Tuesday, May 22, 2012

My happy home

Last year I mentioned the possibility of entering my apartment in the Small | Cool Contest.   I didn't get "moved in" enough to feel confident exhibiting my living space to the world, so I held off.  But I worked on my apartment here and there, and was ready to enter this year's contest; of course it helped that I was already in spring cleaning mode. I scrambled a bit to take and edit the photos and to create an easy floor plan, and got my entry in by the hair of my chinny-chin-chin. Yet sadly, my apartment wasn't selected for the contest. Still, I feel good about having entered at all -- my strong and courageous thing for April -- and I feel good about the little nest I've built these past 15 months. And I'm happy to share it with you here:

There are still a lot of things I'd like to do:

  • re-upholster the loveseat

  • turn my library card file into additional kitchen work/counter space

  • get rugs

  • design/furnish the patio

  • sew one last pillow cover

which is basically the list I had from last year! I also considered "upgrading" to a larger bed, but I'm just so darn comfortable in my little daybed, and I love my current layout -- it's so perfect for the very little time I actually spend here.  I've recently cleared some room for my round folding table, now in the corner; it just needs a spot of lighting to make it fully functional. In reality, however, I spend most of my time on the floor, near the coffee table that also serves as my dining table, desk, and craft surface.

Nevertheless, I would love to hear any comments (and criticisms), as there's always room for improvement and beautification. Lemme know what you think!


  1. What an awesome, cozy space! I can't imagine why you weren't chosen as a finalist. You've made such creative—and beautiful—use of space in your apartment. Very inspiring!

  2. I love your place, and always feel comfortable there!

  3. BTW, Jean, I have decided that you are in need of a "tool" upon spotting your half-full or half-empty wine bottle. Lol.

  4. Thanks, Marsha! I wish you could come see it in person!

  5. Always love having you over, JA. You're welcome any time.

  6. Half full = time for a drink!
    Half empty = time to buy another bottle!