New House Photos

I shot these photos of my new place with my iPhone.  I did run them through Lightroom 3 in order to try to crisp them up and enhance them a bit.  Some are better than others but I wanted to show you my new digs, iPhone pics and all.

The outdoor, open-air courtyard

Overlooking the parking area


The planted palm tree in front of my front door

The view from where my sofa will likely go, looking into the kitchen (looking slightly to the left)

Looking out off the balcony windows (looking slightly to the right)

I am so excited about this light!  Those are north-facing windows and although they are not “perfect” for lighting and photography, it’s a drastic improvement over my current house.

My dining room table will go at the far end of the room, where you can barely see an outlet cover.  And I know I will get decent lighting and can maybe for the first time in over two years actually photograph food on.the.table.  <–novel concept.

In none of my previous residences has the lighting + table + photography situation ever worked out and I am always carting food off to random places to be photographed which is a royal P.I.T.A.

The kitchen (with my back to the block of windows looking into the kitchen)

More zoomed in

The cupboards.  I don’t know if this looks small to you, but I can assure you, it is.

It’s by far the smallest kitchen with the least amount of functional storage I’ve ever had, but it looks pretty, right?   And pretty matters.  And it’s my new home.  And I will make the kitchen a home.

I will start by making some Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls in it I think!

It makes me so happy  to have found a place for my dishes, my baking supplies, and the items in kitchen that I use all the time.  <–that’s a link to my favorite kitchen items + favorite appliances post

And here’s the staples I keep in my pantry  <–with that list, you can make just about anything

I am feeling  much better being that I got some of the things that are important to me moved in.  Pre-moving with carloads is the way to go, if possible.   On our last move from Phoenix to San Diego, that wasn’t possible.  Thank god for silver linings with this move.  Like good lighting and pre-moving!

Thanks for the awesome comments from my last post about my Mexico City Trip!  I am so excited.  I can’t even tell you.

I’m glad my part about mental attitude resonated with you.  Staying positive and upbeat is a great anecdote to dealing with craziness for me.

Let’s have some chocolate, ok?  That’s another way to deal with craziness!

Chocolate Covered Oreo Balls

I could use some of these.  Now.


1. What’s the first thing you like to bring over and move in or what’s the first thing you like to unpack?

For me, it’s my kitchen items.  Dishes, utensils, appliances, storage containers, baking ingredients, dry goods, etc.

I want to know where all my stuff is, find a place for it, and really think about how I want to set up my kitchen so that it’s functional. 

I have made the mistake in the past of rushing to just unpack and not really thinking through exactly where I want my items and then I end up re-doing things and moving things around.  Big time and energy waste!

After the kitchen, I move on to the bathroom and organizing all my lotions, potions, makeup, and hair productsA girl has to know where her Mac makeup is, right?

2. Do you like to pack things neatly, orderly, and  methodically, or are you just throw it in the box and it will all get unpacked anyway on the other end person?

I definitely am the former!

This move is unique though because in the midst of packing my house and moving, I’ve been packing my suitcase, camera gear, carry-on and so forth for my Mexico trip.

I’moing down the mental checklist with each and every item in my closet, bathroom, bedroom, camera gear, you name it and determining: what goes into a box, what stays out, what to keep at current place, what can I bring over to the other place, it’s been a huge juggling act!  I’ve accidentally packed things like my travel size toiletries and I don’t want to unpack boxes to fish them out. Whoops!  Rite Aid here I come.

P.S. Thanks for the Two Cookbooks for Two Winners Giveaway entries.  Keep ’em coming!



  1. The new place is gorgeous. love the kitchen!

  2. Love those floors and that outdoor space. I typically unpack the kitchen first, bathroom and bedroom. I guess the things I’ll use right away!

  3. I am a methodical packer all the way. And my kitchen was unpacked the first night in my new house. Completely. I didn’t have the table set up, but only because my dad brought it the next day. But the first thing I asked my mom and niece was where I should put things in my kitchen.

