I found an apartment.
It needs work.
Here's some bits that look nice.
At the top of the stairs (up to code, clearly), I have a little piano nook.
And I finally got my Nelson lamp hung up! The ceiling medallion was a bit of an impulse buy, but I think it looks nice (aside from not matching the ceiling).
The ceiling and walls are plaster and textured to hell, but it's a nice place so far. More pictures to come as soon as I clean...
I went to an open house.
I'm in no way ready to put an offer in on a house, but it was a cute one I saw on the MLS, and I thought, why not? I'll get to see a neighborhood I could live in, get experience looking at homes, see features I like, blah blah.
Within five minutes of the scheduled start time (I was there ten early, because of who I am as a person), there were no less than two couples, one with a child, and four other people meandering through this house.
The Salt Lake market is absolutely insane. (This house listed at $229,000.)
I really liked it though. Most of the issues I had were easily fixable with paint (that red door...), although I definitely don't like the weird yellow siding on the front (idk what that's called).
Black trim? I. Am. A. Fan. Paired with the white walls, it was super clean looking and was kind of a statement. I probably would do the top trim white, and then the bottom black, but I wouldn't be rushing to change it as soon as I moved i…
It took me a bit of googling, but I found a handy post (on Flickr, of all places)
To save you a bit of trouble here's how to clean a Nelson bubble lamp:
Step 1: obtain a dirty nelson lamp. I got mine from KSL (the Utah version of Craigslist, minus the personals section). An older couple was selling a set of three they bought back in the 70's. Regrettably, I only got one of them. It hasn't yellowed much, but it has a stubborn coating of who knows what on the top side of it.
Step 2: reference hermanmiller.com
Step 3: ignore completely because soap and water just isn't cutting it (actually, it says don't use bleach/ammonia, and I would recommend following that guidance)
Step 4: get some "phosphate-free TSP" (which is confusing, because TSP literally stands for "tri-sodium phosphate", so who knows what's in this). The guide I found recommends using this along with a magic eraser, although I found that didn't help a massive amount compared to a …