Friday, May 30, 2008

Wanty


(That's worth clicking to embiggen.)

1. art wall., 2. Jen Duncan's super cute kitchen!, 3. Another new bargello, 4. Living room, 5. New (To Us) Sofa!, 6. Bedroom, 7. Apartment therapy, living room, 8. her casual living room, 9. Mirror collection, 10. Untitled, 11. thrifted quilt, 12. Dining room, 13. new credenza, 14. Stash corner, 15. dining room, 16. plates in display

I've been feeling wanty lately. Covetous. Just wishing that I was more settled in my life, that we could buy a little house, that I knew where we were going to end up living beyond 2010, that I had a little more money to spend on my surroundings, etc., etc. I don't like feeling this way, but at least I do know it will pass. In the meantime, I decided to spend a little time cruising around Flickr and feeding this demon of wantiness; what you see above represents that cruise. (I love seeing these mosaics on other blogs, but I'd never made one. Fun! I used this site, and I'll definitely be making more of these.) It's quite clear that I'm not a minimalist, right? I do like to live with my stuff around me. In my years of thrifting and sale-ing, I've managed to gather some stuff that I really love. I like groupings, and collections, and salon-style displays of art.

And don't get me wrong -- I do like lots of things about where I live now, and probably if somebody else came in and took some pictures in my house with a really nice camera, and put the pictures on Flickr, I'd be quite impressed. Because I'm a bit ridiculous. :)

I'll be writing a paper this weekend, and then on Tuesday I fly to Vancouver for a big conference. Once the conference is over, I'll be taking a holiday, visiting friends and family in different parts of B.C. I plan to knit, and crochet, and thrift, and sleep, and read for fun. I can't wait.

16 comments:

emilyoboe said...

I too have been feeling 'wanty' as you out it--though it has translated more into clothes/yarn than house furnishings. hooray for vancouver! we've even had some nice weather lately.

lori z said...

The impermanence of graduate school has a way of leaving people wanty, in my opinion. In the US its pretty easy to fear content as a renter rather than a home owner right now. Its dismal out there.

We're now on a "no buying new stuff" kick because we plan to move in a year or so. Its hard. Every book I pick up and think about if I'd really move it with me to the next place...even if its across an ocean. It probably will be on the same continent, just a different coast.

gaile said...

hilarious. apparently wanty is going around. we're getting ready to move, and of course everything looks so nice to me now I want to buy it all. NOT okay when we're looking at relocating and going to a single income!

chez shoes said...

Oh, goodness. Now I'm all wanty too.

Maggie said...

I can't stop looking at your mosaic. I've been meaning to paint our kitchen this summer with that lovely turquoise-blue and add some white wainscotting in the eat-in area/foyer (our house is tiny, yes, we eat in the foyer!), and now I'm really inspired. But your mosaic has also made me want to go spendspendspend. And we shouldn't, because I don't know how I feel about our house and where we live, and I don't know how long we'll stay, so I don't want to cater too much to it.

But I will be painting really soon!

Katie M. said...

The impermanence of grad school is definitely one of its pitfalls (well, that and all the crappy work) for me. To agree with lori z. The phantom wantiness is always lurking.

T of Balkan Style Bloggers said...

Alas, I too am married to a PhD student but we learn to live with and even love all of our free furniture. Enjoy the west coast!

meg said...

that might be the best mosaic i've ever seen. i love every.single.room.

Seanna Lea said...

I have been feeling that way for a while, but mostly for me that means looking at houses. I like my stuff, but it would be nice to have a place nice enough to display some of it (and to have more than a cabinet and a closet for some stash).

Ruby Khan said...

#12 is my dining room! Glad you like it. I'm sorry it adds fuel your wantyness. I'm definitely at a more stay-put place in my life than I've ever been before, but we're also renters and in Boston, and I've gotten priced out of all of my previous neighborhoods so I empathize with the idea of, "If we just owned a little house..." Just have to love what you do have and try not to be too attached to the idea of having things Exactly Perfect Forever.

PrincessPea said...

Well I wasn't feeling wanty until I saw your pictures, and now I totally am! Thanks for the mosaics link - I've been wondering how to do this.

Veronique said...

Now that you know how to make mosaics, you should participate in the Flickr meme that's going around! (You can check out the rules on my Flickr page).

Robin said...

Love your wants...very nice. Congrats on the defence of your comps. I hope you are feeling good about them. And enjoy your trip out West!

DJB said...

Let me give you the facts...When you can finally afford a home (even if they're cheap like Canada or the US), you won't be able to afford the stuff. Fortunately you'll be able to knit most of your furniture and kitchenware ;-)

DJB said...

Ooh! I forgot, I'm with a PhD student as well. Perhaps when he gets a job WE'll be able to afford the stuff too!

Judy B said...

Have a great trip.