January 21, 2010

Wishes and Wants

I have a lot of wishes and wants in my life.  Here is a list of some of them:

I want someone in my life who will play Scrabble with me.

I want a set of copper pans.  I now know how to get them:
If I buy one pan at a time, soon I would have an entire set!

I want a boss like Tabatha of Tabatha's Salon Takeover.
She's tough, but fair and praises good work when she sees it.
  Something many of my bosses have lacked.

 I want to fall in love and get married.

I hope for a child. 

I want to own an apartment in Paris and spend part of the year there, eventually moving there.

I want this pink chair.  I'm nearly obsessed with it.  It was a one-of-a-kind piece offered online by someone, but they no longer have it.  If I find a chair like this, I'll get it and have it reupholstered in pink!

I want the apartment upstairs.  I think about that apartment all the time.  I dream about what it's like to live in a quiet apartment with a beautiful view.  I think about how I will love it.  I imagine life being so much better just having that apartment to come home to.  It's basically the same as the apartment I'm in now, only it has an extra closet, a little more counter space in the kitchen, and a window seat with storage.  The one bad thing is it has less cupboard space.  They took out the original built-in, glass-door hutch to make that extra closet, so it lost a bit of charm from years past.  They also took out the cute pedestal sink and put in a very cheap vanity.  Ugh, I don't like the owners of this building.  Ever since they bought it a few years ago, they keep making these atrocious changes to my charmingly classic 100-year-old building.

When I get that apartment, I plan to make changes.  Good changes.  I'm allowed to paint and change fixtures.  In fact, I can do anything I want, as long as I change it back when I leave.  However, I'm thinking of going a bit further to upgrade it.  We'll see.  Depends on the budget and what I can fashion myself.  There are all sorts of little tricks to make things nicer.  And not everything will have to be changed back.  I think the owners would be happy with any changes I make.  I know they are happy with what Tanya, my friend and neighbor, has done with hers.  She does whatever she pleases: painting, changing the light fixtures, adding dimmers in every room, even resurfacing her tub and sink.  I'm taking my cue from Tanya.  Just work away on my little apartment to make it my dream space!

You may think this is the most depressing thing you've ever seen.  That is what an ex-boyfriend told me when I showed these to him.  But what he thinks does not matter.  This is my dream apartment.  It is perfect for me.  And it's about identical to the one I already have.

The full-sized Murphy-bed is up, showing the mirror.  Beside it is a closet. 

A window seat with storage.  Some pretty, embroidered, sheer curtains, and custom-made (by me) cushions would make this a comfy spot to curl up with a book or gaze out at the bay.  You can see the bay out towards the left.  Also, on the Fourth of July, these windows have a great view of the fireworks!


This is the view from the window seat towards the kitchen and bathroom.


A nice little entryway if I do say so myself.

I love the charm!


Now imagine this apartment with some paint, the right lighting and window coverings.  Imagine dimmers in every room.  Imagine a big, traditional-style wool rug in the main room.  Imagine me polishing the wood floors, something the building owners have never heard of.  If they have, they are too cheap to do it or too tacky and don't think it matters.  But I have a secret!  It's called Orange-Glo for wood floors!  Very inexpensive and it works.  I can't wait to share before and afters of this finished apartment.

Photo by Tanya Emes

I've posted this before, but it deserves a second viewing.  This is the view I can look forward to.  I would see this from my bed or the window seat. 

If you are wondering, I still want to work on my current apartment.  I just don't have the funds right now to do anything.  But once I do, I will share that too, of course.  My theory is: As soon as I finish this apartment, that one will become available.  It's the way things work, right?  What's so great is that the two apartments are practically the same, so whatever I get for this one will work in that one too! 

Anyway, that is a small glimpse into what I've been thinking about lately.  Hope you enjoyed it as much as I loved talking about it.

Ta ta for now!


  1. I wish you'd get all your wishes!

  2. I'm with you on that old school Murphy Bed with the mirror. You have GREAT taste! I was just watching an old Laurel and Hardy film with one just like it and I found your photo. Love it.