17:15 – If I am not careful I easily find myself waiting and wishing for the next thing, and right now its the next apartment (*cough* with a yard) that we will be living in one day. But I have decided to make a little challenge for myself, to see how pretty I can get our Putnam Avenue pad to look. Trying of course, to spend my money and time wisely and only update things that we can take with us. Though I still might be covering our fugly green faux marble laminate countertops!
First thing was to update the flying saucer light fixture in our bedroom with a cool vintage pendant that I bought while still in Texas.
Remember this? Yay for light fixtures that look like Saturn!!
A collection of dead bugs
Drawing my inspiration from the selection at Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. I popped on over to Etsy to see what I could find. Ooooh pretty! But I wasn’t thrilled with the price tag.
Pendant Lighting with Glass Globe Shade and Exposed Socket - $178.00
Step three had me searching Ebay for similar light fixture hardware and luckily I came away successful. If I remember correctly I paid around $25 for my fixture with glass shade. In the future I plan on replacing the frosted glass shade with a clear glass one and also adding an Edison bulb. I suspect that will run me another $20 – $30 or so, which is still far under $178! In the meantime I am pleased with how it turned out, and looking at my bedroom ceiling makes me happy instead of scrunching up my nose!
And just so no one is fooled, replacing light fixtures is sometimes a total pain. I was even a bad DIYer because I didn’t turn off the circuit breaker, in my defense I couldn’t find the right box with the corresponding switch. There was a bit of cursing, multiple dropped screws/tools/bits, a crick in my neck, and too much drywall that ended up on the bed and down my shirt!
Usually our bed is filled with dog hair not tools & drywall!
So now I have one down and one still to go, we have the same flying saucer in the living room unfortunately. My plan for in there is to build one of these, a chandelier designed by Lindsey Adelman who even provides instructions!
8:51 – On Tuesday a few lady-partners and myself took a day trip to downtown Boston to play tourist and escape the never ending job searching. It is funny how only going three miles east can make you feel like you are in a completely different world. We visited Newbury Street with all of its gorgeous stores and then to the galleria on the ground floor level of the Prudential building. So of course we had to stop into the wonderful world of Free People and of course I had to snap a few pictures! :)
Immediately I was taken by the faux indoor tree installments and wondered how crazy it would be to try and do something similar in my own apartment. I love the very simple detailing of how they attached the trunk of the tree to the brick, with that tiny little bracket, so nice! And of course I am now kicking myself for not getting some close up pictures of what everything was constructed out of!
Doesn’t the addition of a plant (fake or not) make all the difference?
It also reminded me of Ruthi Auda’s wisteria installation in a California Anthropolgie. Did anyone else see that? Oh my goodness, that’s all I’ll say. Well that and I would DIE to have something like that installed over my bed! One day…one day I’ll get a hair up my butt (something Mart likes to say, ha) and I’ll do it!
See more of this project and Ruthi’s work at Anthropologie right here. And since Free People reminds me very much of Anthro I figure there’s never a better time to share a gif I made the other week after visiting their Cambridge location. Once again, I couldn’t walk in without coming out inspired. The thing I love most about their interior installations is that they are all constructed from very modest materials. It’s nothing you or I couldn’t go find at a craft store, Home Depot, or flea market!
9:12 – Yesterday the mailman delivered to me a Jayson Home Fall 2012 catalog and as I flipped through it the image below stopped me in my tracks!
I wanted to be living inside this image right then and there. The likelihood of me, or any of us for that matter, living in a home with carved wood walls is probably slim. (I say “probably” because who knows, it could happen, if you do everything right and luck is on your side!) But anyways, I took from the image aspects that you could possibly find yourself living with one day, a tufted leather sofa + beautiful stone fireplace, and designed a room around that.
Although not as sexy as the Jayson Home room, I’d be pretty darn tootin’ happy in my version!
