Old Building Love

Anyone who knows me well knows that I love old houses and buildings.  I suppose it’s not that much of a surprise.  After all, my dad’s family has been in the real estate business since 1889 (125 years!), so it must just run in my blood.  Ever since I was young, I would accompany my dad on rides through the countryside and neighboring towns.  I loved hearing who lived where and about the various styles of homes.  Although newer homes certainly have their merits, I much prefer old homes.  They simply have so much more character and charm.  I love the quirks.  Whenever I drive somewhere, I constantly look at the homes on the side of the road.  My favorites are probably old farmhouses, but I also love traditional four-square homes, small cottages, Victorian houses, and Capes.  Whenever I see a run-down old house, I want to buy it and restore it to its former beauty.

So, of course, I love the dorm I currently live in.  It was built in 1928 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  As an old building, it certainly has its quirks.  The windows don’t have screens, heat is delivered through radiators that can get very hot to the touch, there’s a bit of a bug problem (mostly due to the lack of screens), some of the rooms smell old, and the bathrooms aren’t the nicest (although I don’t think they are that bad).  Some of my friends dislike living here, but I still love it.  The windows are stone mullioned gothic-style casement windows.  The doors are beautifully paneled stained wood doors.  Some of the rooms have window seats, bay windows, and working (and gorgeous) fireplaces.  The rooms are fairly spacious, even the singles. There are REAL closets with original doorknobs.  The desks and dressers are larger than typical for college dorms.  There are wood floors.  The hallways have gorgeous details, including window seats at the end.  The lounge is huge and looks like it’s out of Hogwarts.  Each room is uniquely different.  The location is great- close to the gym and dining hall/campus center.

Here are some photos:

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Isn’t it gorgeous?  Have you ever lived in a charming older home or building?  Do you like the charm of old places or do you prefer perfect newer homes?

Dorm Room Update: Desk Area and Wall Decorations

At the beginning of the school year, I shared pictures of my sophomore dorm room.  Since then, I have made some small updates, particularly to the desk area and on the wall above my bed.  I really like how it looks now, so I thought I’d share the updates.

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The major difference is the painting on the top shelf.  My college friend Jess, who is a art/psych double major, painted this painting and gave it to me for Christmas.  It is one of my favorite pieces in the entire room.  I actually placed it here because I needed somewhere to put it, not intending for this to be its permanent place, but I ended up loving it here.  I also added a small mountain calendar, which fit perfectly between the two electrical lines to the right of the desk.

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And here are some details of the part below:

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Some organizational tips:

1. I love using my bulletin board (above the desk) to store my jewelry.  I just used pushpins as “hooks” for my bracelets, rings, and necklaces, and used two pushpins with thin wire wrapped around to store my earrings.  Everything is easily accessible and it looks nice as well.  I also love that my jewelry doesn’t get all tangled up.

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2. The white board helps me stay organized.  I use it for ongoing to-do lists and shopping lists.

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3. I use two separate shot glasses to store my chapstick and any coin change I have.  It makes it easy to empty my pockets at night and then find them again in the morning easily.

4. The only makeup I usually wear is mascara, so I store my mascara and eyelash curler in a large glass from the Hard Rock Cafe.  It works really well and keeps my makeup very easily accessible.

The other thing I wanted to share was the “posters” that I’ve added to the wall above my bed.  I had originally put up a poster/photo collage, which I still love and has stayed up well.  However, as a college sophomore, I was in need of some added encouragement/motivation.  One of my best friends from home sent me a couple of posters she made, and one of my college friends made another poster, so I put them up so I would see them each morning first thing and at night as the last thing I see.

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They’re not perfectly centered, but I love them!

Pretty much everything used is old, so I don’t have much of a sources list.  The lamp was from Walmart, the turtle sculpture was from the gift store at Muir Woods in California, and pretty much everything else was thrifted or gifted.  The landscape painting was done by my friend Jessica Brower.