Nesting, Grad School, Student Teaching, Work, and Nesting

I’ve been so swamped recently! I started the Single-Subject Credential/Masters Program for English Education last week, and I have just been going, going, going ever since! I am trying (unsuccessfully) to balance a social life with proper study time and still get everything done.

Yesterday, I shut down the social aspect and buckled down to get some work done. I found a few more boxes of books that I had packed in our “Harry Potter Closet”, and decided to unpack and alphabetize my books. 

As an English major in college, and an English teacher now, my books range from text books to picture books to 8th grade books to the 50 Shades of Grey books. I have it all. And I am PROUD of my personal library. Here’s a picture of what it looks like all done!

I have added some minor improvements, along with a rearrangement of my room, and I hope to post that soon, too!

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My Incorrigible Addiction to Vintage Prints

Being able to decorate this apartment with my own decor has truly allowed my addiction to vintage prints to rear its ugly head. I have always found vintage photos to be fascinating, and I love going to the Cliff House to see all of the vintage photos they have of San Francisco.

Through tedious hours spent on Craigslist and eBay, I have found some amazing prints that I can’t wait to line my walls with!

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United Air Lines vintage promotion poster #1 ($11.79 on eBay)

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American Airlines vintage promotion print ($11.79 on eBay)

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United Airlines vintage promotion print #2 ($11.79 on eBay)

With those three, I plan to line our hallway with them.

The next two I have yet to find a home for yet, although my roommate thinks that we have too many Golden Gate pictures. I said “Since you can see the Golden Gate from our roof, I don’t think we can ever get enough Golden Gate pictures.” Ammaright?!

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Vintage print of the Golden Gate Bridge being built ($20 on Craigslist)

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Vintage print of the Peninsula Cable Car system ($20 on Craigslist [and a personal favorite of mine since I grew up on the Peninsula]).

Those are the most recent ones I’ve bought, although they’re large (12″x24″ ish), and I want to have them nicely framed, first. I have a feeling they’re going to flank our television in the living room.

These are the first vintage prints I bought, and the woman from which I bought them was pleased as punch to hear that they would be making a new home in Nob Hill, which was the location of their origin.

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This is mid-changing the frames: the brown frames were the ones that came with, and these $8 IKEA frames are what I replaced them with.

Here are the photos individually:

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View from Nob Hill post-1906 earthquake looking North towards a barren Alcatraz Island (I believe – it may also be Treasure Island prior to the Bay Bridge). ($4 on Craigslist – $20 for a set of 5).

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Picture looking towards Civic Center from Nob Hill post-1906 earthquake. ($4 on Craigslist – $20 for a set of 5).

Both of these photos have found a home in our restroom, and was initially going to be the only set of black-and-white vintage prints I was going to get, until I fell in love/addiction/obsession. Our bathroom is black white, and grey themed, so these balance out the blank wall we have perfectly.

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While musing through this post, I may put one, if not both, of the other black and white prints over our spacious wall above the never-used bathtub. (Really, who uses bathtubs anymore. They’re not fun past age 6, they’re never relaxing like the movies portray, they’re basically allowing you to soak in your own sweat from the day, and they never leave you feeling clean.)

Tangent – sorry. I love the way that these prints look, and I think they add a truly “San Francisco” vibe to our beautiful apartment.

Pinterest Inspired Decor

Since I’ve been nearly salivating over this apartment for the last 16 months, I have had plenty of time to plan out my decor via the wonderful time sink website – Pinterest. (I’ve also planned out my wedding, my future baby’s outfits, and, y’know, all these other non-realities). BUT! Now that the apartment is, in fact, a reality, I’ve began to channel my inner Pinterest queen in my very first Pinterest-inspired project!

I have an obsession with all things sparkly, jewelry included, and my Home Depot bought “storage hooks” were no longer acceptable to flaunt my pretty, shiny things. So via Pinterest, I found a few jewelry storage options that made for a decorative art piece, as well as a functional storage use:

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I loveeeee this. Vintage frame with lace to hang earrings! Beautiful <3

 

While both were adorable, my weakness is with bangles and LONG necklaces, so the frame concept was shot to hell.

Whilst going through my old pins, I found this idea, and immediately fell in love:

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18 inch towel bar with s-shaped hooks

 

It was PERFECT! I have a little corner near my closet that would work perfectly, given the small curtain rods (or shower rack size).

I went to Target, and found 28″-48″ curtain rods in this design, but in a dark black/brown color: (under $10 each)

Room Essentials® Standard Café Rod - Nickel (28-48")

Then I bought S-shaped hooks (used generally to hang up shower curtains):

(under $10 per 12pack)

InterDesign York Shower Hooks with Loop - Chrome

I inverted the hooks so that the smaller hook went over the bar, allowing for more space to hang multiple necklaces/bracelets from.

From there, I went home and simply threw them up on the wall! The whole process took less than an hour, and I personally am very pleased with the way it turned out. I think it looks beautiful, and I didn’t really realize how much damn jewelry I had until I put it all up there!

Here is my new jewelry “nook” now!

Necklaces up top, bracelets on the bottom, either hanging from the rod itself, or from hooks, earrings either in jewelry box or hanging from a “jewelry tree” I got from Ross ($8).

 

That’s what I call ballin’ on a budget. 🙂