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Seattle Apartment Tour: Courtney’s New Place

by | Jul 13, 2017 | Courtney, Decorating Inspiration, Rental, small houses

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Seattle Apartment Tour: Courtney's New Place

Seattle Apartment Tour: Courtney's New Place

Hi! Courtney here today! The last time we chatted here I was sharing a tour of my tiny bedroom in my sister’s townhouse, and also the announcement of my move. If you missed that post, you can catch up here. Today I’m excited to be sharing with you a tour of my very first apartment in Seattle!

It’s been just about almost a month since I moved in now…wow, time is flying! I took these photos before I moved in (hence the emptiness). This tour will be mostly me showing you the layout of my new space, but if you’ve been following my photos and stories on Instagram, you’ve seen some sneak peeks of how it’s looking so far!

Let’s start the tour, shall we?

*Update* Click here to take the tour of my apartment after I lived here for a year and a half!

Seattle Apartment Tour: Courtney's New Place

But first, here’s me on move-in day getting my picture taken by my mom, looking a bit like a first day of school picture. :)

This picture actually reminds me of the picture my mom took of me on my first day of kindergarten. Both momentous occasions! Since I mentioned it, I might as well just put this right here…..

Seattle Apartment Tour: Courtney's New Place

Ha! Alright, that’s enough reminiscing. That’s not what we’re here for. :) On with the tour!

Seattle Apartment Tour: Courtney's New Place

This is my entryway! I didn’t expect to have such a designated entry (I thought it would just enter right into the apartment), so I’m really excited about having this as a welcoming spot.

Seattle Apartment Tour: Courtney's New Place

Here is what you see once you walk past the entry. That door on the left is my bathroom, and the double louvered doors on the right are where my washer and dryer are. The opening on the left is my bedroom. This apartment is considered an ‘open one bedroom’, so it has a separate bedroom space but without full walls. Some ‘open one bedrooms’ have sliding frosted glass doors to separate off the bedroom, but I’ve really enjoyed having it open while still being its own space.

Seattle Apartment Tour: Courtney's New Place

The bedroom has a cutout opening on one wall, letting tons of natural light in from the kitchen/living room.

Seattle Apartment Tour: Courtney's New PlaceThe right side of the bedroom

Seattle Apartment Tour: Courtney's New PlaceThe left side of the bedroom

Seattle Apartment Tour: Courtney's New Place

This is the wall directly across from my bed. Straight ahead is my closet. The amount of storage in this apartment has been amazing! I definitely had to get creative with my small space solutions in my last room, and it worked out pretty well. But it’s been great to be able to spread out my stuff a bit now instead of cramming everything in. I feel much more organized!

Seattle Apartment Tour: Courtney's New Place

Seattle Apartment Tour: Courtney's New Place

Before I toured this apartment, I pictured that the washer and dryer would be stacked in a closet in the bathroom (which would have been great!). But the side-by-side washer and dryer tucked away in a closet was an unexpected joy! I guess that makes me kind of a real adult…feeling joyful about laundry? :)

Seattle Apartment Tour: Courtney's New Place

This is the bathroom. There’s a ton of storage and counter space with this vanity, and a linen closet on the opposite wall next to a shower/bath. I’ve been liking that most of the storage in this apartment is concealed by doors. I do love open storage sometimes, but there’s something really nice and tidy about being able to just tuck most things out of sight.

Seattle Apartment Tour: Courtney's New Place

Okay, now let’s head into my favorite parts…the kitchen and living area!

Seattle Apartment Tour: Courtney's New Place

This is the living/kitchen/dining room. The floors are a nice grayish wood laminate (the floors are the same throughout the whole apartment). The floor to ceiling windows give this space so much natural light all day! The dark gray blinds were here when I moved in and I pull those down in the evening. I will probably add a curtain panel on either side of these windows just for softness!

Seattle Apartment Tour: Courtney's New Place

My very own kitchen!

Seattle Apartment Tour: Courtney's New PlaceTufted Ottoman Source

Here’s one picture of the kitchen a few days after I moved in. I felt at home really quickly in this apartment, even when I had no idea where my silverware or hair dryer were and there were random boxes strewn about. Let’s be honest, there still are a few boxes strewn about. But it’s getting there!

Seattle Apartment Tour: Courtney's New Place

I’m thinking this whole area by the windows is going to be the perfect spot for lots and lots of plants! Will I keep them alive is the question…?

