There is no place like home

As Dorothy said- There is no place like home-right? Well I am tapping my ruby red slippers together joyfully, and am glad to be living in my own space after the year I have had, living in a toxic roommate situation. So toxic that it culminated with me being threatened to have the police called on me if I was not moved out by 7:30 am for no reason other than the color of my skin. That is why I believe that it is so important to show kindness and compassion to all people, because you have no idea what they may be going through. As a black woman living in and attending school in a predominantly white space, I am forced to navigate the assumptions, alienation and discrimination forced upon me daily.

Thanks to the support of my family, I was able to successfully transition into my new space. I have moved many times before, but this move was unique. It is so important to have a support system, even if it is comprised of only a few people. I am glad to say that I am enjoying my space and have shared some pictures with you below. If you can’t tell, pink is my favorite color, but recently I have tried to stay away from the little girl bright pink and instead incorporate rose gold, which is a nice play on pink. I also love to use black as the base color because I feel that it blends well with many different colors. I also brought a new color into my scheme-RED! Red is also a nice bold color that blends well with my rose gold and black.

I also decided to fill in empty space with some nice statement pieces. In my entryway, I have a nice bench that doubles as shoe storage at the bottom. I painted it black and found some rose gold adhesive paper from Amazon to stick in the cubby holes. Add a few pillows and seat cushions, and we have a very chic, modern statement piece that will be sure to catch the eye upon entering the space.

I also love to have an elaborate dining table in my living room. This one features a very affordable table option from Ikea and two white stools that I purchased second hand (also a good option if you are #ballingonabudget). All of the dish ware and candle holders on the table were purchased from the local thrift store here in Boston and then spray painted to match my color scheme.

If you are wondering about budget, most of the items I purchased from either Target, TJMaxx or Amazon, all affordable options if you are thinking about updating your living space anytime soon. I find that it has been very important to make the space I live in comfortable and calming, since the world around me is the complete opposite of that. As social workers say, it’s some great #selfcare.

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