Ever since I moved back from NYC, I have been eying the West End of Hartford. To me, it’s the ideal place to live since you can walk to the grocery store, drugstore, a coffee shop and lots of restaurants, while still living in an actual house. After moving between several apartment buildings in Brooklyn and Manhattan, the idea of occupying an entire floor of an old Victorian with a porch (!) was irresistible to someone used to renting places about the size of your average cubicle circa “Office Space.” Also, I really love old houses, probably because I grew up in a really old house in West Hartford Center. So when it was time for me to move this fall, I briefly looked at some brownstones in South Downtown where I work, but always knew I really wanted to be in the West End.
Yes, old Victorians have their downsides; they are drafty and creaky, and worst of all, dry. No matter how many times I refill the humidifier, I still wake up with a dry throat. I just bought this Honeywell HCM-6009 QuietCare 9-Gallon Output Console Humidifier with Air Washing Technology. For short I’ve nicknamed it the “Cadillac of Humidifiers.” It has *two* tanks and is my way of letting the apartment know I mean business.
Hello built-in bookcases. Here we have my maternal grandfather’s family crest and a pillow from Restoration Hardware with my paternal grandmother’s maiden name. Both courtesy of my mother. Thanks, Mom!
Ladies and gentleman, say hello to the only kitchen in the world that looks better with more stuff in it. I usually tell people to declutter their kitchen as much as possible. This one needs clutter.
Since I have no dishwasher, I decided to splurge on a good dish rack. This rack uses space so well I wish I had made this upgrade years ago.
If you’re worried about me turning this blog into some kind of crafty-homey-DIY affair, don’t be. While I may branch out into topics beyond travel once in a while, I’m not going in that direction.
It’s not so much that I dislike crafting, it’s that I hate it, am terrible at it, and have no patience for it.