I’m hosting a discussion in Seattle with Kristen Sollee, the author of Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive. I knew from the second I saw the cover of this book that I needed to have it (the cover is basically the seo keywords of my life these days), and then when I contacted Kristen to talk to her about it… it turned out we’d featured her fucking wedding on Offbeat Bride back in the day! Sometimes it feels like Offbeat Bride is like Kevin Bacon for weird married people — you’re odd and have planned a wedding, we’re probably connected somehow.
Remember last month when I reviewed that Carrie Jenkins book, What Love Is: And What It Could Be? Remember how at the end of that post, I mentioned that I met the author at her reading in Vancouver BC, and it turns out that she’s an Offbeat Empire reader, and we got into crazy conversations about love, marriage, feminism, monogamy, consent and cultural narratives, interracial pairings and racism, and MOAR!? On July 24th in Seattle, you can get in on that conversation…
In March, I got an email from a Columbia classmate who works at Dwell. “I have a Seattle house that will be featured in the July / August Smart Tech issue. Are you interested in writing it? It would have to be a reaaallly quick turnaround though — as in, two weeks from now.”
I immediately said yes, and then was like “Wait, oh my god: what have I done?”
There are two big challenges here: storage room and tidiness. It’s not a very big apartment — I think it clocks in at about 425 sq. ft., and it only comes with just the closet and some poorly arranged kitchen cabinets to contain all my stuff. So most of my furniture is for the storing of things because I can’t live without making and surrounding myself with art.
We’re a family of four that love living in a pretty small space. Our condo is 730 square feet, one bedroom and one-and-a-half baths. We didn’t intend to stay here, and I certainly never expected to end up loving small space living or a minimalist approach to possessions but this home has taught me the value of both and shaped the expectations I put on myself for how I want to show up as a home maker in the world.
This week’s home tour is a my special Halloween gift to y’all — a haunted house in a de-commissioned B&B in Seattle. It’s all decked out the way you’d hope a haunted house would be — antique child’s coffin coffee table, antique Halloween goods, metaphysical library, “haunted” ventriloquist dolls, and even snakes abound in this house.
The good news is, I found my PERFECT home in Seattle! It’s a waterfront condo right on the Puget Sound with views to die for and some nifty retro touches. The bad news is, once again, it’s a total pipe dream, costing $440,000. But it’s fun to have dreams, right?
Wanna take a virtual tour of my imaginary Seattle home?
My house feels too big! After three days in a minimalist loft in Seattle, I’m thinking it’s time to hoist the bed and use some of the ideas this small space sent home with me.