    Mine’s tiny like your’s, but I’ve found innovative ways to make it work, as I am sure you will. At least you have a gas stove! Mine’s electrica and I HATE it. Not only that, but the temperature setting appears to have no bearing whatsoever on the actual temperature in the oven. I talked to my landlord and he’s looking for a new one….we’ll see about that.

  4. Love the new place—pretty is definitely important when it comes to the kitchen! Pre-moving=essential! I always do the kitchen first. It’s most important to me, and also it has the most little stuff to relocate into cupboards—once that’s done, the rest isn’t so overwhelming!
    I found an apartment today…only one issue—parking for just one car. So we’ll have to rent a spot …somewhere nearby. Every place has its pros and cons…and my pro list totally outweighs the cons….as it looks like your beautiful kitchen and good lighting outweigh the limited functional kitchen space!
    Cheers to moving (especially when it’s all over with!)!!!

    • we have one parking garage space and one covered but still outdoors space that i arranged. neither are in a pull in and close the door kind of garage, but that’s urban living. GL with your whole moving ordeal too!

  5. Oh, and I LOVE the wood floors and the balcony at your new place!

  6. i love your style averie! so much like mine. Great house!

  7. I am with you–gotta get the kitchen ready first! Have a great trip, Averie! I haven’t had a chance to comment lately, but I’ve been reading. It sounds like it’s crazy timing, but the Mexico City trip should be amazing!! I can’t wait to hear about everything you learn.

  8. kitchen and bathroom (all of my spa product!!) are the first for me to unpack, I like to organize those rooms. :)

    averie your new place looks great! can’t wait for you to get back and get completely moved in, so you can relax! (well, as much relaxing as you do…) ;) also because I can’t wait to hear about Mexico City… weeee!

    • SPAbettie. I get it now. Spa products.

      Still dont get Kris + Bettie though!

    • yes, the spa comes from my many years of being a spa director, going to esthetics school, etc… the bettie? :D I know… I have to explain a lot, and often people still just kinda look at me…

      a “betty” is a term for a cool chick, someone confident and stylish. I picked up the term all those years I was skiing (I think the snowboard chicks called themselves bettys). anyway, the spa I built at the resort, when I hired my staff I had a great group of both male and female (most of the male were tennis instructors and personal trainers) while all but ONE spa technician were girls – so I started calling us ‘betties’. I was teaching them skincare classes and the treatment menu I designed, and my nickname spa bettie kinda stuck. :)

  9. Nice photos for the iPhone. Looks like a great place and I’m sure you’ll make the kitchen work.

    1. Tech toys – laptop, office furniture, etc. I feel more organized when I have the office functional and connected digitally.
    2. In phases one and two, I try to pack things neatly with labeling. But phase three is usually misc. stuff that’s getting stuffed into random boxes. :-)

  10. Your new place looks lovely. (I’m just now catching up on your news).

    I can so relate to the small kitchen scenario. I have a lot less storage and functional space than you do. Like you, it’s the least I’ve ever had. It’s rough. But we make do, right?

    Sending good vibes your way for the move and the trip. I’m actually quite happy you have the trip booked. The timing might seem awful now, but once you’re there, it’ll all fall together nicely.


  11. New place looks nice! And you will make it YOU in no time! You know what, despite it being small, you’re right, it’s pretty and you will make the best! Glad you found something and can’t wait to see/read more!

  12. It’s beautiful doll!!!! I know its not proper to discuss, but if you can message me personally I would love to know how much a condo like this is, we are considering a move south for a while ;) SD is our FAV!!!!

    Much love!!! xxxoo

  13. That is a beautiful kitchen! I’m completely jealous of the amount of counter space you have, and how updated everything looks! Glad everything will work out better for your photography too :) I know nothing about photography, but I imagine it will be great fun to see how different everything turns out in the new place with the new lighting and colors.
    First thing I unpack is the first box I see. But I do like to have all of my furniture set up before I unpack anything. There is no rhyme or reason to my packing though – I don’t sort by room or anything, just throw it all into a box (or laundry basket, or trash bag) and toss it in the truck.

