contemplating contests

the media corner at home is filled with books, records, magazines and stereo equipment
this afternoon i noticed that apartment therapy's small/cool contest is currently accepting entries for 2011.  i entered in 2008 and while i enjoyed the process of trying to make our small logan square apartment look good on camera then, i realized that i'm not motivated to re-enter this year.  i do enjoy our current oak park apartment in many aspects but there are certain architectural elements and layout issues that prevent me from being truly enamored with the space.

the black hole of the tv, with ollie
one of biggest spacial challenges in the living room is that there are no long uninterrupted walls.  each wall has some kind of doorway/radiator/window/fireplace/closet obstruction.  our sofa is pretty standard length-wise but to be able face the tv while sitting on it, i had to remove the door of the living room closet (and replace it with a white curtain) and even still, the sofa extends into two flanking doorways.  one of the selling points of the apartment was the decorative fireplace and i can't say i like having to cover it up with a tv stand.  i don't feel too bad about it though because the tile behind is just plain black with no interest all at.  (it was serendipitous, however, that the width of the ikea unit is exactly the width of the tile.  i only had to saw off some of the height of the vertical back panel to fit it perfectly.)  at least the mantle is still fully visible.  there are other problems too, like a too-small kitchen, an awkwardly deep closet and storage-lacking bathroom.  despite all that, the place is still cozy and i'm happy to live here.

the preparation for entering the small/cool contest is a lot of work and i don't much stand a chance to win anyhow so i'm happy just to observe what everyone else in the world is up to in their little homes.  my own energies feel better spent elsewhere right now.  after all, it's finally spring.

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