Early morning light + caffeine = inspiration!!!
It’s been a long time since I showed you around the apartment, and things have changed a bit. Something about sharing a good, strong brew with my babe with the light filtering in (we get great light here, with the southern exposure… I could never live in a garden apartment, I’d have year-round Seasonal Affective Disorder) makes me want to capture the little bits and pieces of our lives.
The Living Room
Poster designed by Paula Scher for the 2nd International Poster Biennial.
My sister visits often, and one day she surprised me by creating these altars to ancestors passed. This one is in honor of my husband’s father. In Santeria, one offers trinkets, candy, and personal belongings to the ancestors, one always keeps a candle lit, and keep these gifts on a white tablecloth along with a clear glass of purified water nearby.
And here’s one for my grandfathers, stepfather, and great-grandmother Lillian. I’ve got my paternal grandfather’s swiss army knife and his employee badge here for him. As the belief goes, your ancestors will be helpful to you in your life if you honor them in death. I like this idea, and I actually do feel very positive energy when the candles are lit.
The Dining Room
I wanted to keep the bedroom minimal and calming – hence why the dresser is in the living room. The lamps are from West Elm – I have an itch to do thisto them one day.
Standard in pre-war apartments are cutouts where people used to keep their telephones. Now you can get creative with them! They’re such cute little opportunities for mini-surprises.
I’m glad I got these photos up: we may not be living here for much longer. (I’ll reveal more details as they become solidified!) We’ve lived in this little place for two and a half years now, it’s crazy cheap, and the neighborhood is nice but there is nothing to conveniently walk to. I’d really like to stop using my car so much; I’d rather live in the neighborhoods I tend to drive to all the time!
Oh, and since the camera’s out, here’s me (in my dope-ass wig! Do you love it?) making the universally flattering pose, first made famous by insecure Myspacers circa 2005:
p.s. wish me luck, I’m having oral surgery tomorrow morning. meh.