This is a long post, but worth it. Trust me.
It's the time of year that I go through my external hard drive (like a nerd) and re-sort my photos chronologically (like an OCD nerd). And I decided to look through my older items, from 2004, 2005, and 2006 just because I didn't even remember what photos were there.
And I found some very interesting things to say the least. Now, I have to say that my first semester of college was really me just being bored in Utah. I had spent the first few weeks after graduating high school in NYC and then found myself in southern Utah much sooner than I had anticipated- both are polar opposites of each other, and also opposites of my home town. It was a strange, strange time filled with Art 101 classes, slides of JC Penny catalogs as "interior design" inspiration and some massive color wheels.
I moved back to my home town after my 1st semester since Utah sucked and promptly into my 1st non-student housing living situation. My new room was 9'x15' with the door just off center to fit the closet on the left side, and a window directly across from it. Oh, and the place for some reason didn't get the heat from the rest of the house, so I had a space heater gifted to me (also my 1st round of landlords that did not care about my feelings, or health). It was a newer condo, and it cost me all of $266 a month before electricity- shared with 2 others who lived in bedrooms upstairs. SCORE. How I wish I would have known how lucky I was to pay that little amount in rent at the time!!! I digress. The point is, I had no TV, internet consisted of OMGMyspace and a boring uneventful site called facebook, and MSN.com for celebrity gossip. The world of DIY blogs was either not there in late 2005 or I just didn't know it (both?). And this, my friends is what happened when I decorated:
[WARNING: These photos contain "design" elements that may make even the strongest stomaches cringe]
Bless my Incubus loving heart! I got those 2 posters after the 1st concert I'd ever been to, which was Incubus when I was 16. They were the 1st items I hung up in every house. Sources include Ikea for the duvet, my own flower art, folding table from Fred Meyer (which I must admit right this minute is still with me, currently with my keyboard on top and a sleeping puppy under it), a sweet stereo from Sears, Mac G4 laptop, and a clock radio/alarm clock from Walmart. Don't forget my underage shot glass collection next to a beanie baby!! Classy.
GIANT sexyman poster from Pac Sun (I worked there), Butterfly curtains- JC Penny, Ikea lamp (that's 2 Ikea items now! foreshadowing much?), more art from Art 101 classes. And that bed is from Sears - it was a queen size Aero Bed.
A messy closet (duh), an array of cheap sunglasses, and a lamp WRAPPED IN LIGHT VIOLET TUELE? You bet your ass it is. That lamp was annoying since I needed it but was kinda over the bright pink so instead of painting it- much to my moms delight having been the purchaser of it- I wrapped it with the extra long curtains from Ikea that I never ever wound up hanging up. It seems I'd also just moved in since the box for the table is in the corner there...
For being such a large room, it was lacking in storage. I at least organized my paints in a shower caddy... what??? I was really lacking in know how on how to get it together. Here we see a hand-me-down Walmart lamp, more Art 101 delights, space heater of sanity, and please do not miss the giant stuffed CAT under the window. It was from Disneyland, and a gift, I think.
Lucky me, I only stayed in this place for about 4 months and it was at the next house that I for the 1st time had cable TV and thus, my life began to evolve. HGTV was the beginning of the end for this non-sense. That, and I bought a real mattress set too. Then got a power drill for my 19th bday, and then built my own bed... that whole story is for later.
I hope you enjoyed my look back on what could be considered my most humble beginnings into a world that now is my entire life. I am happy to say, I've come a long long way.