IBC in PGH | Inspired by Charm

Well, it’s official. I’ve moved!

(Quick recap for those who have no idea what I’m talking about: I decided to rent an apartment in Pittsburgh, PA and split my time between there (er, here) and my house in St. Marys.)

Earlier this week, I packed up a few things in my car and headed to Pittsburgh. In typical Michael-fashion, I’m a ball of nervous excitement. Despite my nerves, things are going well so far. The month of May is a busy one for me, so I’ll be traveling back and forth quite a bit. However, I really wanted to move into my new place as soon a possible to start getting a feel for things so that when I’m officially ready to spend more time here, the transition will be smooth.

Because I’m maintaining my home in St. Marys, too, I did not take a bunch of stuff with me to Pittsburgh. The goal is to start fresh in this new space. I’m still loving this idea, but right now I’m writing this from my makeshift office – an outdoor chair and the box my trashcan came in. However, I do get to stare out a giant window at all the possibilities ahead, so I’m perfectly OK with this situation.

IBC in PGH | Inspired by Charm

I realize it’s been a bit quiet around IBC, and I hope you’ll understand. I will have fresh content coming next week. It’s already been photographed, and I’m excited to share it. Thanks again for your patience.

Today, I thought I’d quickly show you around my empty space so you can see the “Before.” I’ll also talk briefly about my design plans.

The main space of the apartment is an open concept living room-dining room-kitchen. This is the reason I chose this particular unit. The room has huge windows, plus a small balcony. I crave natural light so this was a big selling point.

IBC in PGH | Inspired by Charm

IBC in PGH | Inspired by Charm

A couple weeks ago as I was starting to plan the design for this space. I had the idea to go more contemporary with some mod furniture, touches of gold (of course!), and a more masculine aesthetic. However, once I got here and spent time in the apartment, my plan has shifted. Yesterday, I walked around Butler Street (which is the main street of Lawrenceville – my neighborhood) and was inspired by the city. While I still want to keep this space masculine, I’m moving toward a contemporary industrial aesthetic. But not old, hard, and uncomfortable. I’m thinking more colorful, warm, and cozy. A big brown leather couch, wood-based dining table with glass top, upholstered dining chairs, wood bed frame, etc.

I’m probably not making much sense, but it’s clear in my mind, Over the next few weeks, I’m going to start putting together a couple mood-boards so you can see what I mean. Hopefully,

IBC in PGH | Inspired by Charm

IBC in PGH | Inspired by Charm

Off the kitchen-living area is the master bedroom. This is a small room, and it only has one window. However, it does have an attached bath. While I’d love more light in this space, I keep reminding myself that I’m mostly in here while sleeping. If I decide I have to have more light, a well-placed mirror might help.

IBC in PGH | Inspired by Charm

IBC in PGH | Inspired by Charm

IBC in PGH | Inspired by Charm

Behind the wall of the living room is my office/studio. This space is actually much bigger than I remember when first looking at the unit. What I love most about this room is that it has another one of those huge windows. Since I will be working from home, this is probably the room I’ll be spending a big chunk of my time in.

IBC in PGH | Inspired by Charm

IBC in PGH | Inspired by Charm

A few times I’ve questioned whether I actually “needed” a second bedroom. And while I probably could have done without it, I’m thrilled that I will be able to close the door to this space and create a physical separation between my work and the rest of my life. (It’s hard to do that at my house in St. Mary’s since the office is sort of the hub of the home.)

Next to the office is another full bath for guests. Love that!

There’s also a sizable entryway. It has room for a table and a little bench and a mirror. With most apartment units, you essentially walk right into the living room, so having this dedicated entry space is a plus.

IBC in PGH | Inspired by Charm

I do have lots of closet space which is another advantage. One of the closets contains a washer/dryer unit!

Right now, the entire space is an off-white color. It’s not my fave, but I’m going to try to live with it for a few months. I am allowed to paint, so maybe I’ll add color or change things to pure white. Only time will tell. One thing I’m kind of bummed about is that all the trim and doors are gray. You know I love me some white trim. I think this is something I’ll have to live with, although I might be able to change the door colors.

Again, this new space is really a chance for me to test the waters. Wall and trim color aren’t going to (or shouldn’t) affect my life, so I’m just rolling with things for now.

IBC in PGH | Inspired by Charm

IBC in PGH | Inspired by Charm

Naturally, I want the whole apartment to be furnished, styled, and finished tomorrow. However, I discovered yesterday that there are a number of interesting and beautiful shops in my neighborhood. It was a nice reminder to slow down and take my time with this process. It’s not necessary to run to West Elm or HomeGoods and buy everything in one swoop simply to have the place finished. During the past year I sort of forgot how much I love designing, sourcing, and shopping, so I might as well stretch out the process as much as possible. Right?

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Yes, admittedly, it would be nice not to be working on a cardboard box, but this builds character or something, doesn’t it?

I hope you enjoyed this look around my space and are excited as I am for this new adventure. I’ve been trying to be a bit more active on Instagram and Instagram stories, so if you want more peeks at what I’m doing, be sure to follow along there.

