In late August, my partner and fiance of seven years left me. Actually, I ended up kicking him out after he broke up with me... but that's another story.
The lesson: never f*** with a girl from Jersey!
I ended up staying in our (now my) apartment, but I knew I couldn't stay put unless I did a major redecorating. I needed to make the place feel like mine, so I could live there without constantly imagining him around.
Anyway, it's two months later, and I couldn't be doing better. I've reconnected with old friends, renewed my interest in my career, started volunteering in my community, become closer with my family, and tons of other beautiful and wonderful things that wouldn't have happened if life hadn't grabbed me by the neck and b!tch slapped me.
And, of course, I love my old "new" apartment!!!!! I really wish I had some "before" pictures, because these snaps totally don't do it justice... it's the perfect blend of creative, funky, peaceful, and uplifting. I finally feel like this is MY home; before, with my ex-partner here, I didn't have any real attachment to the place. I can't wait to finally host a housewarming party!
Without further adieu... on to the pictures!The Living Room
When you first walk into the apartment, you're in the living room. I chose the idea of a conservatory as my inspiration. So, there are tons of plants, garden-type trinkets, wrought-iron, stuff like that.
Yes, I love to read, and I've read most of the books on my shelves! I especially love the clock in the upper left.
Turning to the right:
More plants! I made the curtain out of two types of fabric; the upper portion is sheer and lighter, while the lower part is brocade. Somehow it worked perfectly. The lights are little metal flower lights on clearance from Target.
A little more to the right:
I love to sit in my rocking chair and crochet! The lamp above the chair was my inspiration for the room. My grandfather made it... the colors are actually sage green and golden orange. I made the curtains in the tall window... they're simple tab-top curtains. The curtain rod is just a dowel stained with diluted brown acrylic paint, and the finials are those weird straw/wicker woven balls you can find in Micheals.
More to the right... view when you walk into the apartment:
More plants, of course! Plus my old and dirty but super comfy loveseat. I made the pillows and the artwork on the walls.
Here's a close-up of some of my babies... err... plants:
And here's a close-up of the artwork:
Turn more to the right to face the kitchen:
I was not really sure about the color of the cabinet... it's half-way between asparagus and lime, but I love color, so I figured, "What the heck!" I'm going to make another painting for the space to the left. It's so nice to lounge around in my underwear on the couch, watching a movie that I want to see...
This is my little grasshopper friend:
He lives on my table and eats dinner with me. :-)The Bathroom
Before, the bathroom had no style whatsoever. At all. Now, it's got this yellow-and-wood/bamboo theme going on...
I adore having nice, fluffy, thick towels, without worrying about a stinky boy wiping his @$$ all over them!The Kitchen
For the kitchen, I went with a brick red/ rooster/ Italy theme. Roosters are for good luck.
Here's my grandmother's hutch... It used to be the sky blue of the inside, now it's brick red... what color should I paint the inside?
In the hutch, there are my wine glasses and all of my kitchen trinkets from my grandparents... their espresso maker, olive oil tin, old-fashioned egg beaters, etc.
The butcher's block:
With my spices, jars of pasta, a half-finished bottle of wine (that I'm finishing right now), you get the picture. It's a functional kitchen!
I made the cafe curtains... love the fabric... the bottles of pickled vegetables and the ceramic garlic cloves I found in a dollar store. Score!!
Tomatoes, pasta, and wine... yes please!The Study
Walk through the kitchen, and you're in the study. Here's the practical part:
That part's boring, and hasn't changed since The Ex left.
Here's the fun part: my reading corner!
I love to curl up in that circular chair. I never used to use it--in fact, it was folded up and stored in a closet! Now I sit in my reading corner and daydream about traveling.
The shadow boxes on the wall:
are a bunch of things I've collected in my travels over the years. It's cool to see them all in one place--reminds me of where I've gone (and makes me think about where I'm going!)The Bedroom
As you can imagine, the first things that HAD to go were the sheets and comforter that I shared with The Ex. Too many memories there... I decided on a brown and turquoise scheme:
I need to make some artwork to hang above the bed!
I made this headboard.
It took about $25 and an hour, and now I no longer have insulation from behind the top part of the wall falling on my head as I sleep. Yeah!
The other side of the bedroom...
I made the curtains. The thing in the middle is actually a big plastic storage bin... I need to find somewhere to store it, but until I do, I just draped it with a piece of cloth that was in my box of remnants.
And here is my penguin friend.
He lives on my dresser.
So, that's it! Congrads if you made it all the way to the end. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. I REALLY wish I had some "before" pictures to share; you would be SHOCKED at the improvement!