About Radical Possibility




Welcome to Radical Possibility! I'm glad your endless hours on the internet have led you to this little corner of it.

I'm Zandi, a 27 year old living in Chicago (Logan Square, specifically) with my Boston Terrier, Lucille Austero, who is very sweet, but very dumb.

I started this blog in 2012, as my boyfriend at the time and I moved into our first place together.  It was my first place that wasn't just a party crash pad, and it was three times the size of my last apartment, so I was all wide-eyed about falling in love, getting a blank canvas, feeling like a grown up. The world was my cheap, rented, oyster.  I was determined to finally have a place that moved beyond tacked-up tapestries and unframed posters. I wanted real furniture, alive plants, and other things that at some point I perceived as ways that people have their life together.

Over the past year, the apartment has gone through ups and downs, good design choices and bad. We went from a living room full of mismatched furniture and an ill-advised gallery wall to slowly pulling the room together, and eventually landing it on Apartment Therapy. It then transitioned to a space all of my own, and deciding what I wanted that to mean.

I do not have a green thumb, I have no knack for home repairs or complicated projects, but I really like to DO things. There are a lot of blogs out there run by rich people, run by full-time bloggers, run by handymen and graphic designers and interior decorators. And they are all awesome. But more people need to embrace being kind of broke and bad at stuff but still wanting a beautiful home or a creative outlet. Having teeny budgets, no strong skills and a shitty apartment doesn't mean that you can't have a home. Sometimes, you're just a 20-something with an unglamourous job who doesn't know how to use Photoshop or work a power tool, but that does not mean you're forever doomed to live with blank white walls and boring furnishings.

My daily life involves drinking a lot of diet coke, singing songs to Lucille, and me begging friends to borrow their cars to drive to some weird suburb to buy a piece of Craigslist furniture that I sweaarrr is worth it. When not doing that, I'm watching that R. Kelly / sloth mashup on YouTube and lying about what I'm watching on Netflix.

On this blog you'll find a lot of rental-friendly home options, crafts you can do in an afternoon, a few beauty tutorials, a few personal stories and anecdotes, and hopefully a little inspiration to get creative, even if you feel like its not really your strong suit.

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18 comments:

  1. Just stumbled across your blog after finding your anthro tumbler DIY...and promptly read all your other projects. Great stuff and I love your writing style. :)

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  2. I found your blog off of Mod Podge Rocks. (I think). Anyway, love a crafty Blogger who isn't a Mormon and says, "bitch, please". (I love Lafayette from True Blood.).

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  3. I just stumbled into your blog and I love it! Great projects and you are hillarious :) Love your writing style!

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  4. I go to church in Logan Square, and it is so cool to see someone from my city have such a freakin awesome blog. Thanks for sharing all your posts =)

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  5. you're so sassy! i absolutely love it. so happy i stumbled upon your blog this evening. keep it up. x

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  6. I'm always so thrilled when I come across another Chicago blogger. And I mean a REAL Chicago blogger. Not one from Naperville or some other burb that I typically get lost trying to find. I'm in Lakeview. Which makes no sense. The name, I mean. Even if I stood on top of my roof I wouldn't see the lake. Oh well.

    So happy to stumble across you (via Apartment Therapy) and I agree with Ali. Love the sass! I used to curse in my 20's. But then I had kids in my 30's and all that changed ...

    :) Linda

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  7. I like this blog. I like you. Cool.

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  8. I like this blog. I like you. Cool.

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  9. Holy eff, you live in the city AND you have a Boston Terrier (which is our dream dog)?! AND it's named after Liza-Lucille? Too much, my friend. TOO MUCH! In the best way possible. This just might be the start of something beautiful...

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  10. I'm your newest follower from YHL forum! I'm totally embracing being a 20-something with an unglamorous job just working towards making our apartment more lovely and personal... on a small budget :) (And despite all it's little "quirks".) Looking forward to reading more!

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  11. So it only took me less than a hour on the internet to find your blog, and this FAQ makes me want to stay. the mormos DO have the blogosphere on lock!! also, early education nonprofit? be still my heart.

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  12. Came across your blog through Apartment Therapy. (Great job on that round table, BTW.) Just wanted to say I think your style is great, your is writing wonderful, and you are beautiful. So glad to hear you're in Chicago. (I'm an ex-Chicagoan living in Oak Park. Hope to run into you some day.

    Lorel

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  13. Finally found a blogger who understands! I love the DIY, home decor, crafty, artsy-fartsy part of having my very first apartment to do what I want with it - with my partner's support, of course! I love reading your blog!

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  14. Finally found a blogger who understands! I love the DIY, home decor, crafty, artsy-fartsy part of having my very first apartment to do what I want with it - with my partner's support, of course! I love reading your blog!

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  15. Just discovered your blog. I'm in love! And you're a Chi-town girl just like me!

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  16. I just wanted to say you are HOT!

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  17. Just found your blog and am loving it! :)

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  18. I miss your posts. I hope that all is well with you and your family. That's all. I hope that you had a wonderful summer and an even more amazing fall.

    Xo,
    Kristen

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