introducing: the crows’ nest (lots o’ pics)

6 Aug

our third floor apartment here in bethlehem, pennsylvania has been lovingly named the crows’ nest for it’s sheer loftiness and the bird’s eye view it gives us of the valley. after nine million stair-climbs and one unsuccessful (but not catastrophic) trek up the fire escape (that deserves a whole post, one i promise to write when i recover), i’ve drawn some conclusions.

i’ve decided that moving is a lot like getting married.

and i don’t mean the months of planning for a long, exhausting day with 100 degree weather and unexpected crises, although all of that did happen during our move north.

i’m also not, currently, talking about the life-changing weight of the day, or the roller coaster of emotions and defining family moments.

not today.

today, i’m talking about the old, new, borrowed and blue. turns out these are necessities not only for a traditionally lucky wedding day, but for our “nesting” in this new home to be complete.

we needed somethings old:

rocking chair from the 20s, repurposed front door: now "hatdoor"

the house was built over 100 years ago, and was actually picked up and moved down the street when an assisted living facility bought the land it was on before – (i promise to take some outside pictures soon!) – needless to say the place is a little crooked (literally) but full of lots of charming vintagey details.




we needed somethings new:

new loveseat a necessity, RIP beloved couch

a little widescreen action!

we needed somethings borrowed:

luke's grandparents' drop-leaf kitchen table is perfect!

we needed somethings blue:

a little blue in the kitchen

some blue in the den (new blue comfy chair!)

stripes of blue in the bedroom

a little old, new, borrowed and blue never hurt anyone. in fact, they’ve made our crows’ nest a cozy little place to relax after climbing up three flights of steep chairs.

a few more pictures to make your tour complete:

come on in the front door:


to your right you will find our den:

to the right of the sitting area

my desk is to the right of that!

and then this little music nook rounds out the room

to the left of the front door:

our first hallway

which takes you right into the bathroom:

had to bring the floral factor down

to the right off the hallway is the bedroom (bed seen above) complete with these little closets:

i've already hit my head

many times!

and that door goes down to this:

scary fire escape we will NOT be using

back INside – to the left off the hallway:

our adorable kitchen!

to the right - just look at that stove!

nook to the left

phew. if you made it to the bottom, you’ve earned a free stay on our queen-size air mattress. congrats.

come visit soon!


15 Responses to “introducing: the crows’ nest (lots o’ pics)”

  1. mom August 6, 2010 at 1:21 pm #

    The magic touch of home…you did a great job!

    • AnnJanette Toth August 20, 2010 at 1:15 pm #

      I will take you up on that free night on the queen air bed when I come to visit! ha ha Great place!!

  2. Jennifer Womble August 6, 2010 at 1:27 pm #

    I love the new place Abby! It’s a wonderful nest, I’m glad you guys are all settled in!

    • dearabbyleigh August 6, 2010 at 1:40 pm #

      thanks JWO! miss sitting near you in cubicle land!

  3. andrealucado August 6, 2010 at 1:35 pm #

    You EVEN have your frdige decked out already! I am beyond impressed. The place is adorable and I also love the vintage touches. miss you here in Nashy!

  4. little sis August 6, 2010 at 1:42 pm #

    ok, i know you are psyched! the details and nooks make this place so perfect for y’all. ah i can’t wait to come stay on that air mattress!! i’m so proud of how you’ve set it up already, and i’m just dying over the kitchen! your desk looks cute and very productive :)

  5. Lacy August 6, 2010 at 2:46 pm #

    my favorite thing? your desk. great repurposing (that’s what they keep calling it on the design star reruns i’ve been obsessively watching), and the style matches your beautiful computer bag and lovely planner. with those flowers on the desk and that dainty lamp you’re sure to be rising to the top, in the publishing world and the world of flair. and who couldn’t use a bit of elena for inspiration? i need a pic of her for my desk too. tell her she can mail it to me.

  6. ashleynashville3 August 6, 2010 at 2:54 pm #

    awwwww me love. SO cute.

    Next time you all get a place try for not sooo many stairs! Unless you like a challenge and I think you’re the kind of girl that does.

    • dearabbyleigh August 6, 2010 at 3:54 pm #

      first floor from here on out. it’s exhausting!

      i absolutely LOVE the music video you posted. we found it last week and it’s been stuck in our heads ALL day thanks to you.

      “he’s climbin’ in your windows . . .” haha

  7. Shawn Somerfield August 6, 2010 at 3:13 pm #

    It’s adorable!!! Congrats on finding such a cute place!

  8. Tammy August 6, 2010 at 9:21 pm #

    Cuteness abounds! Blessings to you as y’all begin life in a new “land”. Perhaps it’s a bit cooler up there! :-)

  9. Kristen August 8, 2010 at 3:56 pm #

    Love Love LOVE the bedding! So cute :) The whole place is adorable! Nice work :)


  1. the crow’s nest, glitterized « Dear Abby Leigh - December 3, 2010

    […] is your time, crow’s nest, to glitter and […]

  2. a lazy, linky christmas card « Dear Abby Leigh - December 23, 2010

    […] we now live in a crow’s nest. […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: