So how many posts can one get out of a five day trip to Pasadena? I guess it depends upon how many pictures one takes. Well, this is my last post (I promise) and it is of my daughter’s darling apartment!
I love being a mom to my two adult daughters. I also miss living close enough to see them regularly. So when I do see them I want to tell you all about them . . . how wonderful they are . . . and beautiful and smart and loving . . . and what wonderful things they’ve accomplished with their lives . . . and well no, they aren’t perfect by any means but I love them with all my heart.
Sigh . . . maybe one day we will all live closer together.
When we first moved my youngest daughter Bethany to L.A. to attend school at USC we didn’t know where to look for an apartment and she ended up living fairly close to school in a newer apartment building. After living there for a couple of years Bethany decided to move to the city of Pasadena. The commute is a bit longer but she loves living in Pasadena and she immediately loved this charming older bulding.
It was built in the 1920’s and was one of the very first Tuscan style buildings in Pasadena. When the current owner purchased it she wanted it to have the three elements of a traditional Tuscan garden which are . . .
Come in to Bethany’s apartment. It is small but charming and full of personality (Oops . . . please excuse my suitcase on the floor in the corner). Bethany’s apartment has definitely been decorated on a budget, with hand-me-downs, thrift store finds, roadside scores and some great items from Target. We HEART Target!
It is pretty obvious that she is a lover of books and she has done a great job of showcasing her collectibles on her two bookshelves.
So many of her collectibles are things we’ve picked up together while out junking, a favorite thing to do when she comes home for a break from school. This little glove was on the wall of The Second Hand Rose in Olympia, Washington. It was a gift to the store’s owner to reflect the store’s name but when B. admired it the owner told her it was hers! How sweet is that?
This antique iron piece of the dentist pulling a tooth was also an antique store find. We couldn’t pass this up as Bethany will be Doctor B. in a little over a month when she receives her Doctor of Dental Science (DDS) degree!
This little dressing table (that belonged to Bethany’s grandma) sits in front of the floor-to-ceiling window in the living room. It is a perfect place to put on makeup in the morning and there is nice view of the mountains outside (hard to see here due to morning fog).
You can see it is a tiny apartment and she is no minimalist when it comes to decorating, but she has arranged it all quite nicely. I still can’t believe that when we first moved B. to L.A. we ventured out to meet a man who was advertising couches on Craigslist. He was selling them out of a back ally storage unit that was STUFFED with couches in every color! Kinda scary right? After paying the man we drove the hour trip back to B’s apartment (on one of the crazy busy L.A. freeways) with TWO couches tied to the top of her Ford Escape. An adventure to remember!
Finally, these are the mountains that surround Pasadena. In a couple of months B. will be licensed and ready to begin her first paid job as a dentist. She doesn’t know yet if it will be a job that is close enough to continue living in Pasadena but she has sure enjoyed this lovely community, and her sweet apartment.
Thank you for allowing me to talk to you about one of my girls. Now . . . would you like to hear a little about about Joy . . . just kidding. I’ll save her for another post.