Keep in mind the Cup of Jo reader, Kara Flageollet, who reduce her personal bangs throughout quarantine? She’s a legislation pupil in North Seaside, San Francisco, and he or she not too long ago moved into her personal studio residence. “I’ve ALWAYS wished to reside alone,” she informed us. “I’m so excited to be unbiased.” Right here, she offers us a tour…
Pillows: Anthropologie, related.
On discovering the residence: I wasn’t dwelling in San Francisco but, so I needed to put all the cash down with out even seeing the place! However my brother signed off on it, and I had good power from the photographs. If you first enter the constructing, it’s actually darkish — the hallways are domed, the sunshine fixtures are faux candles, my buddies name it ‘The Monastery’ — however after I opened the door to my residence, it was vivid and clear, with a stunning view. I used to be THRILLED.
Bedside desk: Xuanjia. Fleur-de-lis lamp: classic, related. Art work: Rene Villa (“He’s my uncle’s associate; they reside within the Sundown, they usually let me store their storage to borrow a chunk.”)
On creating a comfortable mattress: I’m a extremely, actually unhealthy sleeper however I additionally sleep loads. It’s a horrible mixture — I’d somewhat be a wonderful sleeper who solely sleeps for six hours. I attempt to make my mattress actually cozy and comfortable. My mattress’s type of outdated, however I’ve a type of soft mattress toppers.
On small-space internet hosting: Throughout events, when individuals sit down on my mattress, I’m such a moist blanket; I’m like, ‘No no no no no don’t sit on the mattress! However come and I’ll make you a drink!’ I attempt to sofa it in one thing candy, not simply neurotic. Earlier than having individuals over, I am going to nice lengths to place folding chairs throughout.
Eating chairs: Edloe Finch.
On solo dwelling: I’m an extrovert, however I nonetheless relish alone time. I’ve such unhealthy anxiousness, so with roommates, I used to be all the time pondering, Oh, is it bizarre if I prepare dinner within the kitchen? It’s good to have your individual area and do your individual factor and know that you just don’t have to consider anybody else. I’ve favored each single individual I’ve ever lived with, however it’s such a peaceable dynamic to reside alone.
On a bit buddy: A month into dwelling alone, I used to be like, I have to get a pet. Then, final fall, I discovered Henry on the SF SPCA — he was a pound and a half, and I fell in love. I grew up with canines and was all the time type of terrified of cats; I believed cats did their very own factor and hid away from you. However Henry has a giant character and is so social. He’s actually good at somersaults, which is so enjoyable and cute. When he was a kitten, he would scale from my ankle to my shoulder and simply perch there. He sleeps on my chest; I can really feel him purring. My mother informed me, ‘I learn that helps with anxiousness!’ He’s my weighted blanket.
On go-to meals: I’m largely vegetarian at house as a result of cooking meat freaks me out. I roast a whole lot of greens. I make this wonderful butternut squash soup from Half-Baked Harvest. And I really like toast with goat cheese and TJ’s All the pieces However the Bagel seasoning.
Couch: Albany Park. Chair: Edloe Finch. Espresso desk: classic.
On metropolis colours: I’m just about all the time hanging out or finding out on the inexperienced sofa. Once I was taking a look at furnishings, I used to be like, I would like my colours to match the aesthetic of San Francisco. The inexperienced goes rather well with foggy grey!
Gold flooring lamp: Goal, related.
On going to legislation faculty: Regulation faculty will get a nasty rap for being intense and boring. It’s intense, however it’s not boring. My favourite class I’ve ever taken was Constitutional Regulation 2 since you get to speak in regards to the huge points — homosexual marriage, abortion, all of the rights which can be so essential. You’re attempting to reconcile the Structure with what we now see as worthwhile. You debate what individuals assume the forefathers meant and whether or not or not that issues. However then it’s very darkish while you see the Supreme Courtroom breaking that down. It’s a knife within the coronary heart.
On stress-free at house: Not too long ago, I favored The Intercourse Lives of Faculty Ladies. The characters are so likable. And I watch reruns of New Woman. I 100% have a crush on Nick. Additionally, I’m at present studying The Fool. It’s candy, I used to be 10% of the way in which in, and I used to be like, this narrator is definitely my greatest buddy Megan. I texted her, you must learn this; and he or she texted again instantly and stated, that’s really my favourite e book. She thinks like nobody else I’ve ever met; she’s a genius, she double majors in human rights and math. I additionally all the time have one thing by Samantha Irby round. She’s so humorous and charming and I can all the time learn a couple of pages.
TV console: Wayfair, related.
On making buddies as an grownup: I’ve a couple of good buddies from legislation faculty. However outdoors of faculty, after I meet somebody cool, generally I’ll go for it. Some time again, at a celebration, I used to be speaking to this lady for five or 10 minutes. We have been capturing the breeze and laughing. And I believed, okay, I’m going all in. I stated, ‘Hey, can I’ve your quantity? I believe we ought to be actually good buddies.’ And now we’re!
On San Francisco eats: I really like the Ferry Constructing. The farmer’s market there may be actually stunning. My favourite restaurant in all the Bay Space is Sol Meals. I additionally love Mariposa Bakery. And there’s a vegan restaurant Wildseed that’s wonderful, even in case you’re not vegan.
Thanks a lot, Kara!
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(Pictures by Lena Corwin for Cup of Jo.)