Winding down

Allasudden (after months of a series of updates large and small) my place is starting to feel really very put together.
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Finishing touches?

OK, enough is ALMOST enough, as it turns out, because I decided to revisit the living area.
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It’s getting there. No, really.

And then, after the living room started to pull together, there were updated pictures for my bedroom, again thanks to gift cards I’d received for my birthday.
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So I’ve gone a little nuts

As I’ve been making all these changes (and they’re not being related to you in order, necessarily), the furniture in my living room has started to bother me more and more.

When I moved into my apartment, I was in the process of filing for divorce, and in need of a place to live and new furnishings in a hurry (mostly because while my parents were very generous about being willing to let me stay with them until I got settled, the 2-hours-each-way commute from their place to my office just wasn’t going to be feasible long term).

So I was simultaneously shopping for furniture and shopping for an apartment to put it in.
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And the beat goes on

And then there was my bathroom.

For starters, the medicine cabinet and the baseboard heat both had issues similar to the one in the kitchen: wall paint had been applied to both of these metal elements. The main difference was that in this case, it’s a steamy environment to boot, so I’d already had to make touchups, almost as soon as I moved in. Though on the plus side, I was considerably less likely to be injesting it in this case.

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And sometimes, you have no choice

Peeling paint in the Saluting Bay

Peeling paint in the Saluting Bay (Photo credit: Denna Jones) Mine wasn’t quite this bad. But it WAS directly over my stovetop. So, ick.

Sure, there were a lot of things I wanted to do just to make the place look better, but to be fair, not everything I decided to do was based on aesthetics.

I hadn’t really thought about updating my kitchen at all. Again, I don’t own the place. So none of the things I’d love to see get updated in there: the flooring, the major appliances, the cabinets, the countertops — wait, that’s almost everything — was something I was going to undertake to update.

That said, I needed to set some new paint up in there, and not even for decorative reasons.

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Once you get going, it’s hard to stop

Suddenly, with so much improvement going on (ok not that much yet, but I was on a roll), I was tired of a lot of the other things I previously chose to “just live with” at my apartment.
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The repairs continue

Wet Paint

Wet Paint (Photo credit: JohnRiv)

Having repaired the severest signs of my apartment’s slow slide to ruin, and painted one wall in that room and repaired damage in multiple others, it was time to paint over the signs of my repair work.

My paint color was the exact shade of non-descript apartment-offwhite (technically: Antique White) that’s the standard for the apartment units. But it was Read more of this post

Back and been busy

Nate Berkus + Lowes + Valspar Paint

Nate Berkus + Lowes + Valspar Paint (Photo credit: Charles & Hudson)

Oh hi. Remember me and my blog?
No?
Well, that’s understandable. I all but forgot I had a blog, myself.

Aside from personal and business travel and work-in-general and the way it tends to suck up every moment of my life (apparently), while I’ve been gone these last few months, I decided that my home environment needed a bit of work. Read more of this post