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The importance of the space around us

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This might not be true for everyone, but I have noticed that the space around me has a direct correlation to my mood, general attitude, perception, and approach to life. This has been true ever since I was little, and my earliest recollection of having an interest in the space around me is from when I was in grade school. A friend and I carpooled a couple times a week after school, spending one afternoon at my house and one afternoon at hers, and our favorite past time was rearranging each other’s rooms. I loved exploring the various possibilities of the use of our space not only for functionality by moving the bed here or the dresser there, but also for the feel and charm of different ways things could be decorated and arranged. I remember our parents getting mad that we were moving such heavy furniture at a young age, and perhaps someday in the future I’ll pay for those childhood play dates, but I reflect back on them with fondness.

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My bedroom in Massachusetts in the house that I renovated

It’s important for me to create a space for myself that I can truly feel inspired in. And what I mean by feel inspired in is just that feeling of home and of yourself – I think our space is an extension of ourselves and when it clearly and cohesively reflects who we are, it is most comfortable. This can be achieved in the smallest details that when put together result in an amalgamation of all the little moments and pieces and feelings that make up who we are. These can be things like small plants on the windowsill, your favorite blanket on your bed that you like to curl up in and read a book or watch Netflix, a light fixture that creates the perfect ambience, your most influential books stacked on your desk, pictures of your favorite memories in your bookcase, that childhood stuffed animal that you can’t bear to part with sitting on your nightstand, your most-worn necklaces draped on your dresser, etc. I mean the list could go on, and you can always rearrange and replace things as they no longer do anything for you.

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My desk area in the apartment I lived in during graduate school

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My current apartment

I have loved decorating and redecorating my childhood bedroom at home, the numerous dorm rooms I’ve lived in, and the various houses and apartments I’ve lived in since college. It’s a continual process for me that’s never complete, and it’s also something I look forward to working on in my spare time; whether it’s going to cute boutiques on the hunt for the perfect pillows to finish off a space, or going to tile and granite stores to pick out samples for larger projects, it’s my favorite past time that never ceases to inspire me.

Some more renovation projects

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A couple more renovation projects in my grandparents’ house for which I only have after pictures.

Dining Room 

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Master bathroom 

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Some renovation projects

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My grandparents’ house in the Berkshires, where I lived for one year while working before I went to graduate school, was completely redone – if not fully gutted, at least redecorated. Two bathrooms were gutted, everything but cabinets were renovated in the kitchen, and the rest of the house was removed of wallpaper, painted, re-carpeted, re-floored, re-roofed, and landscaped. I had so much fun picking out all the materials, colors, and rearranging furniture to make the rooms more functional. Some of the renovations were very long processes, but seeing the way the spaces transformed over time was very rewarding. It goes beyond a simple aesthetic pleasure for me. My surroundings heavily influence my mood, productivity, and overall well-being. So not only were these projects fun to work on, they also made me feel like I was creating something – constructing a life.

Here are some before and after pictures of some of the rooms.

My Bedroom Before

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My Bedroom After 

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The Study Before 

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The Study After 

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Guest Bedroom #1 Before 

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Guest Bedroom #1 After 

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Guest Bedroom #2 Before 

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Guest Bedroom #2 After 

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Basement Before 

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Basement After 

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Apartment living on a student budget

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Who said you can’t have a cute apartment while living on a student budget? As I’m very interested in Interiors, I care about creating cute, inspiring spaces for myself. However, I have also been a student this past year and knew that I couldn’t spend a lot of money decorating my first apartment. But, by combining vintage family pieces and buying low-cost pieces, I was able to create a comfortable, uplifting space.

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