Whew - a little more of a break that I intended. Change can be difficult! Anyway, my new housemate is in - and I couldn't be happier that D has moved in. The apt is still needing a lot of work, but I'm confident that once we get some key things done, and hopefully get some help from the landlord, we will eventually settle in and be proud of our place.
It was such a strange coincidence that Apartment Therapy posted a recap with my Fall Color contest submission from 2008 last week - it's funny to see the apartment from then, to see what's changed and what hasn't. It also makes me remember how long it took me to get to that point, and that the apt is always an ongoing, imperfect project. I think I can sometimes get wrapped up in reading design blogs and magazines, and put too much pressure myself to create some unrealistic, perfect, pristine space. I realized yesterday that I had spent the last few weekends totally engrossed in the apt and not being social with my friends or enjoying the city! So I've made a list of the things I want to do, and will work on them slowly and reasonably.