Last October I found an apartment – when I wasn’t looking – two blocks from where I was living. The ‘For Rent’ signed described it as a “garden apartment.” I called on a Thursday, walked it on Friday, signed the lease on Monday and moved the following Saturday. I didn’t know a lot about the new space, but I knew it was larger, had more natural light and character than the one-bedroom apartment I currently was in. Oh, and it had a patio, garden space and a walk-in closet – sold!
The Friday night before moving day – when I should’ve been home packing – I went to a colleague’s going away party. But it proved fruitful in that a coworker was there with a vehicle large enough to help me “borrow” some pallets from the alley behind the bar. Thus began my new hobby: furnishing the new crib solely with found objects. Not really for any reasons other than I’m a journalist, therefore on a limited budget, and because I like a good challenge (these kind, anyway).
So the first objects moved into my new spot were the old pallets:
The rest of the moving took place over the next two days. Saturday my best friend Kara and her generous boyfriend Earl (with his pickup trip) helped load up my old, unpacked apartment in dozens of sweaty loads. Sunday my brother, also named Earl (ironically), drove his vintage station wagon down from Orlando and patiently loaded the rest of my belongings and helped me get set up at the new place.
During the move, I remember sweet Kara looking at me, drenched in sweat, saying “Mere, let’s leave the sticks behind, there will be twigs at your new place.” I fought back saying, ‘I’ve been saving them to hang curtains and next time she and Earl come over for a dinner party that they can proudly point out their contribution to my eclectic home decor.’ She obliged and loaded my sticks – what a friend!
Six months later and I feel pretty settled in my new home, which I’ve dubbed the Peace Nest. And sure enough, those wonky old pallets and twigs (and more found along the way) fit in quite well.
In honor of Earth Day at work we published our annual Green Issue today – so I did a feature on decorating with my repurposed goods:
Here are more of the images taken by photographer Kara Starzyk:
It’s been one fun decorating project after another! And an added perk – it’s kept these items out of our landfills.
Special thanks to my friends, neighbors and family – who have supported my knack for “borrowing.” My parents were visiting last week and dad and I did a number on “bulk trash night” in the ‘hood. Can’t wait to find places and purposes for the newest acquisitions!
Here’s the full gallery of images: