Saturday, September 8, 2012

My Old Abodes

For as long as I can remember I've been involved in the decorating of my room. 

Before I was strong enough to start moving my bedroom furniture around by myself I would decorate my Barbie house with whatever random items I could find. A slinky turned into an elevator. An old raisin box was a chair. A scrap of fabric became a rug. And a picture of a flower from a magazine was now a print for the wall.

I was a very lucky little girl because my mom let me pick out what color I wanted in my room. 
I took that to a bit of an extreme when I was about 12 years old. That is when I started doing things like painting a rainbow on my wall, covering my ceiling in pictures from magazines, putting photos all over my furniture, and spilling paint all over my floor.

Here is a photo of my best friends, Christina, oddly playing a guitar like it is a violin in front of the rainbow on my wall. 

Please take note of her sweet bangs and the amazing spiral curl that comes down the right side of her face like a peaceful ocean wave.

Seriously, I cannot imagine letting Cora decorate her own room. I am very, very thankful that my mom gave me free reign over the ridiculousness that were my walls. I think that had a huge impact on my decorating style and it certainly gave me plenty of experience. I am not exaggerating when I tell you that every single day I would either change my furniture arrangement, paint something in my room or add new pictures to my wall.

As I mentioned here I love a bunk bed. I was lucky enough to have one for 3 or 4 years until I realized that it put a major damper on how many different possible ways my room could be arranged.

Here I am with my two best friends, Mali and Christina taking the bunk bed down. 

As you can see, I had wrapped magazine photos all around the outside of the bed. My favorite celebrities at the time were Claire Danes, Joseph Gordon Levitt, and Jared Leto. If you look hard you can also spot a picture of Bill Cosby, a dinosaur,  the Seinfeld gang, Mork & Mindy, and Rosie O'Donell (strange, I know). There are about 3 entire walls that you cannot see in this photo that I covered with magazine clippings of my two very favorite celebrities, Johnny Depp and Leonardo Dicaprio.
The back wall of the bunk bed was covered with photos of my friends.
I had pink Christmas lights surrounding the bunk bed.

As I matured I realized that clouds on the ceiling, blue sponge paint around your bed, album covers and Ferris Bueller were a lot more sophisticated.

I turned the rainbow into a yellow wall with blue polka dots. Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio became green walls and a cloud poster.

My college roommate, Nicole and I decorated our dorm a bit but that mainly consisted of insane to do lists like I mentioned here and Swedish Fish and Tootsie Roll wrappers on the floor. Unfortunately, I couldn't find any photos.

I lived in an apartment in Arlington, VA with my two best friends, Christina and Kristen. Here is a glimpse of my fabulous room.
PS- I know I keep saying everyone is my best friend. I have a lot of best friends. I had 10 bridesmaids in my wedding and they are all my best friends. It is weird and I like it!

I moved to San Diego, CA with my best friend (there it is again!), Angela. San Diego is where I met my sweet lovey dear, Scott. It is also where I stepped on an enormous piece of glass, got a bunch of stitches, wore crutches and because of that couldn't work for about 3 months. I tried to find another job but it is hard to find a job in San Diego. It is possible that people just weren't interested in hiring the spazzy lady on crutches. Luckily, I had saved up some money and it gave me time to focus on perfecting the decorations in my bedroom. It also gave me time to watch the director's and actor's commentary on every single DVD I owned (I am a weird bird).

So, here she is... the ol' San Diego palace.

A big thank you again to Grandmama Ross for letting me go wild on my walls. 
Another thank you to all of my best friends for helping me take down bunk beds or help with whatever weird decoration project I happened to be working on!

PS I am calling this a LIST of photos from my old rooms!


  1. I commend you. It must have been a tough choice between making fun of my hair instead of my (extremely flattering) plaid overalls.

  2. I'm glad you mentioned those sweet overalls... now we can make fun of them both.

  3. You are welcome!
    Actually, I don't think I had much say in whether you painted your room or not.
    I do vividly remember going shopping for sheets for your bunk-bed. You had to have
    red, green, purple and blue to match the rainbow on the wall. It was very hard at that time
    to find those colors and get the right sizes. Especially since you wanted 1 fitted in
    1 color and 1 regular in another color.
    Oh the things we mothers do for our children. It all paid off tho, you are an amazing
    decorator and have a great eye for color & now you are an amazing mother as well.
    Your friends were incredible to go along with all your crazy ideas. You do have some very wonderful friends.

  4. Yea, I was going to comment on those overalls! They were awesome Christina ;) Laura I was always jealous of your room, it was always so cool