You know, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to reveal my space to the world or even if this was the right time.
Originally, I wanted to wait until it was ‘finished’, until I had a fully decorated space. But who are we kidding, my space will never be finished. I’ll be adding and subtracting things until the day I move out.
Then I decided that I’d like to have a record of the process. I’d like to see how the place as it improves changes over time. [It’s already changed some since I took these photos.]
SO Welcome to my place.
It’s a 3 bedroom/2 bath duplex on a cul-de-sac in one of Greenville’s east side suburban neighborhoods. I have a patio and a yard, a couple trees, and a one car garage.
In this day and age, privacy can be a tricky thing to figure out. I’m not famous, nor do I have an intense desire to be famous. But I have had a stalker in the form of an ex-boyfriend, and I did have a dude show up on my doorstep uninvited during my one disasterous attempt at on-line dating. So, in an effort not to repeat that I have decided to be purposely private about exactly where I live. I’ve also decided to keep what I pay in rent private, but my household expenses are < $1000/month. Yay for SC.
I love that I live a quiet life. I love that I hear tree frogs singing at night. The area I live in was the hot address 20-30 years ago. That means established neighborhoods, stabilized rent/mortgage prices, no construction on every corner, and a nice mix of older people, young families, and singles.
I’m convinced that I got a great deal…3 bedrooms/2 baths…dishwasher, washer and dryer, more kitchen cabinets than I can fill, an office, guest room, and living room. It’s way more space than I need, but it was essentially the same as one bedroom apartments in newer areas. There’s nothing within walking distance, but I grew up in the country so that’s not a deal breaker for me.
As for living here, it’s been a few months and I am still so thrilled to be here! Moving here was absolutely the right decision, and I’m enjoying being on my on again in a safe, comfortable neighborhood not too far from close friends.
First up: the entry way/living room/kitchen
Who knows how a person can accumulate so much stuff during the course of a day but I seem to manage. I really wanted to create a ‘landing zone.’ A place where I could hang my keys, and drop my backpack. A place where I could tame the mail, and keep up with my schedule.
I really like the two month calendars side by side. It really helps me keep an eye on the big picture. I also like the positive upbeat messages at the top of the wall.
Next up: the living room
After dropping my stuff and kicking off my shoes, I head into the living room. It was pretty generic when I moved in but I spent a whole week painting. First up the red wall, then the gray. I have two huge windows and a French door so I get plenty of light. Also I get afternoon sun through the dining room window.
I also have my very first washer and dryer. That red wall is my absolute favorite wall in the whole house…favorite people, favorite travel memories. My furniture is old; the coffee table in new…ordered off Amazon. All the art is either my photographs, something I created, and a few pieces acquired from Hobby Lobby…namely that canvas map. The red wall is 100% travel related. Even the lamp is in the shape of the Eiffel tower. And the South Carolina string art–I did it myself.
Meet the Living Room
An interior designer I am not. I’m good with color and painting and such, but furniture placement and such, not so much.
My couch is old, but the kitties are glad it’s out of storage. They’ve actually never had furniture to lounge on other than the bed. And me, well I spend most of my time sitting there working on homework, or watching my latest TV addiction on my new 40-something inch TV sitting on the hand-me-down stand. Right now it’s TURN, the Americans, and The Knick.
Meet the Bedroom[s]
I actually have 3! One for me, one for Christopher, and one for Lucy. I chose the back bedroom with the attached small bathroom for me. The other one is small-ish, but has a full sized bed, dresser, TV and DVD player in it. It’ll be my guest room, you know, if I ever have guests. The other room I’ve turned into my office/kitty room. It’s where I keep my desk. It also has a twin bed for lounging, and the kitties food/water and litter box.
Meet the Bathroom[s]
I have two. Two toilets is a little piece of heaven. One full size shower/tub and one shower only. Both of them ar small, but then again, is a large bathroom really necessary?
The larger of the two bathroom is the hall bath. It’s the one that others will use so I wanted to make it pretty. There’s cracked 1970’s green-ish linoleum on the floor, and I painted the walls a fresh, light green. I also added elephants to the wall to hold towels elephant babies to open drawers. A sand colored and palm tree shower curtain hides the shower from nosey eyes.
I got these two prints on a visit to Seattle in 2012. At the time I only had one cat, Kaos, and Kaos was the sweetest, sexiest black cat around. I’ve never had the space to properly hang them, and now that I do, I think it’s providence that I’ve got both an orange and black cat–just like in the pictures.
I am humbled and grateful every single day that I’m able to live in a wonderful place like this. It took me a long time to get here. Years of living in basements, attics, and spare rooms. Years of living with roommates that ranged from cool to weird to psychotic. Years of trying to change my reality through various addictions. Years of alternate living so that I could travel the world and return back to school to change careers.
I practice gratitude on what feels like a minute by minute basis. Just sitting on the couch with Lucy hanging out on the back porch, drinking a glass of lemonade or trying to learn to cook something other than tacos, or even something ridiculous like sitting on my patio in the 90 degree heat watching the kitties chase bugs and roll in the grass — it fills me with so much happiness.
I’m a different person now. Some people say I’m more ‘grown-up’. I disagree, I’m just different. I’m enjoying stability for the first time ever. And with that comes nice things, my own space, and kitty cats.