My apartment currently looks something like this…
I love my place. I’ve lived here for close to 5 years. That’s a lot of time in one place. But for me it has been more about finding something where i finally felt at home; a place i could truly call my own and call the shots. This is my first real apartment and so i put my heart and soul into it. Plus, the rent for the amount of space i have is, to this day, still unbeatable.
The up side: I have EVERYTHING i need right here in my neighborhood of Riverdale, Bronx. A reliable train one block way (less than a minute walk), major banks, super markets, shopping centers (Target, Loehmann’s, Marshalls etc…), restaurants all within walking distance. I really do enjoy my neighborhood for its convenience and location… to a certain extent.
The down side: It’s a 50 minutes to 1.15 hour commute to where i need to be each day. The commute has become unbearable specially now that most nights i find myself coming home at 3AM. For the most part i feel safe but its not the ideal situation. Also, a cab ride that once was $25 has slowly escalated to $45. Imagine this 4 nights a week. Do the math. No bueno. In addition my awesome rent has slowly increased each year. Nothing out of the ordinary but it’s starting to add up.
Financially i’m not in the best place although not terrible either. I have still yet to find a full time job often just taking random gigs here and there to survive. This is clearly becoming an issue. But, the icing on the cake as of late has been my horrendous neighbors and their lack of neighborly manners. This is spousal abuse at its best and as much i try to ignore the constant banging, shouting, throwing, slamming, rattling and shaking that i feel ricocheting throughout my apartment, i simply cannot take it anymore!
This has been going on for two months now and its unbelievable that they are still residing here. My building is mostly quiet, family oriented and well kept. We have a great super and the landlords are constantly available but this has been the push i was looking for to finally make that decision. It’s time to move. It’s time go back to Brooklyn (God willing) or somewhere better, closer to my responsibilities, safer… (as i no longer feel comfortable in my own apartment – i’m accused by the neighbors of calling the cops on them. Whatever. They can go and SUCK IT).
I am currently praying to finalize a more secure job situation that will mark the first step in moving forward. I’ve also contemplate and accepted the fact that the lifestyle i’ve now chosen to live will most likely require me to once again have a roommate. This is crucial. But i’m ok with this. Living alone, for as grand as it can be, is also quite lonely at times. So i’ve put my thoughts and energy into the universe. I’ve also had brief conversations with a person, who despite the unbelievable circumstances in which we are connected and became friends, would in reality be the best roommate for me. Life is funny sometimes.
And so i have a bit on my plate right now. I need job security which is inessential in convincing a renter that i am a reliable source. I also need to begin doing the research for just the right 2 bedrooms that will accommodate two creative souls – a place preferably in Brooklyn. I understand that i will likely not have the luxury of the space i currently live in so i began looking at images for design ideas of small spaces. I do this to keep me motivated and excited.
Pinterest as always as proven to be the best source. So here are my top picks as of now. Wish me luck guys, its going to be an interesting two months. Oh, and did i mention that my Dad suddenly decided to come and visit me for a week after God knows how many years? Yeah, talk about awesome timing. C’ est la vie.
Pinterest A | Ideal for an open studio situation. And i am really really loving the swing in the center of the living space although i don’t think most landlords will approve of it.
Pinterest B | I like the shelving and the clean lines. I also think that crisp white walls are essential for small space. It gives it a large / airier appearance.
Pinterest C | Something like this for the roommies studio set-up minus the tacky wallpaper would be ideal. I think. At least its a start.
Pinterest D | I love the use of the hanging clothing rack as a bed post. Smart. All the top shelves and the cascading side storage units and of course night stands. It’s all too clever.
Pinterest E | New York City kitchen are notoriously tiny. This is a great space saver idea.
These were just some of the images that immediately caught my eye. They are very inspiring and i have gone ahead and pinned a lot more on my board. Since i have yet to hit ground searching for an apartment, these are all wishful thinking. But good imagination is a good first step.
So what do you think guys? Am i heading in the right direction? Lets see what the future holds. I’m excited!