My apartment and some of the great deals I got decorating it...



My apartment floor plan
A work in progress...



Abandon all hope, ye who enter here...
This is one of the first things you'll see if you come visit.
The skeleton was $18.75 (75% off Halloween sale item that had already been reduced 50% with additional 25% employee discount on top of all that. Wee!), pole lamp was a mere $1.50 at a Nashville antique store, and the two-tier table was $11 at the giant Highway 127 Yard Sale (a 400 mile event not to be missed for the true bargain hunter.)


For your listening pleasure...
Most of my CDs and tapes on top of a light bulb demonstrator I rescued from a construction dumpster at the mall. The two chairs I got for about $12, I think. I plan to dye them black and replace the casters with wooden balls. The "cobra-hood" lamp I got at a Good Samaritans store for $15 and haven't seen one for less than $100 since.


Room for living...
Nice, clean 50s style - gotta love it.
Lotta bargains here. The plywood chair was about $4 at an antique shop in Franklin, TN, couch was $10 at a Nashville yard sale, end tables and coffee table were $21 for the set, table lamps are from 3 separate purchases (one I got with a different two-tier shade for $25 at an antique store, the two shades came from a pair of lamps bought for $20+ dollars at the Highway 127 Corridor Sale, and the second lamp was a gift from a dear friend), the gooseneck floor lamp was 25¢ (!), and the white sculptural figure was $5 at the Castner Knot closing.


Evening falls...
And soft lights set the mood.


Time to make some cookies...
The copper clock was $8 on eBay as was the copper Sunbeam hand mixer. The breadbox and canisters were freebies from my parents.


Loafing in the corner...
Another unexciting view, but I'm trying to let you get the lay of the land here.The shelves are a commercial bread rack I picked up at a yard sale for about $15, copper canisters were something like $6 at an antique store, and the copper hot/cold server was about $8.


Where Johnny Carson should be...
The bedroom TV.
Not much exciting here. The lamp on the left is one of a pair I got for about $20 at the worlds largest yard sale and the shade on it came with one of the living room lamps.


ZZZzzzz...
Another "not much to see here" shot.
The "cat-eye" bedside lamps I got for around $16 and had to get the shades later off eBay for approximately $12 more. The bedspread is neater than it looks and unfortunately dropped its tag somewhere along the way. I recall it being made in Italy and being made of something nice like virgin wool or silk or some such (but I'm a guy and know little of such things). It belonged to my parents and is in great shape for being somewhere around 50 years old. The bedside tables that are sort-of Danish Modern (and don't show up well) were theirs also.


We all live in a yellow submarine...
My Beatles Yellow Submarine collection.
Got almost everything at at least 25% off retail at Spencer Gifts (employee discount)


Gaming central...
Holy crap, I'm such a computer nerd!
The two tall shelf towers were salvaged from where I used to work and the middle tower and desks were made by my father and I. The teal and chartreuse color scheme just happened and got out of hand.


I have too much shit!...
Part of my studio. Boxes and drawers everywhere.


Where the work gets done...
The workbench I made with my dad. This is where I struggle to get the bills paid.


Back to the drawing board...
The drafting table, where ideas sometimes come together... sometimes. By the way, that's about $100 worth of colored pencils on the right. Yikes!


If a picture paints a thousand words...
Acrylic, watercolor, enamel, pastels, crayons, glues, brushes, etc. There's a lot to create with here. Now, if I could just get some ideas! Where's my muse when I need her?



Entertainment front and center...
VHS, DVD, CD, MP3, all manner of computer video, etc. It's all right here and controllable with just one remote - even the lights!
The wall hanging is a large serving bowl I got at T. J. Maxx for $3.00 with a store display figure I picked up at a Castner Knot closing for the same price, other than the lava lamp and gooseneck the items on top of the entertainment center all cost $7.00 or less each, the computer that is a big part of the home-theater experience was a steal at $200 on eBay (I added a TV tuner card, better audio, second processor, bigger hard drive, IR input, wireless keyboard, and DVD drive for less than $200 more.)



Let the sun shine in...
Thankfully my windows face Southeast for some decent light during the day (a flash helps too).


French maid in Japan...
"Magda" serving as a reminder to keep the place clean in the event I should have a lady friend over. The mannequin I picked up for $35 when the Castner Knot in downtown Nashville closed. The maid outfit and wig probably set me back about $7 or so bought on sale plus employee discount. The shoes were left behind by an ex-girlfriend.


Rockin' the night away...
Believe it or not, the fab 50s aqua chair is a rocker.
Bargains? The pole lamp was around $10, leopard lamp was $25 from an antique shop in Nashville and the shade was $8 from an antique store in Cookeville, TN, the two tier table was $14 at the world's largest yard sale, and the fantastic aqua rocker was $35 at yet another antique store in Nashville.



Nothing here to see, folks...
Yeah, not much of a picture. Sorry.
Anyway, three eBay items can be seen here (barely). I think the tripod ice-bucket was $22, the condiment set (three lidded bowls w/ two sets of S&P shakers, and copper tone caddy) was about $12, and the phone/answering machine with speakerphone in base and handset and talking caller ID was $35-$40 (great deal on a $120 item)



My Dominion...
Copper and chrome kitchen goodness.
From eBay - paper towel/waxed paper dispenser was in the neighborhood of $6, ice crusher close to $10, and the lovely copper toaster set me back $25. From antique stores, the copper hot/cold server (yes, I have two) was maybe $10, the Dominion toaster oven (which converts from oven to broiler by flipping it over and gets daily use) was also $10, and the round waffle iron was a splurge at $30.



Osterizer, Mixmaster, Futuramic...
Some of my very favorite items.
The copper Oster "beehive" blender I loved enough to plunk down $60 for (good luck finding one under $100), the copper hand-crank mixer cost $8, and the Sunbeam Mixmaster stand mixer with two jadeite bowls and juicer was only $50 (the bowls alone are probably worth that). From eBay, $25 got me the snazzy Futuramic electric skillet (little green men not included). The copper Revere teakettle with bakelite handle and bird whistle went for $25 at a Nashville antique store.



Wide open Range...
Just a shot showing the full width of the Northwest kitchen countertop.


Day glow...
The bedroom window.
The half-mannequin was another Castner Knot item and was $15. The 50's lamp is the second of the pair mentioned previously with a shade I got on eBay for about $18. (If you don't think the shade is a bargain, look at the prices on these two-tier, 50's fiberglass shades sometime). The orbiter thingy was rescued from being trashed where I used to work and just needed some wire and solder to fix.



A second look...
Another angle on the computer area.


Desktop toys...
My little sci-fi/cartoon menagerie that makes the computer area a bit more interesting.


Mo' stuff...
Another angle showing workbench in relationship to part of my jewelry making supplies.


Blow the doors off...
The corner with bigger tools and closet where a giant file cabinet hides. The closet door I hung from the ceiling to use as a shelf - did the same to the bathroom. (Shhh! I rent!)


John Waters was here?...
Pink Flamingos.
Hey, I decided they were a "must have". $11 at Garden Ridge.