Pipe Dream: Own, operate, and decorate a boutique hotel
Where: Abroad. Mexico, Morocco, Argentina, Greece, Italy…I’m not picky! I’ll be the domestic goddess of the place, making sure each room is perfectly attended to, while Martin will be the man in charge of sailing trips, hiking expeditions, or possibly brewing beer for the adjoining hotel pub! :)
The Inspiration: L’Otel in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico
Oh my goodness is this place wonderful or not? It is the perfect mix of colorful art and accessories combined with furniture that gives off a natural provincial vibe, then to top it off it’s located in a Mexican hacienda with a courtyard! In my list of top five favorite architectural features, courtyards might be number one.
That fluff ball of a puppy is pretty darn cute too!
10:36 - For a while now I have been preoccupied with the idea of a “pastoral ideal” and have been on a mental quest to figure out how to live a so-called authentic life.
I can look at photographs, like the ones below, and think to myself “Yes, that is an authentic life.” But is it exactly? Is an authentic life only about cooking good food, sleeping on linen sheets, caring for your goats and chickens, and living with less stuff in a rustic industrial home? My spidey sense tells me living authentically is more about accepting yourself, looking at the world around you with spiritual eyes, opening your mind to continuous learning, being gracious towards others, not cultivating your life to fit a certain “look”, and for sure, cooking good food.
I still can’t help but want to live inside these gorgeous images though. Which are undoubtedly styled to evoke some sort of nostalgia for a simpler life.
Or maybe they never fell out of favor and I finally got over the jungle themed decor associations I had with them. The latter is probably more likely because everywhere I look these days I see rooms with bamboo blinds and I am smitten! Since some of the windows in our Cambridge apartment are smushed against wall corners and because furniture will be in front of others, I have ruled out using floor length drapes. What I can’t decide though is whether to use Ikea’s ENJE roller blinds or bamboo matchstick blinds. The advantage of the ENJE blind is that I could keep them pulled down to visually hide the robber bars but still have a lot of light coming in. On the other hand, bamboo blinds would give the room a nice textural element but I am not crazy about how they would look pulled down or how dark it might possible make the room. Idea number three is to combine them, though I am not sure if I would have enough room to mount all that hardware, since both window treatments are inside mounts. Option 3.2 is to use the ENJE blinds as the functioning window treatment and create a sort of non-functioning topper/cornice treatment with the bamboo blind.
Whew, everyone still following? :) My intention wasn’t even to chatter on about my window treatment predicament, what I wanted to show you were these beautiful images of rooms with bamboo blinds! So without further ado…
Matt and Kristen inspired the quote above, seeing their adventures and their courage to live the unexpected life leaves both Martin and I excited and hopeful. As Martin put it (on getting out of the Army), “We are not constrained by some f’ing timeline. We are not constrained by what is normal. We can do whatever we want. We can rent an apartment in Tahiti for 6 months, and work as bartenders…we can do whatever.” Right now we are both thirsty for adventure and freedom, to live the life we choose, in the places we choose and for however long we choose. For better or for worse we take life pretty seriously and look at our choices and our short amount of time here in an introspective manner. Despite our many differences, deep down him and I are very similar in this regard. I am so very very excited for the adventures we will take on together, the first being our move from Texas to Boston! If you love travel and wonderful wandering spirits, you definitely should check out Matt and Kristen’s blog!
Oh wait, what’s that? I spy with my little eyes a Ural! Oh so near and dear to Mart’s and I little hearts. I think we might have just found long lost friends we never knew we had! A make believe friendship based on their and our choice of identical transportation! :)
Here’s our trusty steed soaking up el sol en México (Why oh why did we sell you!?)
Been listening to this on repeat: The Electro Swing Revolution Vol. 2 Album
Which, by the way, I SO TOTALLY called the combining of Swing and Dance/Electronic to be the next Big Thing. Seriously, does it get any better? Who said there could ever be too much of a good thing?