Wednesday, January 18, 2012

"Home is where we are if there's love here too" - Jack Johnson

My studio room in Santa Fe, NM

I was reluctant to post pictures of my room where I live now, just because it isn't exactly how I want it...but then I asked myself "WHEN will it be exactly as I want it?" And my answer is not for a long time because my heart is taking me to new places soon and hopefully I can continue on my gypsy ways for a while. So, with that said, this is where my HOME is now. My home is truly where my heart is. My heart is with the man of my dreams, Blake, my kitten, Raeni, food, shelter, and clothing, and that is everything I have here in this tiny studio apartment tucked away off the Plaza. 

When we moved in, the place was furnished, which was a blessing since one of us came to Santa Fe in a two-door '98 Jeep Wrangler and the other on a road bike. We needed a place that wasn't going to force us to buy kitchen utensils and a bed and furniture. We are on a mission to use what we have and spend as little $$ on things we will just need to pack up again. So, with that, I am doing MY VERY BEST to make our little place functional and comfortable. 

I took out most of the couches and benches because we just weren't using them and needed the space. I store one of Blake's bikes inside and he sprawls out his yoga mat every morning, so we needed the floor space. 

Our boards remain out because we have the opportunity to take them out often, which I am fond of. 

The suitcases are out because 1. I don't have the storage and 2. It reminds me I have them, and that I'll get to pack up one day again and move on. 

This picture is from standing at the door...TINY, I told you! The kitchen is off of this room, and the bathroom is off the kitchen. 

There is brick flooring that gets cold, wood walls, and a low ceiling. It is not much, but honestly it is perfect for me. I don't need much, I am a small woman, and I don't have a ton of time to be cleaning a huge house.

(Bad pictures after editing, sorry...working on 
investing in a better camera)

Other shelving for our clothes. Putting delicates in seperate clothed bins allows for better organization and easy access. 

The framed numbers are some of our race numbers. I like them up and framed because 1. It's good motivation 2. Good encouragement and 3. Good accomplishments. 
- I recommend that you put your awards and accomplishments up to admire no matter how beginner they are. It is a great way to tell yourself "I ROCK!"

This is the walk-in closet. Joking! But this is what I have got to work with, and it's perfect. I use the shoe holder for things other then shoes too, which is a great idea for storage use. I put my work clothes rolled up in them so they are ready for me when I am switching jobs. I also put my swimwear and gear rolled up in a pocket. I hang up my bags and scarves and belts along with sweatshirts, jackets, and nice clothes. The other half is Blake's side, including the laundry bag. 

Cook books, future sewing projects, and our other boards take up this corner.

The bedding came from the last house I was in. The tapestry is from a little shop here in town. Hanging it length-wise draws the eye up, and keeps from staying focused on the shorter things in the room.

This is also my desk. I don't have internet in my kitchen, so I can't use the table in there, and I'm not investing in furniture right now. Here and the coffee shop is where my work is done.

"My side" of the bed. Got to have the things I love out in the open, and easily accessible. I have my colored pencils, "The Color Scheme Bible", paperwork, decorating and health magazines on my shelves,  and of course my junk basket.

The drawers are next on my To-Do list of projects. The lights are from my old house in CO. The mirrors are also from that house and were from the Dollar Store (great find!) The picture frame is a drawing I did a few years. The little sun mirrors are from my grandparents from Costa Rica. I have had them up at every house I've lived in since I got them. The canvas painting is the logo for "Love Your Space." I wanted to have every part of my logo done by me, so I painted that and use bits and pieces of it for other things that I'd like to do with my future business.

That's it! That's the space that I love.

I wanted to show how easy it is to create a place that you can enjoy every day. No matter what you are working with you can find a little time and a low budget to move some things around, put a few pictures up, and call it yours.

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