Monday, August 06, 2007

Things I'm thinking about

I'm moved in, finally, or rather, I'm moved out of my old place. But I'm not settled yet. Here are some things I've been thinking about as I'm getting settled and exploring:

-Rugs. I need a rug for my room, and we probably need one for the living room as well. These are (currently) the candidates for my room, but I haven't explored very much: Moroccan window rug (I have wanted this one in orange for a while, but they are out of orange - I'd get brown), honeycomb rug (I am apparently on a bee/honey curiosity kick), or Ikea orangey rug which kind of looks like a cross between mushrooms and a brain.

-Curtains. I have these filmy curtains on my front window that came with the apartment. I need to replace them, since they are somewhat transparent and people can probably see me changing. They are also ugly. I think I'm going to replace them with these pretty bird curtains I had in my room growing up, from Urban Outfitters. But that throws my decorations into a tizzy, since the bird curtains are very bright and multicolored and my bed right now is this increasingly annoying Laura Ashley white with red-and-blue tiny flowers printed on it. With some brown and gold tints here and there. Plus with these curtains it's hard to get that orange rug I want.

-Lampshades. I have this sweet (as in, rad) owl lamp and no shade for it. I want this one from Anthropologie, but it's, um, $100.

-Plants. For my front yard. I want some grasses, but I also want some flowers, and I need only plants that can go in planters.

-The 70s. I just watched the movie "Diggers" - it's really very good - and was incredibly inspired by the fashion. It's sort of mid-later-70s working class slash 70s collegiate/Love Story, if you really want me to paraphrase Lucky magazine style. Lauren Ambrose has these great outfits. And Maura Tierney has my haircut, only she rocks it slightly differently (and also I'm in sore need of another one). That movie, combined with my purging of magazines from my household (which involves me going through old Lucky magazines bookmarking pages to tear out, so that I can use them as inspiration for a) shopping for new clothes in the aesthetic i want and b) combining old clothes to create the aesthetic I want), is really making me think seriously about my clothing. I'm tired of only wearing jeans, flats and tshirts/sweaters/cardigans. It gets really predictable. I really want this particular dress from J. Crew (second row, far right, the plaid "Bridget" shirtdress). I might really buy it. (Also PS, I love Paul Rudd in Diggers.)

-Tea tins. I have TONS of tea and it's all in boxes and currently since our kitchen is tiny, tiny, tiny all the tea is in a paper bag in my room. I want to get vintage tea tins and put the teas in those so it becomes decorative.

-A new wallet, and a new purse. I want a worn brown leathery purse, a kind of golden light brown (see: the 70s), with some nice strappies. And I really need to replace my wallet. I got it for $5 in the Fashion District in LA and it's fake Gucci and getting torn and really not cute.

-Movies. I'm falling behind! There are so many I want to see and so little time. And I feel sort of lame staying in every night in my new city to watch Netflix. Justifiably lame.

-Honesty. I have been driving and traveling a lot recently since I now have a much longer commute and I've been thinking about just owning up and being totally straight with everyone on this blog. Meaning, not write it so much like a public service announcement and more like a journal. I'm not sure I have the time to do that though. It usually takes a lot of energy to parse my emotions into functional, readable, meaningful sentences for public consumption.


Kim said...

Things I'm thinking about:

-My recent blog post was slightly like yours. And I posted before I read yours.

-Why are rugs so expensive? I need 2-3 rugs too.

-Staying home with Netflix is NOT lame. Thinking it's lame is lame.

-I want a brown, worn, leathery purse too. Preferably that "hobo" style where it's all semi-circley sort of and mostly slouchy and soft and spacious. With lots of pockets. I have yet to find one (that isn't a million dollars)

-I am going to go on a Big Gardening Spree once I'm all unpacked inside. That was my Rule. Finish inside before moving to outside. HOWEVER, by the time inside is settled, it might be too late in the season to plant. I worry.

Casey said...

Definitely look at ebay for your rugs. West Elm rugs in particular (and the Moroccan one in particular) are often found there. I was looking for the exact same before I got mine at Tuesday Morning. Also, consider self-adhesive lampshades a cool fabric. Much better than $100.