    • Coutertop space? Maybe the photos did the kitchen some extreme favors but it’s a TINY kitchen. Like I had college apartment kitchens that were bigger than this but glad it looks roomy in the pics :) So no real great amounts of countertop space…i wish!

  14. The new place is gorgeous! I would KILL to raid your cabinets! I’ve been on a 30 day alcohol and sweets fast and during this time I’ve really be focusing on detoxing my body and replinishing it with “good” food. I’ve tried several of your recipes and today I finally got to try the raw vegan cookie dough balls! They are so delicious, what a great option for a healthy treat when I’m craving a little nibble of something sweet. You’ve given me so many wonderful ideas and product suggestions, yours is the 1st blog I’ve ever followed, im not even sure how I found you but I’m glad i did. :)

  15. The 1st thing I moved into this house was my framed photo of me with our Louisiana governor, Bobby Jindal. I am just weird like that plus I didn’t want it to get misplaced in the move.

    I think your new place looks lovely. The floors are beautiful and I totally covet them.

    I fall into the neat,orderly, and methodical group too. Totally Type A, even about moving.

  16. Thanks for the photo tour, averie! I love the floors and your kitchen. North facing is awesome – that’s what I have – much cooler than south facing but still great light.
    I pack NEATLY!!! No throwing stuff willy-nilly in boxes!! Everything is stashed in the box, box labelled and to what room it is to go to…moving is stressful enough without disorganization to deal with!
    I def unpack the kitchen first, then bathroom. Then clothes.
    So glad you could get some stuff unpacked already.
    Safe travels tomorrow morn!

  17. I meant to also say that I love the yellow backsplash in your new kitchen too!

  18. Moving, yikes, always so stressful until it’s all said & done. Hope the new place works for you & your fam. Happy unpacking!

  19. Your new home is beautiful!! That kitchen, the floors, the courtyard…looks so cozy :] I hope unpacking is going as smoothly as it can! Looks like the kitchen is pretty well covered!
    And I love that you immediately thought of photos and table placement when you saw the windows. It takes everything in me not to completely redo our table setting so I could take nice photos on a real table. As it is, the far end (closer to the light) is covered in knick-knacks and my mom likes really hideous plastic tablecloths ;)

  20. I also like to put away kitchen things first — mostly because there is so much to put away and it makes me feel like I made some progress on unpacking!

    Averie I LOVE the wood floors! The color is so beautiful, and hurray for the big windows!

    I am very particular about packing, and I like to do it all myself — that way I know where everything is, and once we start unpacking I know what needs to be unpacked right away and what can wait.

  21. I think it’s gorgeous! And it’s not too small – especially for San Diego!!! I love love love the floors:)

  22. It is GORGEOUS!!! Love the dark kitchen. We went dark in our kitchen and I never regret it.

  23. I love the kitchen and the sliding doors – tons of light!

  24. I love the open-air hallways. Especially the palm trees. Ah, Southern California…
    I also really like all the LIGHT in your new home. Not only will taking food photos become easier, but the atmosphere will be really positive :)

    Enjoy your Mexico City trip! Sounds amazing!

  25. The wood floors in the new house are absolutely gorgeous! I’m jealous, haha.

    I try to be a methodical packer, so I start out with good intentions, but things at the end don’t look so pretty.

  26. I’m a nut…

    I put pictures on the walls first :)

    Brooke Annessa

  27. Those are really good pics for being taken with your iPhone!!! Your new pad is awesome, I love it. But yeah, the kitchen is a little small for me. I’d annex part of the living room with a new cabinet/shelf for storage. I did that in this house; two shelves in the dining room, one in the kitchen for dishes and one in the living room with cubbies for baskets where I keep my flours, seeds, etc. And I still need more room, haha. I swear, I’d make 90% of the house a part of the kitchen if I could. :twisted:

    I first like to move things I use the most: Kitchen stuff, pillows, blankets, toilet paper. :D

  28. I spy a shit ton of stevia- no wonder your anxiety is somewhat tempered. I’d be more relaxed knowing I have a kitchen full of stevia!

    Congrats on the gorgeous place (love the view and the hardwood floors!!) and on the trip of a lifetime!! So excited for you- what an adventure!

