Somehow, I manage to keep moving into smaller and smaller places. El Cerrito smaller than Nashville, Cudahy smaller than El Cerrito, and DC smaller than all. But it is going to be so cute!
It’s a one-bedroom spot euphemistically called an “English Garden apartment.” It’s the basement. It has it’s own entrance out back to the “garden.” There’s a main room and the other room that’s called a bedroom, and a bathroom, and a hallway, and a nook, and the house’s laundry room and furnace room, and some under-the-stairs storage.
I’ve adjusted things a bit. The nook is now my bed nook. It has a window and a very large alcove above a storage area that houses the water meter. It’s holding the things that would normally be on my nightstand: alarm clock, phone chargers, reading books, journals, etc. The “bedroom” is now my dressing/sitting/office room. The main room is combination kitchen and living room, also makes julienne fries, it will not break, it…. sorry. Too much Aladdin.
It is mostly below ground in front and in back, so the windows are small and there’s an air conditioner in one. But I’ve found that opening the curtains and the back door lets in a fair amount of light. The below-ground bit also means there’s stairs to go up when you go out. They’re under a cement porch. Duck! There’s a good chunk of cement missing from all the people who have hit their heads.
It’s going to be a lot of work to get the place set up. I’m hoping by March. But I’m already in love with what it’s going to be. The first thing I did was move the refrigerator out of the main room. It was taking up almost a quarter of the room. There’s a very large area at the bottom of the stairs. I measured the opening between the stairs and the wall, at the molding, and it was just big enough to get the fridge through with some finessing.
Then I painted. It was amazing what a fresh coat of gloss white on the painted woodwork did to the place! It suddenly seemed bigger and brighter and no longer dingy. The walls in the place were peach, pretty much the same peach as our old Africa Room in Cudahy. I painted the bed nook the blue that my bedroom in Cudahy was. In the dressing/sitting/office room, I painted one accent wall the green that Munchkinhead and I had put in the hallway in Cudahy. In the main room, the back wall of the room is actually the hallway wall; that side is open except for a pillar. I painted that wall a dark brownish red that I got at the fabulous newly opened hardware store I found in town. I was their first paint mix! It’s going to go very well with my African decor. I gave the rest of the main room walls a fresh coat of peach. I also touched up the ceilings.
Main room accent wall