Home Sweet Home

Today, I’m going to show you a few photos of our school-provided housing! And, to be honest, a few photos is really all it takes due to the small size of our “apartment.” I suppose our little place is more like a glorified mobile home, but everyone calls it an “apartment” for some reason. Tyler and I chose to move into a one-bedroom apartment that has three rooms: one kitchen/dining room, one bedroom/living room, and one bathroom. Our school also provides two-bedroom apartments and small houses, but the rent is higher and Tyler and I prefer to be cozy. We pay about $440 every month plus a share of the utilities.


Our apartment is the closest to the east entrance of Newhalen School. In the photo below, our housing is on the right and the school is on the left. Walking down the boardwalk, it takes me about twenty-five steps to get to work. Quite the commute, huh?
When you first step into our apartment, you’ll see the kitchen. Our kitchen has a small stove and oven, a sink, a refrigerator, and some cabinets. There’s not much storage, but surprisingly, we fit all of our dried goods in the cabinets with room to spare! My only complaint is the lack of counter space. Actually, we have no counter space because our dish rack occupies the only counter we have. We’re contemplating getting a smaller dish rack and putting it in one half of the sink to free up the counter for food prep. So far, we’ve been preparing all of our meals on the stove or on our kitchen table!
My favorite part of our kitchen is the photos we magnet-clipped on the freezer door. Even though we’re thousands of miles away from our family members and friends, these photos allow us to be close to our loved ones all of the time! We brought a whole envelope of photos from home so that we can swap out pictures on a regular basis.

Below is a shot of our kitchen table and front door. The table is small, but it’s sturdy and clean. We had Kate and Bill over for dinner recently and had plenty of space. Really, it’s all we need!
The room next door is our bedroom and living room. Most apartments here have full-size beds, but we lucked out and got a queen! Since Tyler is a long and lanky 6’3”, we were extremely happy. I ordered the Chinese lanterns from Amazon and the Geo Paisley Tapestry from Urban Outfitters. I’ve been wanting a tapestry from Urban Outfitters for a while and am so glad I finally purchased one! Tapestries are a great way to completely change the look of a room without painting or wall-papering.
I also purchased the apple pie scented candle that I wrote about in July on My Amazon Wishlist! Just as I feared, every time I light it, I want to eat it. It makes the room smell so good! Once this candle burns out, I’m definitely ordering another from Our Own Candle Company.
The last room in our apartment is the bathroom. Again, not much storage, but Tyler and I are able to fit everything that we need in the cabinets and under-the-sink storage. Luckily, I came to Newhalen with a shower curtain in my suitcase since I’d read from other bush teacher blogs that teacher housing is usually empty minus some furniture. I found this cute striped shower curtain at Target.
I also bought this beautiful 11×17 “Be Love” art print from Katie Daisy’s Etsy shop to decorate the bathroom. Lately, I’ve become a big fan of Katie’s paintings.
Bathroom mirror selfie!

And that’s it! It’s definitely a very humble home, but as I said earlier, that’s all we need. We’re used to living in small spaces and much prefer humble to grandiose. Our place is cute, cozy, and easy to clean. I’m so glad we’re finally settled in!

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