My friend Britt recently agonized
over choosing between the sofa of her dreams, which was beyond her budget, and a sofa that
she liked well enough that also had the benefit of being affordable. She asked for my
Of course I love all of our Apartment Therapy videos, but the ones from our 'Favorite Things' series are some of my, er, favorites. These videos take a look at the things we treasure and the stories behind them. Though they're ostensibly about stuff, the videos are so funny and personal — they're an exploration of the things we keep in our homes, our relationships to them, and why we love them.
I was first introduced to the concept of the ex-boyfriend (or girlfriend) box by the one and only Lorelai Gilmore. She advised her daughter Rory to throw all the mementos from her just-ended relationship into a box. That way, Rory wouldn't have to look at them, but someday, when she was old and grey, she could go through all her old boyfriend boxes and think, "My, what an interesting life I've had." Does that work in real-life, or just in Stars Hollow?
Even when I was little, I was flummoxed by friends and relatives that would keep the TV on in the background: are you watching or not? Why add noise to the world? I held onto that point of view for decades, but now, after three years of living alone, I find myself soothed by the sounds of Liz Lemon's misadventures unfolding in the next room...
For the last 4 years, I've house-sat and dog-sat for my friends whenever they travel. I love their home (and the dogs, of course) dearly, and am going to miss it so much when I move away next month. This is their home, but a little part of my heart will stay here...
Last year, one of my good friends found a new job, packed up
his belongings, and moved hundreds of miles away, for love. He was even talking
of proposing this spring. Fast-forward to the present, and instead of planning a wedding, my
friend and his (now) ex-girlfriend are going their separate ways. He is now living alone in the apartment they had picked out together,
the space they chose to start their life together.
My dad is an amazing photographer, and thanks to him there are decades' worth of gorgeous, priceless photos of my extended family.. but only a few of him. I seem to be repeating that pattern: I'm thrilled with the hundreds of shots I get of our holiday celebrations and vacations, but you would never know I'd actually attended the festivities. How do you thoroughly document your home life?
When a friend told me he was considering planting two trees to celebrate the birth of his friends' new baby twins, I must admit I swooned. Birth-trees! Such a sweet idea, but there are a few things to consider...