We Moved! New Apartment Peek + Our Design Inspiration
The Chatburns have officially left West Hollywood. And we have absolutely zero regrets…seriously! We can’t think of ONE downside to living in a more suburban area with 3 parks, a splash pad, and a man made lake in walking distance. There are TWO Targets with REAL parking lots 5 minutes either way—and oh yeah, the beach is a 13 minute drive. I live by the beach. How did I get here?! (By marrying an Aussie whom, like Moana, the ocean calls.)
I am all of the things I was afraid I’d become when I was a young girl living in New York City watching the mass exodus of families who needed things like “parks” and “space.” And it’s AMAZING.
Despite having never following through on my promise to share what life looked like for us in Weho, I feel much better about my follow through this time around. Our new apartment is about 15 miles south of Los Angeles (25 mins to an hour, depending on time of day) and it was gut renovated last year. It is void of all the problems that plagued us in Weho (noise pollution, bed bugs, actual pollution, cheap fixes on an old building, etc.) and the ocean breeze that comes through the windows makes me want to weep. Avery loves it—we have our own rooms, now! He kicked us out of ours and into the living room months ago, so Matty and I have our own space for the first time in 13 months.
We did take a few photos of our Weho apartment for nostalgia’s sake. This is where we brought home Avery, after all! But I’m the girl who liiiiiives for nostalgia and y’all, I am just fine over here in my shiny new AGES-OLD-GROUT-FREE kitchen.
Regardless, here’s a look at where we came from—and please forgive the ridiculous design mistakes. We were tired.
Before: Blank Space Photos
In with the new! These are the images that we obsessed over on the apartment listing. You better believe I zoomed in on every detail and memorized it perfectly from the moment we signed the lease. They aren’t great, but at least they were photos of the actual apartment (it only takes a few days of apartment searching to know that landlords post the strangest photos). By the way, if you want a tour of how the apartment looks as of today, Avery and I did a walkthrough on my Instagram highlights!
Dream Design: The Plan
Preface this to say, our budget for new furniture is low. We’re taking our time to make sure we fill the apartment with things we truly love and/or find meaningful. The first step was to purge all the cheap furniture from our old place. We currently sleep on a mattress on the floor (that is honestly, more comfortable than our old bed frame), and our “couch” is two Ikea chairs shoved next to each other. The plan is to sell those once we have a real couch, but only because we’ll need the room. We like them, otherwise!
Now. Matty and I have a relationship that tends to flip flop the gender clichés. I’m normally the one that fixes the things, and Matty doesn’t mind doing the laundry…for example. We have a shared Pinterest board made up of images that reflect our dream home. We are both passionate about it. We don’t always like what the other person likes. We aren’t alway nice about it. However, we’re determined to combine our styles for this home because we think it could actually work and create a space that feels like us as a family. I thought it’d be fun to show you a bit of what’s inspiring us separately before we get into the push and pull of creating a space we each love equally.
Matty’s Mood Board
Currently inspired by: open space | coastal mindset | the sky | the sun | living simpler
Britt’s Mood Board
Currently inspired by: cool + moody mornings | “new traditional” interiors | just creating—the experience | just going—the adventure
So…can you see it? A combination of the two? “His laid-back ocean vibes meet her whimsical traditional”—totally sounds like a headline on Architectural Digest, I know.
We’ll test the theory first, on the living room. We just purchased this sectional from Living Spaces that was on sale and discontinued, so we got a great price! Bonus: there’s a LS down the road, so we were able to sit on it and know for sure we like it before ordering. This will be the 3rd sofa we’ve purchased in 2.5 years, so we’re ready to have one we love. Which means, there needs to be room for both of us to lie down…sectional, it is. (Yes, I know it’s nearly white and that we have a toddler. Moving on.)
Our goal is to finish one room at a time—however long it takes. I think we’ll feel ready to move on once we get a rug, a coffee table, some photos printed, and potentially, a bookcase.
At which point the Harry Potter marathon is ON, because that’s one thing we certainly agree about.
Welcome to our new home!