Second bedroom, reading nook: Melt Banana poster by PHF Design, Ikea lamp, Urban Outfitters chair, faux fur blanket, and an inconveniently placed Buddha head.
Ikea bookshelf/work space combo with various books, various trinkets (from my travels, souvenirs from friends, sentimental items, and found objects), a Munny James did for me (see the nerdy boy dressed up as Totoro), a Momiji (= message doll), and a baby photo of James.
Hanging above our guest bed is this Drive poster by Ken Taylor (Valentine's Day gift from James). You can rest easy knowing that a hammer-wielding Ryan Gosling is there to protect you.
Crispy, Onigiri Man, and Moo- residents of the guest bed. I think it's pretty obvious which name goes with what. James got Crispy on his summer 2008 Japan trip, and I got Moo on my winter 2008 Japan trip. Onigiri Man was one of my first gifts from James. The duvet cover is by Ikea- I love that print but sadly it has been discontinued for a while now, so there's no replacing it if something happens to this one. He's had it since before we started dating 3.5+ years ago.
The view from our living room window. From time to time I wonder if our neighbors can see into our apartment. Hope not!
"The Girl with the Mask," one of our many wood carvings by Gramps (= James' grandfather on his mom's side). He typically does gnomes, vikings, and lately mysterious women. When we asked him how he decides what to carve into each piece of wood, he responded that he just goes with the flow. He carves with the wood, until a face appears. No two carvings are alike, and it's really neat how each face truly suits the wood type used. Family members are always asking for (or simply taking) his carvings. I've been pretty lucky in that I manage to call dibs on the ones I really want.
Living room. Tron and Tron: Legacy posters by Martin Ansin (my Valentine's Day gift to James this year). Ikea loveseat and shag rug.
The view from the kitchen window, and ceramic tea cups I made.
Taken in the living room, looking into the breakfast nook. Ikea shelf (part of the EXPEDIT series- available in stores but not online), with various trinkets (the wooden pipe is from Amsterdam, the rest are thrift store, estate sale finds, or items handed down to me), various DVDs, one of Gramps' more unusual carvings, and a Tara Donovan book. That shell casing in front of the vintage clock radio is a reminder of how I got the scar on my left hand- a little mishap at the targeting range. Ikea workspace used as a table + chairs, and Urban Outfitters rug.
Our breakfast nook. Vintage Japanese scarf used as a table runner, Yankee Candle Company candle holder + "Two Peas in a Pod" salt and pepper shakers (gifts from my mother-in-law), stainless steel syrup dispenser, tile coasters from Urban Outfitters, vintage woven place mats + vintage bamboo/woven food tray (were my grandmother's on my dad's side), and some type of Ghost Plant. Looks a lovely shade of green now but turns a sweet pale purple when it gets cold out.
In the bathroom. Earrings: vintage, bracelet: Alexander McQueen. Mine, which is in brass with gold crystals, is no longer available but the same style in different materials/color crystals can be found here.
The view from within the tub. Tranquil natural lighting. The frosted privacy curtain isn't necessary, but it is nice to have.
The master bedroom, which you might recognize from my outfit posts. 13 Assassins poster by Vania Zourovliov. We LOVE screen-printed poster design, especially those produced through Mondo.
Some of James' oldest friends encased in pillow cases I made, Mr. Sheep, and some of my oldest friends. The pillow cases may have changed but he's had those pillows since he was teeny tiny, that one in the yellow case since birth. Mr. Sheep was an Easter gift from my dad. I've had the bear since I was 7, the tiny bunny since I was around 3, and the pink puppy was a gift from my friend's dad on my winter 2008 Japan trip. Ikea bed frame and patterned duvet cover set.
At the foot of our bed. My dear SS12 Danica heels sitting next to the Ikea storage locker that holds all of my pajamas.
As you can see we did a fair amount of our shopping at Ikea, both when we had our own apartments and together. The radiators limited where we could put things, but I think we made do pretty well. The living room setup is very close to how I had it set up at my old place. And lastly... please forgive the name dropping- I didn't mean to come off as boastful or obnoxious, I just wanted to be descriptive.