It’s been like…. never… since we had two solid incomes. Even when I had a solid income before, and Kamel had a solid income, 50% of it went to the wedding. Literally %50. So, we live on $40 of groceries a week, and we limit the amount of activities we do that cost money, and we really really don’t buy new things. Well, that is to say, we didn’t.
This is Floyd. I found him at SFMOMA and he is my favorite.
Now that we have real income, the kind that you can save and still go on a trip or two, the kind that allows you to pay off your credit card debt, or allows you to go out to dinner once a week, we can finally invest in some stuff we’ve been drooling over for over a year (or more).
And over the past few months, we’ve finally started to piece together kind of a kick ass living room. The rug is Target, and we had it in our last apartment. The green coffee-table on wheels is from CB2, as is that ball of light coming from the corner. This apartment doesn’t have overhead lighting. And we didn’t really think about it until after we moved.
Because we viewed the apartment during the day, and we have that wall of windows to give us plenty of natural light, I was prancing around being all “weeeeee!” about the place and having my brain explode over closet space, but all the while the apartment was keeping a dirty little secret. The secret that it was actually a dark cave. With windows. Also, that chair in the photos used to be red, but my parents had it in the living room with our giant picture windows for so many years that it bleached out. It’s one of my favortist things ever.
This lamp is from Crate and Barrel and was $79.99. I think it looks like a lady. Try finding a lamp with style with an actual shade that isn’t plastic for under $100. It’s impossible (it’s probably not impossible). I looked everywhere (this is an exaggeration, but look! pretty!).
I just can’t get over the light. Also, that’s my stack of unread books from my book list… in size order. That is a small desk my parents bought me when I was losing my mind in a tiny 1 bedroom apartment I shared with Claire in Seattle. It’s from target and when we have parties it’s the booze station.
The photographs are all Kamel’s work except for one and that black sensor thing is my beloved Kinect. And yes, behind the TV, those are bunny ears.
Our newest edition is this classy TV stand that so lovingly holds our PS3 and Xbox, plus it has drawers to hide all the
shit many valuables Kamel likes to leave out and about. Ahem.
This TV stand was something we searched and searched and searched for, something we wanted to invest in because I was so effing sick of our stupid ikea dorm room furniture that looked cheap and was all scratched and made me hate life. So, naturally, after searching and searching and searching for months, we bought this beauty at …. Ikea… for under 200 bucks. Then we replaced the normal knobs with pretty ones from anthropologie. For $8 a knob, we classed that sucker up.
I feel like our living room is almost complete, except for that big blank spot above the lamp where a large wedding photo will eventually hang, and the wall directly opposite the windows where we have some pretty sick limited edition concept art from Jurassic Park, signed by Stan Winston and Crash Mcreery to also hang. But once we have the dining room and the rest of the our walls gussied up, I’ll give you another tour. Also, for the first time ever, really like having people over. You should stop by, we’ll sing karaoke and drink wine.