My Living Room and Desk Area
So this last week I spent some time rearranging my living room and desk area. Since my roommate, Anthony, moved in there was a scramble for making space and clearing out what used to be the office space into his room. That required moving my desk and cabinet out of that room. I have the room for them in the Living/dining room area, but I wasn't too motivated to get it all together due to the funk I've been in. Well, I decided to look at it as if I were designing a make over for someone else and I was on a deadline- that way I'd have some motivation to get things done. Sometimes ya gotta do whatever it takes- even if it involves head games with yourself. I am pleased with the results, and while I am clear I need to get some other things up on the walls, I am liking the shape everything is taking thus far. Take a look That was a sweeping view of the living room area looking at it from the dining room side of things. This side table was in my room, but now that I am sewing, it serves me better in this area. The top is a nice display area. The fountain was a graduation gift from my brother- he and I went into Planet Weavers while he was in town and he saw how much I liked the fountain, so he got it for me. It lights up and is very soothing to listen to. The people holding up the globe was brought back from Ghana and the clay pot was a gift from Matt when he and Michael wen to Mexico two years ago. It is filled with sand and is made to burn incense inside of it. The sign was a gift from Aria last Christmas- she knows how much I love the whole retro/ old time signs and posters. The shadows on the security gate are my modest holiday decorations- three caroling mice and a star. Simple and sweet. It's kinda odd to put typical winter things up in Southern California where there is ZERO chance of snow- it seems silly to put that sort of decoration up, so I looked for something that was seasonal, but not snowy. Some more modest decorations. The tin was something I had from last year and the lollipops are leftovers from Halloween. Yea- I had ONE trick or treater. THis is the view of the apartment when you walk in the front door.This is the desk area. Three maps are on the wall. One of Italy, one of Manhattan and one of San Francisco. The horse shoe was something I picked up from the Phoenix rodeo back in 2006 when I competed in Chute Dogging. I've always wanted one for my house, but I like most of the things I have to have some memory attached to it that seems relevant to the piece. When it appeared at the rodeo I had to swoop it up. The sign below it reminded me of a charm my mom used to wear around her neck when I was a kid. The charm read "Live, Love, Laugh." When I saw this sign in a shop it was dirt cheap because the final silkscreening of the letters wasn't done. So I picked it up and a couple of weeks ago I picked up some craft paint and painted in the letters. This is one of my most prized possessions that was given to me after my birthmother's death. She left me all of her figurines and collections, but this one is my favorite. I love to read stories and most especially enjoy reading to little ones. It's how I hope to spend some of my time when I am retired- going to the library and reading for lil ones during story hour. These are my first pair of walking shoes, bronzed for posterity. It seems like it was the thing to do in the 70's in Brooklyn- all of my friends had their bronzed shoes on their dresser in their room just like my brother and me. The shoes were attached to a picture frame with a base that the shoes were screwed into, but I decided I like them better sitting on my bookshelf. Sankofa- also an item I picked up in Ghana. It symbolizes taking from the past what is good and bringing it into the present in order to make positive progress through the use of such knowledge.