Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Finding Family-Friendly Digs

[Photo credit: Michael Falco/New York Times]

Happy Tuesday everyone. Hope you had a wonderful Columbus Day!

I actually spent yesterday afternoon catching up on a ton of reading. One article that caught my eye was a New York Times piece on city families and the trials of apartment-hunting. It was really interesting to see other families sharing similar challenges like trekking up and down flights of stairs; worrying about bothering the neighbors; and having enough space for storage or play. The Times also offered some great tips for finding kid-friendly apartments. You can check them out, here.

In the not so distant future our family will definitely require more space as the kids grow-up and need to spread out. On my wish-list: a backyard! Really, it's all I care about and it's the most practical of all my desires. To be able to open the backdoor and say "go run" is a heaven to me. In fact, I'm still drooling over the modern Brooklyn backyard (below) featured in the May 2007 issue of Domino. Definitely my idea of an urban retreat!

[Photo credit: Domino/Lucas Allen]

Another nice extra would be a bay window. So fantastic! I imagine myself outfitting it as a cozy reading nook like Victoria from sfgirlbybay.

[Photo credit: Sfgirlbybay]

Oh, and a large dining area to accommodate a Big Sur dining table - seating for all! Ok, enough day-dreaming! :-)

[Photo credit: Crate and Barrel via Trendir]

If you're looking to make your next move, what's on your wish-list? And if you are already in your dream home, what do you love most? I'm excited to hear what you have to say!


dwellings and decor said...

I love the last image with the wood dining chair and benches with the green chairs on the side. So simple and very pretty!

Nadine said...

Does going from a dorm room to an off-campus apartment count? I wouldn't mind keeping it simple...and am already looking at a few places with two HUGE pluses: my own bathroom AND closet. I can't imagine asking for much more (space wise!) than that :D

btw, I often come to this blog and its a great read to me :), especially when I'm on the go! I plan on commenting more in the future :)

pretty*practical said...

Thanks Rachel! I'm all about laid-back living. Takes me from Brooklyn to the Bahamas in 2 seconds flat! :-)

Nadine, having your bathroom and closet is a big deal! It's the beginning of independence. Good for you! I'm also flattered to hear you enjoy the blog. Welcome...look forward to seeing more of you ;-)