The offbeat occupant: Lindsay, park ranger/student
Other occupants: Matt, my partner, Raleigh St. Clair (Boston Terrier), TJ (Beagle)
Approximate square footage: Under 650 sq. feet (fewer than 60 sq. meters)
How many bedrooms? 1
Lives in: Oklahoma City, OK
When did you move into this home? November 2010
Let’s start with the neighborhood. What’s it like where you live? Our neighborhood is really quite awesome. We live within walking distance of the arts district, downtown, our favorite pub, both of our work places, and our favorite taco stand. It’s a diverse group of people, as well. Most of the homes and apartments were built in the ’20s and ’30s, so there is a lot of character. The cost of living here is SO LOW, it’s awesome!
What’s your flavor of offbeat? We’re into old/used/homemade. I don’t understand the pressure to buy furniture new. Old couches can be reupholstered, old headboards and dressers can be repainted and repaired. It’s a way to save money, keep things out of landfills, and also have a home that is completely unique.
What makes your home offbeat? Most of the things we purchase are from antique stores, estate sales, or they’re handmade. We really enjoy having a small, cozy place to call home. From the ape jaw on our mantle to the hipster bike, our home really reflects us. It’s not a museum space, nor is it flawless. It is our first place together. I love that it’s a true medley of all things us.
I never really thought of our home as “offbeat” until this site was launched! I saw that this website, as opposed to other interior design blogs, was really more our speed. It comes as no surprise, as I have been following OBB for several years. I am an addict to all Offbeat Empire p0rn!
What’s the most challenging about this space? How do you deal with the challenge? The biggest challenge is the lack of storage. There’s a built-in cabinet and drawers in the hallway, and one closet in the living room. It just doesn’t cut it. In order to deal with this issue, we have to get creative and really think about what we NEED. We try to use the “one in, two out” rule. If I buy a new pair of shoes, I should probably think about getting rid of two pairs. And my partner really has to think about saving every single plastic coffee container. It’s mostly being mindful of accumulating junk.
What’s your favorite feature of your home? The space has character. I love all of the natural light. During the day, we open all the blinds and we don’t turn the lights on until it gets dark. I’ve often rented apartments that didn’t have character and I think this one really does. The wood floors, layers of old paint, the old fireplace, crown molding, the weird phone cubby — it all comes together to make a really special space.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned from this home? That small spaces are the best. Although they might not be the most comfortable for hosting parties, they have a lot to offer. Keeping a small place clean is easier, heating/cooling is cheaper, and we save money by not buying junk to fill up space.
Also, living in an apartment building with seven other tenants teaches you a shit-ton of patience.
What’s your grandest plan for the space? My next project is to create a sewing/crafting space. Hopefully we can use an area in the dining room. This is going to be very challenging.
What advice do you have for other offbeat homies? Homes are meant to be lived in. I know I sometimes fret over things in the home not being perfect or clean all the time or showroom quality. I’ve embraced my inner hippie to just chill the fuck out. I don’t have to have creative control over the whole place, I’m not the only one who lives here. It doesn’t have to be spotless. Our home is lived-in and comfortable. I love it.
Any stuff or services you want to recommend? There are so many great local businesses here!
- Rink Gallery in Bethany, OK, is an awesome warehouse of antiques and used stuff, full of different vendors.
- DNA Galleries, Collected Thread, and Bad Grannies Bazaar in the Plaza District (OKC) are amazing for art, homemade goodness, and vintage/used finds.
- Blue Seven (OKC) is awesome for more modern home furnishings (they also have awesome clothes and local art, too!)
- Treasure’s Past in Midtown (OKC) is where I found the mid-century modern secretary for several hundred dollars less than what it would be elsewhere — also, the owners are very nice folks and they have lay-away!
I really hope I didn’t forget anyone!
Show me the decor porn!