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Sometimes it’s the little things.

Sometimes it’s the little things.

Staying with my girlfriend, who has lived in the same roomy, beautiful flat for 12 years, I have become extraordinarily homesick for my own place. It hasn’t helped that we’ve been visiting with other friends with equally beautiful (and lived in) homes. And although spending half this year living in amazing hotel rooms had me ready to plunker down once again, it wasn’t until I started spending time in the homes of friends that it really hit that I haven’t had a place of my own to lay my head.

However, after weeks of looking at flat after flat that just won’t do (too dark, too small, too unsafe, too weird landlords, too smelly – oh yes been a lot of those for $1800!!) I’d felt a bit worn down and concerned that my vision of a flat wouldn’t manifest. I’d seen so clearly what I wanted thanks to friends and my own great home last year but I was feeling slightly defeated by everything and lack of hope.

So I took a break, drove up to Malibu and walked around; hesitating going into the Shabby Chic store. But, it’s so pretty in there and in I went. And that’s where I did something that was for me, slightly ridiculous. I’m not a shopper and generally not one to buy without purpose, but there was this beautiful pillowcase just sitting there and I am a smitten kitten for good linens. I picked it up, hesitated for a moment before I gave in to buying this solitary expensive pillowcase. Not a set, mind you, just a single, beautiful hand-embroidered crocheted linen pillowcase. It didn’t feel weird, actually, it feel really good even though at the moment I don’t have my own pillow to use it with.

But the extravagance was because I needed to feel like I had something that pertained to home whilst living out of two suitcases. Something to look forward to. Something to remind me that one day I’ll have use for it, I just need to be hopeful and keep trying.

Driving back down the coast I felt a bit more at ease, a bit more hopeful that I too, will one day find anther place that will feel like me. Before heading back to Hollywood I decided to stop in at Santa Monica and loook at just one more place.

And wouldn’t you know it, it was the one.



  1. July 8, 2008 / 6:45 PM

    I love this story and being reminded of the great things that can come from treating ourselves well. Congratulations on the new place – it’s lovely.

  2. RowenaNo Gravatar
    July 8, 2008 / 11:13 PM

    So you found your new place? Congratulations! Buying that pillowcase was like sending a signal out somewhere to the world that you were ready for a perfect, comfortable and cozy home. I admired your house tour on AT so I can’t wait to see what you create next.

  3. July 9, 2008 / 12:06 AM

    Congratulations on the new place! I love the simple lines it has. It looks sweet and clean. Your pillowcase is lovely. I, too, am a sucker for linens…especially white!

  4. July 9, 2008 / 3:33 AM

    Congrats! I just emailed you. No doubt I will be turning to you for sage advice next year.

  5. July 9, 2008 / 8:50 AM

    I’m so glad you found a home for yourself after all this time — and you deserve to treat yourself to little bits of home as often as you need or want to. Now I am looking forward to seeing photos of your new home-place, and how you will transform it into a perfect reflection of who you are. Good luck and congratulations.

  6. July 9, 2008 / 1:28 PM

    I’m so thrilled for you and think it looks positively perfect. I too did this at one point when I was in total home upheaval. For me it was a lovely set of linen tea towels — ridiculous given that I was what felt like lifetimes away from making dirty dishes to wash and dry, let alone having somewhere to put the tea towels. Anyway, of course the day did come that I had a home they could live in and years later I’m now slightly unreasonably attached to those silly (and increasingly threadbare) tea towels.

  7. alissaNo Gravatar
    July 10, 2008 / 12:27 PM

    congratulations! how do you recommend flat hunting in santa monica? i’m so worn out by the whole thing!

  8. July 10, 2008 / 4:29 PM

    I’m wondering about your Carmel home. It was flooded, right? May I ask what your plans are for that place?

  9. July 10, 2008 / 7:07 PM

    I enjoy taking a break to read your blog and I just wanted to say I’m so glad you found what you were looking for, congratulations!

  10. Hygge HouseNo Gravatar
    July 15, 2008 / 4:40 AM

    Thank you so much everyone! It’s my 5th move in 1.5 years yet I’m very nervous about this one – even though everything is packed.

    Alissa: I have flat hunted 3 times for Santa Monica (once in December, once in May and now this summer) and it’s been HARD each time. I actually have used the same landlord for all 3 flats (2 flats were in the same building). I love her because she has wonderful properties and she’s on top of everything. You can find her via westsiderentals.com. But it really takes perseverance as the market is slim and I’m VERY picky with a high criteria (top floor, hardwood floors, charming & takes pets). I don’t have parking or inside washer/dryer but if I wanted those I think I’d still be homeless. Craigslist.org also works. Just keep looking!

    Ellen: The Carmel home was a temporary vacation rental (6 month lease). And the roof caved in on the bedroom/living room area and then flooded and damaged quite a bit while I was in Ireland. So I lost a lot of things that I have to rebuy. I moved out because it wasn’t livable and I have no plans to return to Carmel. It was a pretty place but just not right for me (especially since I’m not good with crowds and summer was coming. No more quiet beach time!).

  11. BrittaNo Gravatar
    November 15, 2008 / 10:44 AM

    How are you!
    It’s so good to see your dog is well 🙂
    Your pictures: I love them!
    Have a nice week end!!
    oxoxo Britta.