I thought I’d do something slightly normal. After I picked up the clothes lying on the floor and whatnot, I decided to introduce you to the room in which I live.
I don’t know if I blogged about this before, but before college ended, I was not looking forward to coming back here to live. I didn’t like the room, or the house really. It’s not home. I doubt it ever will be. It’s just the place where my parents live. I am always welcome here but although no one ever says anything, this just feels temporary. Like I’m living in the guest room rather than my own bedroom (which actually, I am. My bedroom turns into the guest room when I don’t live here).
Anways, a few minor changes were made and the room feels better now. Certainly more spacious and colorful. Like home? Like my bedroom? No, on both accounts. But it’s better. I’m a lot more comfortable here now. I can live here until the time comes for me to move out.
So, on with the pictures:
Yup. So, there it is. Plus my youngest sister.
The changes that were made?
1. The bed: Before, I had a huge full-size bed or queen or something. Point is, it was big. Too big for the room. It took up way too much space and made the room feel tiny. Now, there’s A WHOLE CHUNK OF FLOOR SPACE OH EM GEEEEGLES!!! Dad switched out the bigger bed for something smaller – a twin, maybe? I’m not sure. Anyways, it’s smaller. That’s the point.
2. The desk: I know I blogged about this before, but I have a new desk!
So, it’ somewhat of a mess right now but IT’S WOOD AND IT HAS DRAWERS AND IT’S NOT AN EYESORE! I especially hated that old desk because I always felt like there was a neon sign attached to it that read “TEMPORARY”. It was just one more thing that said, “You won’t be here for long,” and that made it feel like a guest room. But now, that I have a nice wooden desk with drawers and everything, it feels much more like I’ve come home to stay. Not entirely. But much better.
3. The curtains (see above and take note that there are actually two windows in the room and that picture only shows one): I bought them at the WalMart right next to school for my roommate, who’s curtains I had lost. At the end of the year, she told me to keep them so I did. One of the first things I did when we got back to Virginia was to hang up the curtains. Literally. One of the first things I did. You’d be really surprised as to how much color it brings to a room. Seriously. Simple touch, intense color.
4. Delicate touches:
The mobile I love. I got it as a graduation gift from my grandmother and my cousin. The weird looking decoratory party balls things my mother gave to me. I forget why. I just know that I found them and thought, “Huh. I think I’ll put them up on the curtain rod.” I rather like how it turned out.
5. My…well, I’m not sure what it is but I love it: My dad has this thing where he likes to spend as little money as possible. It’s a chronic condition for him and we tease him all the time about it. (You think you’re frugal? I’m talking about a man who will eat the crumbs off other people’s plates way after he’s full just in the interest of not seeing food to go waste. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.) So when he sees free stuff on the side of the road, even when it’s stuff that we don’t particularly need or have a use for? MUST. TAKE. I’m 99% positive that’s how I ended up with this:
I have two shelves that go in it as well but Dad said that it is mine to do with as I wish (including, in his words, throw out) so I think I shall turn it into an enormous jewelry armoire-type thing. However, seeing as that would cost me money and I don’t have a job, that shall wait. (In the interest of not going broke, I’ve promised myself that I’m not going to spend that much – if any – until I get a job again. This includes buying things like the hooks that the jewelry armoire-to-be requires and a mirror that I require. In the meantime, I’m using it to store books I’m going to read (and one library book I’ve already read). And a couple of cards.
But I love the woodwork.
It’s simple but…classic. Timeless. It really is a beautiful piece. Just needs a set of doorknobs. 🙂
Speaking of books, right below the jewelry armoire-to-be is a bookshelf. That actually has my books on it. (This is exciting to me because I’ve had two different book shelves in this room before and neither held any book belonging to me. Now, I have an entire shelf…just about. 😀 Which is especially exciting when you consider that they’re all books I haven’t read in a while.)
My youngest sister was in the room with me while I was taking these photos and the lighting was wonderful so I got some shots of her too.
With Sara, it’s tricky. At first, she didn’t get the idea that I wanted her to pretend as though I weren’t holding a camera in my hand. So all of the beginning pictures look incredibly posed.
You have no idea how much coaching I had to do to get her to this stage.
But I think my favorite was the one were I didn’t have to coach her at all. She just did what came naturally. And isn’t that the best way to do it?
Yup. That’s my sister. Cute on the outside with just a little crazy mixed in.
That being said, she really is one of my favorite models. Probably because 1. she always loves to have her picture taken, 2. she’s super photogenic and 3. she’s one of the few people that I feel comfortable enough to ask her if she’ll pose for me.