My apartment

After reading Ellie’s flat post, I could hear a collective whine all the way over here from my family friends: When is Sara going to post pics of HER apartment?

Call me a People Pleaser. Here goes it.

First, a preface: As you already know, I live in Way-the-F Wapping, which is in South East London, but north of the river. Unlike Ellie’s middle-of-Manhattan abode, it’s very quiet over here. You could seriously hear a pin drop in these parts. I am reminding you of this because in New York, location is everything. Case in point, a typical conversation with a real estate broker might go like this:

New Yorker: So, tell me about the apartment.

Real Estate Broker: Well, it doesn’t have a full fridge and may not be able to fit a couch, but it’s a stone’s throw from the Spotted Pig and Kingswood.

New Yorker: What floor is it on?

Real Estate Broker: The fifth — and there’s no elevator. But you get TONS of light. (This really is a plus.)

New Yorker: What about closets? How many?

Real Estate: Hmm. Well, there aren’t any. BUT the A/C/E, B/D/F, L and 1/2/3 trains are RIGHT nearby, as is the Highline, Washington Square Park and Bleecker Street.

New Yorker: Sounds like a STEAL. I’ll take it!

So I’ve traded location for space. LOTS of it. I’ve got a TWO bedroom all to myself on the FIRST floor. There’s an elevator and I take it sometimes just because I can. There’s no fancy gym, which is unfortunate for my growing gut. And while I do have a terrace, I’m afraid it’s about 10 feet off the ground, so there’s really not much point in standing on it. Plus, it’s winter. I do miss hard wood floors, as I’m not such a fan of carpeting. But at least I can walk around barefoot! Another plus? I’m a stone’s throw from work. Literally. You could actually throw a stone and hit the office. So on days like today when I forgot my phone and need to change my shoes because they’re squishing my toes, I can just pop back over!

From the outside...

From the outside…

The living room -- notice the (rare) light streaming through. Score!

The living room: Notice the (rare) light streaming through — score! — and the ancient TV. It may look flat, but baby got back!

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The kitchen, complete with washer/dryer and cute towels from work!

This is where I sit a lot and write/google/facebook/skype. Take note of how similar my glass table is to Ellie's!

This is where I sit a lot and write/google/facebook/skype. Take note of how similar my glass table is to Ellie’s!

The place needed some character, so I went to Spitalfields and bought a few matted Banksy photos, which I’ve hung around a lovely Buddah-esque canvas. Funny story about the Buddah canvas: It was actually in the lobby of my building, but I preferred it to the icky line drawing that was here, so I cheekily swapped them.

Artsy Banksy and a Buddah.

Artsy Banksy and a Buddah.

Ugly line drawing is now in the "lobby."

Line drawing is now in the lobby.

Over in my bedroom, I’ve got my own bathroom (!) and closets so big a collection of Hobbits could probably sleep in them. It saddens me that a good majority of my winter wardrobe is stuffed into a storage space near the West Side Highway back in Manhattan, while one entire side of these double-doored closets sits completely empty.

Big closet!

“Fill me, Sara, fill me!”

My super comfy bed (notice the new throw!) and my attempt to glam things up with more Banksy art and a scarf disguised as a bench cover.

My super comfy bed (notice the new throw!) and my attempt to glam things up with more Banksy art and a scarf disguised as a bench cover.

Another attempt to Sarify the space: Hung my bracelets on a scarf and my necklaces on the wall.

Another attempt to Sarify the space: Hung my bracelets on a scarf, my necklaces on the wall and photos of family around the mirror.

There's also a patio with a BBQ, which could be nice in spring. Right now, it's super dirty and dark out there.

There’s also a patio with a BBQ, which could be nice in spring. Right now, it’s a bit dirty and dark out there.

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To remind me of home…and my friends.

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“Now I lay me down to sleep…” my NYC snowglobe, notes from pals and “The Happiness Project,” which I will happily finish reading…someday.

The other bedroom looks pretty much the same (sans patio) AND there’s another bathroom, which I rarely use.

It may not be Notting Hill or hipster enclave Shoreditch, but what it lacks in location, it makes up for in comfy-cozy spaciousness — a lovely treat. Plus, I’M LIVING IN LONDON!

4 thoughts on “My apartment

  1. This was amazing! I love u..glad i got i see the front of your building and how u sarifyed your apt.! I feel fortunate to have gotten a mini tour while skyping! Lets this weekend. Miss you!

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