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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

sketching out a home

Maybe it's my recent addiction to the show Sarah's House, but I have had such a hankering to decorate this apartment.  My journal is now being used as a visual catalog of ideas and sketches I conjure up.  What I have been learning about my decorating paralysis is first, I can't commit to anything and second, I don't want to spend money.

The walls of our home are concrete, like most homes here on the island.  Hammering a nail into them is a brutal process that usually leaves chunks of the wall on the floor and you stuck with your decision to hang something there, if only to hide the gaping hole.  I have circumnavigated this as best I can with 3M hooks (praises to their name..) and a few holes.  In a few instances, the 3M hooks fell off the wall and still took a chunk of concrete with them.  I'm trying to convince myself that I'm going to for a loft look until I can repair it all...   So committing to wall art is just a lot more tricky than it has ever been in the past.

Which leads me to me being a tightwad with money.  It's not that I don't want to have beautiful rugs or handcrafted tables, I do, but there is no way I can justify the expenditures right now.  So I have been trying to DIY as much as possible, without some necessary tools that I just still can't bring myself to spending money on either.  Things like a palm sander, paint, stain, and staple guns.  I just wait and put it off.  It is hard to commit to such purchases when we don't know how long we will be living here and where we will be going next.

I am finally feeling, however, that it's time to make progress.  I have stacks of fabric waiting to turn into pillows, a pair of tables to spruce, and some chairs that need to be unified.  It's time to bring the sketches to life and transform this little apartment into an honest to goodness home.

1 comment:

  1. wow i love your journal - good luck with all your projects. cant wait to see how they turn out!

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