Two millennials try to fix up an old house baby step by baby step. Inspiration comes from community, the arts, travel, family and friends.
Rosa here! So here's an update on our updates. We've settled in kind of nicely in our home. We went to IKEA, Dot&Bo, Urban Home, and even got furniture on loan from some family members to start filling in our place. Since our move last June (2015), we've kept the house pretty minimal. The fun furniture serving us for our gatherings like Halloween, New Year's, and most recently a screening of Queen B's "Lemonade" between two primas. Oh yes, the house is being lived in for sure. Yet, as y'alls know. Homes are pretty darn expensive. Gas, water, electricity, trash, gardeners, leaks, old pipes, etc etc etc! The list goes on. This home is going to get some TLC from now until probably 2022. But that's my estimation. And although we have our jobs, Amos and I have been finding creative ways to get more income. Like lending our space to some artists!
An artsy fartsy home-dream came to me when I was a film student, actually, a few years back. My friends and I were struggling to find a place to shoot, a place to crash for long nights of editing (as our mothers were getting sick of hosting 5-7 teens and early twenty somethings during film projects). I told my film buddies once, if I ever get a home I'll make it into a Production House - that way we won't annoy anyone and we could work all day and night. In my little house, I now have an office, and it's not huge and immense - BUT - it serves as my personal editing suite. I'm proud of that. I hope to make it into a production office one of these days, but meantime -- allowing artists of all mediums to come and use our home has been wonderful.
From webisode meetings, to readings, to a rehearsal space for an upcoming musical showcase -- I think my early-20 year-old dream is slowly becoming a reality y'alls! Maybe it's not strictly film -- but heck, it's still art!
In the video above you will see Jason Prefontaine, introduced to us by Henry Alexander Kelly; the producer for "Pieces of Me." I invite you to see the video as it highlights an amazing group of singers and talented folk practicing in our colorful living room. I love how this home is becoming a welcoming space for artists.
I encourage folks reading this passage to have a creative group take over your living rooms once in a while. Start a living room concert series, a tiny dance space performance, anything! It will really fill your spirit. Artists paint a home with artistry, and provide and endless supply of positive energy.
I look forward to spotlighting more artists on this blog soon. It's been an honor, Jason, Henry, truly an honor to have you in our home.
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We're a couple of goofballs trying to fix up a home & hoping it won't take years.