Today has been one of those days where I can't seem to get out of my own way. I'm a big fan of being productive and busy, and could even go so far to say that I'm a compulsive multi-tasker when it comes to projects, so having a day where I can't seem to get anything done is extremely frustrating. We received a decent hit of snow last night, rendering it difficult to take style pictures today, that's actually kind of an excuse...I think I just needed a day off. Anyways, because of that, I have a different kind of post for you today:
In the past I've had a number of people ask me about where I live. Up until recently, our apartment has been a disaster and really not worth photographing. The state I keep my things is usually a good indicator of my mental state, and in the fraught AA months of September through early December you could say the state of our living space was "DEPRESSED". Or at least in a state of emergency, code red, amber alert, what-have-you. So, the first thing I did after leaving my job was an overhaul of sorts. I cleaned things out, moved stuff around, and generally scrubbed clean the three month's worth of shame covering our space. So today I thought I would give you a little glimpse of my apartment! It's not spectacular, but it's finally clean!
Appropriately, 100% of our living room furniture and fixtures is thrifted. The only things bought new were our rug and TV table (not pictured, TV's are ugly). I think it looks like a 1970's retiree lives here. (the pine boughs in the mason jar are our version of a Christmas tree)
I love jade plants and succulents, and have about 10 potted jade plants alone. All of them I rooted from one original plant that my cats keep ripping up. Every time they tear off a leaf, I root it and grow it into another plant, this is a battle I intend to win. I like to look for 1970's hand-made planters at the thrift store, I found the planter on the left at a flea market with the ceramic cat on the right:
Chris and I both used to collect records, but they became such a pain to move that we had to stop. We still listen to them on my little record player that he gave me for my 20th birthday though. All of our books, cameras, games and records live in the built-in bookshelf which I love. Chris's name is still on the wall behind the records from the gallery show we hosted in 2009 (note: if you read that article, please excuse how terrible we all look).
This lamp os one of my favorite flea-market finds, it's from the 60's and was only $10! everything else on the table is from the same flea market. One of my mom's friends brought me back the little animal on the right frm Mexico, it now only has three legs thanks to Zephyr. The bottles are from a flea market in Maine.
We recently moved the shag carpet from our bedroom to the living-room, and now the cats hang out in there constantly. They like to sit on the windowsill and watch seagulls.
The rest of our place really still needs a lot of work, it's hard when you live in an apartment because any changes you make feel so temporary and we still don't know how long we'll stay here. One thing I would love to do is re-paint though.
I'll be back to normal broadcasting tomorrow with a style post, I'm off to hopefully get something accomplished!