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{a new} Home Sweet Home May 1, 2014

Filed under: Sarah — Uncharted @ 7:38 pm
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I’m so excited to share with you all that we are officially homeowners!  Yesterday, we closed on an adorable single family home in Denver.  Now I can finally start making all my Pinterest decorative dreams come true.  It’s tough living in rented units sometimes, because even though apartment living feels urban-chic, you can only do so much to an apartment to make it feel like home.  Often you are limited with painting, and you don’t want to bust your budget on furniture that may not be ‘forever’ furniture.  When we moved to Denver, Jonathan and I meshed some of our own things, and bought some new together.  We were limited to very specific couch dimensions that would fit our square-footage, and were stuck with the wall colors as they were.  We did the best we could, but I’m ready to move on.

What I’m excited for:

  • investing in some quality, classy, grown-up furniture pieces
  • picking paint colors
  • wood floors!
  • a backyard (grilling, gardening, sitting in the sun!)
  • hanging as many pictures and paintings as I want and not worrying about losing any of my security deposit for making the walls holey
  • starting fresh and mixing styles with fun new pieces and not trying to force old pieces to fit together
  • having an excuse to purge (let’s be honest, moving stinks, but it’s nice when it’s all over to have been forced to shred old bills and donate clothes you haven’t worn since you moved in)

Needless to say, I’m also looking forward to posting our progress as we do a few touch ups to our new home before we move in and as we continue to really make it ours.



And I’m Back! November 13, 2013

Filed under: Karla — Uncharted @ 11:11 am
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Uncharted readers, it’s been a while. But I’m glad to say I’m back. Two major life milestone occurred in the last few months which hasn’t left me time to write. The first one happened on Friday, September 13, 2013. Yep, Friday the 13th. On that day fellow blogger Kelly and I parted ways after living together for five years from our apartment in Oak Park. Why? The reason for the move was caused by the second major milestone which I’ll blog about next week. I know, I’m such a tease!

Many of the posts you read on Uncharted took place or found inspiration in our apartment. In fact, you could even say this blog idea came to Kelly  and was developed around our dining room table. There are too many favorite memories to list (because I had an amazing roommate and awesome friends) but I’ll try to whittle it down to a few.

  • New Year’s Eve parties – from planning annually to remembering where we put the decorations the year before.

  • Finding out what is acceptable to have on the kitchen counter and what is not – apparently a tomato should go in the refrigerator at all times.

  • Random craft afternoons spreading out more paper than two people should have in one household.

  • The Blizzard of 2012 – actually finding snow in our first floor front landing.

  • Roommate date night – combine a home cooked meal with Say Yes to the Dress and you have a perfect girls night in.

  • Refinishing furniture in the dining room/outdoor porch – mostly Kelly reminding me to refinish outside or else.

  • Rocking out in the kitchen with fellow blogger Sarah when we first moved in.

  • Rushing home to tell Kelly all about my first date with my future husband.

We could not have found a better space for both of us. We spent five amazing years together and we’re still friends! Probably one of the most luckiest things that happened on the move date, was not having Kelly there. If she were, I think I would have cried the whole time.

I’m so glad I convinced Kelly that we could live together. To this day I remember signing our first lease which was locked in at two years and us both saying two years was such a long time and we didn’t know if we wanted to be locked into that timeframe. Low and behold we locked ourselves in for another three years! There is nothing I would change about my time spent in Oak Park, nor would I change our apartment – it spoiled us rotten on living space! But life moves on and my new adventure started with lots of boxes and a new place to call home with my husband.

Finding New Room in the Lombard House

Finding New Room in the Lombard House

The Oak Park Apartment

The Oak Park Apartment


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