As I was drawing up my New Year’s Resolutions for 2018, I consulted Anna Akana’s video on how she organized hers. When I reached the art bubble, something compelled me to write “film a video tour of my current home”. If you’re a regular reader of this blog (that I obviously update so regularly, so why wouldn’t you be?), you might already know about my obsession with the idea of home and the places I’ve lived. Taking photos of my past abodes is great, but I really want to immortalize my spaces in video. And improve my skills. So here we go, a video tour of my studio apartment in Austin, Texas.
Most of us saw our bedrooms as an almost holy place, safe space, and sanctuary from the annoyances just outside the door. We plastered posters and photos and stickers and art on our walls. If you were like me, you didn’t feel happy until your space reflected the way you wanted to be seen by others. And the person you wanted to be–which was constantly changing.
Recently, there was an exhibit at the Geffrye Museum about teenage bedrooms. Yes, I’m completely aware that I am far from a teenager, but I related so much to these wild kids. They were completely and unabashedly expressing themselves with the items they chose to display and the word they chose to share.
For me, my personal space is always a work in progress. Even when I lived in the same bedroom for 9 years, I never felt like it was ever completely finished. Though that feeling might be attributed to the fact that I was changing and growing mentally/emotionally so rapidly, I also think it’s because I’m fickle as hell. Case and point, I had an interior design blog for a short while. I’m not proud of how long it’s been since I updated it, but I also think it’s because the impermanence of my college living situations caught up to me. While my style was changing, I was also moving from place to place. Though, I wish I had high quality pictures of my last apartment in college, because that one was pretty close to my true sense of style. I loved that place (and I think my friends did too).