Saturday, March 10, 2018

The World Needs More Green Sofas

The time has come for a home decor report after 2.5 years of owning. Last January I was featured on Apartment Therapy which was incredibly exciting! The photo-shoot happened about 14 months after buying the house and was a great motivation to finish a couple projects... The comments were pretty fun, I really enjoyed learning the background stories of a few of my miscellaneous vintage prints. And of course the BEST/worst mean spirited comment, "...She really doesn't have any fine pieces of furniture or accessories, more like a basement sale....". Ha, yeah, she was right. I'm a thrifter and estate sale nut, so many of these pieces ARE from basements. At the time of the Apartment Therapy shoot, I hadn't collected too many new (to me) pieces for the house. Really is was tiling in decor from my previous apartment with my sisters old couch. Totally acceptable when you just dropped most of your savings on buying a house and renovating it. This is why this decor update is special. With more time passed, I've been able to collect some really great pieces that were procured for this space, intensional design, how grown up!

Most notable in the living room, I replaced three green couches with a magnificent emerald velvet couch and a vintage rattan daybed sofa. After YEARS of searching for a vintage inspired emerald green couch that wasn't mid-century modern, I finally came across the Saxon sofa by Apt2B. A timeless design with low arms, deep plush cushions, victorian legs, and custom made in my dream hue. The vintage rattan sofa was a Offerup score for $250! Balance friends, budget-couch and very nice first-new-piece-of-furniture-I've-ever-owned splurge.

The antique 1930s writing desk was a birthday gift from my dad, it fit into place as though it had always been there, and matches my vintage Indonesian cabinet mirror perfectly. I love the dark wood motif.

So here we are, a year after AT, and two and a half years into owning and tinkering around. I would describe my style as eclectic romantic vintage. On the bohemian side. Not trendy, never mid century modern. Timeless beauty to suit my 1920s home. Aside from the emerald couch, my home is still very basement. I buy very few shinny new things, and much of the decor has come from estate sales.

I'm getting a kick out of how much my plants have grown in the past year since Apartment Therapy... and how many more have come home with me.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Ruby Beach

Looking out the window at the Pacific Ocean this morning and thinking with mixed emotions, I’m 28! This year I’ve taken a strong interest in personal growth and awareness. The world can really beat up on sensitive people. Each year stronger, each year wiser, each year better at puns.

This year's birthday adventure took me to Ruby Beach with lovely Vimala. She didn't hesitate when I proposed the idea of hiking around in long dresses. We had the beach to ourselves~

Monday, December 25, 2017

Winter Glow

Feeling okay about 2017 coming to an end. It's okay to say it was a sad year, and it's fair to say a new year doesn't necessarily make it feel better. But, 2018 feels like a new starting point at the very least.

I'm grateful for my vintage shop this year, a place to focus my creative energy in a void. And a hobby that built my savings up considerably this year.

It's weird feeling comfortable in my finances, and thinking you could buy anything you want! But also thinking I really don't need anything. I don't need clothing, I don't need more house goods. Those are little things though. Bigger purchases are more abstract, a trip? Another house? Dental work? These are harder for me to plan for. Maybe I could use one or two of those. I'm 28 in 2018. Old enough to know better, young enough to feel in the dark.

Snow for Christmas, I'm not a Christmas person - but i enjoy a day off and winder lights. I treated myself to a prism lens and more diffraction glasses to play with.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Northern State Mental Hospital

The ruins of Northern State Mental Hospital, what beauty and magic. This was my first visit as it's a bit further north than I normally travel, one of the best spots yet! This was once a thriving mini city with a lumber mill, quarry, steam plant, greenhouse, canning facilities, library, bakery, dairy, and 700-acre farm for growing vegetables and raising livestock. Opened as an overflow facility for Western State Mental Hospital in 1909, by the 1970s the hospital lost it's funding and closed. Now it is called the Northern State "Recreation Area." There are many well established trails around the property with the remaining buildings on full display. I was excited to see so much access to these derelict structures, climb and explore until your heart is content.

For being an abandoned mental hospital, i found the ruins peaceful, not eerie. There was beauty all around, nature reclaiming all, and the landscape was magnificent. I was dressed for a retirement party earlier in the day, so after grabbing Selena, i just slipped into some tennies and went!

I plan for a living. I organize so many details from day to day. So when I have time on the weekend, I'm now getting a kick out of not planing at all. I'm good at impulsive decision making (well, part tortured and prolonged decision making that will eventually turn into a quick last-minute resolution). I'm also tired of being the planner among friends. I tend to be the one who takes initiative when an idea is being tossed around and organize the date and meeting spot. It's exhausting, and I'm tired of it - so more spontaneous is the game now.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Snoqualmie River in September

Baby it's hot out there. Suns out buns out. September Snoqualmie River through the toy holga lens again. The water was low, slow, and warm (as far as rivers go).