Seattle Apartment Tour: Courtney's New Place

Here is what it looks like from the kitchen looking back toward the bedroom and entry hall.

Seattle Apartment Tour: Courtney's New Place

So, that’s the tour!

I’m so thankful for this new season of life here. As someone who has always loved design and all things home, it’s not an exaggeration to say it’s a dream come true for me to have this space. I know this is a season I’ll always remember! I’ve been having lots of fun decorating and making this apartment my home for the last month and I can’t wait to share my progress on The Inspired Room! Stay tuned.

Seattle Apartment Tour: Courtney's New Place

In the meantime, feel free to come follow me on Instagram where I often share homey photos and Insta stories!

Thanks for stopping by my first place, friends!

*Update* Click here to take the tour of my apartment after I lived here for a year and a half!


  1. Andrea Owens Schnapp

    For some reason, I’m not getting your blog emailed to me any longer. You may want to looked into that.

  2. Deanna Rabe

    This is such a great apartment Courtney! Those windows are wonderful! I know you’ll enjoy this space and I can’t wait to see how you’ve decorated it!

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Thank you so much, Deanna! I’ve been enjoying it so much and can’t wait to share more very soon :)

  3. Amy

    Love it, thanks for sharing. You can always add a roller island in your kitchen for more counter/prep space too!

    • Courtney Michaels

      Thank you! That’s so true! I tend to make pretty simple meals so it hasn’t been an issue so far but that would be an awesome solution!! :)

  4. Peggy

    This reminds me of the first apartment I had many years ago. I won’t say how many years, but I’ll give a hint: my rent was 120.00 per month. Ha!
    I know you’ll have so much fun getting everything put together. Just one word of caution: have you checked the blinds from outside to be sure they’re giving privacy? I was kind of shocked to find out some that I had were pretty much invisible at night!

    • Courtney Michaels

      Hi Peggy! $120 a month sounds GREAT! Hahah. Thank you for the tip on checking the blinds privacy :) I keep meaning to have someone actually go outside to observe the privacy. Up til now I’ve just been assuming they’re completely NOT private and being careful haha, but I’m thinking an extra layer of curtains will be helpful too!!

  5. Julia

    I love seeing how you decorate the apartment on your stories, keep them coming! Your inspire me to get working on my place haha. Thanks for sharing the “before” photos!

    • Courtney Michaels

      Thanks so much Julia!! I’ll be sharing some progress very soon on the blog, can’t wait!! :)

  6. Kathy Cheek, Devotions from the Heart

    Your apartment looks like a house compared to the size of my first apartment!
    Look forward to seeing you decorate it, and I know you will enjoy it all!
    Welcome home!

    • Courtney Michaels

      Thank you so much! Kathy!! Yes, I was so thankful for how much unexpected space there was in here!

  7. Debbie - Mountain Mama

    What a great space, Courtney! I can’t wait to see the finished product! If you have even half your mother’s decorating talent it will no doubt be fabulous!!

  8. Kristin

    Such a cute apartment! Did you steal your mom’s tufted ottoman or did you buy one too? I love that thing.

    • Courtney Michaels

      I stole it :) Haha. For now, unless she finds the perfect spot at her house for it! Thank you!!

  9. Jo Jo

    First off, congratulatiins on your first place! ? How exciting and what a beautiful place it is…flooded with natural light, sleek, modern, NEW and a great blank canvas for you to put your creative design talents to use making it HOME. I am looking forwarded to see what you do. Blessings!

    • Courtney Michaels

      Aw, what a sweet comment. Thank you so much, Jo Jo! I’m so excited to be sharing some progress in the next couple weeks here on the blog! :)

  10. Joanne Hrycak

    Very cute apartment

  11. Lisa E

    Such a pretty space!

  12. Anne B.

    Congratulations on your very own space! Enjoy all the decorating and of course, the great washer & dryer! Welcome to official adulthood;-)

    • Courtney Michaels

      Hahah, yes. Thank you for the kind comment, Anne! :)

  13. Angelika

    Courtney, the apartment is darling! When you asked if you’d be able to keep the plants alive, I started singing in my head… “Stayin’ alive! Stayin’ alive! ah, ha, ha, ha…” I think the laundry room is such a bonus – I see tons of potential storage space in there! Can’t wait to see what you do with your new pad.

