My cozy little nest.

So apparently all it takes is a week with almost no outside-the-house obligations and feeling sick to cause me to be stir-crazy enough to get me to finish setting up my apartment.

With being in a studio, I was sort of worried about it feeling like a dorm room. As much as I love mid-century design, I can’t afford it. So most of my decor is bright and, well, slightly nerdy. Things I’ve collected over the years from college on.

Now, being in a studio, I wanted to make sure my sleeping area and living area felt like separate places.

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Though it takes up the most space in the apartment, I really like how my living area came together. I don’t have a place for all of my books, but it works. The cats have taken over my filing box of my writing samples — they’re enjoying the increased beds they have in this new place.

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I also took my mom’s advice with the last box I couldn’t find a place for: put a blanket/cloth on it and put a lamp on it. Thankfully I have a lot of lamps. And as you can see, a lot of my nerdy stuff is concentrated here. My vinyl collection, my Nintendo stuff, and my Tolkien prints.

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Off the TV side of the living area is my dressing area. My closet is a lot smaller in this new place. However, I got rid of at least half of my wardrobe, so everything actually fits. I’ve got photos from my semester in China, as well as autograph prints from Tim Gunn and Felicia Day. Also, my two Mucca uniforms I don’t wear often…

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Now, a bathroom is a bathroom. However, I love my shower curtain. I also love the window and window sill inside the shower too.

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Now, switching to a twin bed wasn’t my first choice, but it’s really the only way to make the whole place work. I decided to make the wall along my bed my Mucca wall, and I’ve got sharks above my pillows. (Of which, I have 6 — pillows that is. There are 7 sharks out in the apartment, not including my tattoo.)

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My desk area isn’t used too much right now. It’s mostly a place where I set my mail when I come in. I do a lot of my work at the couch… Behind the couch, I’ve got more storage bins (covered with a cloth and a lamp on top, of course). The cats also have their little cave, and I’ve got a basket full of gaming accessories. The photo of the flower is from my trip to South Africa, and the varsity letters are my mom’s. (Mine are at her house.)

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I’m planning on turning the cabinet near the fridge into a nice tea & cocoa bar. (My wine to be stored inside the cabinet.) But I’ve got a few things I need before I can finish that ikea hack. Originally that was where I was going to hide the litter box, but, well, apparently I mis-measured.

Now. I can’t show you the kitchen as it is now… because I still have a good stack of boxes to finish, as well as general organizing… It’s been hard to get it taken care of since I use it so much. But here are some earlier photos of the kitchen.

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Here’s the ikea hack that did work. Two lack tv stands to make extra shelves and storage for the small appliances.

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And here’s the kitchen from when I did my walk-through. Thankfully they gave me an oven knob, but the numbers are rubbed off, so I have to guess  what temperature it’s at.

And that’s it. That’s my little home, sweet home. It’s cozy, and it definitely feels like home.