on before and after (though not completely done) …

Before

Significant Other and I have been in New York for just over two weeks now.  This visit has been really different in that this the first time since we bought the place four years ago, that we have it to ourselves. S/O was born in Brooklyn and grew up on Long Island so it has always been a dream to own a place in New York. To help with the cash flow, we’ve always had tenants.  It sounds a little weird, I know, but we kept the master bedroom for ourselves and rented the rest of the three-bedroom unit at a reduced rent.  Our tenants actually liked the arrangement.  We generally came for a week during Spring break, three weeks in the summer, and an occasional long weekend here and there.  Other than that, they had the run of the place for a good price.  Because rents are so high in New York, New Yorkers (young ones at least) are very used to having roommates so it was never much of an issue.  Due to a change in circumstances, last year we decided to forego having renters and see how the cash flow went.  Because we no longer have renters other than the master bedroom, there was NOTHING in the condo.  In the last two weeks we’ve purchased a sofa, two accent chairs, a coffee table, two side tables, a dining room set, dishes, pots and pans, glassware, towels, and a cabinet bed and linens for the guest room.

After (though not quite completely done, yet!) …

Dang! Even when you are bargain hunting, all of that adds up fast!

Eventually, I’d like to find an area rug, some throw pillows, either a table or floor lamp, and some art for our very bare walls. I think we might be done outfitting the place for the time being.

I need to win the Lotto so I can finish outfitting the place!

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