Our First Home
a lifestyle is a means of forging a sense of self and to create cultural symbols that resonate with personal identity.
My husband and I recently moved into our very first apartment. As newlyweds and with passion stemming from my interests in art, home decor, and entertainment, I find myself putting my heart into decorating our home. Although true home for me will always be where my parents are and the city in which I spent most of my life, it was time to build a new home. We started our search for a place that would reflect the lifestyle we seek, and after months of searching and planning, we found it.
We wanted to reside in a neighborhood with a close proximity to restaurants, life, and culture. We wanted the city life without having to move too far from the suburb. Which is what brought us to Downtown, Maryland. The new neighborhood and the beautifully decorated, convenient amenities helped this choice win out over all the other homes. It is not to show-off, but I feel the appealing features of this complex and the up-and-coming neighborhood is deserving of attention and a shout-out. Yes, you can say I'm slightly biased as it’s my first home with my husband.
From an artist's perspective, decorating an empty place is like being handed over a blank canvas. It’s nerve-wracking but also exhilarating! From life's perspective, it was turning a new leaf and a place into a home. From stylistic perspective, it is one that is to denote or reflect our way of life and resonate with our personal identity. The challenge was to design a space inspired by our personality and successfully reflecting our individual and combined sense of style. This means I wanted to decorate the place keeping in mind the lifestyle we seek and the standard by which we would ideally want to live.
I believe a home is a place where you want to come back to - a place that makes you feel relaxed and proud. It was important for me to incorporate both of our personalities into the design process, so we not only feel proud to live in our home but also enjoy sharing it with others. Although I often found myself gravitating towards mid-century or vintage decor, I felt the call to create an interior inspired by the truly modern aesthetic of Bozzuto. I hope to share with you some insights into the design process of our small two-bedroom apartment.
We chose a two-bedroom option only to have an extra room for the parents and families to visit. My husband and I crave and adore fun loving company! We chose to keep our circle of close friends small and meaningful, and we love having them over! My parents have been a blessing and always been there for my husband and I throughout our journey and struggles. They've been a true source of strength and inspiration for both of us. Always there to cheer us on at every step of the way! We wanted to ensure their presence in our lives, as much as possible, and to have room for them to come over and spend some quality time with us while feeling right at home.
I grew up in a household where entertaining was at the heart of our family. My parents are known for their hospitality and always came together as a team whenever they hosted an event or gathering for their families and friends. My dad has always been a family-oriented man and loves entertaining! I know I get my love for entertainment from my folks and my passion for home-decor from my mom. I was always called upon to prettify things. I have enjoyed decorating for my mother and helping her with event planning whenever possible. If a project involved art or aesthetic, there was a pretty good chance I was involved in it.
As I take on this home decor journey for my new place, I would love for you to tag along with me. Please send me your comments, feedback, suggestions, or love!