Last week marked five months of living in my new place! It was never my intention of going without pictures on the wall for so long, but it made sense to wait until after the walls were painted before hanging things up.
The first area to get art was over the dining table.
In my last apartment, I did a gallery wall over the dining table, and I was so excited to do it again–though in a slightly smaller version.
First up was laying the frames out on the floor, to get an idea of which frames and pictures look good next to each other.
Then it was time to hang them with my favorite home product: 3M Command Strips.
I might play around with some of the frames and placement, but I’m really happy to finally have some art on the walls! And bonus points for me because it makes the phone look like a quirky art piece!
Shortly after I arrived back in NYC with the light, I asked the super when he’d be able to install it. After a minor scheduling hiccup, he came over yesterday to help.
It didn’t take me very long to reassemble the light.
This was the old light in the dressing room. It didn’t even have a shade!
Taking it down wasn’t very difficult, but we did run into an issue when one of the screws in the box was rusted into the box itself.
The super’s solution was to drill a hole through the top of the box, and put a screw through that! Which was a much easier solution than the other idea I had–install a new box.
Things were going along fine, until it came time to fit the canopy.
See the gap (the silver threads showing)? He wouldn’t let that stand! So down it came, and he cut the threads down by over a half inch. Then back up it went!
It’s hard to get good pictures of it, but it’s beautiful! Such a nice and regal addition to the small space.
After living there for over forty years, my grandparents moved out of their house when I was in college. I made trips down to their house to help my mom clean it out and take things back to keep. On one of the trips, I noticed the chandelier they had hanging in their master bedroom, and asked if I could have it. The next time my dad went down with my mom, they brought it back.
And it sat in that box for many more years, until I had a place to install it. Which I now do!
It was heavily coated in dust and needed a good cleaning, so I got to work. I took it out of the box, and quickly had a helper to investigate (that’s one of my parents’ cats).
I noticed how the crystals were attached to the fixture, so I could put them back in the correct place after everything was all cleaned.
Taking the crystals off was easy. I took two yogurt cups and added warm soapy water to soak the crystals (I’m hesitant to use anything that will be used for food after cleaning projects like this, which is why I re-purposed the yogurt cups).
I used a microfiber cloth with the same warm soapy water to clean the fixture.
It took less than an hour to clean the whole thing. It’s amazing the powers that soapy water have!
But there was still the issue that this is at my parents’ house, and I needed to get it back to New York. So I carefully rolled up the crystals, and put them in a cloth bag to carry onto my flight back to the city.
Now all that’s left is to reassemble the light and install it!
In my first and second apartments, I had space in the closet for a laundry basket to use for dirty clothes. But there wasn’t space in the closet in my last apartment, so dirty clothes ended up in a laundry bag under my dresser. I wanted something more adult for this apartment, since it’s one large room and my dirty laundry will literally be seen by everyone.
Most of the laundry hampers I saw did not interest me at all, so I was excited to see this West Elm hamper listed on Craigslist.
Even though the woven vines conceal a lot, I wanted an additional bag on the inside to cover everything and make doing laundry in my building’s basement easier. Off I went to Bed Bath and Beyond with a 20% coupon, and I came away with this hamper.
It’s a perfect fit!
I bought a can of gold spray paint to turn it gold, but I’m still liking the dark brown. I can always glitz it up later if I change my mind!
I wanted to add a chair or stool to the dressing room, to help with putting on shoes, but also to be a catchall for items that get taken out of the closet and need to be put back. Somewhere along the way, I found myself coveting a ghost chair.
Craigslist had a few for sale, but they were more than I wanted to spend, so when someone listed one for $35, I emailed them less than two hours after they posted it. It’s not the fancy name brand, but it’s a clear acrylic all the same.
I sent this snapchat out to some friends as I returned from Brooklyn with my newest score.
It’s probably not the strangest thing seen on the subway, but the man next to me was really into it! He even wanted to take a picture of it.
And there it is in its new home!
It might be a little big for that corner, so it’ll probably haunt different spots in my apartment before it rests in peace.