I have been absent from writing for one week, I get it. I was MOOVING though. No cows were harmed. (Well, not via my MOOVE at least.) It's nowhere too far from where I was before - it just was a necessary step that needed to be taken. I was trying my hardest (okay, alcohol was involved) to get this up last week to avoid missing a continuous post on my site but....MOOVING is difficult especially when everything that can go wrong well...goes wrong. It took forever to even begin hauling our junk to the new pad and then some internet issues ensued as well so I cannot chat with you cute peepz without the net - get it? Good. Here I am now - back in the routine of my once a week posting so CALM YOUR TITS.
I am all unboxed, all walls decorated. all grocery shopped, and all final touches complete so it's only appropriate to give you a tour of my sanctuary. I wanted to blabber on today as well about how important it is to love where you live because it greatly impacts the rest of your prioriies in life when you adore your lair.
I have never felt like I lived in more of a "home" then I do now - and it's the most peaceful and glorious feeling. Feeling full of bliss just with walking through the door has increased my happiness immensely in the short week I have occupied my new cave. You never realize how much you put into a home can impact the rest of your world.
We were kind of forced to make a decision at our old space when our lease was up and the new monthly rent was $300 more then the previous year. Very luckily we could afford that mark up but the place we were at just was not worth even what we were paying originally. So - we decided to invest in a nicer place that we knew we could afford and would end up being the same price as the new rent at the original apartment anyway. We discovered a slice of heaven pretty quickly thanks to a friend's referral when our new rent was revealed to us. Upon doing quick research and hopping in Yoshi to lurk around this new realm - it was an obvious, "YES, we must occupy ourselves here or we will regret it." So we peaced out of the moldy old crib and screamed, "BALLIN" as we strutted through the brand new doors of the spick and span new #brulie lair.
It's very imperative to, within your budget, take pride in where you live. That can be just the room you're renting out, the area of a location you crash at, your condo, ect ect. This is the place you call home, wherever it may be, and you'll be spending a majority of your time here for most of us with a full time job and all that adult shit. I can say whole heartedly that I take great pride in my cute new one bedroom cave thing.
Side effects of adoring your home:
~ extra happiness to be used for whatever you choose
~ domino effect from that happiness that gives you s'more energy be better then you were yesterday
~ an urge to socialize with friends more often because you have a location to host and party pretty inexpensively!
~ an urge to not keep any of your friends now that you truly enjoy spending time with yourself and your TV so much that you don't want to be interrupted
When searching for a place to live - BE picky! Don't settle. (Within reason, just to reiterate) Research everything you possibly can and never fall into a pressuring deal from a leasing agent. This is, after all, where YOU will be spending you hard earned income to sleep, eat, bathe, and all that human stuff - especially indulging in delicious drinks. Find out your price range first off and then make a list of the top things you absolutely would be miserable without, a top list of stuff you'd PREFER to have, and a list of things that aren't appealing to you at all. As an example, some of the things I craved and needed in my crib were:
~ A washer/dryer IN the unit
~ PRIME soundproofing (I blast music to full extent as well as really anything electronic. Oh and I use a chainsaw on my victims so my neighbors can't hear that racket)
~ New, modern appliances and amenities (I didn't want to have unreliable shiz I use everyday)
~ Pet friendly (three cats and *hopefully* a dog in the future!)
~ A large bath tub (I love taking long baths where I don't feel claustrophobia setting in after five minutes.)
Those are just five of the "couldn't go without" on my list. You deserve to get what you want because you work hard and should be able to recharge at a sanctuary of your own. Unfortunately we are not all privileged millionaires so we need to be realistic as well. On that note, that is where decorating and making the most of your wonderland comes into play. I fortunately have a job now where I could afford to find a place that was literally just built months ago in an extremely prime location so I only had to put my own flair on the apartment - but trust me, I've had my times where I was trying to make a cardboard box basically feel like Cinderella's castle to me. I would say that until I'm ready and able to find my own version of a castle that's an actual house for sale - this place is my happiness and I wanted to share some of it with you guys!
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Obviously, first off, I am completely aware I have an inclination to sticking with Black, Dark Grays, White, Red and Gold as a color palette - they are just so regal and timeless to me and always allow a room to have that "pop" factor. (Not to be confused with "Poop" factor - that's the bathroom)
Aren't these animal heads awesome sauce? I want a third one for the space in between them but cannot for the life of me find one in this print! (Don't worry animal lovers, these are absolutely real busts and not cheap knock offs from HomeGoods.)
Close ups of some of the gems on the entertainment stand!
Treasures on the end table of the spiffy red couch that you can come blackout out on comfily and in style.
This bookshelf was a bargain find on Craigslist and is the weight of a baby rhino - elephant hybrid BUT it is so worth the lugging around - all of our trinkets, memories and nick nacks are showcased for all to see and perhaps be weirded out by as well.
The entrance to our abode is minimal with some family photos, art, and a mail organizer that's screwed into the wall. Can I take your hat, sir?
Let's get some snacks from this kickass kitchen. (Actually, I just got a snack. In case you are so gullible, I sadly am unable to indulge in Nutella with you via Wi-Fi.....yet) Side note, I HAVE A BAR! Adult shit..continued. I can mix you a crappily stirred cocktail that is probably 90% alcohol but you'll get drunk with me and thank me later.
I transformed my bathroom into a magical fairytale of pastel themed/under the ocean creatures that'll make showering your filth off and flushing your other filth down the toilet a good ass time. (HA HA..ass...get it??) That Beluga whale stares into your soul as you sit on the porcelain throne and he makes you question all of your life decisions. He's also a fantastic listener and jazz singer.
OH YES. This bedroom makes me feel like I'm in a five star hotel (if I even knew what that feels like...?) A Cali King sized mattress with 23293298308503 pillows and minimal other shit to keep the focus on sleeping and eating in bed......PERFECTION. *cue that Margaritaville song*
Lastly, the incomplete porch. It's rejuvenating to be on a higher story in a building and to just sit out here while sipping some liquid of choice. Yes, that's a Rubix cube fridge and yes there will be beer and other forms of refreshment in there. I'm planning on decking out this area with lots of plants and string lights - so that'll come soon. But for now, this is great! The mobile is so beautiful and FYI B loves boats and I love the ocean/Moon a lot so this fits us very well.
I lied - I wanted to show you all who have made it this far the most favorable (to me) part of the new lair. I'm a huge fan of lights. I love them tremendously! They allow you to relax and bust out all your creative stops when you're working or they can really set the mood when you have a date with your gaming console. More will be added throughout our time living here but this is what we got for now to display and fuck with your brain too.
All in all you should make where you're living hold a very dear space in your heart because it's the center of your life usually. It can allow you to be less stressed at work, school and the rest of that tornado of adult life we have to jump in everyday. Let me know what you think of the decor and if I should try anything differently. All of my furniture, art, and junk are from various thrifting's, gifts, Michael's, Amazon, Big Lots, and other fairly inexpensive places FYI. How do you have your #mtvcrib decorated? Let me know and remember to #staynerdy!
**i am still getting used to this new site so please don't mind the little styling errors and the disjointedness of where my old posts are at the moment. It will all be smooth sailing, hopefully, within the next couple of weeks!**