Last night, the Husband and I spent over an hour laying in bed, talking in the dark about all the apartments we’ve lived in.  In total, we’ve shared 5 spaces over the last 7 years.  We were trying to remember the layout and design of each house (and I use the term “design” extremely loosely to describe our college apartments… we were reminiscing about hanging up tapestries instead of curtains, for example).


The third apartment we shared is really hard to remember.  We lived there for 9 months and I cannot remember what our bedroom looked like for the life of me.  Isn’t that sad?  Actually, I can’t remember much from that year in general!  I was 22 and had just started my first “real job” after college.  I remember commuting a lot.  That’s about it. 


But it was funny how remembering one thing – like the fact that my closet was in the living room of one tiny apartment – triggered all these other awesome memories.  We couldn’t stop saying, “OMG – remember when…”


Sadly, I don’t think I have many photos of our previous apartments.  So I’m going to start taking a lot of this one!


On that note, we redesigned the living room yesterday (here’s why).  Before:




BIG difference, huh?  I really like it.  It seems more… grown-up.  And there’s more room in the living room now. 


We got this wonderful winged chair and took a side table out of the bedroom:

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And got a new coffee table.  I like minimalist coffee tables.


Can I just add that the zebra rug was the Husband’s idea?  I really like it and was shocked that he went for that.


And the couch!


Cool thing about this couch is that there are hidden legs and it becomes a futon.


PS – One day, I want this sunburst (maybe two or three) for that big blank wall behind the couch.

Sunburst Wire Wall Art, 48" (Source)


Onto breakfast!


Pumpkin Pancake


Based on my Sweet Potato Pancake recipe!



  • 3/4 cup oatmeal
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • Cinnamon
  • Topping:  banana and a drizzle of maple syrup


  • Heat and grease griddle.
  • Mix first six ingredients.
  • Pour onto griddle and form pancake shape.
  • On Medium Low, cook slowly and then flip (use a plate if necessary) when golden brown.   It takes a least ten minutes.
  • Cook other side slowly.
  • Plate, top with fruit and syrup, and enjoy





Can you remember all your homes?  Or are some fuzzy?



  • Hope October 21, 2010, 10:15 am

    I love the zebra rug! Your living room looks great!!! It looks very modern. I’m jealous 🙂

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin October 21, 2010, 10:16 am

    Woah Caitlin the room looks awesome!!! I’m so impressed. I’m also impressed your husband picked the zebra rug – – he’s a keeper! 🙂

  • Kevin October 21, 2010, 10:21 am

    Those pumpkin pancakes look amazing. I am going to try them this weekend. One question…where do you find chia seeds in the grocery store? I never bought them before…

    • Caitlin October 21, 2010, 10:25 am

      You can get them at Whole Foods or similar stores. If you don’t have them and want to make this recipe, you can probably sub in nuts.

  • Karen October 21, 2010, 10:22 am

    The new room looks great!

    I grew up in one house. My parents built a new house after I got engaged and my, then fiancee, moved into our first apt. So I half moved in to my parents house and the apt (we didn’t live together before we got married — but there were over-nighters!). Before I moved out, I got my camera and took pictures of every single room from various angles, and also took pictures out certain windows so I could even remember he views. I guess it sounds a bit excessive, but I’m really glad now that I did it! I love looking back at those shots:)

    • Caitlin October 21, 2010, 10:24 am

      I wish I had done that!!!

  • Camille October 21, 2010, 10:23 am

    Your living room looks really nice!
    I can remember all my places except for the house I was born in. I did only live there until I was 4 though 🙂

  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 21, 2010, 10:23 am

    I remember all of my past houses/apartments except for when I was really small (birth-5years old) — I haven’t lived in too many places though, so that must help!

    I like the zebra rug and your couch looks really sleek — although I prefer a big comfy, cozy couch for watching movies 🙂

  • JenATX October 21, 2010, 10:25 am

    i love thinking about my college dorm.. such a tiny space but full of so many memories 🙂 it was a disaster though! i hadnt learned the concept of “cleaning” yet, haha

  • Jessica October 21, 2010, 10:27 am

    Your living room is super cute! I love decorating and picking out furniture! Your house seems really cute too.

