no Lutheranism here

Probably most of you read this blog for the Lutheran stuff.

Let’s get real.

Probably no one’s reading it except for my mom.

{Hi, Mom!}

That’s a long way of saying: I’m sorry to disappoint, but tonight there’s nothing remotely Lutheran about this post. Instead, it’s just a little sneak peek at my apartment. And it’s a little sneak peek at my apartment because when I’m supposed to be writing, but it’s not working, I have a tendency to rearrange.

It doesn’t cure writer’s block, but it makes my house cuter.

So there’s that.


That’s my grandma’s desk. She got it for her wedding in 1950. She’s fallen asleep in Christ now, but thanks to a heroic rescue that involved my oldest sister getting shoved through a bathroom window (it’s a long story), the desk was saved, and it’s mine now! DSC_3790v2

I love peacock feathers. And books. And vintage things. And blue.

Ok, I love a lot of things.

Most things.

Like donuts. And country music. The color red. Wildflowers.

There I go again.


I found this sign in a thrift store. It’s odd and slightly weird.

I was homeschooled. I’m also odd and slightly weird.

That should explain a lot.DSC_3801v2

The picture on top of this bookcase is one of only a few I have of me and my grandmother. I’m standing in about six-inch deep water in a life vest while she tries to con me into, you know, getting my knees wet.

I love that her arms are stretched out to me. It makes a girl feel safe just remembering that. DSC_3803v2

Have we discussed my love of Iowa? And red?

Well, we have now.DSC_3805v2

I also collect Pyrex. The turquoise set on the top shelf was my grandma’s. Those are the ones I treasure the most. The rest are from friends and family, and it makes me smile every time someone comes into my house, sees this shelf, and squeals, “My mom used to have those bowls!” or “I used to eat my grandma’s casserole out of that same dish!”

An instant conversation starter.

And the cowboy boots don’t hurt either.DSC_3810v2

I also love Jesus.

And pictures of Jesus.

And Jesus on the cross.

And  racks to hold hymnals that confess Jesus.

Anything related to Jesus really.


The cow picture is on loan from my dad . . .

. . . who happens to be a pig farmer.

Go figure.

“It’s an enigma inside of a riddle wrapped in a mystery.”  – Winston Churchill

{Ok. That might have been a paraphrase.}DSC_3813v2

This is my office where I sit, think, write literary genius, and make great headway on my book.


Just kidding.

It’s actually where I sit, think, panic, and freak out about not making enough headway on my book.

Basically the same thing. DSC_3821v2

I also stink at bowling and pool.

Which is, of course, the exact reason I have a pool balls and a bowling pin in my guest bathroom.



A green shutter.

Because, really, what apartment doesn’t need one of those?


I also can’t read maps.

But I do love a good bunting and that’s kind of the same.

Except for not really at all.


My friend Heather assures me that I can’t kill off succulents.

I assure her that I can.

But at least they’ll look cute in Pyrex as they lay dying.
DSC_3811Disco balls in the kitchen: that’s a thing, right?

Every night’s a dance party at the Dorr household.

Or maybe just the nights that the smoke alarms don’t go off.

Either way.

DSC_3818And finally, books.

And light.

And light.

And books.

What more do you need REALLY?


So, there it is. It’s not Lutheranism. It’s not theology. It’s just a cute place with a happy girl who loves Jesus. Is that enough? Can that be a thing? I think so.

Over and out.



13 thoughts on “no Lutheranism here

  1. I miss your cute stuff, and your cute face…and I totally dig those Pyrex divided covered dishes…

  2. What a great living space! Love the vintage decor throughout! It looks like a pretty cheerful place! Care to come down to FL and help fix the decor in my office? It’s not nearly as cheerful a space as your place..

  3. Adriane! Your apartment is DARLING. I love everything you’ve done, it’s so fun to see pictures of where other people live. As for your succulent, I’ll pray for it. It will be fine!!

  4. I like your place. As a historian, I can appreciate the significance of many of your things. I understand. However, as a man, I wish to offer this advice- don’t light the fireplace.

  5. What fun. You are really in the 50’s. Not ‘into’, ‘in’. Love it. I also love that you have stacked and stacked the pyrex. Looks like most of my cupboards. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Love your adorable apartment. Especially the books, maps, succulents, and the green wall. And especially-especially the green succulents against the green wall.

  7. Oh I wish I could visit this eclectic little apartment in person some day! My favorite detail is the framed green chair in your living room.

  8. A friend asked me to recommend some young Lutheran writers for her daughter to study as she, a high school sophomore, is interested in journalism. Your name was among the first on my list, so I thought I should take a look at your blog (!). I’m so glad I did! Your love of pyrex and all things vintage, as well as the weird homeschool bit, won my heart! Just today my daughter buttoned the very top button of her dress. I told her that she looked like a nerd, even for a homeschooled kid, and to stay a nerd but keep the top button open. She, 5, agreed that being a half nerd was a very good idea. That’s far more than I planned to share! Your apartment is adorable!

  9. Your place is so cute! I searched Pyrex and found your blog. I also collect Pyrex and other old bowls. Coincidently, I am also Lutheran. haha! I really like the way you have your Pyrex displayed on the one bookshelf. It looks great!

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