Mini House Tour

28 Jun

The last week and a half has been super busy with projects around the house. We moved into our new apartment last November and we’ve been taking our sweet time decorating and tackling a few home improvement projects. I really wanted to buy things that I loved and that would last us for awhile. I  like the way it’s all coming together although we still have a bunch more to do. In the meantime, we have a majority of the big projects accomplished in advance of baby arriving, as well as my parents in a short while.

Here’s a small look at our living room, entry way, kitchen and bedroom (click on the photos to enlarge them).

Living Room: It’s a rather small space because the entire room is comprised of the kitchen and dining area as one big open space, which looks out onto the terrace. We still have a few things to do here like adding some personal items, artwork and two cozy chairs, as well as exchanging our petite television for one that’s a little larger.

Living Room

Dining Area: Originally, there was an awful bar with an attached table that only seated four. So we tore that down in order to have a space to fit at least six and up to eight. We’re in the process of finding comfy chairs and a cute piece of artwork. All in all, we really like the bistro look of it, as it reminds us of one of our favorite restaurants in Miami.

Dining Area

Kitchen: The perfect size for me to cook all day, which if you notice the back counter tops I was in the process of doing this day. In a year or so we plan on taking down this old cabinetry and replacing it with something else and/or maybe reworking the entire kitchen. You can’t see it, but the refrigerator is placed in a little alcove on the left. I love that it has a bunch of counter space and a big oven!


Master Bedroom: The place where all the magic happens…we wanted it to be simple and clean, which to me equals calming. Soft bluish/gray walls with silver and mirrored accents will hopefully keep us sane when the baby isn’t. There’s another space to the room which isn’t complete yet, but we would like to transform it into a reading/office area. The room also had a pretty big walk-in closet.


Entrance: We’re still waiting for our mirrors to arrive, which will go over the console. We also scored a really cool old map of Lyon, which we had framed and will go on the other wall once we get a chance to hang it. The photo in the picture below is a picture of Lyon that Baptiste had for years and happens to be the exact neighborhood in which we now live.


Nursery: We’re still working on baby girl’s room, but it’s pretty much all painted now. Those doors lead out to an enclosed balcony which serves as a little storage place for us now and later toy storage for her.

This weekend we’ll finish it off and install her closet doors, a dresser/changing table and rocking chair. We’ll share the finished product when it’s complete.


I thought I’d spare you the bathrooms, but we have one with a shower and the other with a bathtub, as well as a guest room, which was a little disorganized at the moment I took these photos. Sorry, mom and dad, promise it will be in working order when you arrive!

Well, that’s our little nest! We look forward to welcoming some of you soon.



4 Responses to “Mini House Tour”

  1. Gil June 28, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

    Lookin good Courtney!

  2. Paulette Fennewald June 29, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

    Courtney, your place is ridiculously adorable! Love the chandelier in your boudoir. the kitchen is too awesome. In general, the whole place looks so light and airy and inviting. I know you and Baptiste will have many years of happiness there, along with your new baby girl, now what was her name? I forgot…love Aunt Paulie

  3. Wende July 3, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

    This is gorgeous! We move to Lyon in 2 weeks. Which arrondissement are you in?

    • Pardon My French July 3, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

      Wende – Thank you! We live in the 7eme near the University. An early welcome to Lyon! Let me know if you have any questions about the city.

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