Thursday, May 1, 2014

come one, come all!

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we now have a fully-functional guest bedroom! i know it's quite a luxury in our downtown jersey city neighborhood, and we're going to take full advantage of it, by hosting guests as often as we can! not that NOT having a bedroom stopped us before, our friends loved setting new records for how many people could sleep in our old 450 SF apartment (the record is 7 by the way, and my previous, same-sized hoboken apartment was even more).

hosting 4 friends this weekend should be a breeze then, right?  well, in theory, yes.
  we have lots of things to get rid of first (if nobody takes them by tonight, there's going to be one steal of a curb alert going up on craigslist) although this apartment is much larger (over 200 SF larger) the layout is much different, making the squeeze-as-many-people-as-we-can-into-the-living-room theory trickier.  or maybe we're just getting older, or maybe it's just my butterflies about hosting out-of-towners in the new place for the first time.  either way, i'm pretty darn excited to be hosting.  it will be a weekend of love, our guests consisting of one newly-engaged couple and one long-distance couple.

the second bedroom is just 9'x14", with 1 window, 1 closet, and 1 exposed brick wall, lending us to limited layout options when we decided to also store the desk, a queen-sized bed, and another dresser in there as well.  the obvious bed size choice for a room that small would be a double or a full, but considering not all of our guests are fit for sleeping side-by-side on a double or full (you know who you are, you ones that "can't touch each other while sleeping" :P), we want them to feel as comfortable as possible and chose the queen bed.  not everyone is like hung and i and can share a twin-sized bed for over a month (note: it was also our sofa, city living at it's finest).  it's not all bad.  once we set up the frame, we stashed underneath the bed lots of rarely-used items that were taking up precious closet space.

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(that's the OLD mattress, we took the new one for ourselves.  we're giving our removable pillow-top to the guest bedroom though, which makes it SUPER comfortable!)

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maybe we're still in need of some design elements (curtains, rug, artwork, more plants, etc) but hey, it's a BED... a real BED.. just for GUESTS!  we even have oatmeal-chocolate-chip-butterscotch-pecan cookies ready and alton brown's beef jerky dehydrating just for the 4 guests coming this weekend... even if they don't sleep well, they will surely EAT well ;)


p.s. new mattress and springs are from sleep cheap in downtown jersey city.  friendly service, and convenient, cheap delivery.  we could have had same-day delivery when we purchased the set on saturday before the project:earth market , but we wanted split box springs which weren't in stock.  apparently EVERYONE in brownstones are getting them to make it easier going up those narrow stairways!

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Jess @UsedYorkCity said...

I love your exposed brick wall! And guest bedroom, SUCH a luxury in this part of the country! Enjoy your weekend guests!:-)

jenn @ beyond the stoop said...

thanks! I can't wait to make this room more than just a bed, but a cozy living space too :)