14 October 2008

Gotta keep 'em decorated

I moved to Huntsville at the beginning of August. Against all logic I ended up renting a 3 bedroom 2 bath apartment even though I live by myself (short notice, only place available). The last place I lived (aside from my 6 month stint in Birmingham with my Dad) was a 1 bedroom 1 bath apartment in Auburn. So, for those of you keeping track that’s 2 extra bedrooms, 1 extra bathroom, and enough money to afford to replace my shitty college furniture. Now that we’re all on the same boat everyone grab a paddle cause it’s about to get choppy. I haven’t purchased one piece of furniture since I moved to Huntsville. What’s more than that I haven’t even unpacked my Swanky DVD Collection or my Extensive Library of Intelligent Books because I told myself that as soon as I got here I was going to replace my shitty college DVD rack and my shitty college bookshelves with nicer ones because I could finally afford to. [and what’s the point of having an Extensive Library of Intelligent Books if they’re being stored in a glorified kindergarten cubby?]

Now we get to my current dilemma. For the first time ever I have the means to decorate my apartment as I wish. The problem is that I have NO IDEA what to do. I’ve been pontificating over this pretty much ever since I moved and haven’t come up with much. I did purchase some art from a local artist and hang it, so at least that’s a start. I’ve looked through decorating books, browsed websites, asked friends, asked family, asked hobos, and think I’ve finally figured out why I’m so hesitant to decorate…

I have a natural aversion to purchasing items that don’t serve some purpose! While that doesn’t necessarily apply to furniture (I haven’t purchased furniture because I’m lazy, honestly), it does apply to everything from sconces to vases to decorative plates. Apparently that’s what people decorate their house/apartments with. Who knew? I think it’s absurd. Now like I said I’ve got some art. Decorating with art doesn’t bother me and I don’t know why that is. Maybe it’s an ego thing? I really don’t know. I just can’t bring myself to hang a candle holder on my damn wall because I know good and damn well I won’t ever light the damn candle. Damnit! Who cares if it ‘looks nice’- it’s superfluous. So sorry, Mom, I don't want that nice candelabra that you got from some lady at work that matches my coffee table and brings a pleasant focal point into the room. I just can't.

I guess the bottom line is that I can’t bring myself to decorate even though I want to. What’s a boy to do? Should I just bite the bullet and start besconcing my apartment? I guess for now I’ll just start with buying some furniture and maybe move on from there. Gotta crawl before you can walk, right?

5 comments:

Dave said...

Can you see the room decorated the way you want to or do you get stuck on the individual pieces?

Tina or I could probably help you with this. We're both really good at that kind of stuff.

Apollo said...

I've got kind of a general theme in my head I guess you could say. I know what colors I'd like to use and things like that. I really think that once I go buy furniture (which will be soon) this will be a lot easier.

All I'm really saying is I want to decorate with real live ninjas. Know where I can pick some up?

Colleen said...

It sounds like you might be a modernist! Keep it simple and spare, just have a few cool functional pieces. You are lucky. I still have yet to reach this level of adulthood where I can purchase new items for the home. Just don't go out with someone who wants to put doilies and teddy bears everywhere or the relationship will have to be cancelled.

Apollo said...

I'm definitely a fan of simple and spare. Would the doilies and teddy bears be ok if they were modernist? Maybe a teddy bear deconstruction?

Colleen said...

The doilies would have to be asymmetrical and made from recycled water bottles.