So my first week and a half back in the United States has been a whirlwind of activity. I’ll write more about all of the events in a later post, but tonight I wanted to post some pictures of my room in my new apartment in Madison. As soon as the rest of the apartment is ready, my roommate and I will take more pictures and show off the whole thing. But for now, here are some pictures of my room and my bathroom. I’m still searching for a teal bedspread, and I plan on making some photo tiles to put in my bathroom that will feature some of my photographs from France. You’ll see which ones a little further below… So things aren’t quite done yet, but they’re far enough along that I thought I’d share these… 🙂
Looking into my room from the dining nook/front room. On the left is a piece that I created and framed that features a post card of an olive grove in southern France, a picture of Christ in Gethsemane, and olive leaves from some of the wild olive trees that grow on the BYU campus.
- My desk and framed artwork, bachelor’s degree, a certificate from my boss at BYU, and my graduation tassels
- Just in case you were wondering, I like France…
- When I frame my master’s degree, it will go above my bachelor’s degree. Next to the degrees are my French National Honors Society cords, BYU bachelor of arts tassel (white), UW’s masters degree tassel (black), and UW alumni tassel (red)
- My beautiful Japanese orchids and my Grandma’s glass apple. Grandpa gave it to me just a year or so before he passed away because I’m the “professor” in the family.
- I spray painted my bed frame an espresso color to match the rest of my woodwork. Above my bed are knick-knacks from Senegal (giraffe), France (Eiffel Tower), a Boyd’s Bear sister figurine (Amber) Iraq (brass camel), and Jerusalem (oil lamp). I may switch out the giraffe from time to time and put out some of my other sculptures from Senegal. And like I said above, I’m still looking for a teal bedspread…
Around the corner – my bookshelf filled with books that relate directly to my dissertation… And yes, I HAVE read ALL of them!
I’ll be able to switch out the colors of the hand towels and wash cloths (burgundy and cream). The middle shelf features my olive leaf candle holders. A 5×7 photo tile will have a picture of the gardens of the 14th century cathedral cloister in Aix-en-Provence
The garden – the watermarks on this picture and the following 3 won’t be on the final products
Easels for the 8×10 photo tiles – behind the door/next to the large towel rack next to the shower
The columns in the 14th century cathedral cloister. This type of double-columned colonnade is rare, and the capitals of the columns are all different. Everything here was hand carved! True artistic and architectural treasures!
This is a 100 year old engraving of Quinconces, a town square located where a medieval castle/fortress once stood in Bordeaux, France. I passed this place nearly every day for the first 6 months of my mission. I found the engraving for a mere 25 euro and I had it framed in Utah. The boxwood topiaries match the topiaries in the garden picture that will be on the towel rack above the toilet.
The common area isn’t quite finished yet, but I bought this abaca basket (a banana-type tree native to the Philippines) that doubles as a coffee table and a storage area for my blankets and French tablecloths. I love the combination of texture of the wood and the freshness of the (fake) grass. Once the area is finished off, I’ll post more pictures of the room.
My basket/coffee table and a cameo of my roommate’s electronics
So there you go! A glimpse into how I employ my education from all of my interior design classes and TA-ing (thanks, Karla!), and my tastes. It’s been fun to have the space and the means to decorate my own place.