    I lived in 8 different places during college! And since then, I’ve lived in 3 different apts/houses! Me and my husband have been together for 7 months, and we have already lived in 2 different houses (he is in the military and we were on the wait-list for 2 months to get on-base housing). The house that we are living in now is far my favorite place that I have lived.

  • Amber K October 21, 2010, 10:31 am

    I lived in three different houses before getting together with my husband and we have lived in five apartments since being together. I can picture every single place!

    Then again, I have also taken pictures of every single place, so I think it is easier for me to remember.

  • Natalia - a side of simple October 21, 2010, 10:34 am

    I love the zebra rug! The room looks so classy 🙂

  • Leanne @ Simplicitlee October 21, 2010, 10:34 am

    I love the new look SO much better! It definitly is more mature but has a fun look to it! Very swanky 😉

    I’ve lived in 3 houses in my whole life, the first house I lived from 0-2 years old or somethiing and obviously have no recollection of! My last house was the house I grew up in and I love it so much (my parents are in talks of selling it sometime in the near future… it makes me sad), and now I live with my handsome fiance and I love our house so much.

    My parents also have a wonderful cabin that even Tyler (my fiance) calls our home away from home. It’s a cool place that feels like it belongs equally to everyone in my family!

    All of this house talk makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. 🙂

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing October 21, 2010, 10:35 am

    I love LOVE your new living room!! Everything is modern and sleek but yet not cold.. and the zebra rug.. be still my heart.

    I’ve only lived in 2 places my entire life so I really have no problem remembering. My room has been the same for a couple of years though, and i’m ready to change it up a bit!

  • Raya @ Raya Runs October 21, 2010, 10:36 am

    My roommate just bought that sunburst thing for the house we live in!!! It’s her house so she does all the decorating, I’m just a room-renter. But it’s hanging over the fireplace. I’ll take a pic and send it to you later!

  • skinnyrunner October 21, 2010, 10:36 am

    love the zebra rug! i want one in a huge walk in closet. dreams….

  • Sarah October 21, 2010, 10:37 am

    I love the new couch!!! And the whole design makes your living room look HUGE and modern and gorgeous!!!

  • Raya @ Raya Runs October 21, 2010, 10:38 am

    P.S. I’ve lived in what feels like a million places. Off the top of my head I count 14 (starting when I was REALLY little) and I’m considering a 15th as we speak =)

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday October 21, 2010, 10:38 am

    I love that side table!

  • rebecca lustig October 21, 2010, 10:39 am

    oh, the new layout of the room really opens up the space! and i love the hidden leg behind the couch. so sneaky, so efficient!

  • Kristina @ spabettie October 21, 2010, 10:39 am

    this is CRAZY – I was thinking about my college houses the other day, and one I COULD NOT RECALL where my bed room was or the details of it… I guess at that time I truly used it for minimal sleeping and that is all. 😀

    Love the new room!

  • Mrs. Muffins October 21, 2010, 10:40 am

    I can *pretty much* remember every place I’ve lived in which is surprising since I have a terrible memory and I’ve lived in ten places so far (four since being married)!

    I love the style of the new living room, especially since the sofa converts to a futon! My husband is really wanting an old man recliner but I wonder if he’ll settle for a fab chair like that? Lol!


  • Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story October 21, 2010, 10:44 am

    Oddly enough I think I can remember each place…at least, for the most part. I had a zebra print rug in one of mine too! 🙂 Love the new living room, looks great!

  • Amy @ Huffmania October 21, 2010, 10:49 am

    I remember all my houses. When my parents moved out of my childhood home, I went through and took pictures of all the empty rooms so I wouldn’t forget them. It was eerie to see it so … naked.

    My favorite place I’ve lived, apart from the house I now share with my husband, was my dorm room senior year of college. I went to a small school where everyone lived on campus, and senior year I scored a single room in a historic building that housed only women. It was the coziest little room with gabled windows and a lovely view. The best part was that I had my own radiator and could crank up the heat as much as I wanted – which was perfect for winter in upstate New York. Those lovely gabled windows weren’t insulated.

    Also: LOVE that wing chair.

