang on the wall. Plus? Chairs and other decorations. Actual decor.

There’s also a repurposed ice chest in that nook. You can’t actually see the ice chest, but it’s green and made of wood. We’re using it as an end table, which makes it a bargain; Spencer picked it up at the Salvation Army last year for $10. I forgot he even had it until he and his parents brought it up from the basement. Win!

And I’m super excited about an Eiffel Tower lamp I found at Christmas Tree Shop. Spence likes Paris the way I love London, so we already have a travel theme developing. (We have awesome London and Paris black-and-white dinnerware, too, but I keep forgetting to snap photos of the dishes.)

Life has been very chaotic, of course. I’ve been slammed at work and trying to keep my head above water, so dressing the ol’ nest has gone by the wayside the past few weeks. But as summer winds down and life returns to a normal level of insane, we can get back to fixing the place up and just relaxing.

Then maybe I’ll stop making this face.


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11 thoughts on “The Great Schlepping of Things ’11

    • Gah — you’re right, Jill! It’s a solid Tiffany blue with a pretty textured pattern — you can see it peeking over my shoulder in that final photo! I’ll be sure to get a better shot soon. 🙂

  1. Love it! I still haven’t unpacked from my move a year ago (someday, soon, I hope!) so kudos on settling in and having such sharp looking rooms. I covet that lamp so hardcore and luuuuuurve the bathroom. Congrats to you both!

  2. 2 Points:

    1- I think EVERY apartment or condo starts with air furniture, boxes for tables and fold out chairs –I think its a right of passage or something.

    2- You guys have got to be one of the cutest couple ever!!

  3. Spencer’s new place looks great! I love the decor especially that eiffel tower lamp. Have you ever considered being an interior designer?

  4. Oh I know the feeling! My boyfriend just recently purchased a condo in MD and we have just moved in together for the first time. Except we spent a lot of time driving back and forth between 2 places trying to figure out how to combine our stuff. It was a crazy move in weekend, and I am hoping we don’t move again for a very long time! We are still working on a lot of the decor, one room at a time, and most of it is finished except some final wall art or details that I am just waiting for the right one to inspire me. I hope to see more of your decor as it comes together 🙂

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