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Display Name: mc509
Member Since: 1/9/08

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Hi all -

Dish rack is from IKEA, which I posted earlier:

Sofa is from West Elm, which I also posted earlier and mentioned that it may no longer be available: arm

As for the kitchen cabinets...they were already here when I bought the place, so I have no idea where they're from! But thanks for the compliments!

Cheers everyone!

Apartment Therapy New York | House Tour: Michelle's Starter Home
3/16/08 09:07 PM

JMBnewsgirl - Thanks for your kind words, it took a LOT of work and years of savings to be able to afford Manhattan, but it was all well worth it. =) To answer your questions, the table lamp in the living room is also from Home Goods (in fact, all the lamps are), but the "Dale Tiffany Lamp" that someone posted is actually the one in thet bedroom with the black/white shades. As for the desk, I found this at IKEA and it was super cheap (warning: this means cheap quality too, it's all particle board). I actually did not assemble that bottom panel where they put the computer CPU because I wanted to be able to fit a chair under the desk. The TV stand is also from IKEA and is very solid and sturdy (but also made of particle board). One of these days I'll switch to something nicer but these are just fine for now!

SpaHa robbi and SBurns - I'm really really sorry but I have absolutely no info on the chandelier floor lamp. This was a gift to me from my Aunt, and the only thing I know is that it was from Home Goods, but there are no tags or stickers on the lamp indicating the manufacturer/make of it. My only suggestion is to take a ride to Home Goods and scan the lamp section, but I know it's probabaly out of the way for a lot of people. Sorry!!! If anyone DOES find it though, please post it here!

Apartment Therapy New York | House Tour: Michelle's Starter Home
3/1/08 07:26 AM

babz - Thanks for the tip on the plant, I was thinking of that as my next one as soon as this one kicks the bucket!

acitirol - Thanks! The rug is from Target and the other table you're talking about is actually a file cabinet from IKEA that I originally intended to put in the bedroom next to my desk, but didn't fit. It worked really well as an end table and saved me the trouble of finding an actual end table! I didn't like the handles it came with so I bought a different style of handles, which were also IKEA and standard size so it fits perfect. took forever to assemble! Here are the links:

modtramp - Thanks for the design tip! Maybe I'll try it out when I remodel. =)

Apartment Therapy New York | House Tour: Michelle's Starter Home
2/24/08 04:01 PM

Hi guys! Wow I am so honored that people are still reading this post 2 weeks after it's been published! Thanks for all the accolades. =)

cvillian - THANKS for finding the make/model of that lamp! Very cool that you were able to locate it...although I must give the proper shout out to my MOM (thanks mom!) who picked up those table lamps (bedroom and living room) for me as gifts. The floor lamp that has sorta a chandelier thing going on underneath the shade is the one from my aunt - and I'm still curious on the make/model of that one too if anyone knows!

kushkush - I think she may have gone to the Home Goods in Parsippany or Union. She's a lot closer to Essex county so if you're willing to take a ride over, it may be worth checking out! Good luck.

Apartment Therapy New York | House Tour: Michelle's Starter Home
2/14/08 12:33 PM

thebear - Thanks so much for the suggestion, I will DEFINITELY look into that tankless hot water heater. I'm assuming I can find something like that at Home Depot? I'm always thinking of more ways to conserve energy since my electric bill seems to be getting out of hand. And I like where your head is at with using the money saved to buy more clothes to fill the space. =) As for the iPod dock, it is the Memorex iWake:

olya - Thanks for your kind comments! The candelebra is from Crate & Barrel:

Apartment Therapy New York | House Tour: Michelle's Starter Home
2/3/08 09:19 AM

paulmuscat - Haha thank you for your comments and I certainly do appreciate constructive criticism. Regarding your idea with the living room wall, it sounds interesting but because those drapes are dark in color and a thick silk fabric, I feel like going across the whole wall will give the room a very "heavy" feeling. Not to mention I think the oversized curtain rods I used to hold them up would look a little strange going across the entire wall. Lastly, the curtains were expensive ($200 each) which means I'd probably have to spend another $600 to do my opinion, not worth it. Plus I've already got the wall-to-wall thing going on in the bedroom.

