Little Life Snaps

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

I don't want to take down my Christmas decorations.

My Dresser with art and accessories
Poster designed by Paula Scher for the 2nd International Poster Biennial.

Gifts from friends: a painting and a jewelry box with Lillian engraved in bakelite

Painting by Jenelle Madrigal; antique jewelry box with my name engraved in Bakelite from the Antique and Resale Shoppe.


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.

An altar to my father-in-law

An Altar to my Grandparents 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.

My Decorated Christmas TreeI don’t want to take down my Christmas Tree! It provides such a nice warmth, glow and atmosphere. Can I keep it up pleeeeeease? (Not sure who I am asking here.)


A snapshot of my kitchen

Homemade kombucha on the Kitchen Counter What’s that you say? Oh, it’s just homemade Kombucha! (pssst.. my Scoby can beat up your Scoby.)

The Dining Room

Dining Room Window

The most ubiquitous of posters - Van Gogh's SunflowersThe most ubiquitous of posters – Van Gogh’s Sunflowers. Purchased at a garage sale for $3.


My cat chilling where he shouldn't... our bed

My cat chilling where he shouldn't... on our bed

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.

a painting by my grandfather A painting by my grandfather. Correction: A grainy photo of a painting by my grandfather.

Creative Cutouts

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.

Old Telephone cutout with artwork displayed inside

Diana Ross record sitting in my Hallway Cutout

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:

Lillian making a smoochy face

p.s. wish me luck, I’m having oral surgery tomorrow morning. meh.

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  1. Mark Davenport
    Posted January 10, 2013 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    Duckfaces back at you too, Schweetie!

  2. Marjie
    Posted January 11, 2013 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    Lil – you can keep the glow of Christmas lights after you take your tree down. Just curl up a strand of white lights in a big bowl, and keep them up all year! In a bowl alone, or with pinecones or other artifacts mixed in! (mine is pinecones and pears) … I keep them out all year long! 🙂

  3. admin
    Posted January 11, 2013 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    Oh, Marjie I love that idea! I’ll most definitely implement it, and share a pic when I do.. thanks!

  4. Posted January 13, 2013 at 3:38 am | Permalink

    Your home is so lovely. I really love all the knick knacks you included in every corner of the room, it adds personality. I just love everything here, it suits.

  5. admin
    Posted January 13, 2013 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    Thank you! I know that knick knacks can quickly get carried away into clutter territory, that’s why it’s still important to edit, I’m sure you concurr.

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