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The desk

I moved to the city 5 years ago, mainly for school, but also because I had always idealized living in an urban environment. Two of my friends from my hometown were already here, yet I consciously made the choice to get a room in an apartment that I would share with 2 roommates whom I did not know.

My new roommates, both girls, had already furnished the place. I just needed to fill my tiny little room.

Young, eager and priding myself in being independent from my family, I decided to buy my first big piece of furniture, a desk.

Now, you must know that in Montreal there isn’t such a wide array of options in furniture stores for a girl with a tiny budget so of course, I immediately gravitated towards the famous Swedish retailer.

That is where I found my chosen piece: the Mikael desk.

I must’ve paid it around 150$. That meant a week’s pay for me back then, so it had to be worth it!

I chose it because of its modern style, clean lines, and elegant appearance. I also loved it because it seemed very easy to adapt to any type of décor, which meant that I would be able to keep it for a long time and to always fit it to my ever-changing tastes.

The pride of having bought my own piece of furniture was immense, and setting it up with my brother was practically a bonding experience for us.

It’s already moved many times and set up camp in 4 different rooms. Scratches on the surface tell tales of the hard times I’ve given it, dropping various drinks and piling random objects on it.

During those years, its’ seen many a night of me researching subjects like post-impressionism or human rights in Burma, cramming info about Laswell’s theory of communication into my brain or writing reviews of new CD’s for my radio program at the university’s station.

Lately, mostly since I got a laptop, I’ve been neglecting the poor thing.

When I come around to decorating the office, it’ll once again be the main focus of the room and my man will get to enjoy the convenient design of this wonderful object.

The office

The first actual room you will enter, after having removed your footwear in the entrance, would be the office.

One day, grand things will happen here. Big decisions will be taken. Great minds will meet. Innovations will result.

I… will not be a part of any of these moments, as this is my man’s office!

He’s a business guy. Under 25 and already managing two companies of his own (one is old and very successful; the other is new and very promising). Obviously, the possibility of setting up a home office was a selling point for him.

The actual décor of the place is nonexistent for now. I’ve chosen most of the elements and the color scheme I want to use; I just need time to actually work on it (the office is 2nd to last in priorities as far as room decorating goes).  So for now, it’s just a bunch of things set up against the walls.

Even then, there are still stories to be told:

1-      The desk

2-      The drawing

The entrance

I collect art.

Nothing fancy, no big named pieces. I really wouldn’t care for that, even if I had mounds of money to spend.

I’m all about meaning, even though, sometimes, I also like to create art without specific content, but that showcases interesting color schemes and textures.

Here in the entrance of my home, you’ll find a piece of art that was created by my mom.

She is (trying to be) a professional artist. How that ends up working: art is her part-time career; an office job is her main occupation. It has been that way since I was born.

I think she is coming to terms with it, even though in her wildest dreams, she would still love to live off her creations.

For now, she’s been participating in solo and group exhibits a few times a year, among other creative endeavors (books, public art and funerary art).

For my birthday, 4 or 5 years ago, I decided I wanted a piece of her art to have in my apartment. I shared my idea with her and she was very happy about it so we went to her workshop together and she let me pick my favorite one.

Here it is.

I don’t really know if it has a title. Never though to ask (till now!).

I was just struck by the texture, the colors and the image.

My mom often uses mixed media, in that she takes a picture and uses it as a starting point to her creative process. She used to cut out pictures from magazines and employ those. However, since this practice entails walking a thin line with copyright to the authors of the photos, she has switched to taking her own snapshots now.

This particular artwork’s photo was probably first featured in a National Geographic magazine. The image was then set on a paper that my mother made by hand. After that, she chose an assortment of colors to create the atmosphere that she wanted to convey. Knowing her, she probably used a little bit of paint and a lot of pastel chalk.

There aren’t many examples of her work on the Internet (perhaps I should work on that!).

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Building the nest

We’ve been living here for almost ten months now.

This condo was an absolute coup de coeur for me right upon setting sight on it. My man was also keen on it, but not so happy about the price (a fairly good deal for the neighborhood). With much pleading and persuasive arguments, I managed to convince him to give these beautiful walls a chance.

We moved in at the end of august 2011, and soon after, entered a very hectic period in our lives.

Many things happened between August 2011 and March 2012, leaving little time for us to open most boxes, let alone decorate.

Finally, as things began to settle down, I started unpacking our belongings.

This place is still very much a work in progress, as I am working alone for the most part. To make this process more interesting, I have decided to go through my many objects and to bring meaning to them, either by researching their history, by recalling the tale of how they came into my life or by explaining their common use to you readers.

I hope you’ll enjoy these stories!

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