I think Jill's professional camera and wide angle lens makes the room look wider than it actually is...I really cannot afford to move the couch 6 inches!

As for the fireplace mantel, those 3 bulbs are actually vases, not candles, but I understand your point. Those actually were originally going to go on the wall where the TV is, I just haven't gotten around to finding the right thing to prop them up. I was going to have them staggered vertically along that small wall on top of short horizontal shelves.

I'm curious about your feeling with the bed though...I thought I already kept it pretty minimalist with just the artwork above and the lamps on either side. Did you mean that the plant and red clock were a little too much? If so, the plant was put there because I wanted to fill that space. And the clock is for functional reasons's the loudest alarm I have and I have trouble waking up in the morning. =)

Thanks for taking the time to comment!

Apartment Therapy New York | House Tour: Michelle's Starter Home
2/1/08 07:00 AM

tzveyah - Hmm....I wonder where you'll find real antlers in the woods without having to kill an animal for them?

Cat - Looks like this site has them in black but not sure where you could get the white ones in the photo. Maybe you can just spray paint them. =)

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1/31/08 11:13 AM

LOL...that bunny is adorable. I was more focused on him/her than the actual wine rack!

Apartment Therapy New York | Bachus Wine Rack by Marcel Wanders
1/31/08 10:43 AM

rubyp3 - I was hesitant about the grey at first also and wanted to be on the safe side so I went with a lighter shade. I was a little scared at first because it's much darker when the paint is still wet! But after drying it turned out great, and depending on the lighting, there is a big range of shade to this color. (Appears much richer in the shadows.)

The A/C unit is under the right window curtains. The TV unit only covers about 1/8 of it or less, but only on the bottom part and not near the vents. When summer comes I will probably buy matching tieback hooks (from West Elm, to go with the rods) and pull back the curtains for both windows for symmetry and thereby exposing the A/C.

Pixie - the dining room table is from Jensen-Lewis. See my earlier post for more info on the table. Here is the link again:

Apartment Therapy New York | House Tour: Michelle's Starter Home#comments
1/31/08 08:48 AM

Really amazing before and after transformation! Love the hand-stitched embroidery.

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1/31/08 08:36 AM

mollybloom - My goal was definitely to elongate the room with the curtains and take advantage of the relatively high ceilings so I'm glad you noticed! The two-toned silk curtains are from West Elm (online only):

The white sheer curtains with shell pattern are from IKEA:

Good luck with your move this weekend! I'm glad I was able to inspire so many people on AT! =)

Apartment Therapy New York | House Tour: Michelle's Starter Home
1/31/08 07:12 AM

hjp922 - Hi there! All of those lamps were from Home Goods, so unfortunately I have no idea who the manufacturers are. (Someone earlier commented that they were trying to find out as well, so hopefully someone else can answer!) The shades came with all of the lamps and they all went for about $79 each. I've seen the block crystal table lamp (in the living room) at Restoration Hardware but it comes with a slightly different lampshade, not to mention a price tag that's 3 times more than what I paid!

As for the vases, they're from West Elm circa Fall 2007. I'm glad you like them because I adored them when I saw them at first, but didn't buy them because I didn't even have the apartment settled yet. When I went back a week later they were gone! I searched high and low and finally found extra stock at a West Elm in NJ. Lesson learned: if you like something, don't wait!

Apartment Therapy New York | House Tour: Michelle's Starter Home
1/30/08 06:57 PM

jenniemo - Glad you like the set up! The sofa and matching armchair (as well as the throw pillows and two-toned satin curtains) are from West Elm. They are part of the Square-Arm Collection. The color is "steel", but it looks as though they've unfortunately discontinued this collection... There are some armchairs and ottomans left at half the price I paid though! arm

If you like this style, you might also like the Goodwin Collection, which is very similar.

Apartment Therapy New York | House Tour: Michelle's Starter Home
1/30/08 12:12 PM

ridge_van_winkle - HA...yes I'll admit that the boiler in the bedroom closet was a bit of a turnoff for me (not to mention that I can no longer take hot showers that last longer than 20 minutes). But for now I have more than enough space for my clothes, and the living room closet is also very big inside, so that's where most of my stored seasonal clothing, coats, and shoes go.

