I’m Back!

Hola amigos! I’m back! I had to take a little break from blogging while I dealt with all the fantastic feelings that accompany ex’s moving out (and other exes getting married and well, everyone in the facebook feed having babies or getting engaged). Also every time I find myself with 3 days off in a row I try to go somewhere (close and with a free bed to sleep in) and call it a vacation. Yes friends, I’ve been vacationing. From blogging, and from life. I did get a new roommate, and I have to admit I like her much more than the last one… Haven’t really started any new projects, but here are some pics of the space with our shared stuffs (and oh, is there so much stuff).

First off, to prove how much fun I’m having this summer, check out the fridge:

All of my impossible project polaroids!

All of my impossible project polaroids!

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The End is in Sight

In less than two weeks I will finally be able to get on with my life. After the most amicable break up that has somehow lasted 5 months I have won and am keeping the apartment! I have lined up a new person to move in and have already started experimenting with new decorations. Last week I tried to make some new curtains and while they are cute I just am not in love with them. They might look different with my future roomie’s furniture but I am just not in love…

You may remember my fabric ideas from this post. Well I went with the first option and just like my new sew DIY curtains I went about making them on the floor.

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Roommate Anticipation

Ok, I admit it. I haven’t done squat in terms of DIY apartment fixin’ uping. However, I have found my next roommate! (Now if the current one could just get the f* out!). I am excited to live with a female again, even though my last experience was the absolute worst. My new roomie is coming with lots of paintable furniture (yaaaay!!!)  and  a complete set of matching RED couches (not sure if I love or hate this) but in my roommate anticipation I have been trying to figure out how to incorporate my future cohabiter’s things with my own fun style.

I have been scouring fabric.com daily for deals on fabric. I have been meaning to switch up the no sew curtains. Since I get to live with a girl I am thinking FLOWERS! Whaaat? These are my two favorite options thus far:

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poppy 1

For some reason I really like poppy prints. I also like that these have a little teal (cause we all know about how much I love the color teal).

I think I will have to change up the green lampshades, but I am wondering if I can spray paint “Catalina Mist” successfully over the green… (Obviously I will try and let you know how that goes).

My new roommate is also coming with a giant kitchen table, a car (YAY!), and the best part three jobs so I don’t have to worry about her ability to pay the rent! I really hope she doesn’t mind driving me to Ikea once we figure out the furniture arrangement because I am thinking some new rugs are in order.  I will probably move the grey rug up into my bedroom. Not sure If I want to keep the crazy black and white one in the kitchen, or replace it with something a little more high-traffic friendly.

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The reason I can’t have nice things!

The past few months have been pretty nuts. I started a new job which i hate to admit that I enjoy, and I’ve made significant progress on starting my dream entrepreneurial career. Ok, I came up with the name and bought the URL, but that is a huge step in the scheme of things. I’ve met a ton of new people and despite a winter that refuses to leave I am beginning to love this windy city once again. I have more or less decided to stay at least another year. I’ve accumulated more polaroids for my project and even shown work in 2 shows. I’ve already traveled twice this year and I even filed my taxes! (Gold star, self).

I’m pretty pumped for the ex to get the heck out, and the roommate anticipation is encouraging me to creatively decorate once again. Spring is fighting her way in, and I know I already have a little in my step.

xoxo- Nikki

March Madness

Hola friends! I know I’ve been a little MIA. I would like to tell you a little about my March Madness. No, not the silly basketball tournament but rather my continual quest to figure out what the heck to do with my life. I have been working a lot which is good and distracting but also exhausting. I am slowly getting to know my new work family which is interesting and quite fun (too much fun sometimes.). I am dealing with living with my ex, but come on! You’ve seen how cool this apartment is and if I am going to stay in Chicago I should probably hang on to it and start scoping for roommates… (Blah blah blah)

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Halfway Completed Project

Even my mother has commented that I haven’t blogged lately. Sorry! I’ve done one halfway completed project. I have been really busy with work and working out. (I started “doing” crossfit… I’m pretty much starting at zero upper body strength, but hey! I aim to have that bikini body by summer.). Over my few days off I did start this project… Just waiting for the inspiration to finish it!

Since I re-did my bedroom I have been staring at this:

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Or rather this from where I sleep:

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