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Seriously, pinch me.

Bon Jour! So someone, please pinch me because things are just going too well right now. I am settling into my new job and apartment. I’ve been on multiple dates with the same person. I found a wonderful kind person to live with in an apartment that is WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE OF WORK. I even just signed up for a ceramics class. Back in October when I decided I was “done with Chicago” I honestly had no idea that I would be able to make such incredible changes in my life. Some how, Seattle has all the answers to questions I have been asking for years.

About my job- It’s quite a learning experience. Everyday is something different and something new. If you could have asked October me what I would be doing in six months, clean technology is not the industry I would have expected. It has been a great way to get to know Washington. I’ve even met one of my legislative representatives down in Olympia! (I don’t even think I knew the name of the governor when I lived in Illinois).

About the new man- Also, not the person I thought I would be dating six months ago. But he’s great (so far!). I was all set on giving up on internet dates and he suggested I go on one last one… 10 dates later and I’m afraid I’m beginning to like him. We spend a lot of time going on car rides and looking at water. We have an ongoing game of naming 90’s bands. He made me go to a golf range and well, as you can guess I was terrible at it but I rather enjoyed it. I don’t know, but there is something nice about a person you can be around without having to talk all of the time.


Mount Baker is in the back, we went to Edmonds for brunch last Sunday.

About the new roommate- What a gem of a person. I wanted to live alone and then I remembered that I just moved to a new city where I know no one. Her posting for the apartment said something along the lines of you should be hilarious and have an affinity for unique living spaces and well, I do believe I possess both those qualities. She was most excited that I came with two cats, and well, I was more than happy to roll with it. We are slowly meshing all our stuff together in our sweet little attic apartment that we lovingly refer to as “The Penthouse.” I was really worried about the open shelving and the cats but it hasn’t yet been a problem. Also, considering that we are on fairly similar schedules we don’t really get in each other’s way. I have to admit, it’s nice to have a human to talk to about your day, about your job, and about your new boyfriend.

I took a few photos of the apartment this morning. It’s a Wednesday, so the place might reflect a smidge of that mid-week mess…

where I sleep

My little bed nook

My bedroom is an “L” Shape. On one side is my bed, the other my arts and crafts area.

My art area

Our penthouse is technically on the third floor, and we reach that via a staircase from our front door which is on the second floor.

The view of the “Front Door”

There aren’t any windows on the sides of our apartment, only in the bedrooms. We get all our daylight through a skylight.

The skylight

Another view of the skylight

The open shelving I was so worried about…

Open shelving in the kitchen

So that’s the place! My roommate also has a room which I did not photograph and a weird railroad style bathroom (is that what you call it? All I know is it has doors on each end and runs alongside the back of the kitchen wall.).
Some weird things- I’ve seen they guy who sat next to me on the plane on my move out here three times while running! People in Seattle recycle and compost everything. That’s about it. So, maybe someone doesn’t need to pinch me because maybe I got too excited about everything and spoke too soon… Who knows, we’ll see.


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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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:

poppy 2

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.

cats on a rug

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

Alexandra’s Sofa Reveal


Finally. Here are my ‘almost there’ sofa reveal photos.

The sofa is from World Market. I assembled it myself after carrying the pieces up three flights of stairs into my tiny entry way.  Big apartment, tiny doorway… many stairs.


After ( SO MUCH) deliberation I decided on buying a three seated sofa that would fit in my apt. doorway.  My doorway measures 22″ across.  It would have to be an assemble it yourself sofa, which narrowed it down to basically only Ikea and a few other unstylish websites.  I really did NOT want to hoist a sofa through the window like the last tenant.  I looked at so many sofas!  Ikea had some nice ones, but not in the three seater style.  I debated between tufted or comfy.  Patterned or plain.  Velvet or sturdy fabric.

I also resolved on a slip cover grey as a neutral base and to start to establish a color theme for the room (grey&teal, of course).

Gone are the hideous plastic, vertical blinds!! I replaced them with DIY cut (by me!) bamboo matchstick blinds. I think now a curtain would look good behind the sofa, maybe. More deliberation….


I don’t know what makes me happier- the couch or the removal of those *wonderful* vertical blinds…

There you have it. Alexandra’s sofa reveal. More updates on my attempts at “styling” coming soon.



Built in Bookshelf

There will be no “before” picture here… or other detail shots. Just my DIY “Built in Bookshelf.” My office is still a hot mess! Mostly art supplies ;) I wanted to share my office project while the living room is still in progress. Part of the living room re-do involved removing the bookshelf and putting books in the office.

One of the first things I did when deciding to re-do my whole apartment was searching for inspiration with “attic apartment” as key words. I found various clever ideas of installing bookshelves in the short wall area caused by slanted ceilings. After living here 2 years, I know this is effectively dead space that could use some help. The bookshelf wall idea stuck.

Now, I’m a girl on a semi-budget. Naturally, I looked at every single bookshelf sold in America to find the perfect dimensions and price point to buy multiples for that built-in look. Multiples… in art school we call this an aggregate. Fortunately, Ikea Billy bookshelf was designed to be an aggregate and it fit my requirements.

One Friday night at Ikea, two and a half episodes on my hulu queue, and a free Saturday night later, we have a finished project!


Tada! I’v built my very own “built in bookshelf”

I could not wait to stock it! Somehow, I really thought I had fewer books. I will be probably making more edits now that I can see everything in one place. But it looks exactly like I envisioned!


I know I’m not sharing the before or detail shots.. but I want to share that this made my room look BIGGER! A (semi) easy DIY project giving you that built in bookshelf feel, and making use of the space I have! Amazing!