I thought I'd share a few of my favorite details:
1 / We have a working record player. It was Bek's grandmother's and it came with quite the collection, plus, for some odd reason, we each had a record or two. We've been there less than 48 hours and have used it at least 5 times [pictured here with the My Fair Lady album]. I'm hoping to get some great use out of that and can't wait to scour thriftshops and record stores to add to our collection. (I'm really hoping to score a copy of "Buffalo Gal" ;)
2 / Goodbye double-stacked! I brought - no joke - a dozen boxes of books over to my new place. Some were small (like amazon package size), but that was only so I could actually lift them. I'm going to have 2 small bookshelves in my room also - pending this weekend's IKEA trip - but decided to utilize the living room shelves for my "literary" books - classic novels, poetry, and plays. They're currently sorted by date and author, with special groupings by publisher. While unloading, I confirmed that I had three copies of The Merchant of Venice - not including the Complete Works. I know: nerdometer readings high. But I can explain: I bought a cute paperback in high school, a Norton for school (which I used for 2 different classes), and then in England, I couldn't help picking up a copy published in 1899. Ok... I'm going on far too long about the bookshelves.
3 / My china finally has a cupboard! So, a few years back, my [paternal] grandmother gave me her china. It is gorgeous! Very classic design with silver rims. Honestly, if I had my choice of any china set, this would probably be it. Unfortunately, it's been stowed away in our garage, used only for 2 or 3 special occasions. But finally, the china has been emancipated. My mother was gracious enough to give me this buffet (which was originally was her mother's). I love both how it looks and it's generational importance. [So come over and let's have dinner on the china!]
4 / Might be hard to tell, but I got new sheets and duvet cover. I've wanted a white duvet cover for quite a while and finally was able to make it happen. While at it, I decided to get patterned sheets to off-set the white. They're grey with little white chevrons.
5 / Another dream of mine, I've wanted to incorporate one of my favorite color combos (grey, white, and yellow) and with my own bathroom (also a first), I can finally make that happen. Looking forward to expanding that theme, but towels from Target will do for now.
One final shot: one of my favorite corners of our place. Seriously, come over. We'll set the china, throw on a record, and have a grand time!