10.01.2012

Find Where >> You Belong

Happy Monday, everyone. How was your weekend? Did you get a look at the Harvest Moon? My weekend was good, although I spent much of it at work. Working at a theater requires working a lot of nights and weekends, unfortunately. It's really a shame, because other than having to work on the weekends, I am loving my new job. Besides working, I went to a dinner party on Friday night, went out with new co-workers on Saturday night, and saw a play last night.

I did not, however, take any photos to speak of of any of these activities. I thought I'd share a few peeks of my favorite nooks in our new apartment here in Seattle. I took a few photos one day when the house was all nice and clean...which it is not anymore.

After moving 10+ times in the last 11 years, what I have learned is that any space will feel like home if you surround yourself with lots of things you love. As soon as we get unpacked and settled in a place, it always looks looks and feels like home. It's just like a, stuff re-mix, you know?

So, here's what our stuff is currently looking like.
This is my absolute favorite place in our new home. This is our front window, immediately to the left as you come in the front door. The window is bright and sunny, and has a view of a really cool pine tree right out of it. It's a great place to curl up with a book and a cup of tea. Or, just sack out all day everyday if you're one of our cats. They're pretty into this spot, too, as you can see. My yoga stuff is stored here as well, under the chair and in the basket under the table. The floor right here is just the right size to roll out my mat and practice, or to sit and meditate.
This is the corner directly facing the front window. We decided to set up our space a little unconventionally. Half of the living room are these sitting areas, and the other half is our computer and desk, with a loveseat facing it. This is partly because the layout of the living room was a little awkward, and partly becuase it makes sense for the way we use our home the most. We spend a lot of time on the computer, both using it and also watching things on it, so it works for us. We chose not to have a large space for entertaining a bunch of people, because honestly, we don't often have more than two people over at a time. Why set your house up to entertain and then barely use that space?
We opted instead to set up our smaller second bedroom as our "living room." We call it the den, though, short for "opium den." Haha, not because there is any opium doing going on, but because that was how I envisioned the room when I conceived of it. I wanted it to be nest-like, and full of pillows and comfort. We bought this this day bed from Ikea, which has storage underneath and pulls out into a full sized bed for guests. It's a pretty sweet piece of multi-tasking furniture. Plus, it's not upholstered so the cats can't scratch it up. Bonus. I threw a peach silk scarf over the lamp in there, so that the light is all soft and pink at night. So cozy! Our TV is set up in there, although we do not have it hooked up for actual TV. We stream Netflix to it, or watch movies via USB.

This is a small peek at my favorite places in our current home. All of the stuff you see here has been thrifted, gifted, or otherwise obtained on the cheap from places like Ikea and Target. If you have any questions about the origin of something, let me know!
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In somewhat related news, I have been feeling really grounded lately. I'm not sure what it is, but after all the stress from moving wore off, I just fell right into living here in Washington. We have been here one month exactly, today. It just feels like home, so quickly, which was not at all what happened when we moved to California. The quality of the light, the crispness of the Fall air, the sun glinting off Green Lake; it all seems just right. I am trying to stay in the moment and not over think it too much. :) I'll be back later today with my photos of the day from the last few days.

shanti >> sondra

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3 comments:

  1. Alison Graversen10/1/12, 6:31 PM

    I love the new place Sondra! We are also settling into a new home and I agree, surrounding yourself with things you love definitely makes it feel like home. Where did you get the day bed with the drawers? We are looking for something similar for the spare bedroom. Glad to hear Seattle is treating you well!

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  2. abhaya_sondra10/2/12, 2:36 PM

    Thanks! It's from Ikea, this model: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20162888/
    I hope your new home is coming along the way you like...making it all cozy is the best part!

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  3. Ann Wehrman10/7/12, 4:28 PM

    Lovely nooks and a homey, creative atmosphere, Sondra. I'm happy for you that you two are doing well. Working nights and weekends, maybe soon you can find some yoga teaching opportunities during weekdays? Sending hugs and best wishes...

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