I am happy to introduce a new series I have dreamed up for this blog: This is where I live. Personally, I rarely read home decor blogs and find myself drawn towards the homes of my friends for inspiration. I also love Apartamento magazine and the Paumes series on Stockholm apartments because, to me, they represent something beautiful that is attainable for those of us who will most likely never own our houses. Sometimes when I read home decor blogs, I feel ashamed of my home, my home which is filled with sunshine! I know that is not the intent. I often need reminders that there is no need for this sort of self-torture and self-pity: there is no shame in living modestly. A cozy home filled with personality can be ours with a good eye and good instinct, with some creativity, with careful collecting, and sometimes, with the occasional lucky hand-me-down from a family member or friend.
The series is not about the homes themselves, but rather is an extension of the sorts of pictures I take in my own home. I would like to capture the feel and character, and I hope I have been successful in this so far.
I was thrilled when Melinda allowed me to take photographs of her apartment and to be the first in this series. I know that she has photos of her home on her Flickr account, but I wanted to take my own (so she could see how I look at her apartment). I had visited her a while ago when I picked up my first batch of kitty buds fabric, and was struck by how comfortable and beautiful her apartment was. Everywhere I looked there was something interesting to look at, and when I would point at something, there was always a story to go with the object. The apartment just glows with warmth and happiness. Oh, and we are neighbours!
Melinda, an artist, lives with her fiancé Chris (also an artist, with Team Macho) and their cat Dre in a main floor apartment in a house. The apartment also has a studio space that they both share. I went over on Tuesday morning; she made me an iced coffee and served it with a delicious croissant. We chit-chatted so much that I almost forgot to take pictures. She had the cutest braids in her hair that day, and I didn't even take a picture of her! I still feel nervous and unsure with a camera, I suppose.
Some of the pictures turned out a little blurry but I hope you will enjoy them.
I love the shape of this fabric pendant that hangs off to the side of the kitchen.
Chris made this sweet letterbox with a laser cutter.
Melinda told me that this antique nurses photograph is one of her most prized possessions. There are so many incredible art works on display in their home.
Her side of the studio. This is my favourite part of the apartment. Incidentally, she is making her own wedding dress! She is also working on oil paintings for an upcoming show at Narwhal, which Carly Waito will also be in. They're pretty astonishing.
I love peeking at other people's trinkets. I spy a card that Melinda made, a Sophie, and a Coe & Waito ceramic bird.
The famous kitty buds! The needles on top came from her grandmother's house.
This vintage ornament also came from a grandparent.
This is my favourite object in their home: Scout Finch's ham costume from To Kill a Mockingbird. Chris carved it himself as a Christmas present for her. Isn't that amazing? It's perfectly balanced on those little legs.
This is Dre! He's a dreamcat, isn't he?
Melinda wrote a sweet post about the visit! Thank you, Melinda.
carly: Oh, there are lots of those bags on eBay! I hope mine doesn't break, eek. The ashtray's text is my new life motto!
nice-etc.com / caitlin: I hope so too! And you're right, these things are really wonderful and to find more would have just been adding clutter.
Cassandra: Oh yes! We are a nice little community, ha.
K: Oh, tell me about it. Thrifting here is so hard, I can only imagine how much harder it is in NY! But it will make going back home sweeter, won't it?
stephanie renee: Yes! I'm glad I'm not the only one who has bad days. I've had so many of them lately, it's so frustrating!
taylorkitto: Thank you! Aw, I wish I had an extra for you!
Color Collective: Thank you!
Chaucee: Yes! I love them. $4, what a steal.
rachel: Your comment made me laugh out loud! Kitty in kitty bag. Genius.
Jenni: Oh, that's too bad! But maybe one day the cat tapestry gods will smile on you and you will find the perfect cat tapestry vest. Never lose hope!
SwanDiamondRose: I know! Some of them are so very terrible! But I always find them so amusing, I'm glad you do too.
Zuzolińska: Yes, sometimes it's hard not to buy cheaper clothing! It's funny, in a lot of the second-hand clothing stores now you can get fast fashion for almost the same price as new! It's not very nice.
Grace: I haven't seen it! I will have to check it out. It sounds hilarious!
katrina: Thank you! It's such a nice colour. Are you sure you can't wear it? It looks nice on brunettes!
Malicious Mallory: Aw, you should get one! It was the last thing I needed but it makes me so happy. When I have it in my bike basket as I ride along, looking down at it makes me laugh. Nothing better! Uh... not to be an enabler.
Lexie, Little Boat: Thank you! Oh yes, I agree! I had to stop myself from going to more thrift stores. Three is quite a lot! But I wanted to find more and I knew there was more treasure to find.
Anonymous: Thank you! I was quite happy since they fit perfectly.
Hannah: Haha, I'm glad you like it!
Anna Emilia: Yes! Grandmothers have great taste. Thank you for saying hello from Finland!
Juli: I know, I have just about given up myself! But it's hard to give up... I just get so angry when I see H&M shirts for $10, $15, and so much George brand clothing. Oh and the ashtray came like that! Some of the lettering is rubbing off, but it's still legible!
Siri: I hope it's there too! The backpack version is amazing.
Neon Relish: I almost left it behind, if you can believe that! It was a whoppin' five dollars.
labels: this is where i live