  • Maria @ Oh Healthy Day October 21, 2010, 10:49 am

    I’ve lived in only four places, including where I love now. But I remember those college apartments – yikes! No a/c (or not being able to afford to turn it on), cheap blinds, ugly carpet, and noisy neighbors. I don’t know how I survived 🙂 Makes you really appreciate what you have now!

  • HTP Dad October 21, 2010, 10:50 am

    ooohhhhh! a futon! HTP Dad loves that!

  • allison @ thesundayflog October 21, 2010, 10:50 am

    ooooooh i LOVE the new setup!! that rug is to die for, as are all of the other pieces. however, it doesn’t look as cozy anymore!!! i want to curl up on your old couch and snooze! very grown up looking 🙂 i tried to remember the house i lived in when i was born up until age 6 and i can’t picture anything past the first floor. what’s weird is that i can perfectly picture other friend’s houses/neighborhoods/classrooms/etc, but not my own bedroom!!!

  • amanda @ Hungry Vegan Traveler October 21, 2010, 10:50 am

    Ooh! Love that zebra print rug! Ow, ow!

  • Amanda (Eating Up) October 21, 2010, 10:51 am

    I grew up in the same house my whole life, but since moving out I’ve lived in 8 different places! I’ve taken pictures of some of them, but I wasn’t really attached to any of them since I knew I was only going to be there for a short time.

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers October 21, 2010, 10:52 am

    I absolutely LOVE the new look!! I have a really hard time remembering all my places because I moved a lot too. I LOVED my living room in my last apartment and I’m so sad I don’t have a picture of it. 🙁

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing October 21, 2010, 10:52 am

    Although I think the old setup looks more comfy, I love the look of the new one! Very modern and bright!

  • Andrea ( October 21, 2010, 10:52 am

    The apartment LOOKS BEAUTIFUL! Super styled and sophisticated- very West Elm/Pottery Barn, my favorite stores. I’d recommend checking TJ Maxx repeatedly for the Sun burst- I found mine there for something like $50 and love it! Great job on the decorating!!

  • Kath October 21, 2010, 10:52 am

    LOVE IT!! Hope it’s comfy enough 🙂

  • Amanda October 21, 2010, 10:56 am

    The living room looks very polished 🙂 Great job! I remember all of my homes well. I’ve only lived in 3 places so it isn’t too hard.

  • Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) October 21, 2010, 10:56 am

    i LOVE the zebra rug! your room looks awesome!

  • Kelly October 21, 2010, 10:57 am

    Love the new design of the living room! Great couch!

  • AllieNic @Frisky Lemon October 21, 2010, 10:59 am

    I remember most of my homes…only the early years are fuzzy. I’ve lived in five apartments for the four years I’ve been in Boston and, honestly, my room has looked basically the same in all of them!

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write October 21, 2010, 11:00 am

    I have lived in 10 places since I left home at 18. I actually can remember them all. But, there’s this one apartment that hubby and I remember and feel like that whole 10 months was “surreal.” Like, I look back on that like it was a dream and didn’t really happen. We talk about it sometimes and just laugh. Funny how things get fuzzy the older you get!

  • Cassie October 21, 2010, 11:01 am

    love the new look! i just wanted to mention that i think i saw a tutorial somewhere on how to make the sunburst mirror yourself. here are a few links, but i cant remember where i found the original directions.

    good luck 🙂

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 21, 2010, 11:02 am

    I have lived in 4 homes including my university dorm and they’re all pretty clear in my mind. I absolutely love your new couch, especially with the bright coral pillows. Oh, and I want that pumpkin pancake!! 🙂

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape October 21, 2010, 11:04 am

    Love all the new furniture! The room looks really nice! And the hidden legs in the couch-so cool!

  • Joleen October 21, 2010, 11:05 am

    It looks great! I’m in the process of decorating our new place, so this was fun to see – and I’m with you on the Young House Love bandwagon too. Have you taken a look at Target’s Wire Capiz Sunburst Wall Mirror? It looks kind of similar.|B000TGYXNA&CPNG=home%20decor&ci_src=17588969&ci_sku=B000TGYXNA&ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001

  • Sarah for Real October 21, 2010, 11:07 am

    Lovely! I really like the zebra rug. It gives the room some pattern since you got rid of the textured jute rug.

