Ever since my sister and I moved into our new apartment, we have been looking for ways to fill the bleak walls of our home. Originally Ruth and I simply used items we already owned to decorate our living space (i.e. my typewriter which is not the typewriter in the picture you see to your right), but we quickly realized that our meager collections of pictures and wall art would hardly suffice in filling up the wall space in our apartment. For such a small apartment, there seems to be a lot of wall space! We have also been working on lighting up the place. Apartments always seem dark for some reason. And I am a person who is mildly obsessed with light, especially the warm yellow glowing kind of light that makes a space feel like home. When I lived with my parents I was known as, “The Light Queen” around the house because wherever I went all the lights came on and they usually stayed on even after I left the room. Now that I am paying for my own electric bill, I am a lot more sensitive about making sure lights are off when I am not there (funny how that works!)
The interior decorating of our apartment has been a slow process, partly because Ruth and I are not loaded with extra money to spend and so purchasing home décor is a slow and steady process. We are also not loaded with a whole bunch of extra time to spend shopping. Part of our interior design plan is to frame and hang my posters from the theater as well as some posters from concerts (Humming House!) and the like. I didn’t realize how expensive frames were until I had to order a customized frame for my “The Setup” poster from The Sting. I have a regular 11” x 17” poster for the actual play, but I won some of the artwork used for the play (if you have seen the movie, you’ll know what I am talking about) after the show was done and the cast was doing take-down of the set. We all predicted the time when we would complete take-down and my time was the closest! So I got first pick of which poster I wanted to take home. I will have to take a picture of it (as soon as my customized frame is finished) and share it with you all.
The other evening Ruth came home with a massive painting to hang on our living room wall. As I hauled it into our apartment she said, “I don’t know who it’s by but I thought it was pretty and that you’d like it.” A close look at the copy’s signature confirmed my suspicions—it was a copy of a Claude Monet! I’m not sure which painting it is. He painted a lot of paintings with water and ships and there is no title on the frame anywhere. If I was a little more proficient in art I probably would recognize it right away, but ah well. I thought it was cute how Ruth didn’t recognize the artist but still liked it. She instinctively has good taste! The only reason I know anything about art is from my days in music classes. Isn’t that funny? The interpretation and style of different genres of music always reflects the circumstances, society, and even the art of the time.
Do you have any low-budget tips or suggestions for interior decorating? How do you like to make your space feel like home?