Thursday, October 07, 2010

A mini house tour

Hello girls and boys! It's Amanda from Here's Lookin' at Me, Kid. I'm delighted to be subbing for the other Amanda while she is away traveling the globe, as I desperately wish I was... Though, admittedly, I can be quite the home body at times. When I've been away for a while, it's so refreshing to come home to the little place we've made our own. My husband, Phil, and I live in a 1920s one bedroom apartment in Canton, Ohio. I'd love to give you a little tour of our place!


Phil and I have been married for three years- two of which I spent finishing a four-year interior design program at a local university. Before we moved into this apartment last Summer, we existed in a rather sit-com worthy situation... carrying out our days in the suburbs under the roof of my 26 year-old brother. (Check out photos here.) As much as I love my brother, Phil and I were desperate to get out and find a place we could call our own, with no arguing about storage space, design issues, or whose turn it is to do the dishes.


So here we are, Phil working as a school teacher, while I run a vintage shop and photography business from home. Luckily, I get to spend a lot of my days scouring thrift stores and charity shops here in northeast Ohio, which means I find lots of wonderful things for our home as well. Most of what you see here is thrifted, or found on Craigslist, Etsy, or eBay.


One of the key points in our search for a new apartment was to be sure I had an area for crafting, and another area for my shop inventory. Working from home can be pretty stressful when your work overflows into all areas of life. Fortunately, we found a 1,300 square foot apartment with a huge great room, the ceiling of which beautifully sculpts out separate living areas. It's nice to have everything open and airy, but sometimes I wish I could just close the door to my office. At least now I have a reason to keep it neat and tidy. :)


It's been my dream for quite a while to have my own home that I can fill with colorful and pretty little things that make me happy. It's so nice to come home and feel completely content here. It didn't take much money, just a bit of time and a lot of love.


You can see before and after photos of my kitchen at Apartment Therapy.

Amanda
Here's Lookin' at Me, Kid

28 comments:

  1. Love this post. You've got a great home!

    xoxo
    www.thefashionmoodboard.blogspot.com

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  2. Your home is absolutely beautiful. We are shortly moving in to our first house (out of our rented flat) so this is very inspirational

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  3. wow, your place is perfect! i need a craft room! i do crafts in my kitchen, which as you can imagine, gets in the way of everything! i love all your antiques and can't believe it extends to inside the cabinets as well! it's like you went back in time!

    xo
    sami
    www.aglimpseofglamour.com

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  4. You have a lovely house :)

    17andalwaysdreaming.blogspot.com

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  5. Just dreamy - I love all of the archways, perfect for dividing the space and providing the ultimate backdrop for all your treasures.

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  6. Love this house, it looks so cozy yet fresh and very bright. Love the office especially!

    Definitely checking out her blog!

    www.rachaeldiab.blogspot.com

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  7. Oh my!! You've got a gorgeous home! It's pretty much my dream home, to be honest! I'm saving all of these to my design inspiration folder!

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  8. Your home is so charming! I love the way the living room is sort of "nooked out" around the fireplace...and your kitchen that looks like original cabinetry.

    I also run a vintage clothing business out of my (small apartment) home, so I know how challenging it can be and how nice to have "work space" separate from "leisure space."

    Bettye

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  9. Ooooh your home is fabulous! I'm jealous!!

    thea.
    xx

    (spoonfulzine)

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  10. Try a Little Kindness! I worked in a vintage shop for years and we had that exact needlepoint on the wall... my boss was so inspired she made t-shirts and coffee mugs with the pattern. TALK.

    your home is absolutely beautiful of course. the living room is giving me so much inspiration for mine right now!

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  11. such a beautiful home!!
    i love the mix of vintage with clean lines.

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  12. Oh wow...I felt like I was browsing through a cute vintage shop :) She has so many little goodies around her house!

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  13. Ooh! What a pretty house! I can't wait to get my own place so I can decorate it however I like. :)

    ~ Katie

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  14. классный блог!))

    http://newbloodstyle-hautecouture.blogspot.com

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  15. A-mazing house!!
    But I would need a big TV :D

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  16. I absolutely love your fireplace! Gorgeous! And you office is so adorable as well :)

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  17. WOWWWWW! i want your house so badly!!!

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  18. Awesome interior! I love all the corners, it looks really cosy!

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  19. wow i love your apartment so much. so tidy and cool.

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  20. I can tell from this flat that you're happy.:) Lovely photos!

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  21. I love your home! It looks so comfortable and... well, homey!

    www.tightropetotheson.blogspot.com

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  22. Um, can I please move in? This looks like the most amazing place to live! Your home is truly so inspiring, you really have a talent for design. What a perfect place.

    xx

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  23. Beautiful photos. You can see you have a feeling for it.

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  24. Cute office space, I am super jealous!

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  25. Your house is adorable!
    Sarah
    www.edelweissnyc.wordpress.com

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  26. your house is very beautiful We are shortly moving in to our first house (out of our rented flat) so this is very inspirational.

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