Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Home is where my heart is today (cheesy, I know)

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!


Looks and Books said...

Love the apartment Julie! It's so cozy and well thought out. I also love the framed photo strips from old-school photo booths.

Thanks for the peek!

Eli said...

wow thanks for sharing! I recently did this on my blog too and it's kind of cathartic and the kick in the butt to clean up! but also strange to share and see it through the eyes of others! I love seeing how others organize their homes!

cb said...

your home is great! i love all your potted succulents. i have a couple of jade plants outside and a few inside but our little kitty rosie likes to bite them so i have to put them where she can't get them which is kinda tricky! i agree that your place does look very 70's inspired! i think our house looks 70's inspired too with a bit of a mexican flare or ethnicity to it!

home is truly where the heart is...not cheesy at all <3


Sherry Jarwin said...

I love your home... it is so cozy and really bright. I LOVE the corner in the living room... very sweet!


Rhiannon Ecsedy said...

CATS CATS CATS. how awesome are they? yours are adorable.

also i LOVE your style and your blog. So awesome. especially your nose ring... i wish i had the guts to get one, but I think my mother would shoot me. And your hair! You're kind of my new idol.


Sarah said...

I love your old chemical bottle! I have a similar set from a yard sale: http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d138/basepair/Apr10119.jpg?t=1292979659

Sara C said...

Days off are totally acceptable.

I cannot wait to get my own apartment and start looking for fun things to fill it. I'm in LOVE with that lamp, how cool is that??

And I love succulents!! They have the coolest textures and colors, and are hard to kill (at least in my experience)

naomi said...

I love all your retro furniture! so sweet and so cozy.
I really should bring some life into my apartment in the form of plants, clean out the air and all. I have a couple of cacti, but they don't seem to be the same.

I would love to see the rest of your apartment as it comes along.


taylorkitto said...

you have such a lovely home! the cats add a good touch :)

Bridget said...

Julie, this is beautiful! :) I'm glad that other 20-somethings get all their furnishings from thrift stores!

kelly ann said...

i LOVE your place! it's cozy. i love your coffee table, is that a chest? and i'm obsessed with collecting bottles.

Liz said...

Hi, I've been a fan of your lovely blog since a few months ago. And finally I decided to start my own blog, and leave you a comment.Never stop writing this blog, you have the gift to inspire people like you have no idea.

I used to have one of those animals, because I'm from Mexico, and they are everywhere.
by the way I love your closet :)

happy holidays


Rose said...

Dreamy. That is all.

Orchid Grey said...

Kelly ann, my coffee table is a chest, my brother added legs that he cut off a discarded chair (they don't match), we keep our DVD's inside! Thanks all for the wonderful comments!

AnnaBananaCupcake said...

Looks really sweet! Have you ever made terrariums? Your succulents would work great! XOXO

Velvet Dawn said...

Hi Julie, I did not know your name until I read all of the sweet comments people have left for you. I am typing with one hand right now as I am holding Timothy Winter kitty with the other...he is sleeping. he purrs sooo loud and sleeps on his back. Anyway, I love your living space..it compliments your style beautifully. I have touches of the 70's throughout my home too. I had an awesome thrift day today and will post on thurs. Drop in and say hi. Dawn Suitcase Vignettes

Anonymous said...

the plants look so healthy in spite of what the cat puts them through...and I covet the toy globe!

Laura Gerencser said...

Love the rooms!!

serena at the urban farmhouse said...

Just discovered your blog! I love the coziness of your home - you've got a great eye for vintage finds.

I just posted about my favorite flea market finds too and an American Pickers giveaway. Please come visit!


Emily, Ruby Slipper Traveller said...

Happy day off. It looks like a nice, cozy place to live, and after moving so many times I know how hard that can be to achieve.. : )

sparkle is a color (Katrina) said...

Your place is so adorable! I love getting glimpses into people's spaces.

xx, Katrina

jessica said...

Well crap, I can now extent my wardrobe envy to apartment envy. No surprises here, your apartment is fab!

The Village Idiot said...

your personal style is really reflected in your digs! i love your living room- it has such great light and great windows!
i am alos in love with that pink lamp!


This looks like such a great place! I'm also a big fan of succulents. Mainly because they're impossible to kill (me+plants is not a good combo), but they're also very post modernesque in apperance, in my opinion.

northwest is best said...

Your apartment looks delightful! I think it's so important to have a peaceful and personal space. I'm feeling frustrated with my rented house at the moment - all the furniture is mismatched and broken, but I can't change anything because that's up to the landlady.

Em-Jae said...

So cute and cozy. Jade plants are pretty delightful.

Miss Mae said...

UGH It took me 3 hours to drive to Boston from Pawtucket Monday night, 2 hours to get home. What a mess it was!!!!

Your place is adorable : )

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