My Dream Apartment

I have always wanted an apartment in a big city. Because I already live minimally, I think I want an apartment that is small and cozy, where I can put up shelves and clutter them with knick-knacks. Behind the shelves, I would get tapestries to take the place of wallpaper and then put posters over the tapestries on spots where there was no furniture. I am the type of person who does not like too much empty space because it feels cheap. I am not sure if that is how real design is supposed to work, with high ceilings and a lot of lighting usually preferred in expensive homes – probably because wealthy people like to constantly buy new furniture – but having too many delicate things everywhere is often frowned upon because it makes moving too difficult.

Decorating and getting furniture is also an important part of planning for one’s dream apartment. Never, in any of my past apartments or bedrooms, have I had a fancy bed. In fact, usually, I choose to keep whatever mattress the apartment comes with and do not throw it out until I ask the new tenant. When I was living in Oakland, I remember that I had to move out the mattress that I inherited from the previous tenant when I moved out, and dragging it down the spiral staircase that was the back entrance to the apartment was a real chore. Living in a place that has a lot of landscaping intricacies and lacks accessible elevators usually means that the place is less expensive, and I am lucky that I like antiques and quirky, used decorations because I do not switch furniture very often. For my next place, I certainly want a nice bed and mattress. Otherwise, I do not think I need anything expensive.

One of my favorite belongings, that I kept for a very long time, was a weird, autumn-toned, needlepoint of a few mushrooms growing in moss that I bought from a thrift store for $3.00. It looked like something from the 1970s and I personally felt it was an understated psychedelic piece. When my mom’s friend made me a second needlepoint, a small one of two birds sitting on a branch, putting the unique art pieces next to each other made for a nice decoration for a random corner.

Boston is a nice place to live but it is very cold. My dream apartment, other than having a lot of shelves, busy decorations, and a nice bed would be filled with different chairs each with its own giant blankets. Along with small tables, like those used for TV dinners, having different cozy spots to curl up, sip tea, and read would be perfect for the cold winter. For my next apartment, furthermore, I think that I really need a rabbit and a cat. While I am not sure how well those two tend get along, I saw one rabbit at an SPCA that was literally a giant so I figure that it would not antagonize the cat if they get used to each other at a small age. Rabbits tend to chew on electric cords so I would probably keep all my electronics in a small locked cabinet and only take them out when I need them. Lights would probably have their cords taped to the wall and that would encourage me to plan out where everything would go.

I believe in Feng Shui and having pets as well as an interest in following along with interior design would mean that I could design my apartment to have different materials that match up according to a compass and that being organized would involve frequent trips to flea markets, thrift stores, and Eastern-themed stores to add to the ambiance. The best place I can afford would likely be a bedroom in a bigger apartment or house, but luckily I do not really care about how the kitchen looks so I imagine that even if I wanted to follow Feng Shui principles exactly, it would not be hard just to decorate my bedroom with the ideas in mind.

Furthermore, I like objects that serve multiple purposes. My dream apartment would have a bed with a lot of space underneath for my animals to play hide and seek, with probably some wacky drawings on their low play area’s ceiling for them to consider. Also, the chests could double as places for the animals to jump up on and off. Also, if I was lazy about buying lamps, I could just hang Christmas lights that would create a party feeling. Coming home to drink tea with a little a cat in one chair, a bunny in another, and me in a third chair would be perfect. I found a design tip on Pinterest about storing jewelry and it would be cute to have a separate storage space for the bunny and the cat to have their own jewelry, like cool collars and maybe even glasses (if they would so oblige their owner). In my ideal world, I would have one of those long, Victorian couches that has only one armrest and whenever my bunny or cat jumped on one of the bedroom’s other chairs, I would ask it questions like, “How old do you think you are?”, or “Tell me about your mother,” or “How are you sleeping?”

For now, however, I am still waiting to find the perfect place, the perfect pets, and the perfect design aesthetic. Being a hippie and somewhat of a Huck Finn style vagrant, I think it is going to be hard for me to decorate any new apartment without wanting to include elements that remind me of punk feelings, rebellious longings, and social disruption. Even if I cannot get the outside to accept my outlook on things, I can at least create a small space where I can feel accepted by my own self. Self-esteem can be related to finding a place to live that is comfortable and harmonious so I am excited to find a great apartment where I can not only put up anything I want on the walls, but have control over the living area in a way that makes me feel like I have control over my life.  

This is a video from my old apartment in Oregon:

The pictures on the walls include the weird needlepoints, even though they are hard to see with all the posters and trinkets everywhere.


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