When you ask what I’ve been doing for the past two weeks, I could respond in a few ways.
I tried watching Stranger Things but was too much of a wimp to get past the first few jumps. I tried out a thirty-minute Best Butt Ever class and my cheeks are still feeling it. I tried making croissants, but they came out as crispy biscuits. I tried making a tofurky for Friendsgiving, that to everyone’s surprise, came out decently. I tried playing tennis, but realized in LA you have to reserve a court (and pay) and there’s apparently a lot of competition even before stepping onto the court.
And most of all, I’ve chilled at home with my Fall Harvest candles and FRIENDS reruns. I know that with traveling as a full-time job, I’ve learned how to take my home time seriously and how to perfect the art of hard chilling. We’re now going one full year in our current studios, after
moving being forced out of our old LA apartment, because we were told the building would be demolished; it’s still up today, and is now being used as a TV show set for Shameless and Grey’s Anatomy. The place looks like a janky motel, so I can only imagine what scenes they’d be filming there. Point is, my new studio is a major upgrade and in the Los Angeles real estate world, it’s a complete steal (not to mention with all utilities included).
Our story finding this building is totally one of those completely ridiculous and nearly ugh-inducing stories. Since we have no car in LA, we found ourselves walking street by street at potential buildings we felt could be our next home. After calling over ten buildings, all of which either had no vacancy, we passed one that I told Jo was not even worth calling because it was too beautiful (and most likely out of budget). She called anyway, and they just happened to have two studios available and ready for move in. Told you it was one of those stories. To give you more of the backstory, our previous apartment in LA and my previous apartment in Harlem, NYC were both found on what looked like sketchy, ALL CAPS classifieds on Craigslist. In fact, when signing the “contract” for our last apartment in LA, our landlord spoke zero English and expected us to take a few characters written in Korean on a random piece of paper she found in her kitchen as “proof” we had given a security deposit. Somehow it all worked out?
Anyway, a lot of effort went into making this apartment how it looks today. I scoured the Melrose Trading Post in LA and thrift stores along Melrose Ave for vintage (and cheap) items. I also tried picking up design pieces from my travels. I like to credit my interior design past as an avid Sims player for part of the reason it looks the way it does, but in doing that, I’d also have to credit
us painting over the yellow cream color of the walls Jo painting over the yellow cream colors of the walls.
Everything in my Los Angeles Studio:
White linen sheets: found at IKEA
Mirrors: found at Melrose Trading Post for $5-15 each – the big gold one was $65
Emerald chair: found for $40 at Melrose Trading Post
Centurion bicycle: found on Craigslist for $150
Bike mount: found at LA Golden Bike
Tanger poster: found for $5 at World Market
Black poster frame: found at IKEA
Black picture frame: found at IKEA
Porcelain ramekins: found for $1 each in Marrakech