Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Day 599's flashback
I was going through old pictures on my laptop, and found pictures of my room in the house I lived in the last few semesters I was at Auburn. I lived on campus for most of my time in school (I was an officer in my sorority and had to live in-house, or, in-dorm, in Auburn's case), so yes, having my own room (!) in a house (!) warranted a few pictures. Some girlfriends moved into this great old house a few blocks from campus, and I jumped at the chance to sub-lease when I heard one was moving out. It was nicknamed "the castle house," for obvious reasons, and man, it was such a great house. I still fantasize about buying it and fixing up sometimes. Clearly, I need a hobby!
My room was right in the middle of the house and I think it was originally intended to be a study, as it opened to the entry hall and the side hall. It had just one tiny coat closet (the other bedrooms had walk-in closets), so my stuff was kind of all over the place (but that's nothing new, really).
The stripes on the wall were already there when I moved in. I didn't mind them at the time, but now they do seem sort of odd. I didn't really have any budget for decorating, but I was proud of what I managed to pull together. The little four-poster bed belonged to my great grandmother -- it was on loan from my sister at the time -- and I bought the blue quilt set at TJ Maxx. The Thomas Paul pillow and the mirror came from a little shop in Auburn.
The little bedside table came from Angel's Antiques, and actually belonged to a friend who was studying abroad in France at the time. I found the brass lamp in my grandmother's basement and spray painted it silver. That's a stack of Cottage Living magazines on the bottom shelf (sniff, sniff).
I found the desk and hutch on super-sale at Target one day, and they lived in boxes in Wes' basement until I moved out of the dorm. I still fully believe in buying things that are on sale/you totally love, even if you don't have a place for them quite yet! I bought the little white framed bulletin boards at Target, and then hot glued ribbon on the back. Wes thinks they're a little too girly, so I gave them to my sister.
The house had such good bones. Here's a view into the bathroom I shared. It had black and white marble tiles, and you can see that the doors had the original glass knobs. Love that.
And on the other side of the window was a built-in bookcase (another reason I think it was supposed to be a study), which was handy for storing all of my junk! Good grief at the clutter! My mom found the bow-front dresser at an antiques shop in our hometown, and I still have it (and love it) in our bedroom today.
I had so much fun looking back. I can really see how my "style" has evovled and changed and been influenced by what I do at work. How has your personal style evolved?