    I’m desperately trying to convince my husband that we need two nice chairs like your winged one, but he’s adamant that they aren’t comfortable. I think only a lay-z-boy will appease him and I can guarantee one of those will NEVER enter my house. Sigh…

  • Sarah October 21, 2010, 11:07 am

    Oh my gosh. It looks INCREDIBLE! My husband and I are getting ready to move and we are quadrupling our space – I am so excited to get my design on!

    (Meaning … obsessively read Young House Love, ha!)

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) October 21, 2010, 11:10 am

    Oh man I have lived in SO many places!!! I moved over 10 times when I was growing up…from New Brunswick, to FL, NC, GA, Ontario, etc etc. It was crazy. Since I have been with Eric we have lived in just a few places in 10 years so things have settled down thankfully.

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) October 21, 2010, 11:10 am

    Oops I meant to say your new set up looks AMAZING!!!!! Such a change, and I even loved it ‘before’ but this is like a page out of a magazine now.

  • Leah @ L4L October 21, 2010, 11:16 am

    Hmm… not in love with the living room, not my style at all. But to each their own! (I just don’t think it looks cozy and I love cozy!)

    I remember all the places we’ve lived pretty clearly. And that’s saying a lot because we moved a lot! It probably helps that I stayed in the same apartment for 3 of the 4 years in college but I did switch bedrooms halfway through! And right now, our guest bedroom is full of my college bedroom stuff so it’s like a time warp for me!

  • Anna S @ History Running Girl October 21, 2010, 11:17 am

    Love the new layout! What a nice few.

    I took a ton of pictures of my last apartment because it was my first real apartment. It was a dump, but I like to look at it to compare it to my nice place now!

  • Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries October 21, 2010, 11:17 am

    Ohhh…I love it. How chic and modern. But more importantly, I love your shoes. ADORABLE.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) October 21, 2010, 11:18 am

    The room looks great! I love the remember whens! My husband and I have been together since we were 19 (and now we are 35). We talk about it all the time and think about about the “what were we thinking” moments…which are fun to look back on!

  • SaraRM October 21, 2010, 11:19 am

    I LOVE the look of the new room! Big fan of the zebra rug.

  • Rachel @ EatMoreMeatLess October 21, 2010, 11:20 am

    Your new living room looks great! Hope it’s cozy! Maybe instead of taking food photos on the floor, you can take photos of your meals on the zebra rug!

  • Dori October 21, 2010, 11:21 am

    Really like the new living room!

  • Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) October 21, 2010, 11:24 am

    Since I have lived in the US (parents moved back here when I was 4) I have lived in 9 places and I do remember each one. I haven’t though tof some of those places in a WHILE. 😉 One of the most memorable is the STUDIO that my husband and I lived in while we were dating. No one could believe that living in such a small space didn’t break us up, but ’twas meant to be 😀 Great trip down memory lane!

  • Alayna @ Thyme Bombe October 21, 2010, 11:31 am

    My husband and I were looking into buying that exact couch at one time! We still need something that can serve as seating and a bed in our spare bedroom, the only reason we didn’t buy that one is that we wanted a gray color.

  • tina October 21, 2010, 11:31 am

    omg, i was going to do a post of all the places i’ve lived! i love thinking about that… i miss my san francisco apartment where my husband proposed the most… ugh it was the best!!!!

    love the zebra- and LOVE that the hubby liked it first, i love it when the men suprise us! 🙂

  • Jamie @ Food in Real Life October 21, 2010, 11:33 am

    VERY chic living room! WOW! I actually saw a zebra or gazelle print (I think) rug in a Ballard Designs catalog that I like. It’s funny how animal print can be bold and neutral at the same time.

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In October 21, 2010, 11:33 am

    I’ve lived in the same house my whole life, so yeah, I remember it:)

    Also I LOVE the new living room set! Much more mature and chic! And way to go husband on the animal print, I love touches of it in a room.

  • Dorry October 21, 2010, 11:38 am

    We do this, too! But we’ve only been together for almost 2 years and we travel a lot so we’ll play a game where we remember all of the hotels we’ve stayed in…we’ve slept in over 50 beds in almost 2 years of being together. Haha. We’re currently looking for our first home as newlyweds. 🙂

  • Cyndi @ Weightless Life October 21, 2010, 11:42 am

    I can remember everywhere I’ve lived just because I haven’t moved that many times. I really like that new couch, it looks so comfy.

