Saturday, January 24, 2009

The Evolution of my Bedroom.

My room is like Madonna. Always evolving, for better or for worse. I wish I had photos of my room before 2000. I don't remember exactly what it looked like but I do know that I was really into purple, tigers, and splatter painting.

I was REALLY into collaging for a while. I cut out thousands of words and images from magazines and stuck them on binders, boxes, furniture, and as you see here...lampshades. Oh, I also had a Precious Moments collection of piggy banks that were my prized possessions at the time.

I can't believe I don't have photos of when my room was plastered in n'sync and Backstreet Boys posters. (Maybe one or two of 98 degrees too. Remember them?!) We would buy those teen mags, and rip out every single page and wallpaper our rooms with them.

Check out that PC! Oh how far technology has come since then. I had SO many photos of friends in middle school and high school. Maybe that will be my next blog posting ;o)

Yes, that's Ricky Martin. I had a calendar that I bought for the pictures. My Chinese uncle introduced me to his music. Vuelve is still a great album. Oh look! That's Justin Timberlake on the bottom right. Sweet.

I started collecting VERSACE ads when I was 11. I loved the simplicity of them. That is, until Donatella took over and the aesthetic changed. Wow, I think that black and white thing is my attempt to put a zebra print on my lampshade. Glad that phase didn't last.

I eventually got into spray paint and glitter. Everything I made for about 1.5 years was mirrored, sparkly, gold, or silver.

When I was 17, I had the idea to make my room some kind of "exotic retreat." Everything in my room that used to be white went purple, burgundy, and gold. I'm still influenced by a multicultural aesthetic.

Remember those "torchiere" lamps that everyone had? Every household had 4 or 5 of them.

In high school, Vic and I got really into Incubus. Brandon Boyd had this great tattoo on his arm. I have no idea what it said, but I thought it would make a great border along the top of my room. That's hand painted. It took FOREVER.

When I started at UCI, the "exotic retreat" look came with me. Along with my Incubus poster. I loved that room. Believe it or not, it was probably the most comfortable room I've ever had.

When I went home for summer, I had a weird urge to try out french country/shabby chic. This is so NOT me...not my aesthetic at all, but shabby chic was all the rage and I had to see what the fuss was about.

My room at my family home still looks like this. The stripes took so long to paint. I couldn't bear to paint over them.

My second apartment in Newport Beach was probably the first room that reflected my true taste/style. I had just returned from my semester in Spain and acquired a bunch of artifacts from my travels. Picture frames from Madrid, a box from Morocco, a decorative jars from Paris...

My parents had this hideous set of acrylic lamps. I told them for years that they were awful and dated. I begged them to throw them away. Then sure enough, one year, they showed up in the Crate and Barrel catalogue, so naturally, I confiscated them and brought them to my own apartment.

I guess this is the "Zen Jen" look.

This is my first apartment in NYC. The room itself was amazing. Huge, high ceilings, and the best part: my very own bathroom.



  1. i remember the first of those stages. why can't i be artistic? gah. that's why we're friends... so you can paint my dressers :) teehee..

  2. awesome dude. love the way you have evolved.and i remember the wonderful chats we had about Pink! while we were walking around the trach at