Until next time, friends!

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  • Erika at

    Ah! How very exciting for you! L-Ville has some awesome shops and restaurants. Make sure you check out Wild Card for fun cards and misc stuff! Welcome to Pgh!!

  • Hallie at

    I think you will love Lawrenceville! I second checking out Wildcard, as well as Toll Gate Revival, and Who New?, both on Butler St.

  • Deb Garlock at

    Seth at Tollgate Revival can totally hook you up with the masculine stuff. And Black Cherry Design is opening a very cool store any minute in the same area. You also need to check out Fleatique, a once a month antiques flea market a few miles north of the city. I never miss it.
    I moved this week as well. 24th and Smallman. 🙋🏼Hi neighbor!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      YES! I was in Tollgate yesterday. I saw a few really great accessories. I’ve been stalking their IG feed for an entry or console table too. And yes! I was wondering if there was a flea market. Thank you so much for that!!

      And congrats on the move. I have no idea where that is, but … YAY!

      xo Michael

  • Karin Kish at

    Yay! Congratulations!!! I love everything about this post. Thanks for the pictures – I’m so nosy I actually wanted to see what is in your fridge. Definitely take your time with this, and enjoy! I’m perfectly happy to read an entire post about a wall hook.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      There is nothing in my fridge but coffee creamer. But you can pretend is full of wine and other fancy things.

      xo Michael

  • Lisa at

    Welcome to the Burgh! The sunlight streaming in your windows is amazing! Enjoy every moment of your new journey. It’s fun to hear/see your design plans for your new space. Thanks for sharing!

  • Julie Blanner at

    You have ARRIVED! I cannot wait to see what the future holds for you, Michael {and how that new sofa looks!}

  • Gail at

    Love that light and hope that you are so busy exploring, having fun and meeting new friends that it takes you forever to decorate the place😀!

  • Bev at

    Michael, I just found your blog today and enjoyed reading many of your posts. Good luck in Pittsburgh! I love that city. We go back every year for a Steelers game. So much fun! Read your Hawaii post and it touched me. My daughter struggled with anxiety, stress and sleeplessness about a year ago…with proper doctors and diagnosis she is doing so good today. I wish you the best and look forward to following your posts. Visit the Warhol Museum too!

  • Funky Junk Interiors - Donna at

    So exciting! This place has such a cool loft vibe. It’s going to look AMAZING when you are done with it!

  • kiminthecove at

    Michael, I am so excited for you and your grand adventure! I look forward to seeing your decisions in decorating. I actually really like the soft colors in the flooring, walls and trim, but I know I will like whatever you do! Love your style!

  • kiminthecove at

    P.S. Adding another comment to see if it will show my picture like everyone else!

    • Funky Junk Interiors - Donna at

      Hey Kim! I believe the picture setup is via Gravatar. When you go to post a comment, you’ll see a question, “Need an avatar? It takes you right there! 🙂

  • loly at

    Congrats on the new place and taking the big leap to spread your wings! I hope this helps you find the answers you are seeking. Can’t wait to follow along as your new home comes together – cause it’s you so it’s going to be fab! Will be cool to watch this new style develop too! I always wanted to make a big bold move like this so I’m sorta jelly and going to totally live vicariously through your adventure! Blessings and Best wishes

  • Liz @ Floating Kitchen at

    The space looks lovely! So excited for you and this new project/adventure. Can’t wait to see how you put your own creative spin on everything. Love everything you do! Miss you, friend!

  • Claire | Heart Handmade UK at

    Hey Michael, the new apartment looks fab, love the light! Flipping love, love, love your makeshift office x

  • Roeshel at

    Great area! So excited to follow your new adventures! Congratulations on your new place! I can’t wait to see the transformation!

  • Michelle at

    I love your new place! Hopefully once you get the walls a bright white you’ll warm up to the darker trim and doors cause I love them! It adds such a nice highlight to the space and I think with white walls will only enhance that bit of character. Great design ideas!

  • Bethery at

    You couldn’t show a bathroom? I wan’t to see the bathrooms, too. Too nosy?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Haha. I will. I will. 🙂 They are dark and I didn’t have my tripod to get proper lighting. Stay tuned.

      xo Michael

  • Sandee at

    Michael Iam not getting your blog sent to me via gmail; they stopped coming when you moved to Pittsburgh. Could you please fix this so I can continue to receive your blog which I LOVE!!! Thanks! Sandee Schnupp from Fairfax Va.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Hi Sandee,

      That’s so odd, I’m not sure what happened. I did add your email to the list again. You may get an email where you need to confirm your subscription.

      Also, if that didn’t work you can always sign up here yourself: http://feeds.feedburner.com/InspiredByCharm

      xo Michael

  • Linda at

    Hi Michael. I’m ok with sporadic content as long as it’s good stuff-not just posting for the sake of it- and yours is. I think there is something very valuable in not dragging your old stuff and old life into your new start. My mother just did this in an assisted living center-starting fresh w/o all the stuff in a smaller, more stream-lined way, and she is very happy. I hope that you find the happiness in Pittsburgh!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks, Linda!

      xo Michael

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