my turn to show off

my turn to show off

Since I commented recently in another thread, I figure it's time I should post my own pictures. I moved to Atlanta in July of '06 and, via Craigslist, luck and the help of a friend, managed to get into a 17th floor, private rental studio. The owner is in the Peace Corps and basically wanted someone to pay his mortgage for a couple years. I knew that I didn't want to do anything other than rent for at least two or three years...so we were a good match. It's a great place with +/- 600 square feet, but it did present some challenges. The first one was that, while the owner is good at many things, color selection isn't one of them. However, when I asked I was told that I could only paint under the condition that I prime the existing job down, redid it, and then reversed the whole process when I moved out. Given that the wall paint is textured, that really wasn't an option. The second one was that the apartment came with some built-ins. As a person who's always rented unfurnished, this created a bit of a challenge and I ended up partially solving it via mini storage. But enough with the blather, let's get on to the pictures!

Studio
I took this shot the day I moved in, standing just inside the front door. The built-in Murphy bed has a cover made from oil barrels. Most people react by saying, "hey, neat!" but they don't have to live with it day in and out the way I do (among other things, it disrupts the flow from the air vents). The rest of the built-in area is shelves and a desk.

Looking In
This shot is essentially the exact reverse of the previous, except that I've closed up the Murphy Bed and am now standing just inside the balcony door. You can see the bathroom in the distance; and the kitchen is on the far right.

Closed Up
Here's a detail shot showing the built-ins. The owner had put that rug down on the floor so that there'd be something on the tile, but he indicated he didn't really care what happened to it. All the same, I thought it might be better to keep it just in case he changed his mind when I moved out.

Not So Cluttered
This is from a few months later, once I had everything set up the way I liked it. In this shot, the built-ins are closed up, but there's a shot with them open here. My existing furniture was pine/pine colored pressboard, so the fact that it all matches was a happy (though not unappreciated) accident. That my recliner is a comparable green to the far wall is another one. The second rug that you see here is one that had been left next to a dumpster at the apartment complex I lived at before (in Raleigh). Knowing I was moving in a couple of months, when I saw it and saw that it was in decent condition, I claimed it.

From the Balcony Door
Another shot from the balcony door, but this time showing furniture and décor. As I mentioned in the earlier thread, despite the walls being drywall (and thus taking nails), for the most part I used 3M Command Adhesive products to hang things on the wall. There were some existing nails; I did try to use them all (for example, the picture above the dresser) in order to avoid ugly nails sticking out of the wall.

Bed, desk, recliner
Here's what the built-ins look like when they're in use (and yes, that's a Real Live Cat™ on the recliner). The bed is a standard full size, but my own bed (in storage) and all my linens are twins. Since this is a rental and I don't actually own a full-size bed I decided I didn't want to spend the money for full-size bedding. I only got a couple of sheet sets. After all, the bed is folded up out of the way most of the time anyway.

Kitchen
I took this picture of the kitchen on the day I moved in, but aside of hanging a batik wall hanging over the panel box I haven't made any real changes. Yes, that is indeed a washer-dryer combo unit on the right. I love it and I'll miss it when I'm gone.

First Look - 01
I paid a little more than most would pay for an apartment of this size, but there's a reason I did so: this is what I see when I look off my balcony. In addition, my rent includes everything except my Internet and phone, which means the dollar figure looks a whole lot higher than it really is.

I'll admit I'm pretty proud of this -- and, in fact, even my landlord likes what I've done with the place. Apparently I did better than he did. Now, if I could just get rid of those green and yellow walls...and for those of you who are wondering, the bathroom is, of course, burgundy. I'm sure it made perfect sense to him. And no, in case you're wondering, I don't own a television. I'm not anti-TV or anything, but I sold the one I had when I moved down from Raleigh so that I would have one less item to move. After moving, I simply never got around to replacing it. Color me strange, I suppose, but the computer plays DVDs and I don't really miss having a television the way I thought I might.
MY room !

MY room !

New camera.

New camera.

Crocuses

Crocuses

What Am I Please?

What Am I Please?

Baking with garden

Baking with garden

Some color on my tomatoes – FINALLY!

Some color on my tomatoes – FINALLY!