  • Kris October 21, 2010, 11:44 am

    I remember pretty well considering together DH and I went through 20 years of Navy moves (he was in for 30). We’ve been in our present place for six years — the most I’ve lived in one place since growing up. I miss some places; others not so much 🙂

  • Rachel October 21, 2010, 11:49 am

    Super cute re-decoration! I can remember every place I’ve lived. I think there’s been 6 places total including the home I grew up in since I was about 2 years old.

  • Tiffany (Stuffed with Fluff) October 21, 2010, 11:54 am

    My parents still live in the house I’ve grew up in, so I’ve lived there on and off for 27 years! After I turned 18, I spent a year in the dorms, 2 years in an apartment, 1 year in a shared house with my roomies, 3 months in an UK flat, 4.5 years in a condo with friends and now, I’ve lived 7 months in a townhouse my BF bought (and we hope to live here until it’s time to get married and start a family – scary!!!)

    Also? I LOVE the new living room design. While your old setup was nice, this one is definitely much more adult. Love the zebra rug, clean lines, and the couch is pretty much a contemporary take on a mid-century modern design. This room definitely fits my style, so maybe that’s why I love it? haha, we have very similar pieces in our living room!

  • Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat October 21, 2010, 11:56 am

    I certainly can’t remember all the places I lived. I can probably remember the last 4…

  • Nicole @ yuppie yogini October 21, 2010, 11:56 am

    Your living room looks just like your inspiration room…but yours is cuter with the pups.

  • tina October 21, 2010, 11:57 am

    I lived at home and with my BFF for a short time before getting married and buying a house 11 1/2 years ago and still live there! We immediately started having babies (crazy us I know) and now have 2 boys ages 10 and 8 and three hairy dogs in a very small home). I am scared to death to invest in any decent furniture for fear of something being spilt or tore up right now. I figure our two older dogs have a limited future (ages 13 and 10 1/2) and the boys are growing up. I’m looking forward to some decent, cute and udult furniture in our futures!

  • katie October 21, 2010, 11:57 am

    love the color scheme, lots of earth tones but with punches of color. i love this room way more than the previous one

  • Lauren October 21, 2010, 12:01 pm

    I LOVE the new design. It does look super modern and grown up. Very nice Caitlin. Classy too! 🙂

  • Maya October 21, 2010, 12:06 pm

    I love the new look! It looks so updated and modern but still classy.

  • Laurie October 21, 2010, 12:12 pm

    Love your new furniture! So classy! How do Maggie and James like it?

    • Caitlin October 21, 2010, 12:21 pm

      It’s hard to get up on 🙁

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing October 21, 2010, 12:16 pm

    I love the redesign – a big difference!

    The other day I had to list all my old addresses and I seriously couldn’t remember some of them! I remember what places looked like, but not where they were :).

  • Sara October 21, 2010, 12:17 pm

    My husband and I bought our current house 1 1/2 months before we got married (we didn’t live in it, just fixed it up) and up until we got married, I lived w/ my parents, my whole life, in the same home. Simple!

  • Marisa October 21, 2010, 12:18 pm

    Love, love, LOVE the new living room!! I’ve only lived in the house I grew up and the home I live in now- pretty boring. I commuted to college all 5 years that I was in it.

  • Summer October 21, 2010, 12:27 pm

    I have lived in EIGHT different apartments/houses since I moved out from my parents’ house about 5 years ago. It made me never want to set down roots anywhere. But I remember each and every one!

    Love the rug!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 21, 2010, 12:39 pm

    I can remember all of my homes except the one I lived in until I was 4 years old.

    I LOVE the new living room – it’s gorgeous!!

  • Katheryn October 21, 2010, 12:44 pm

    I love your new living room. Definitely a grown up room!

