I guess that's why I've been reading Apartamento so much recently--it's an international/Spanish quarterly (printed in English) that profiles everyday life around the world. The interiors featured in this magazine remind me of the unpretentious, "unfinished", dynamic studio-like spaces of my friends in the Mission and Bernal Heights. I'd take one of these homes over anything I see in Wallpaper, Elle Decor, or Architectural Digest (which I also have to read...for Ye Olde Dayjobbe.)
Here's a little peek:
When I go to my friends' homes, I'm so much more inspired than if I went to the Decorator Showcase House. Why? It's because I can see myself living and thriving in my friends' spaces (truly living, without a cleaning lady, housekeeper, personal assistant, or cook) instead of some "designed" home where I'm afraid to set down my drink.
This is a rant, but it's because I'm trying to reconcile these sides of my life. At Ye Olde Dayjobbe, I'm getting really good at being the practical one in the office ("Can this be cleaned with soap and water?" "Is this allergy free?" "Will it withstand their teenage kids??") And with Retrograde, I'm encouraging folks to step it up a bit ("You can't keep living with disposable furniture forever.")
So that's that.
Until next time...