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Our Old Apartment

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I got an e-mail from Martin saying our old apartment is for sale! It’s where Martin and I lived for a few years and where we had Wille. I really like what they’ve done to the place since we moved back in 1995. It’s so much more modernized. We still had a marble kitchen sink (sounds lovely but the sink was tiny), a deadly gas stove which got red hot (the entire thing) when you had the oven on and the oven itself was itty bitty so you could only ever do half a recipe of anything. I love that they opened up the window into a door (something we would also have done had we stayed) and that they kept the glass pantry door that Martin and I dug out of a dumpster ca 1992. As a matter of fact they kept a lot of the original cabinets and shelves which is nice to see. The rest of the apartment looks a bit odd. They split a not very big room to begin with into two and I can only imagine how cramped that must be IRL although it looks quite spacious in the realtors photos.     Here are a couple of shots of what it looked like in the very early days when we lived there. Check out more images of the apartment as it looks nowadays here.The images are no longer available. Edit: Either it's sold or we crashed their server :). Oh, and price wise, we paid 575 000 SEK back in 1989 and sold for 425 000 in 1995 making a loss (but gaining a nice big rental instead). Today’s price 3 795 000 SEK. Yeah.

Our Old Apartment

Living Room Before & After

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Today I’m sharing a before and after of our living room. I’m trying to become friends with my wide angle lens. I don’t love it, I much prefer my 50 mm 1.4, but the wide angle does come in handy for shooting interiors. My lens doesn’t have quite as wide an angle as the realtor’s photographer had for the photo above though so I can’t really take the exact same shot but close enough. Anyway above is the before which was taken two years ago. The kitchen wall and door was still up, the walls and ceiling were dingy and there was quite a bit of orange pine going on in the staircase.   Two years later, it’s all mostly white although there is a grey wall in the office nook, the staircase is getting whiter and whiter and most noticeable, the kitchen wall is gone. I love the open plan and how light it is which is what attracted me to the house in the first place. The back of the house faces south west which our old house also did and I’ll remind myself to look for that in any future homes because it’s the best!

Living Room Before & After

Wille’s Desk Corner

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While Wille was away in London and I was working on a project in his room (which I’ll show you later) I realized that I’ve not shown you what his desk corner looks like. Above you see the before, what it looked like when we viewed the house the first time a little over a year ago. Mottled wallpaper with greasy head marks and blue lino floor with slipper marks around the bed area all intact.   The lino was quick to go as I’ve showed you before. Tearing it and the hundreds of nails up alongside was one of the first projects I did in the house as I wanted Wille to settle in well right away.   Lino all gone and already such a vast improvement. That stain on the right is the aforementioned grease mark. I know. Eughh!   Grease mark gone via several coats of white paint.   I had my contractors help me lay the oak floor so it would be ready prior to moving in.   Such a huge improvement! I’m telling you, if you want a good base for your home, get uniform floors, ceilings and walls, in my case oak + white. After that you can start personalize with colors. Or in my case, not.   Wille needed a new desk because the one we built at the old house didn’t really fit the new space. We went for the longest off the rack IKEA kitchen counter top available and plonked it on top of two Alex drawer units. And here it is, Wille’s desk corner. It’s not always this tidy though.

Wille’s Desk Corner