  • Rebecca October 21, 2010, 12:47 pm

    Ooooh, I like that rug! =)
    I’ve lived in the same house my entire life, except for the first about three months… that was spent in hospitals. But other than that.
    I’ve moved within my house, though. 😛 Currently, I’m sleeping in a corner of our basement, because we’ve got a girl from Germany living with us for the school year. =D Next summer/fall I’ll transfer schools and be in a dorm… I’m little nervous, but also excited. 🙂

  • Regina October 21, 2010, 12:48 pm

    I read your blog daily but never comment. But I wanted to say, I dunno if you have an Ikea near you or not (my favorite store ever!) but they have that sunburst mirror! And it’s super cheap (everything there is). I’m thinking it’s under $20.

    • Caitlin October 21, 2010, 12:50 pm

      oh THANK YOU!

  • Heather October 21, 2010, 12:48 pm

    love the chair!
    I haven’t lived in many places since college…just an apartment and the house I am in now, so yes, i remember them. its fun to think back on my apt. and how cool i thought I was living on my own at 19!

  • Krystina (Organically Me) October 21, 2010, 12:50 pm

    You have beautiful taste.

  • Liza October 21, 2010, 12:54 pm

    My husband and I have lived in two different apartments. The first was two a two bedroom and was giant. We even had a roommate for a little while and it never felt crowded. Now we live in a tiny apartment in NYC. About 75% of our furniture and belongings are in a storage locker back home. I’m looking forward to getting a bigger place when we move in a couple years!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman October 21, 2010, 12:57 pm

    I’ve lived in six apartments in the past six years. I hate moving, but somehow I do it every year. And my husband and I also look back and think, wow, that first one was teensy. We even label them in conversation:

    “When did they visit us?”
    “At 513.”
    “Really? I though it was 333.”
    “Hm. Maybe it was at Rockville Pike.”

  • Kiran October 21, 2010, 1:10 pm

    Wow! I love the living room redesign. So cool 😉

    I like the futon idea as well. We might be needing that idea when we plan our move to London. Yes, we might be moving to the UK soon.. *not so happy* 🙁

  • sarah k @ the pajama chef October 21, 2010, 1:19 pm

    love the new living room!

  • Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks October 21, 2010, 1:27 pm

    Your new living room is fab!

    I haven’t lived that many places in my life, so I remember them all pretty well. What’s always really weird for me is to drive past places where I used to live now that I no longer live there. Since I still live in the same geographic area, I wind up going past the apartments/house frequently and I always feel…sad? Uncomfortable? Something…a lonely feeling…every time I go past these dwellings that now have new people living inside of them.

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion October 21, 2010, 1:30 pm

    I have actually only lived in 4 places. My parent’s house, my dorm rooms (I lived in one for 3 years and 1 for one year) and our current Apt. I can’t wait until our house is complete and we live there!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) October 21, 2010, 1:31 pm

    I LOVE the new couch, Caitlin!! It’s so sleek and sexay! We have a microfiber that sits low to the floor and love it too. Definitely a minimilist when it comes to style.

  • Jessica@tastyandtrim October 21, 2010, 1:37 pm

    I’ve lived in 6 places since I was a little girl. The first time I moved I was only 7, so I can remember bits and pieces about my first house, but if I were to step in it now I probably would’nt even recognize it! We moved in with my grandparents for a couple of years while our house was being built and I remember a lot of things about that house, but have not been there in years because they sold it shortly after we moved out. I remember all of the houses after that for the most part. For a while, we were moving so often my mom and I joked that we could be professional movers! It’s crazy how you can spend so many years of your life in a house, but only have vague memories of it years down the road. I am always shocked when I look at old pictures in our first house because there are so many things about it I didn’t remember – like the green and pink carpet..definitely a bit out-dated now 🙂

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) October 21, 2010, 1:39 pm

    I haven’t lived too many places so I remember them all pretty well. I am in the midst now of decorating our new home (new since March!)… and I find it so intimidating. We just got curtains though and they make the BIGGEST difference! I feel like I live in a grown up house now too 🙂

  • Jodi October 21, 2010, 1:53 pm

    Caitlin – LOVE the new living room design! what an improvement…nicely done!

  • Nicole October 21, 2010, 1:56 pm

    I just read the article about the Colleyville girls on MSNBC. Congratulations! It must be pretty cool to see what a good (and far reaching) influence you’re having.

    • Caitlin October 21, 2010, 2:36 pm

      Those girls are pretty awesome!

