It’s officially my two anniversary of living on my own in my little apartment. As a teenager, I always dreamed of having my own place like Carrie in SATC but honestly, I thought it would never happen unless I moved to another country away from my folks. Turns out, my parents are a lot more liberal than I thought they were and after a year of roommates, I made the huge decision to live on my own. Home is now a comfy pink couch, a barely used kitchen, a king size bed that can never be big enough thanks to three cats, and a balcony that allows me to cherish winter sunsets in Dubai.
It’s filled with a lot of Ikea basics because furniture shopping in Dubai is kind of ridiculous, but I try to make it my own with travel tokens and flea market finds. Here’s a little peek at what my living room looks like.
Elephants from my trips to India and Sri Lanka, handmade Rajasthani puppets from India and Global village. and little injections of typography seem to be my recurring theme.
I scored this awesome white trunk from a store that was going out of business in a mall, I bought it for a measly 100 aed!
Illustrations from an artist I met at Comic Con, more of my elephant collection (these are from when I was a kid) and a Fire god mask from Sri Lanka.
I found this Indian embroidered stool in Home Centre. and the Moroccan tea table is decorated with little bowls from our Istanbul trip as well as a rose petal filled ‘matka’ earthen pot that my favorite Indian restaurant cooks and delivers biryani in.
I love these wooden Indian musicians, I found them at a local flea market, talk about luck!
I can’t seem to part with my Day of Dead girl illustration even though a lot of people complain about how scary is, I drew her a few years ago but my kids might have to learn to grow up with her terrifying face over looking them.
My favorite find in Sri Lanka, I carried this jewelry box in my arms so that it would survive the trip back to Dubai.
Beautiful handmade puppets from India for just 10 aed, how could I say no? I need to find more of them!
The yellow Kodak box and old suitcase- turned cat bed are mementos from the man’s first journey to Dubai. Again, they hold too much sentimental value to part with. Plus, who else has a Kodak box in their living room?
Apologies for such a picture heavy post, I just really wanted to document this space because years from now, I know I’ll look back and miss my cozy little cave.
Until next time x