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Posted on: 2.21.2012

my aunt had given us a side table when she found out we got a new apartment. i loved the shape, the height and sturdyness of it. totally solid piece of furniture... but not my favorite color. i love green when decorating and knew i wanted to do a bright fun coat. now, in life, there are always tough decisions to make. what career will you choose? what city will you live in?  and what shade of green do you paint your new table... the bright green? the super bright green? the bright bright green? i went with the darker of the three and couldn't have been more pleased with the color as it dried. it's still a little tacky (it's still drying) but i'm excited to put it back in its place covered in our knick-knacks.
note to self: projects like this are better left for me while jon just enjoys the view from the couch. 

some little kitty,  who shall remain nameless, thought it would be fun to track through my painting area and run across the hardwood. thanks, _____!! 
i gotta say, i'm obsessed with many features that our apartment came with. and when we first moved in, this utility sink in the middle of our hallway wasn't really one of them. i thought it was a complete eye sore, but the more times that i walk by it, the less times i notice it.  when our landlord gutted his apartments he kept the art students in the area in his mind. the sink was so students could clean their brushes with ease in the livingroom. genius idea i suppose and today, i fell in love with this amenty just like artsy kids before me!

and voila!

my happy little table back in its nook of the living room


Posted on: 2.08.2012

it took about 3 weeks to get the place organized and up to my OCD standards, but i couldn't be more proud of how it turned out. it's enormous, yet just the right amount of space. here's a few pics of the place!
 the green couches are from home reserve which was the best site i could have found in my last apartment. i had a tricky stairway that no couch could travel up, so this site that offers buildable couches was practically my only option. they come in 3 boxes; stuffing, wood, and fabric and you literally build the couches yourself. i love them. so durable and they were dirt cheap.
 the couch was a splurge that we made but i'm glad we did. it totally brightens up the room and is beyond comfy. and all three pieces split apart so in time, it can be rearranged should i choose. winning! the wood piece on the ottoman was $2 in the "as is" section at Ikea and has worked out perfectly to sub in as a coffee table and the basket is from Target. 
 i'm so obsessed with these high ceilings... 
 this pig is the ugliest thing i have ever layed eyes on but when I saw it for $2 at a thrift store, i had to have him! he's solid metal, heavy as hell and covered in shiny metallic paint. the little suitcase was used to hold old rollerskates back in the day and was $15 at an antique store
 a glass jar filled with old and random matchboxes from different restaurants and hotels 

 these glass candle holders are from CB2 and were a steal. I bought them a year ago not knowing what they would be used for and i love them over the dining room table. plus, they look gorgeous with tea lights hanging over the table. fishing line is amazing! 

 this hideous dresser was given to us as a "house warming gift" i think he was just trying to get rid of it.. but i'm kind of growing fond of it. and the gumball machine has been with me since i was a baby. that thing will probably be with me forever.
 i'm trying so hard to build us up a decent wet bar. i got this cart from Ikea years ago and still love it. and the brown tray was from Pier 1. it's a work in progess! 
 that chest is another obsession piece of mine. a guy on craigslist sold it to me for FORTY dollars 2 years ago and it's my favorite decor piece that i own. i pray he will soon find a tv stand for his monster television so that my trunk can breath again.. hopefully at the foot of our bed :) 
ps get a load of that exposed brick. Gah!
 i got this map when we went to Yellowsprings, Ohio. it was in an old bookstore and was a brochure of all the haunted places in Ohio. I loved it, unfolded it and had it framed... for a couple hundred dollars. Gulp. But, even though it cost me a little bit, I love it and think it's really different and unique.

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