I’ve been meaning to provide a sneak peek into our home for a while now. Its special touches and local finds create a space so special and unique to us. we’ve been here for close to 6 years and my goodness how our lives, relationship and resting place have changed. I was 21 when we moved in! As you can imagine, the memories that have been made here make it such a sacred space.
Walk in through the front iron gate, past the mid-twentieth century mailboxes, and you arrive at our sweet trinity. Otherwise known as a bandbox house, these spaces catered to the working class or servants of properties nearby. At the time of build, there was no running water and communal “bath” and “kitchen” (now, it’s a communal courtyard). For the curious, there’s a wonderful overview here.
Inside, as is typical of this type of home, there are four floors of identical size. The first floor is the kitchen and pantry. L and his dad remodeled this shortly after we moved in-upgrading the counter tops, replacing the linoleum floor with wood, and the cabinets, as well. This is, not surprisingly, my favorite place to be. The entire wall facing the room is exposed brick. Despite the modest size (huge by city standards), we have ample cabinet space and a beautiful custom pantry (that was once a useless closet) with drawers on one side and shelves on the other. So much space, in fact, that the bottom shelves serve as shoe storage. Oh, and I can’t forget our little spice cabinet that’s never even sort-of organized.
Watch your step and watch your head as you start up the windy “hail mary” staircase (also redone, as they were coated in brown paint when we moved in). The next floor is our central living space. It’s pure minimalist all the way here, but we have a perfect mid-century dresser that was hauled through the window after I snagged it up at Uhuru furniture in Center City. As for decor, a map of Paris and books (travel, cooking, health, finance, you name it…) stacked everywhere. Does that count?
Up, up, up again, as we enter the bed and bath. Another favorite as the exposed beams and brick wall do all the decorating for us. Off the bedroom is a small balcony that’s in the process of being remodeled. If you squint a bit you can spot downtown. Our bath is teeny-tiny but suits us for the time being. No getting ready together in this space, but we make it work.
And there you have it! Our perfect-to-us space with so much character and love that I don’t know how a someday house can compare.
note: Thanks to Urban Compass for reaching out and suggesting I write a little something about our first home. These records are special, especially when it comes time to move on and make new memories someplace else.