Sunday, January 26, 2014

Project Living Room: Part 1

Well "Project Living Room" is well under way. I am real excited!! For the next week, I might be real busy and not able to post a lot due to the fact that our apartment is in complete disarray and we need to put it right quick since we have an upcoming inspection in Feb. It is a long story,but while I was here I thought I would post the pictures I have of the GORGEOUS cabinet I got to put my new flat-screen on. It is beautiful, vintage (@1970)  and has plenty of storage. The price wasn't bad but the shipping OMG it cost more than the item itself!! But I think I will be real happy with it. I always wanted a mirrored piece of furniture and this is chrome where it isn't mirror. It is so cool!! So without any further is the cabinet. 

So what do you think??

I can't wait until it gets here. I am not sure when that will be though. This is my first experience with having to deal with a shipper who is separate from the seller. In other words, they are having to hire the shippers on my behalf and they come to pick up my order. It is unfair to me that they charge a $25 fee to go to residences since they usually do businesses only. I just hope this all goes off without a hitch and nothing gets broken or damaged in transit.                                                                                                 

I also snagged a great deal on craigslist. I have been very fortunate with craigslist. Sadly, everything I had got off craigslist was stolen after the fire or destroyed during the fire. Anyway, I got 3 black living room tables. They are really nice and show a bit of wear but nothing horrible. The end tables were $35 and it was $15 for the coffee table since it was a little rougher than the others but no biggie.The coffee table has a glass top and the cocktail tables are all wood which I found a bit unusual but they all have the same cool wood patterned shelf. I think it will fit in with my decor very nicely. To light up my glamorous living room, I found the perfect vintage (mid century modern 1950's) table lamps. They are crystal looking but are made of lucite. BEAUTIFUL!!! I managed to find a floor lamp in Tuesday Morning that I think would complement them nicely. It is black metal with a black shade with lucite crystal prisms dangling off of the scrolled metal. Once I take a picture, I will add it here to my Living Room collection pictures.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Happy 2014!!

Well,another year is upon us? Where does the time go?? So much has happened since my last post...the most significant being my home burning down last January 4, 2013. I lost maybe 85% of everything I owned and some of what survived is ruined or has severe smoke damage. Sadly,I had no insurance. Luckily, no one was hurt and my pets made it out as well. Due to the fire, I had to relocate myself and find a foster home for my 2 dogs and basically start over which was not very easy!! The house was destroyed and the only choice I had was to sell the property the house sat on.Since the home would have to be knocked down and the lot cleared, I had to allow for that in the price if I wanted it to sell. So I had to take a loss. It makes me sick to think of how much the land would have sold for if the house was in good shape!! It took a roughly 5 mos. to sell which I thought wasn't bad especially considering the economy. Since I am not able to work and haven't qualified for disability, the money I made from selling my property is having to support me and replace my possessions that I need. 

Another tragic event that happened last summer was my beloved collie,Bella disappeared from the foster home just a mere month after moving in. Although, it happened last July, I am still out of my mind worrying about her. It goes without saying I hope nothing has happened to her. I still want her to come home, even after all this time. I visit my other dog,Rascal from time to time but it breaks my heart to see him without Bella. Moving on....

So where am I now?? My boyfriend and I are living in a small 2 bedroom apartment. It is a nice, simple apt. but not a "nice" apt. if you know what I mean. lol It lacks a lot of space being one thing!! But, it could be worse.I am grateful for the 2nd bedroom and I love having a balcony. Nice place to sit in the summer and keep a little flowerpot garden and watch the birds. (and watch the crazy neighbors lol) I also love having a walk-in closet, even if it really is on the small side. I also was thrilled to have a white kitchen. My favorite thing about my new place is "my vanity" corner. I have a mirror and sink vanity in my bedroom in an alcove, right outside my closet. I can do my hair and make up there with a lot of light and not have to hog the bathroom. When I get it better organised I will take a picture of it.

Since moving in here, I have had to replace a lot of things-pots,pans, dishes, towels, bed linens, toiletries, microwave, pillows,blankets, clothes,shoes etc. The furniture I have right now,95% of it was given to me. My home still feels very sterile to me because most of my decor items were destroyed, my pictures, artwork, wall hangings,curtains,throws and pillows. It is killing me!! I feel like I am still living in a motel room, which we did for about 2 months or so. I am slowly adding my own touches to my apartment to make it feel more like a home. It must be the decorator in me but I can't stand living in such a "neutral" environment. It just doesn't feel warm or welcoming to me. I am slowly trying to remedy this while not going broke. I recently purchased some new pieces for my living room and realized just how small my living quarters really are. lol I will post pictures soon and will devote another post to  "Project Living Room". I am eager to see how it turns out as I am really putting my efforts into recreating a Hollywood Regency look. We shall soon see. Until next time.