The wait is over! I’m ready to show you the rest of my NYC apartment. In part 1, I showed you my living room. In part 2, I’ll go deeper into the apartment to show you my bedroom and the kitchen.
It’s a railroad apartment. There’s no hallways, so every room leads directly into the next room. When you enter my apartment, you enter the living room, then the BF’s “man-cave” (he doesn’t call it this; only I do), then directly into my “closet room” (which you’ve seen before in my closet tour posts), and then directly into the bedroom, which leads into the kitchen after you pass the bathroom.
This is my bedroom. It’s always dark in this room no matter what time of day because there’s only one window that’s situated between two tall buildings. The darkness was one reason we chose to convert this room into the bedroom despite it being right next to the kitchen. We intentionally keep it poorly lit. Bedrooms should be dim and cozy, to create the proper ambience for rest and relaxation. We kept our bedroom very plain to create a sense of calm. It used to be all white but recently I added some subtle shades of baby blue and pale grays. I’m usually too lazy to make the bed as you can see. My favorite pillows are made of shredded memory foam, which allows for customization; you can pull out some of the foam if you find it too fluffy/stiff.
I write most of my blog posts in this room btw. Either in bed or while reclined on these Muji body fit cushions in the corner nook. The cushions are paralyzingly comfortable and form to the shape of your body. The only problem is that once you get into one, it’s hard to get up. Growing up, we didn’t have desks, so I never got used to doing my work at a proper desk, and couldn’t get myself to use a desk when I had one, so threw it out and created this nook in its place
Across the bedroom there’s another nook for Freddy’s dog-cave, a bin for his toys, and two laundry baskets. It was so dark in this corner. Couldn’t get a clear picture, sorry.
A side shot of the bed. I re-purposed a dining chair into a side table, where I keep a Chinese blend of essential oils, melatonin, and my calcium/vitamin D (keeping it by the bed ensures that I take it daily). I also have a pair of sleep headphones here (it’s basically a soft headband with speakers inside).
This is the entry way into the kitchen.
Our kitchen is very drab. It’s the part of our apartment that I dislike the most, but there’s not much I can do as a renter. These dark wood cabinets feel dated and suck the light out of the room. I keep the air filter (lower right) on at all times. There’s no real ventilation in this old building and it’s too cold to leave the windows open, so the air filter is a must. It makes a big difference in our air quality but probably costs a lot to keep it running all the time. I highly recommend one if you are allergy prone. I bought it 5 years ago. I think they make smaller and better versions nowadays.
There’s not much cabinet space, so I keep all my drink and dish ware on open shelving and save the cabinets to hide all the visually messy pantry items. I highly recommend this cookbook from America’s test kitchen to learn how to make classic recipes the right way. This is the version for two people. All the recipes are tailored for two serving sizes.
Here are some tools and ingredients that I keep out on the counter. The oven glove (“OVE-GLOVE”) hanging up there with the blue stripes is something I highly recommend too. I use it all the time. It feels much safer than traditional oven mitts when handling hot pots and pans.
Here’s the sink. I wish we had a dishwasher, but that’s not an option here. I spend half my free time washing dishes nowadays. It really really sucks, but that’s NYC apartment living for ya. Anyway, I think I have a pretty good system going with these drying mats on either side of the sink. There was no back splash installed, so I use an acrylic sheet to protect the wall from splashing when I’m washing the dishes.
Directly across the stove is my utility shelf, which holds all our tableware, pans, and pots. We keep the bare minimum and try to stick to an all white color palette because again there is not much space for things and I wanted to cut down on visual clutter.
Just to the left of the shelf, is our refrigerator and a window. On the fridge, there’s a picture of Freddy when he was just a couple months old. It came with him when we adopted him at 4 months old from the shelter. He was only 24 lbs when we got him. Now he’s 64 lbs!
And for fun, here’s the inside of my fridge. There’s always a pitcher of unsweetened iced tea for the BF (apparently everyone from Texas drinks iced tea all the time) and a big pot of ground beef for Freddy. I switched over to filtered tap water recently. Although NYC tap water tastes really good, I recently read an NPR article about widespread tap water contamination with cancer causing chemicals in most states. I immediately bought the #1 rated water filter by WireCutter. With the environment going down the dumps, we have to do everything we can to protect ourselves.
So switching gears now onto the topic of Everlane. It’s such a fraught topic in this little style blog world. Grechen’s post was bold, but a necessary wake up call! I hope Everlane reads her post (I’m sure they already did) and change course, but I’m not holding my breath.
I own a lot of Everlane and have been disappointed by at least 50% of what I’ve bought from them. I kept going back because of the price point, simple designs, and streamlined platform. I felt like they were the least bad option of the many bad options at that price point. I’m also the age bracket and relative body type they market to. And even then, I’ve had a lot of fit issues. On the other hand, I do have a few work horses from EL that have stood the test of time and look amazing. It’s not all bad. But lately, especially this year, it’s been more bad than good.
I think aside from practical purchases, ie. like the most recent blazer and matching pants that I’m using for job interviews, I’m going to take a break from buying Everlane. Going forward, I will be hesitating a lot harder to buy from them. I hope they directly address the concerns people have raised about their lack of transparency, poor quality, fit issues, and the fact that they are feeling more and more like fast fashion retailers with the rate they are going.
In a future post, I’ll list all my Everlane purchases and put them into a bad and good category, in order to quantify what I’ve felt to be a general direction toward poorer quality over time. Stay tuned!