I have a job! And a place! I am moving into an old (potentially haunted) house in Clarendon, and for the first time since college, I want to feel settled in a place (and I can drive from my parents' home). Here's what I'm getting now that I'm past the three-suitcase-life:
  1. Paint
    I would never touch the zany 1950s wallpaper or exposed brick fireplace downstairs, but my room has one poorly-painted olive green wall and three beige ones. Bye. (And/or can I shiplap the entire room?!)
  2. Wall art
    HUGE big deal. Last night, Mama Watz and I unearthed my P. Buckley Moss prints and a collection of early 90s Disney lithograph prints. I also have a hand-drawn calligraphy print of my favorite bible verse from a friend in Jordan. I can make a gallery wall, y'all!
  3. Books!!! And a bookshelf!
    I have been purchasing (and library-ing) books en masse since returning to America. Send me all your books! I'll read them!
  4. My handmade quilt
    Mama Watz sewed a gorgeous quilt that pulls on Appalachia-in-Autumn colors. It's the most gorgeous thing, from which I'm pulling all color schemes for everything.
  5. A rug
    My room is massive, so I might need two? I don't know anything about rugs.
  6. Plants
    For six years, I had a small pine tree in my bathroom. I'd like a little standing herb garden, or a Meyer lemon tree? Get outta here with that fiddle-leaf-fig nonsense; they're too high-maintenance for me.
  7. Bathroom decor?
    The bathroom I share with another woman feels pretty cramped and drab. How do I give it some razzle-dazzle (and verticals storage space)?
  8. A gym bag
    In the overly-ambitious-alternative-universe in which I wake up at 6am to go rock climbing before work 🤷🏽‍♀️
  9. Make it your own
    If you're comfortable in your space, that's all that matters! Also, don't be afraid to let your personality shine through!
    Suggested by @karlalucia
  10. Sounds like you have the basics covered, I would just add a vase of fresh flowers (Trader Joe's!) and a good knife and some nice wine glasses👌🏻❤️
    Suggested by @cvlop61
  11. Comfy seating & super soft blankets
    Nothing is more homey or inviting than being cozy on a worn in couch with a clean, soft blanket.
    Suggested by @amieshmamie
  12. Ceiling fans (if you live in a hot climate). Easiest to install if you already have a light fixture on your ceiling. Lots of variety to choose from, from functional to centrepiece.
    Suggested by @Alphonse
  13. A pet.
    Dog, cat, pig, bird, or whatever you prefer. Fluffy things make life better.
    Suggested by @NumbahTwo