home additions


It’s crazy to think we have already lived in this space for almost 2.5 years. A little tidbit about me: I have never in my life lived in one residence for more than 3 years. But since it doesn’t look like we’re moving into another space anytime soon (hello exorbitant living expenses in California!), we’re working with what we’ve got. Lately we have been trying to make this apartment feel more like a home and less like a cluttered mess of hand me downs. We are semi-succeeding with small victories (like finding a new spot for our surfboards, so they don’t draw everyone’s attention in the living room/cover up a nice framed poster we have hanging).  Anyway, here are some new additions to our humble abode that are helping it feel a lot more homey.


Houseplant! I love plants and am dreaming of the day I can have my own garden. I’ve been lusting after houseplants (including this fiddle leaf fig) for quite a while now, but since our apartment gets awful light, I’ve never pulled the trigger. Well, last night we had to make a trip to Home Depot, so we thought we’d give it a go. I’m already obsessed and am hoping I can keep this little guy alive (if not, it was only $20, and I can try again). Our bedroom gets the best light, so that’s where he’ll be living. P.S. I know fiddle leaf figs can cause upset tummies for pets that eat them, but Kipling hasn’t shown any interest, and we block our bedroom off when we leave the apartment.


Isn’t he beautiful?! Having plants in your home is also good for your health – wins all around!


I also scored these wooden “antler” candleholders from West Elm for 1/3 of the price! I tried to snag them back in December, but they sold out and recently came back in stock.


This means we need to have more candlelit dinners, which I am not complaining about.


I also (finally) finished this cross-stitch. I almost had it done in January, but it fell to the wayside for several weeks. I finally sat down and powered through the last bits, and I’m so happy I did. This is my first time cross-stitching, and besides marveling at the finished product (I made that!), I’m also relieved to know I got a lot faster/better at it as I neared the end.


I say this is my last addition to the gallery wall, but who am I kidding? I already ordered this print to hang up (I couldn’t resist). I’ll have to get creative with adding more space because this is my favorite part of my apartment to work on. I call it my happy wall because a year later, it’s still making me oh so happy.



-wonderland sam

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actress/texan kickin' it in los angeles. always searching for my next pizza. cia agent in another life.

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