    • Courtney Michaels

      Thank you so much Angelika! (delayed response here, haha). Can’t wait to share updates this month on the blog!!

  14. Linda, The Industrious Homemaker

    I love, love, love all the white! The beige apts for the last 50 years have to go! Also love hard floors vs carpeting. Nice kitchen. Nice place. I’ve not seen anything that nice here in Milwaukee.

    • Courtney Michaels

      Thank you Linda!! I love the white too. So light and bright and easy to personalize!

  15. Susan

    Such a great place Courtney! Can’t wait to see how you decorate it. Welcome to your new home!

    • Courtney Michaels

      Thank you Susan! I’m excited to be sharing an update this month on the blog :)

  16. Pat M.

    I love your new apartment and I know it will be beautiful when you get settled. I actually like the open bedroom concept – so much more modern. They could have done a better job with the closet doors across from your bedroom since they are front and center, but otherwise, it’s wonderful. I’m a 75 year old lady, living my myself, and I could move to an apartment like this in a minute! Good luck to you, sweetie.

    • Courtney Michaels

      I’ve enjoyed living here so much! I do agree about the closet doors :) Thank you so much for the kind comment! I’m looking forward to sharing an update this month on the blog!

  17. Sharon Smith

    Love it! its going to be fun to travel with you on this new journey!?

    • Courtney Michaels

      Thank you Sharon!! :) I love sharing! Stay tuned for an update this month on the blog :)

  18. Gail R.

    So excited for you!! I’ve never lived alone but watched my daughters get this experience. I got married too young? I wish you lots of fun times and can’t wait to watch you decorate!

    • Courtney Michaels

      Thank you Gail! I’m definitely enjoying this time! :) Can’t wait to continue sharing!

  19. kddomingue

    Wow! You landed in high cotton! An actual entryway…..a side by side washer and dryer (and quite new to boot!)…..a separate bedroom…..a nice bathroom……a really nice kitchen……and those windows! That beautiful floor! I love the cutout on the bedroom wall! Enjoy feathering your nest!

    • Courtney Michaels

      Yes! So many unexpected joys! I’ve loved living here, so thankful. Thank you for the nice comment :)

  20. Carol

    Wishing you many joys and blessings in your new home!

  21. Lisa Mothersead

    What an exciting time for you! You will always remember that first apartment and what a neat home you have. I like visiting my daughter’s apartments and think they’re so much cuter than in my day. (I know they’re a lot more expensive, too. LOL). Enjoy! ?

    • Courtney Michaels

      Thank yo so much, Lisa! Definitely a memorable point in life! :) I’ve loved living here! Can’t wait to share an update this month :)

  22. Krystal

    Ah yes, getting excited about laundry. After years of slumping my bags of laundry to laundry rooms and the like, I finally purchased my own washer and dryer shot a year ago. And my, oh my, was I elated. And yes, I had that moment of “wait. Am I really this excited about giant appliances? Yes. Yes I am. I’m feeling very adult right now.” Lol. Congrats on your new place! Can’t wait to see it all full of plants. I’m a major lover of plants but with limited windows and a cat who likes to mess with anything green and leafy, I have to be quite picky about what I can grow. I love living vicariously through people with tons of natural light and greenery! ?

    • Courtney Michaels

      Haha! :) Thanks so much!! I’ll be sharing an update on the blog in the next couple weeks, can’t wait!!

  23. Susie

    Congratulations! It looks really nice. I have to admit, my mom senses worry about those windows and your privacy, though. ;). Much nicer than my first plac, which did not have a semi-separate bedroom. Mine also had harvest gold appliances! Your Appliances seem very nice, though. And modern. Thanks for sharing it with us. I can’t wait to see how you decorate it!

    • Courtney Michaels

      Thank you Susie! Yes, I’m thinking some curtains on the side will be nice to add for some extra privacy. Until then I’m just being careful :) I can’t wait to share updates this month!

  24. Kandy

    This is over a year after your post went up but my son lives in the Seattle area and I’m thinking of moving there myself. I absolutely love the design of this apartment. I’m sure you probably don’t want to share where you live for safety reasons, but if you felt comfortble emailing me the part of the city you live in, I would SO appreciate it! If I move there, I would need BIG windodows! I currently live in sunny Colorado. ;-)
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