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Monday, 31 August 2015

Childhood Room Tour

As both August and summer (…if we can really call it that) come to a long overdue end, my thoughts have started to turn to the arduous process of moving back to university. As the prospect of packing, unpacking and living out of boxes looms over me like a cloud waiting patiently to piss on my head, I can’t help but feel nostalgic about moving out of my childhood bedroom (again). So before I attempt to haul most of my worldly possessions along the A303 in the back of my poor Renault, I thought it would be fitting to do a childhood bedroom room tour (really this is win-win because everyone loves to be nosey and it means I can do a university room tour in the future (yay for original content)). 

Granted, this kind of thing is better suited to the format of a YouTube video, but I thought I’d go ahead and spare us all the embarrassment of me talking quietly to a camera in fear of my family hearing me and feeling obliged to make an awkward “hello MTV and welcome to my crib” joke. Warning: this post is brought to you by brackets. Don't say I didn't warn you.

Yes, I know what you're all thinking, "your room is so Tumblr it hurts". It's nothing I haven't heard before. That's actually a direct quote from my best friend. Let's try and work past it.

From left to right: fake plant, IKEA; candle, Stoneglow; pretentious light made by shoving some fairy lights in a kilner jar; signed photo of Lana Del Rey (18th birthday present (!!!)).

Top: storage box, IKEA; vanity mirror, HomeSense; Anglepoise Type 75 lamp, Amazon (I think).
Bottom: desk pad and card, Saatchi gallery shop (the best place on earth).

Blue cushion, IKEA; red and white cushion, NEXT; pretentiously placed macbook (sorry 'bout it); world map poster and frame, Amazon (sold separately); coloured tapestry, Etsy; black and white tapestry, Amazon.

Lights, IKEA.
Pokemon toys that I'm far too old for (Squirtle and Charmander courtesy of the wonderful @beth__norton); mirror I stole from work when we had our store refurbished and painted black; handmade cushion made by the incredibly talented @catalina__rose ("Couples that hate the same things stay together." Brilliant.)

Bespoke shelving (sounds a lot fancier than it is (my dad made and painted it (thanks, dad))); more DVDs, CDs and DS games than I know what to do with; mass of coats hanging on the back of my door that could tear it down at any given moment.

Bunting in case I forget what my name is when I wake up in the morning; DVDs arranged by colour that you can't fully see/appreciate; seriously TOO many DS games.
Lucky cat that watches me sleep (thank you, Amy); Percy Pig piggy bank that I got when I was 11 and still keep change in (I have yet to raid it (yet)); framed print of my favourite things that my parents gave me for my 18th.

In general, desk that I NEVER use. Print out of the periodic table from when I did AS chemistry that I've still yet to take down; same laptop, different location; picture of toddler me serving corkscrew hair realness; record player, Urban Outfitters.

Mario memorabilia from the Nintendo store in New York.
Limited edition Versace Disaronno bottle, the most BEAUTIFUL copy of The Picture of Dorian Gray, HomeSense (would you believe); '97 bottle of Dom Pérignon (once again, I'm not even sorry).

 TOO. MANY. BOOKS. ...And a hideously out of tune ukulele that I seldom use.

It's not weird to have a favourite section of your book case, right? 

And, you know, just the life size teddy that I bought on Amazon the other day. As you do.

So, there we have it. I can't tell if it seems like a big room from the photos so I feel the need to clarify that it's about as shoebox-y as bedrooms come. Regardless, I've put a lot of time and effort into perfecting it over the years and it really means a lot to me. Whilst it'll be sad to leave again, I can't wait to move back to Exeter and make my room there equally as Pinterest/Tumblr/Etsy/me. 

(Also I tend to say this at the beginning of EVERY blog post I ever make so I thought I'd change it up and say it at the end this time: sorry for not posting in ages. *Miranda Priestly voice* that's all.)


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