New Series Preview: Life Stories

New Series Preview: Life Stories

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Julia Brenner
Jan 6, 2016
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This series will explore how we live through a new lens. Instead of showcasing entire homes, we're checking in on life as we're living it: things like a typical night at home, a favorite local restaurant or bar, and the ways we make our spaces personal and navigate our living situations, whether that means living alone, with roommates, and/or significant others. Mostly, this is a chance to get to know some interesting people who are winging it the same way many of us are, one shady Craigslist purchase at a time.

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The series was inspired by a conversation I had with a writer I met at a party; she was excited when she found out I write for Apartment Therapy, saying, "I look at House Tours all the time." I asked if she'd be interested in doing a House Tour. She laughed, then laughed some more, then looked horrified by the idea before adding, "Oh nooo, my place isn't up for that. I like my kitchen, I have really great dinner parties, but the rest is nothing special."

This maybe sounds a little backwards, but I was inspired. I wanted to see the kitchen she described (a salvaged wood table and 1970's vinyl dining chairs!). I wanted to hear more about her parties. I wanted to know more about her life and her apartment because she seemed so interesting.

(Image credit: Julia Brenner)
(Image credit: Julia Brenner)
(Image credit: Julia Brenner)

We get that while not all of us may be up for having our entire place featured on design prime time via the formal House Tour format, we all have parts of our home that we're fans of: a certain room or workspace, a book collection situation, fantastic records, original furniture or artwork. We all have different routines and different reasons for landing where we land. And we're all configuring and reconfiguring our lives in unique ways—that's some rich ground for exploration.

(Image credit: Julia Brenner)
(Image credit: Julia Brenner)

So that's what we'll be exploring through the profiles of the incredibly cool people (some of whom were a little hazy on what Apartment Therapy even is) who have generously volunteered to let us come into their homes, meet their friends, and learn about their lives.

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(Image credit: Julia Brenner)
(Image credit: Julia Brenner)

Some people were fine with us documenting their entire space, others only wanted to show certain rooms, but everyone came at this project with a lot of soul, so there will be personal stories, funny stories, shared playlists, tons of photos, and hopefully chances to connect.

(Image credit: Julia Brenner)
(Image credit: Julia Brenner)
(Image credit: Julia Brenner)
(Image credit: Julia Brenner)
(Image credit: Julia Brenner)
(Image credit: Julia Brenner)
(Image credit: Julia Brenner)

Because as the amazing Alisha Gaddis—featured in one of the upcoming profiles—noted, "Does anyone really know exactly what they're doing all the time? 'Cuz I feel like I'm making this up as I go along."

I mean, if that isn't the damn truth...

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