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Display Name: Cultivated Casita
Member Since: 5/21/14

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I really love the Steven Covey quote, "Begin with the end in mind."

Like wayfarer72, I think "banish" may be too strong a word to use for the home plan. If you don't have at least an idea of your end game, your home may start to look disjointed after a few projects.

That said, I love the idea of focusing on one project at a time. Sometimes it's overwhelming to think about everything that needs to be done. This method seems like it might help me live in the moment :-)

A Masterful Trick for Staying Motivated to Complete Home Projects
7/16/14 02:32 PM

That sofa is gorgeous! It's a bit hard to give advice without seeing your other belongings, but I think you could go with a really upscale, elegant look with this quite easily. A large, white rug, maybe a mirrored side table, some gorgeous wall art (in almost any colors!).

How To Coordinate with Gorgeous New Slate Blue Sofa? Good Questions
7/16/14 10:29 AM

Throw pillows, big area rug (the coffee table blends into the floors right now), plants, at least one lamp, and maybe bigger art over the couch.

Ideas for Living Room that \"Needs a Little Something Else\"? Good Questions
7/15/14 11:08 AM

Filing*, not filling.

Easy, Chic DIYs: 3 Upgrades for Boring File Cabinets
7/10/14 12:22 PM

Love the last two! I helped my neighbor's teenage daughter decoupage some old, dingy filling cabinets for her bedroom. We used cutouts from her favorite magazines. A little cliché, but the girl really loved the outcome!

Easy, Chic DIYs: 3 Upgrades for Boring File Cabinets
7/10/14 12:22 PM

I would avoid using it as a side table - while some pieces like dressers can double as nightstands or even side tables, I've always thought chairs with stuff on them just look cluttered. Nothing ever looks like it belongs on a chair - except of course, people and pets :)

You might consider ditching the existing legs and getting some longer, slender legs in white. I think this piece would look fabulous as a bar stool!

How Should I Make Over This Odd Little Chair? Good Questions
7/9/14 03:44 PM

I think it already looks pretty busy with those bookshelves below the TV. My first suggestion would be to get a lower profile TV stand (maybe something with doors and/or drawers). If that's not an option, I would at least clean out the bookshelves so there isn't as much visual clutter. If you can do either of those, I think a gallery wall would camouflage the TV.

Ideas for Blank Wall Above TV? Good Questions
7/2/14 04:07 PM

I think a cream would look gorgeous, but a red could also as some pop without seeming too trendy.

Paint Color Ideas for Shutters? Good Questions
7/2/14 09:46 AM

I think painting or staining the table blue (either navy or royal -nothing too soft) and accentuating it with some gold touches, like brackets on the corners would be beautiful. Then maybe some simple, elegant iron or good wire chairs like these:

Dark Stain or Colorful Paint for IKEA Norden Table? Good Questions
7/1/14 09:44 AM

I actually think blues would look great here. First off, I suggest getting a huge area rug - this one in either Grey or Blue would be beautiful.
The blue would play up the nautical theme you mentioned, while the predominance of white in the Grey one would brighten up the place considerably. Not many windows are visible in the photos, but I also suggest getting some long curtains - something with blue or gray would look nice against the neutral walls.

Big mirrors would be great on the walls, both to make the room look larger and lighter and to break up that yellow tinge. This mirror would be great in the entryway, although I also think a big rectangular one on the longer wall could be nice -

How Do I Decorate Greige/Yellow Graduate Housing? Good Questions
6/26/14 05:32 PM

Came*, not can't!! Stupid autocorrect!

Options for Tiny Sink/Enormous Faucet Combo? Good Questions
5/30/14 12:58 PM

I think a lot of this depends in what your landlord is willing to commit to. He might agree to pay for an upgrade - that setup is terrible! If you ask him though, make sure to do your research and go to him with a particular solution in mind. My mentor at work always says "don't come to me with problems, come to be with solutions."

If he's not willing to pay for it, I'd be very careful with how you proceed. Definitely get a plumber to do the work - that reduces the chances that you'll need up and be fined when you leave in a few years.

The easiest solution is your first one, I think. Getting rid of that bulky medicine cabinet would make the whole space look and feel bigger. Just make sure not to get a mirror with a big, bulky frame.

Good luck! You can't up with some great options!

Options for Tiny Sink/Enormous Faucet Combo? Good Questions
5/30/14 12:57 PM

Ha! I'm also an apartment dweller, so I can't throw a garage sale either. I am trying to go for a more of a minimalist lifestyle, though, so I definitely think this is a great idea. Even apartment dwellers can sell things on Craigslist...

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Throw a Garage Sale Apartment Therapy's Guide to the Perfect Summer
5/25/14 03:46 PM

I love the new light fixture! The whole reno looks fabulous! Did you leave the same floors?

Before & After: A DIY Project-Packed Split Entry Makeover
5/25/14 03:42 PM