  29. A. I love the balcony.
    B. The lighting is going to be amazing.
    C. Your stevia stash is awesome.

  30. I’m with ya on the kitchen. I’d say kitchen and my bedroom and then the rest can slowly be unpacked. I need a calm area to sleep and of course to cook!
    btw- I love everything about my current kitchen EXCEPT the lighting. It’s east facing and only gets sun until about 9-10am. I do most of my cooking in the late afternoon early evening so I cart food items around the house too. Luckily, we don’t use our “formal” living room so its become my makeshift photo area, but it’s on the other side of the house from the kitchen. Only *slightly* annoying.

  31. It looks beautiful! I’m glad to see it’s all working out… and especially love the giant inventory of Stevia :)

  32. New place is nice. Of course anywhere in your area is nice!!
    Yeah, the kitchen leaves some space issues to be desired, but ya can’t be next to the ocean, the mountains, the sunshine AND have everything!! Well, unless you swim in money & then you would be swimmin’ in gulit too!

    Happy Homemaking!

  33. eva @5fruitsNveggies Reply

    great looking kitchen! the hardwood floors are lovely…..i am sure you are excited about cooking here!

  34. love the backsplash of the kitchen!!

    p.s. i don’t read a lot of blogs (usually just yours and the fitnessista’s), but i’ve recently been other blogs…and i must commend you that you have the best pictures ever! i appreciate that you take time to make your photos look beautiful! i totally understand now when you say add beautiful photos when blogging… :) so thanks for doing that! x

    • “and i must commend you that you have the best pictures ever! i appreciate that you take time to make your photos look beautiful!”–

      Thank you so much for saying that!! :)

      Truly soooo sweet of you to say that (and notice!). AFter you start reading blogs for awhile, yes you begin to notice the pics and the differences a bit more between sites…ha!

  35. I love the flooring in your new place!

    The first thing I do is take all my clothes from my closet (still on the hangers) and lay them down in my car, and drive them over to hang right back up in my new closet. I never pack clothes.

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  37. Your new place is lovely! The dark wood on your floors and cupboards is so classy. Also, what a perfectly sunny patio for a few plants!

  38. your new place is looking lovely, but the kitchen is indeed very small!!
    I would definitely start unpacking the kitchen things, first. In fact, I have always done it that way. Next comes the bedroom (for clothes) and then the bathroom (make up and other essentials).

  39. Wow Averie! It sounds like you have truly had a crazy week or so.
    Your new place looks beautiful, the wood floor is so nice, it looks new and I bet it will be easy to keep clean.

    I’m completely a neat and orderly person when it comes to unpacking. The first things are kitchen supplies (french press and tea pot!) and my one good chef’s knife, and a radio. (I’m moving next weekend so I’m in a similar mind frame right now…) Here’s to new places full of opportunity and happy new memories! :)

  40. Love the pictures! Even though you say the kitchen is small, it seems like you are finding places for all of your important kitchen items. Can’t wait to see how it looks once all of your furniture is in place. Good luck with the move.
    I am such an organizer and planner that I would have to label everything and pack it neatly, so I could find exactly what I needed. I have not moved in 8 years and since that time I have had two kids so I would need about 6 months notice to get everything packed if we moved to a new house. Btw, I even make lists and pack my own food to take on vacation. We just got back from a week at the beach and I had four boxes of food that I took with us. My husband thinks I am crazy…

  41. I like to set up the TV first. Especially if I’m alone. I need some background sound or music to aid me as I move everything else in.

  42. PRETTY!! Love the new place Averie! When we moved here, I stayed up til 2am bc I could not sleep with my kitchen in boxes all over the place. B thought I was nuts. But he loved being able to make breakfast and coffee the next day ;)

  43. The kitchen and bathroom are definitely first. I need to be able to eat and clean myself to function!

  44. Oh wow! Love that wall of windows! And I see you were able to make enough room in your cupboard for all that Stevia! What a stash…impressive!

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  46. The new place looks beautiful! I especially love the dark floors….very nice indeed!

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