Lovely Vanilla Apartment Tour

Hello Lovely,
WELCOME to our apartment!

We are in the long process of building a home so while we are very patiently waiting we are living in a 1300 square foot apartment.

Ms. Mazi is going to be your hostess and tour guide. She digs this stuff!
However, she will have to be excused for a few photos because the landscapers are outside working and they are very interesting and a bit suspicious! (wink)

Here it is – our very vanilla apartment. I could end the tour there because really this is it – where we work, live, eat, chat and everything – except sleep (well, once in a while somebody sleeps out here).

It’s not beautiful or an inspiration so much but one of my readers requested to see our apartment. Here you go Bailey Wife and friends!

But I won’t end the tour there – I am giving you the real deal. Key word here is real.

I just recently hung a few things on the walls. Can you imagine it even more plain?

The furniture we have furnished our temporary home with is all from The Goodwill or used except for the few new purchased items like the sectional sofa, Marc’s desk and two of the dining chairs – oh, and our mattresses but you won’t see those in this tour – (Vanilla? Not even that!).

When we decided to leave Utah (link to house tour 3 here), we had to go quickly to get started at our new school and work. We put all of our belongings into storage units and packed several suitcases and flew to Virginia. We had our cars brought out by a carrier.

We wanted to get to the area and house shop before moving all of our stuff across country. We didn’t expect to build but after searching around that is what we decided to do – for better or worse. We expected to be in this apartment for up to 6 months but it’s taking much longer than that (thanks to the custom aspect of this building process – and I’m not even being that picky!).

We moved into this apartment sight unseen. I knew I wouldn’t love the kitchen and all but I was pleasantly surprised to find brand new carpet and the rooms are bigger than I expected. The location was exactly right for the school district and the apartment complex is right across the street from our old neighborhood that our house tour 2 is in.
NOTE: We lived in this same town from 2012 to 2015 – moved to Utah where we have family – loved the family not where we lived – 18 months later we returned to VA. That was not fun and I took a sabbatical from blogging.
We originally furnished our place for a short term stay and I didn’t bother to do much until recently. I have tried to make it feel somewhat like our home.

Both my husband and I work from home. Here is HIS office…(in addition to his car and Starbucks).

And if you turn around, there is HERS….(real)

I actually rent a garage on the first floor for the painting of bigger pieces of furniture that I do for my retail space at The Lazy Daisy Gift Store.

You can go ahead and notice that most of our furniture is unfinished – I haven’t made refinishing or painting our furniture a priority. Except for this dining table.  It’s entirely too big for this space but when I came across it, I refinished it put it in the shop to sell but after seeing it all done I really wanted to keep it for the new house. So we moved it back here.

We still have another 6 months to go before we move into our house and the table takes up too much space. I am working on another dining option.

Marc reminds me that “there is not going to be a shortage of good furniture”.

OK! (sigh)

Luckily we have an extension to our living/office space on this little deck. Lately the weather is the best of the whole year so the doors stay open. (that is not Mazi’s best side)

There you are – take it from here Ms. Mazi (like Daisy).

Is there anything you want to share about your favorite space Ms. Mazi?

Yes, this is where you keep a close watch on what goes on in the complex.  We use it to relax but you like to be on high alert and yes, sometimes you get banned from the deck because you bark. I know!

Oh, you want to add something? Yes, the whole family can not fit out here but it makes for great one on one conversations between two of us at a time…the neighbors get to hear all of it. (eye roll)

I am trying to listen to Marc (my husband) about the “no shortage of good furniture” but this old weathered bench is one of a kind. We have a future mudroom that it is perfect for. It will also save us a lot of money on a built in bench – plus, it adds much more character. Don’t you agree?

(Why the wheels? My guys were not home so I attached wheels to the feet so I could actually move the heavy beast by myself – even up a flight of stairs – that was NOT a pretty moment in time, I promise!)

The bench is so cool, functional AND I didn’t quite break my back bringing it in, although somebody could have seen my underwear had they been looking (acrobats).

