Welcome, you guys! It finally happened. We found an apartment in Paris. In one day, we viewed 9 apartments, which considering the fact that trolling Craigslist Paris apartments online has been a long time hobby of mine, was a dream come true. All but two of them were so beautiful and perfect. But this one – this one was just right. Sorry in advance for the iPhone photos – it is just easier right now. I actually carried my DSLR with me to take photos, but only had my 50 mm lens which didn’t capture the full scale of the room quite the way I wanted to, so I went with the iPhone instead. One thing I wasn’t privy to before moving to Paris is how “unfurnished” doesn’t necessarily mean “without furniture” – it also means “without anything in the kitchen” and “without light fixtures”, and “you are now out of another 2000 or 3000€” No thank you . My friend tells me that up until a few years ago, it was almost completely likely that you would have to completely outfit your kitchen with cabinets, a sink, a refrigerator, dishwasher, oven and stove top. And the washer/dryer situation is almost always on you. And this is just as a renter! I wanted a super baseline, very classic French apartment that had only a sink in the kitchen, meaning we would have had to overhaul the entire kitchen. Plus, the apartment of my dreams was about 300€ more per month than our budget. When we walked into this apartment, it was almost immediately clear that this was the one. It had the old French style that I had been dreaming of with all of the modern updates. It is in a quiet neighborhood in the 16th arrondissement, just a couple of miles from all the fun stuff but juuuuust far enough away to satiate my ever growing need for peace and quiet. Don’t get me wrong – we are city people! We just don’t need to live in the thick of it anymore. Being comfortably right outside of it suits us better. Above is the main living space. The room can be closed off by two large French doors. One side of the living space has this ornamental fireplace. What do you do with a faux fire place? Candles? Fondue pot? “Hang in there, baby” cat poster? I am open to suggestions. This is the hallway that you walk into – our front door is to the left, and the two doors directly in front are large storage closets/coat closet. Which is perfect! Another plus of this apartment is the built in storage! Turning the other direction this is the other end of the hall. I’m thinking that blank wall needs a bench or a large floor dressing mirror. This is our master bedroom. Pretty small, but I would live in a box if it had these chevron floors. This is our built in bedroom closet. It has really nice gliding drawers and plenty of space to hang. Bedroom deaux (sorry) is directly next door to the master and has an en suite. This will be perfect as a nursery/guest room (we already found the perfect pull out couch from a really awesome store here called Muji – minimalism at its finest!) Here is our kitchen – which is completely outfitted with an “American sized” refrigerator, which is to say it is larger than most we have seen here, a stove top, an oven, a built in microwave oven and a dishwasher. The only appliance we will have to buy is a washer/dryer, which my sweet friend Susan will be selling to us when she moves in a couple of months. Added bonus – ample counter and cabinet space! This kitchen is perfect! Not sure what to do about all that exposed plumbing (??), but I think that’s where I will get to be clever…(<–see what I did there?) The bathroom has a large tub with a his and hers sink and a walk in shower! So luxerious! Trust me when I say this is by the nicest bathroom situation I have ever had. I am used to timing my showers in the winter and old, stained porcelain tubs with crappy fixtures that spray in all different directions. THIS is living, you guys! You can see in other photos that all of the doors have these old handles and locks on them – I think they are so beautiful! It preserves a little of the history of the apartment. Not pictured is the gorgeous entryway, foyer and staircase leading up to our doors. This building is a gem and I CANNOT WAIT to get into it! I am, obviously, sooooo excited about filling it with furniture and decorating it. Connor picked out this amazing couch and we are trying to find the perfect chairs to go with it. I still can’t believe I get to live here. Every day is like a dream – I feel so, so fortunate to get the opportunity to live in such a gorgeous city, and as soon as I can get it together I would love to do a post about all of the things I’ve learned about life here for anyone planning to visit or move to this part of the world. More later!