i moved into an apartment last May. i have lived in houses most of my life. Most houses have windows on all sides of the house, never really thought about that before…when i lived in my last house, i followed the sunlight, all day, like a cat.
i tried to find an apartment that faced the East, we did find one, but the sun only reached my balcony (if you are lucky enough to have one, make it an extra room, for god’s sake) during the summer months…i felt like we moved into the Bat cave, but instead of bats, everything is painted that taupe color that was popular in the years 2002+. gag, every single room is taupe.
Now that the sun is lower in the sky, i thought i would do better than i had in summer & i have. but not enough. until i made the changes below…sunlight is like prozac to me.
if you live in the dark, here are some of the things i did, to change the direction of the sun.
i have this mirror tray on my coffee table, which i put fresh flowers on it, at all times. fresh flowers can make any home feel like a castle, i buy shot glasses, so i only have to buy one $3.00 bunch. (i saw the typo above, oops.) Homegoods or TJmaxx is a great place to find mirrors, that is where most of mine come from.
my apartment seems pretty big. but in Birmingham, there are a million apartment complexes. and because Birmingham, Alabama is a small city, the rent is far cheaper here than in other big cities.
if you are lucky enough to have a balcony, USE IT!!! we have thousands of balconies here & none have been made into a ‘room’ of its own. i am very claustrophobic when i am inside, that wasn’t always the case, but it is now. i feel very trapped & fearful inside, so i turned my patio into my office, garden, art studio, a coffee & book room and it is all mine. i will post the photos of it next.
i have not posted much in the last 6 months because my children’s father ‘follows’ this blog. he will read it as soon as i post it. and it creeps me out to let him see the sanctuary my kids & i have created. he used my blog & facebook information during the divorce trial. stalk much? someone from his family was spying & reporting info about me b/c he doesn’t have a facebook account, i am sure i’ve unfriended his family. that being said…i’ve decided he doesn’t matter at all.
and for the first time, in a thousand years, i can call my home a safe sanctuary.