SO – what do you think? Don’t you agree – Va-nil-la?

But a few of my efforts to make it homey are …

Fur throw, greenery and hodge-podge lamps.

Old chest with new unfinished legs. The metal tray holds the remotes and such.

Goodwill accessories – even the pillow. (I washed it.)

My boys will not want me to keep that pillow out. Can you imagine me saying to them “hello LOVELY”?

OMG! I am already so weird in their 14 year old eyes that I just have to keep my mouth shut most of the time as it is.

Luckily, I am the queen in Mazi’s tired eyes.

Thanks for the tour Mae…that was exhausting, I know, and we didn’t even make it to the kitchen and bedrooms.

Until next time…ZZZZZZZZZZ



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Holly @ Down to Earth Style

Sorry That was supposed to say Terrier… oops

Holly @ Down to Earth Style

My sweet girl dog is a Morkie (Maltese and Yorkshire Trier). A cuddle muffin!


Love it all!What kind of dog do you have?

Lynn @The Vintage Nest

Hi Holly….. it's Lynn from The Vintage Nest. I haven't seen you since your return but I have seen your \”new booth\”. Miss you! Where's the new house being built? It's funny but we have a lot of the same friends thru this blogging world. Ladies I have never met, but feel so close to. Love, love, love your sweet apartment. Hope to see you soon xoxo


Hi Holly,So happy to see this post. Life can really throw us curve balls!!! Glad you have your sweet little apartment while you wait on your home. I bet the boys love being back with old friends again. I always have felt home is where and the peeps you love are together. You have made this place so cute and comfy while you wait for your new home. I know the drama of waiting on getting into a home. Our 1 month renovation and garage build turned into 5 months! Patience is the name of the game and not my… Read more »


Yay!!!! Thanks for the tour! You have made it so cozy and home-y (like there ever was a doubt!)… I wouldn't mind staying there, but it makes dreaming up your new home even more fun I'm sure!! Can't wait for more! I'm not really blogging anymore, but if you have time, come to Facebook or Instagram and see what I've been busy doing! (IrishmanAcres) Good to see YOU back! Xoxo Kim

Holly @ Down to Earth Style

I cry when I read these comments. I love my blog friends so much. I have missed you.


Oh my sweet Holly! It is so good to see you back to blogging from your perfect vanilla place. It is actually qutie adorable and looks really functional. LOVE that bench–don't you DARE sell it…you will kick yourself all the way to the bank and back.Hope your 6 months passes quickly. Our 6 months turned into over a year..but I have always had good luck like that. I am glad you are \”home\”–even if it isn't your real home–it is home to you and that is what matters.Have a wonderful weekend- xo Diana

Katie Mansfield

I knew that your apartment would be cute. Thanks for sharing. I'm so glad you are blogging again.

Brenda Pruitt

As I always say, home is what you make it. And love where you live. I live in an apartment and have no plans to move and I love apartment living. But then I've long since raised my kids and live alone. Love the bench!Brenda

At Rivercrest Cottage

The first thing I did was pinned that fabulous bench! Love it in all its chunkiness. I think it's great that you and family were brave enough to admit the decision wasn't right for you and correct it. Believe me I know how easy it is to just live with it until months become years and years become almost a decade! I will keep you in mind and try to make the changes in location that we've been wanting for 6 years.

Holly @ Down to Earth Style

Hahahaha….a girls gotta do what she's gotta do – close your eyes. Thanks for coming over Christine. I miss your blogging too but yup, life take precedence.

Christine Vandormolen

Oh and stop flashing your neighbors !

Christine Vandormolen

Heyyyyy sweet Holly!!!!! I am so thrilled to see you posting again. I have been blogging very little so far this year. Sometimes that's just the way itgoes. Your little apartment could not look any cuter using almost everything used and thrown together. You are such a genius! Cozy and sweet for sure. I hope your boys are happy to be back with their old friends and all is going great in VA !!! HUGS from WA