Over the last month, we also put the finishing touches on the apartment. This included fully outfitting the kitchen and getting additional decorative items. Every time it seemed the end was in sight, we thought of something else. It helps to have a deadline!
The pandemic affected how we were able to shop. Where we would have browsed local stores and art studios, we relied on curbside pickup or shipping. We depended on major retailers more than I'd envisioned but also managed to support local small businesses, including:
Lilla & Beth for books and tea towels
Kimball Prints for more tea towels
Take Heart for a ceramic tray to hold keys
Austin Motel for a fun Austin keychain for those keys
Chroma Soapworks for a welcoming bar of soap
Vivaljo for a concrete soap dish
The Great Outdoors for plants and pots
And small businesses elsewhere, as well:
Modern House Numbers sells the coolest numbers, plus has great customer service
Color Cord sells lamp cord in every color imaginable, plus all the accessories needed for custom lights
Gneiss Spice sells hexagonal magnetic spice jars we couldn't resist
Dot & Rose sells deceptively simple wooden home goods, and also has great customer service
We're happy—and relieved—with how it all came together.