Last winter (March 1, to be precise), a pipe burst in my apartment creating a downpour of (thankfully, clean) water that drenched the contents of my much loved walk-in closet and entire bedroom. I was out at the time and didn’t get home until 1 a.m. I was lending a hand at a work-related event so imagine my surprise when I get home after a 16 hour work day to find what appeared to be my walls weeping like a girl who got dumped before the prom.
Luckily, I didn’t lose too much – just a few pieces of not-pricey art that had been resting on the floor of my closet along with my bed which was a soggy mess. A crew came in the next day to tear everything down to the studs and clear out my room. This would’ve involved hacking my bed to pieces with an axe but thanks to being drenched for hours while I was at work it sort of…dissolved. I have rental/tenant insurance that covered me staying in a condo/hotel for 2 months while my bedroom was gutted and rebuilt. The condo was a 10 minute walk from my office in the Toronto’s financial district, which was insanely convenient. I learned to like Starbucks and grew accustomed to overspending on groceries.
Sidenote: If you are a renter, invest in tenant insurance. I’ve had mine since I moved in to my apartment almost 10 years ago, but most people don’t bother as renters. I think this is because people may be under the mistaken impression that if something happens to your unit (water damage, fire, etc.) your landlord has to cover the cost of you living elsewhere during repairs. This is not a thing. Not even if said landlord also lives on the premises. My landlord’s insurance covered the repairs, but because of the level of damage I wasn’t able to live in my apartment while they were happening. Alternate living arrangements/costs are not your landlord’s problem. They are yours. Get tenant insurance. Without it, I would have spent two months moving between my friends places or shelling out for a sublet instead of living in a beautiful, quiet condo building with cable, a dishwasher, a balcony, maid service and the added bonus of being close to work thus eliminating the need to shove myself onto the subway twice a day and spend anywhere from 20-80 minutes screaming in my head about how godawful Toronto’s transit system is. I treated it as a sort of vacation from real life, and enjoyed exploring a neighbourhood that I typically bolt from after leaving work each evening. My insurance ran out about a week before I was able to move back in, so I stayed with my friend and her husband who own a beautiful house not far from my apartment and got re-addicted to Survivor (and the west end). Don’t get me wrong, half-moving (twice) is kind of a pain, especially when you have to initially pack up your life in a quasi-state of panic because your apartment is drowning. But I just kept reminding myself that it could have been worse: it could have been a sewer pipe that burst so my walls could’ve been dripping poop. Gross? Indeed. My insurance rep told me she had a bunch of claims come in on the same night – because two days earlier the temperature rose over 15 degrees overnight and 24 hours later dropped by the same, thus causing pipes across the city to explode – but that most of the other claims involved sewage.
But I digress.
After the rebuild my room was a bit smaller (boo) and I lost about 1/3 of my walk-in closet (bigger boo), but I like to see the glass half full (of vodka) and decided to turn this into an opportunity to redecorate. My apartment has basically been exactly the same since I moved in over 10 years ago. And I’ve yet to hang up any of the shit ton of art I have (which explains why pieces were residing in my closet). Earlier this week I purchased a box spring and metal frame (yeah, I may have been sleeping on a mattress on the floor since moving back in – no judgment!). I’m also thinking it’s time to get a new side table and drawers and overall up my style game. So I took it to the internets for inspiration, and after falling into a deep deep pinterest and Etsy hole that left me both creatively motivated and slightly aroused, I’ve narrowed down some possible looks and pieces that I wanted to share.
First – this clothing rack. I mean…come on. This copper pipe clothing rack from an Etsy shop called ShopTheOther is beyond perfect. I’m obsessed. The whole aesthetic is on point for me. And psssst….get 10% off until December 31, 2015, by using the coupon code ‘TREATYOURSELF’.
And since my storage space has been reduced (still crying) I’m thinking maybe something like this:
Next step – pick a look, cry about how expensive it all will be, and figure out a way to do it for half the price. Currently drooling over these looks:
I’ll post final pictures once the room is done, which may be any time between this weekend and Spring 2019, based on my track record for home decor. Gird your loins.