Archives for the month of: October, 2011

The very first room I set up was August’s.  I’m pretty sure it was complete by the end of the third day, which is mostly because I already had all of the things I needed from his last room.

The room was already painted this muted olive color, which totally worked with all of his stuff.  August loves the little tent, which was my Christmas present to him last year (It was the “want” of my “want, need, wear, read” gift standard for my kid).  He keeps most of his stuffed animals in there, and he usually runs in there to “hide” if he’s in trouble.  🙂

On the tent side of the room, he also has two small bookcases overflowing with books (most of which have been picked up at thrift stores over the years), instruments (accordian!!), instruments and non-staining art supplies (I have the paints and oil pastels somewhere else just in case he decides to become an artist in the middle of the night).  Next to that is his little art table.  It used to be red, but I painted it with chalkboard paint when we moved.  Above his table is a map where we’re keeping track of the places he’s been.  His passport has some pretty nifty stamps in it already!

On the bed side of the room is his gallery wall, which includes photos of him, his footprint from the hospital on the day he was born, my BELOVED Muppet Show album cover, mementos of places he’s lived (a vintage postcard from Jesus College in Cambridge and an “A” subway mosaic from Atlantic Avenue in NYC, a lock of his baby hair, a pic of August and his dad and a couple August originals.  My fav is the big white square one.  When we used to ride the subway together in NYC, August sometimes drew on a page of the little notebook I take with me EVERYWHERE.  I took one of the 5×8 inch pages to Staples and had them blow it up to poster size for $3.  Instant art.  It used to hang above MY bed in my old bedroom.  I can’t wait to fill in the wall more–it will be an ever-growing exhibition.  There is also some other handmade art from family and friends scattered about in other spots in the room.

And now for my ubiquitous video tour, here’s a 360 of his room, with a special guest star appearance at the end!


While driving around Provy over the past year, I’ve noticed a giant mural downtown:

I drive through downtown much more frequently now that I’ve moved adjacent to it.  On one of my more recent drives, I noticed this image in the bottom left quadrant of that giant mural:

That’s when I realized Providence has its own Shepard Fairey!  This summer, I saw the documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop, with someone who is way cooler/smarter/edgier/more responsible than I will ever be, and Shepard Fairey was featured in it.  I was already familiar with him because of this beauty:

(No matter what your politics may be, you can appreciate the artistry of it!)  A quick “Shepard Fairey Providence” Google search confirmed my suspicion.



Over two months ago, I moved into a lovely apartment with August.  Y’all know I loved my bungalow, but the maintenance and mortgage were just too much for me.  So late last spring, I signed the lease on a two bedroom, historic charmer on Provy’s hip west side.  My ceilings are ten feet high, I have a gorgeous bay window, a huge walk-in closet, large kitchen and free laundry.  All for under $1000/month.  SWEET.

One of the reasons it’s taken me so long to post (besides workin’ and mommin’) is because I had to furnish my new pad.  See, I had a lot of random things in my bungalow because I had borrowed and stole (shhh…) furnishings from friends and family.  It was finally time to get some more permanent fixtures.  But I’m a girl on a budget with more than a mild obsession with thrift stores.  And thrifting takes time, but after two months, my pad is more or less furnished.  Today, I’ll share my living room.



This bookcase, specifically the baskets, have saved our lives.  Each basket has a theme: cars, trains, Leggos and miscellaneous (that counts as a theme, right?).  Only one basket out at a time, and we clean up to the Austin Powers theme at the end of every day.  Teaching organization and responsibility while not being surrounded by toys.  Sounds good to me.  Like my painting above my criminally small TV?   I whipped that up one day during nap time.  Not too shabby for thirty minutes of color-mixing.


The lighting in this photo is crazy bad (I need some photography lessons), but you can generally get the feel for the whole room and my gorgeous windows!  They are south-facing, so we get lovely sunshine all day.  The door on the left goes out to our main entrance.  Our car is parked out back so we only use that door when we walk to our nearby park and playground.

Quick note about the two navy club chairs in the photo above.  You can see them a little more clearly here.



Well, they used to be pink.  I don’t mind pink, but the shade was not quite right for me.  So I decided to make them navy.  Reupholstered?  Are you kidding?!  $$$$!  Slipcovered?  My sewing skills are nowhere near adequate for the job.  So I spray painted them with FABRIC spray paint.  Here they are mid-project.  They turned out awesome!  Way better than the electric peach they were before.


I also updated the $9 thrift store coffee table.  It was a honey color when I got it (after borrowing my friend’s larger car while she was at work because it wouldn’t fit in my Volvo), but I thought it would look pretty sexy if it was dark.  And I just happened to have a can of dark stain in my old basement.  So dark it went.  And yes, my projects took over parts of our communal driveway for many, many days.  Luckily, the other tenants in my building ride cycles everywhere.  Hipsters.

Here’s the general cost breakdown:

  • sofa-thrift store, $30
  • pillows-my old ones and ones I stole from my parents’ house, free
  • white lamp (lamp shade will be painted soon)-thrift store, $8
  • bookcase next to sofa-Target, $12
  • bookcase and baskets under TV-Ikea, gift
  • coffee table-thrift store, $9
  • table under lamp (going to be painted soon)- thrift store, $14
  • rug-Overstock, birthday present
  • curtains-thrift store, $3
  • Mossimo throw-Target, $35
  • TOTAL= $101
I love a good deal.  Next, it’ll be the room I finished within the first week of moving in: August’s room!