As some may know, Harrison and I have lived in our new apartment for about one and a half months now. We are really loving it and finally are starting to feel “settled.” After doing a State of the Apartment address, we decided to bust out the weekend warriors within us and do a bit of apartment therapy to spruce things up.
First things first, we needed some new plant friends in our lives. After having several failed attempts to keep a gerber daisy alive we decided to opt for another succulent. We have a few others and I find that succulents are very easy to care for and our apartment gets a lot of indirect sunlight so what better plant to get. I like to use cactus and succulent soil to pot them and I add in some pebbles, sea shells, and/or stones to give it the proper amount of drainage. I also picked up the air plant and keep it next to the sink for added green space. Air plants do not need to be potted and you only need to water them once a week, which make them very easy to care for. I think incorporating plants into any space can instantly improve it. And there is just something so charming about succulents.
Next on our to-do list was to visit some vintage and antique shops around town in search of small pieces to elevate our space. We really had no idea what we were looking for so we braved the heat and peddled out via bike. Basically what happened was, we visited one antique store and then Habitat For Humanity’s Restore and by the time we finished there we were too exhausted from the heat to carry on. So we retreated to apartment for a bit of A/C time. Let’s just say we love not having a car and we love our bikes but on days when the heat is too much, biking gets to be unenjoyable. But the good news is we found this perfect coffee table while at the antique store. It is from Lane furniture from the 60’s and it’s styled in our favorite Mid Century Modern design. We were originally going to build our own coffee table but we just had to have this piece. And that’s when reality hit us. No car meant being very inconvenienced to get this piece back home. So after cooling down for a bit and coming to our senses we decided to see what our friend Derrick was up to. Furtunately, Derrick, who has a car, was amazing enough to help us bring the coffee table back home. Even that was an adventure seeing as though Derrick drives the tiniest Toyota Corolla out there. It took several tries to make this coffee table fit into his tiny car but we did it. We couldn’t have done it without you Derrick!
So take a moment to admire this coffee table along with the Mid Century Modern tea light candle holders that we also picked up from the antique store. Our new-old coffee table is now a great home for our multitude of coffee table books and the copper serving dish which is a piece we got a few weeks ago from Goodwill. I found it in a state; completely tarnished and looking down on it’s luck so I took it home and cleaned it up back to it’s original coppery-goodness. Turns out it’s an Old Dutch piece from the 70’s!
We have another shout-out for Derrick because he took our old stereo and surround-system plus my old record player off our hands which has allowed us to free up the clutter from this corner and created a space for this “Eames fashioned” 60’s Mid Century Modern chair we scored at Goodwill a few months ago. We are also opting for a minimalistic sound system. We ordered that this weekend so keep an eye out for that soon. This also allowed us to move our U-Turn turntable to a perfect nesting place, in-between some books.
So to wrap up the weekend of apartment therapy we decided to hit up the farmer’s market for some fresh food and flowers. I think one of the best ways to spruce up the apartment is to clean out the fridge and stock up on fresh fruits and veggies. We’re really glad that we decided to go to the market because we got to see two Shiba Inu’s there, taking a rest in the shade. Don’t worry there’s a photo of them below. Just keep scrolling.