Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A Young Man’s First Apartment

He’s not a kid and he’s not quite a man, but he is my son and he’s moving into his first apartment!  Ack! 

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This is my baby; my son who shares a “psychic bond” with me; neither of us can stay mad at the other and we both always apologize right away; the boy who didn’t ride a bike until he was almost 10; the little guy who didn’t want to go in the pool by himself and was just as content to sit on the stairs into the pool with his Mom; the toddler who instead of crawling scooted on his butt, making sure he wasn’t missing anything that was going on while he made his way across the floor; and the 8-year-old who was signed up for football {and that I wanted to wrap in bubble wrap every weekend game} and who continued to play all the way up through his high school years!


Here are some shots of his first apartment ~ the second floor of a house which has a history of being rented to students.  He will be rooming with a friend.  The rent is within our budget and it is a neat, clean place.  Freshly painted and the floors refinished for a new tenant.


The apartment is quite small.  The kitchen opens to the living room.  The two bedrooms are 9x9.  The bathroom is not a bad size and there is some nice shelving storage along one wall where the kitchen and living room meet. 


Each room has a window and there is a skylight in the kitchen. 


It is light and bright with wood floors throughout.  So much for giving my son the point and shoot to get steady pictures.  They’re steady but not very good shots of the rooms.  I’ll try and get better ones when we are actually moving him in.


A nice first apartment for a young man.  With some touches from Mom, we will make it a home.  We sign the lease Thursday and get the keys.  Stay tuned!



Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

How exciting for your son! Looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Leaving the nest . . . lucky guy to have such a creative mom to help him get his new place all set up!

LuLu Kellogg said...

Awwwwww, it's so hard when they leave home, isn't it? We have six kids and it's never easy!

What a great place and I can't wait to see how Mom will put her touches on it! You just don't look old enough to have kids this age!


At The Picket Fence said...

My son who's a senior is already talking about when he gets an apartment with his friends. I just want to make it through graduation without breaking down, I can't think about him moving out. :( So are they going to let you help them decorate it? :)


Always Nesting said...

It's always bitter sweet to help move our kids out. You now have a new canvas :) for your work.

Tammy@InStitches said...

How exciting, Hopefully it's not too far from you !!

Anonymous said...

It is so funny seeing that apartment. It's looks almost exactly like my first apartment which was also the upstairs of someone's house. It was very small but very cozy and inviting at the same time. I'm sure you son will do just fine there especially with a designer/decorator for a mom.

PS..Sorry for commenting under anonymous. This is Sheila at beyond the portico. There are just some blogs I can't leave a comment on unless it's under anonymous. Not sure why.

Sonny G said...

I wishing the best for both of you. Your post took me back to the day when I my own son went to his first apartment. Take Deep Breaths and never forget he'll always be that boy , mentally wrapped in the bubble cloth, to You.

Kate @ The Gaines Gang said... really happens in a blink of an eye!

You know they sell bubble wrap in HUGE rolls! perfect to wrap him up in his new apartment!

Anonymous said...

Kathy that's a really cute apartment.Good luck to your son.


Stitchfork said...

Exciting and looks like a great spot!
xo Cathy...who is quite a pro at assembling Ikea furniture for son's apartments!

Stitchfork said...

Exciting and looks like a great spot!
xo Cathy...who is a pro at assembling Ikea furniture for sons' apartments

Michele Smith said...

Awwww how sweet...reminds me of my baby boy. I want to wrap him up in bubble wrap too...and he doesn't even play football LOL That is agreat picture of yall. You are very pretty!
I can't wait to see how you put your touch on things!

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Oh Kathy! A right of passage! The apartment looks great and is just perfect for them....he is embarking on the next leg and what a ride it will be! Wishing him the VERY best!! And you....

Lou Cinda

Kathleen said...

Looks great for students! When I went to grad school at Villanova I had my first apartment. Kitchen was so tiny you could sit at the table, open the oven and put something in the sink !
Good luck to him. I know rents are high here on LI!

DIYbyDesign said...

How exciting. I bet you will help him make his first home awesome.

BECKY said...

Great space for him, Kathy! I know you'll help him have the best place around!! Cute photo!!


Nancy's Daily Dish said...

Hi Kathy,

Oh, I can share your feelings in having your son move out. My Michael moved out and into his apartment a little over a year ago. I thought all was fine and literally within seconds of him closing the door I had a cry fest! Now I'm crying thinking about it. ;-) We are soooo fortunate because he moved only one mile away. Soon after, my 2nd born, Ethan graduated high school and moved in with Michael. It's hard to believe how fast they grow, isn't it? It sounds like you have a special relationship to with your son. His apartment may be small, but it looks so nice and clean. I'm sure you can put your spin on it and it will look like a million bucks!


Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

Hi Kathy! Blogger has been giving me trouble and I haven't been able to comment since last week! Sheesh! I love your son's first apartment! I am sure that he & his roommate will have a lot of fun. I remember my first apartment when I was 20 and it was so much fun! I am sure that you will have it looking cosy and comfy for him in no time! Angie xo

Okio B Designs said...

Awwwwwwwww...he's a man. Plain and simple. Not the little guy anymore who didn't leave my side at T's wedding! ;)


Katherines Corner said...

Kathy I related to this post so much, My daughter moved into her own place many years ago ( she's 31 now) but I remember it all like ti was yesterday. Where does the time go..... Hugs P.S> I invite you join me at my first ever Thursday Favorites blog hop. Stop by and link up your lovely blog.

Gail said...

O'Kathy, it's so hard when they leave home! Yesterday was my daughter's 1st birthday away from home and I think we were both feeling blue. She lives in North Carolina now. Sounds like you have a wonderful relationship with your son and I wish him the very best.

Enjoy your evening,

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Kathy, I remember the day my son moved into his first place. I cried like a baby! Best of luck to your son.

Shelly @Crafty Creative Studio said...

Ack!!! I do not know what that is like yet -our oldest is a a junior in high school. Talks non-stop about college! The place looks great! Like a nice place to run away too. :)

Unknown said...

Kathy! What a proud Mom Moment! What a great apartment, clean and fresh - love that! These beginning days of independence go by much too quickly. It makes you want to remember every detail of their childhood in fear the memories will fade as they leap into their own lives.
Such a lovely photograph of you both! Have a great weekend! E

Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...

Hi Kathy,

Your son's new apartment looks really nice. Bright clean and easy to care for.

I look forward to more pictures.


Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

It may SEEM small, but it's the perfect size for a young man...less space to clean. lol

I'm sure you'll whip it into the perfect place for your son to call home, Kathy. I'm currently working on the SECOND redesign scheme of MY son's house. ;)

Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

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