As for the chicken pattern you see in the kitchen, it's actually a dish towel, but I bet they make an apron too. Glad you like it! A good friend gave that set to me as a housewarming gift but I'm not sure where it's from. I will post when I find out!

Apartment Therapy New York | House Tour: Michelle's Starter Home
1/30/08 12:04 PM

Lorie09 - Thanks! The paint I used in the bedroom is Behr Oat Cake in eggshell finish. For the living room it's Behr Manhattan Mist in eggshell finish. And for all of the doors, frames, and moldings I used Behr Ultra Pure White in satin finish.

I've always liked using eggshell finish on walls because it gives a much softer glow with just the slightest bit of light bouncing off the paint. For doors and trims I like either satin or semigloss finishes since doors tend to get dirty easily and fingerprints can be wiped off the glossier finishes without ruining the paint.

Apartment Therapy New York | House Tour: Michelle's Starter Home
1/30/08 11:50 AM

K8 in Maine - Wow you noticed my Wii! =) Actually, I've never had to move the glass coffee table when we play. Instead, I push the grey armchair all the way back by the kitchen or front door, which gives us plenty of space to move around. I'm also super insistent on the wristbands so that I don't get into one of these situations:

Since the guests that come over are usually adults, I don't get too worried about the glass table, but it's was definitely stressful for me when I had small children over to play! That table is definitely not ideal for families with kids...

Apartment Therapy New York | House Tour: Michelle's Starter Home
1/30/08 11:43 AM

christinatremill - Thanks! The candleholder on the wall is actually from Crate and Barrel, but I've seen the one from CB2 as well. It's very similar to this one but I think it's about a quarter of the size, and in the "room views" on their site you can see that they've arranged a number of them to create different effects. At $50/each for the CB2 ones, I decided to just go with the big rectangle from Crate & Barrel for $150.

Crate & Barrel:


Apartment Therapy New York | House Tour: Michelle's Starter Home
1/30/08 11:36 AM

BTW - for all of you who are interested in the functionality of the dining table...I know the price tag is a little bit scary, but I first noticed this "transformer" design at IKEA. I loved that it had all this storage and was such a space saver, but unfortunately it only came in one color and it didn't go with my overall look. However, it's considerably cheaper and it's made of natural solid wood, unlike most IKEA furniture that is made up of particle board.

Apartment Therapy New York | House Tour: Michelle's Starter Home
1/30/08 10:39 AM

Deeliscoius - thanks so much for your kind words. Regarding the coffee table, the EXACT same thoughts went through my head when I was selecting my furniture. I initially wanted a dark solid wood coffee table with storage so I could tuck away magazines and the remote controls, but after evaluating the size of the space (and listening to the wise words of my dad that glass would work best), I decided to go with the glass table and I love it. I love this one in particular because it's also a conversational piece whenever people come over. Definitely one of the three most pricey items in the apartment. (The other 2 most expensive items were the dining table the the bed, all purchased from Jensen-Lewis.)

I would explore a little more with the glass coffee table, since the one you're considering is a bit over-used (I see it everywhere!) That is, unless you absolutely love it, in which case you should totally go for it! Glass is also much easier to clean in my opinion - spray on a little windex and voila! But overall, I would say that it makes a huge impact on the visual space, so I would definitely recommend glass. =)

Apartment Therapy New York | House Tour: Michelle's Starter Home
1/30/08 10:34 AM

chrisvilayke - I closed on the apartment on 10/9 and had my housewarming party on 11/3, so it pretty much went from bare bones to 90% finished in about 4 weeks! (I know that is a little bit crazy, but the OCD in me had to get it done quickly so I could feel at "home" as soon as possible.) I will say, however, that I started planning a vision for the place about a month earlier, selecting paint colors and furniture and sketching out some layouts. Plus I had been watching a lot of HGTV all summer to get myself mentally ready and prepped! The first week was the hardest - all the painting and cleaning - but by the end of the week my furniture was moved in (coordinated 3 places to have the movers all come on the same day) and it was really starting to come together. The remaining weeks were pretty much for embellishments and personal touches. Thank you for the positive feedback!

Apartment Therapy New York | House Tour: Michelle's Starter Home
1/30/08 09:51 AM