Saturday, July 23, 2011

MY APARTMENT {during a heat wave}

I know most of you New Englanders were probably just as excited as me to wake up to cool air and scattered raindrops after yesterday's {almost} record breaking heat. It was "take your doggie to work day" for me as my 3rd floor apartment reached it's record breaking temperature of 94 degrees. A simple solution to the problem would be to turn on our new air conditioner, but our 1900's apartment has not been updated since it was built {yikes!} and after a few minutes of cool air pumping through the room, our brief moment of comfort is crushed by blown fuses. Two years ago when searching for apartments, my motto was "the older, the better." I love the character and detail of older homes, but as I prepare to move into a not-so-detailed 1950's ranch, I'm more excited for the updated electrical and heating systems than the type of crown molding on the ceiling...plus I can always add that "character" I love so much. 


As I begin to pack up my things, I'm a little sad to say good by to my apartment with "character." I've stared up at these painted tin ceilings from by bed for 2 years...


And at the metal quatrefoil heat grates which inspired my latest bedding collection.


The large windows in the apartment have brought my plants back to life, and the tinted textured glass panes help soften the afternoon sun.


The 9' high ceilings are covered with yet another pattern tin ceiling, stretching across the dining and living room.


When I reach for the door knobs throughout the house, I'm reminded of the building's age {you just don't often see details like this in new homes these days}...



And the untouched wood trim from over 100 years ago is still holding strong {most of it}. 


I've grown to love these small details, but with the age and history of the home, comes a list of things I'm ready to say farewell to...slanted floors, plaster walls, 2 prong outlets {only one in each room} and pull-string light fixtures...to name a few. 


Oh...and Miguel was a very well-behaved office dog yesterday in case you were wondering. 






2 comments:

  1. I just discovered your lovely blog. I'm just new into blogging this year & have put together a daily blog on design, fashion, food, travel and anything pretty.
    http://scrapbook-melissah.blogspot.com/
    I had a lot of fun putting it together maybe you would like to check it out if you have a spare minute.
    x
    Melissah

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  2. Hi Melissah...thanks for checking out my blog. Yours is lovely as well.
    xo
    Solana

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