  • Bess @ Bess Be Fit October 21, 2010, 2:19 pm

    Love the room!!! Especially the zebra stripes! Veryyy chic 🙂

  • Alison October 21, 2010, 2:23 pm

    Your new living room looks lovely!

    I can remember most of the places my husband and I have lived. He’s in the military so we’ve moved quite a few times in our 14 year marriage. Our first place, outside of Ft. Leonard Wood, Missour (ugh!) only had one window in the entire apartment. Our bedroom was pitch black, which made sleeping very enjoyable.

  • carlee October 21, 2010, 2:58 pm

    That panckake looks good!
    I don’t really remember I have lived in my current house since I was 18 months old!

  • Heather October 21, 2010, 3:04 pm

    I’ve moved a ton and remember each and every place from the house I grew up in to the awful apartment where the Landlords were hell on earth to my wonderful house now. It’s fun to reminisce!

  • Karen October 21, 2010, 3:27 pm

    My husband and I only lived in one apartment together before we purchased our current home. The building wasn’t that old but the mantra in Northern Virginia these days seems to be “newer is better” so that apartment building, although not that old, was torn down only 6 months after we moved out of it. I know it’s silly but it made me a little sad and nostalgic to see our first place together gone already!

  • Samantha @ Mama Notes October 21, 2010, 4:07 pm

    I like the new couch and rug! It doesn’t look as comfortable, but still really cute!

  • susan (stepping off the coaster) October 21, 2010, 4:35 pm

    i love the new rug!! i’m also a serious west elm junkie… we always joke that we hope no one else we know shops there b/c our house is basically a west elm showroom!

    i actually bought a jute rug after seeing it on your blog. i hate it too =(
    actually, i love the “look” of it, but we have dogs and it’s already beat up and was NOT a good choice!
    i’m really sad about it!!

  • MegaNerd October 21, 2010, 4:47 pm

    Ooooh I love the new look! So cute!

    I can’t wait to seeeeeee you in two weeks! 🙂 I miss you!

  • Ryan M. October 21, 2010, 5:12 pm

    OMG! I have that zebra rug AND I have been eyeing suburst for about 2 years…I heart!

  • TheHerBehindItAll October 21, 2010, 5:22 pm

    I absolutely love your new couch, it is beautiful! It’s too funny that Kristien picked out the zebra rug. That doesn’t seem like something he’d pick [from my reader viewpoint at least lol!]. The living room turned out beautiful!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) October 21, 2010, 5:35 pm

    ooooh LOVE LOVE LOVE that winged chair!!!

  • Tay October 21, 2010, 6:02 pm

    LOVE the couch and chair!!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 21, 2010, 6:07 pm

    I love the new design of your living room! It looks so stylish and modern! Also I have a huge thing for animal prints, so I love the carpet. 😀

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) October 21, 2010, 6:22 pm

    I can remember all my adult places but not my childhood ones. I had far too many because my parents were military.

    I like the hidden legs to make that really adult couch also a futon. Great for guests without being a hide-a-bed.

  • Heather October 21, 2010, 9:03 pm
  • Dido October 21, 2010, 10:11 pm

    I have lived so many places in my life. However I don’t remember much about them. Never thought taking pictures of dwellings while we were living in.

  • Jolene ( October 21, 2010, 10:35 pm

    I can remember all my homes quite well … I have been in 2 with my husband in 6 years, and 4 growing up.

  • Lacey @ Lake Life October 22, 2010, 9:56 am

    Your new living room set looks amazing, but it doesn’t look very comfortable. Just my opinion, not hatin’ lol.

    I vividly remember all the spaces I’ve lived in but, like you, wish I had taken more pics 🙁

  • lindsay October 22, 2010, 11:45 am

    Whoa! That is a huge difference!! Looks great! I have lived in a ton of apartments across DC and Arlington, VA since college, but I remember them all pretty well!

  • Shannon October 22, 2010, 2:59 pm

    I can’t believe a couch that looks that nice folds out! I’m putting it on my wishlist 🙂

  • ashley @ ashley's adventures in alaska October 24, 2010, 3:10 pm

    I can remember most homes (I haven’t lived in a ton.) I have to say… wow! I LOVE the new look for your living room! It is so so so so cute!

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