When Chris and I first started talking about living together, we knew we wanted to be closer to the city (we’re currently living in Medford, both with roommates!) since we work downtown but understood that living IN the city was probably out of the question (high rent in all!), so Cambridge it was! I, obviously, couldn’t contain my excitement and started looking, very casually, this past January to see what was out there.
And guess what? Living in Cambridge is (essentially) the same amount of money.
Because of this little factor, I made the executive decision that we would start looking for places in Boston, rather than the outskirts. This way, we can be right in the thick of it, potentially reduce commuting costs, and also carry out my dream of living in the city. Chris, of course, was on board. (Love ya, babe!)
When we first started looking, we were mainly looking in the South End so we could be close to Chris’ office and eliminate his commuting costs altogether but after missing out on the cutest freakin’ apartment ever, we decided to expand our search to also include Back Bay and Beacon Hill. We saw a lot of tiny spaces (like the one I showed in this post), places that were straight-up shit, and places that were a little outside of our budget.
This lovely home is not where we will be living! Privacy, ya know?
After wasting our time on the weekends looking at places that were either 1. way too expensive for what it was, 2. not in an ideal location, or 3. not somewhere we could see ourselves living, we ended up focusing our search on Beacon Hill. That way, we could both walk to work and we found that a lot of the landlords in the neighborhood were much more flexible than in others!
As of April (I think????), we signed our lease and we will be moving to Beacon Hill in just two months and I CANNOT FREAKIN’ WAIT.
Our new space is so cute! It’s a front-facing unit with big windows, has an extremely awkward kitchen, and is dog friendly (someone convinces Chris that I need a dog). Did I mention we can both walk to work in 15 minutes? That honestly might be the best part. I do have a bunch of photos of the space and am planning on doing a bunch of home decor posts come fall and cannot wait for you guys to see it!
On that note — Since Chris and I both live separately at the moment (both with roommates, remember?), we have a very limited amount of furniture and home items between the two of us so we will be doing a lot of shopping. Thankfully, we both have the same taste in home decor! I figured I’d share with you some of the stuff we will already own and will be bringing with us, some things we’ve already purchased for our new space, as well as inspiration (mostly for the living room!) for our new space and items in my shopping cart. (Thanks Pinterest!)
What We Have Already/Recent Purchases:
Between the two of us, we have our bed frame and mattress (still need a headboard!), a dresser, and a few other odds and ends. Over the last few weeks though, I’ve picked up a few small things and saw a few couches I like, but need to figure out what color we want to get!
On My Wishlist:
- I am dying for a giant floor mirror for outfit pictures (and IG try-ons, duh) and this one will fit perfectly against a small wall we have between the heater and our bedroom door.
- I love how simple this chair is for the bedroom! It’s perfect for cozying up with a blanket and book in the mornings.
- Since our apartment is front-facing with a ton of natural light, we will 100% be filling the space with plants! This hanging planter and these terracotta pots would be the a great addition to our space.
- I have a feeling Chris is going to push for a drying rack, at least this one is kind of cute??? (I hate drying racks)
A rug, curtains, and wall decor/art are also at the top of our list, but we’re having difficulties making decisions 😉 There are just so many cute things out there!
The next two months are going to fly by and I can’t wait to explore our new neighborhood come September!