Keep in mind the Cup of Jo reader, Kara Flageollet, who reduce her personal bangs throughout quarantine? She’s a regulation pupil in North Seaside, San Francisco, and he or she just lately moved into her personal studio residence. “I’ve ALWAYS needed to reside alone,” she instructed us. “I’m so excited to be unbiased.” Right here, she provides us a tour…
Pillows: Anthropologie, comparable.
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 vitality from the photographs. If you first enter the constructing, it’s actually darkish — the hallways are domed, the sunshine fixtures are pretend candles, my buddies name it ‘The Monastery’ — however after I opened the door to my residence, it was vibrant and clear, with a stunning view. I used to be THRILLED.
Bedside desk: Xuanjia. Fleur-de-lis lamp: classic, comparable. Art work: Rene Villa (“He’s my uncle’s companion; they reside within the Sundown, they usually let me store their storage to borrow a bit.”)
On creating a comfy mattress: I’m a very, actually dangerous sleeper however I additionally sleep lots. It’s a horrible mixture — I’d fairly 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 previous, however I’ve a type of comfortable 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 dangerous anxiousness, so with roommates, I used to be at all times considering, Oh, is it bizarre if I cook 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 appreciated each single particular person I’ve ever lived with, however it’s such a peaceable dynamic to reside alone.
On just a little 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 at all times type of terrified of cats; I assumed cats did their very own factor and hid away from you. However Henry has a giant persona 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 instructed me, ‘I learn that helps with anxiousness!’ He’s my weighted blanket.
On go-to meals: I’m largely vegetarian at dwelling as a result of cooking meat freaks me out. I roast a variety 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 things However the Bagel seasoning.
On metropolis colours: I’m just about at all times hanging out or learning on the inexperienced sofa. After I was furnishings, I used to be like, I would like my colours to match the aesthetic of San Francisco. The inexperienced goes very well with foggy grey!
Gold ground lamp: Goal, comparable.
On going to regulation faculty: Regulation faculty will get a foul 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 concerning the large points — homosexual marriage, abortion, all of the rights which can be so vital. You’re making an attempt 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 once you see the Supreme Courtroom breaking that down. It’s a knife within the coronary heart.
On enjoyable at dwelling: Not too long ago, I appreciated The Intercourse Lives of Faculty Women. The characters are so likable. And I watch reruns of New Lady. I 100% have a crush on Nick. Additionally, I’m presently 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 finest pal Megan. I texted her, it’s worthwhile to learn this; and he or she texted again instantly and mentioned, that’s really my favourite guide. She thinks like nobody else I’ve ever met; she’s a genius, she double majors in human rights and math. I additionally at all times have one thing by Samantha Irby round. She’s so humorous and charming and I can at all times learn just a few pages.
TV console: Wayfair, comparable.
On making buddies as an grownup: I’ve just a few good buddies from regulation faculty. However outdoors of college, after I meet somebody cool, generally I’ll go for it. Some time again, at a celebration, I used to be speaking to this woman for five or 10 minutes. We have been taking pictures the breeze and laughing. And I assumed, okay, I’m going all in. I mentioned, ‘Hey, can I’ve your quantity? I feel 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’s actually stunning. My favourite restaurant in your complete Bay Space is Sol Meals. I additionally love Mariposa Bakery. And there’s a vegan restaurant Wildseed that’s wonderful, even for those who’re not vegan.
Thanks a lot, Kara!
(Pictures by Lena Corwin for Cup of Jo.)