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1- What is the base material, thats the first thing you need to know when painting anything.
if its galvanized as I assume then it get anything stuck on it.
then talk to the people at powder coating, this is professional work, not your DIY krylon etc.

best luck.

Apartment Therapy Boston | Good Question: Painting Powder-Coated Chairs?#comments#comments
4/2/09 11:02 AM

to Raisa thanks for your comment.
yes! the counter will be on market soon through a high end kitchen showroom.
Ikea retrofit was a pain but always worth it if you have a good idea.
let me know at the above email.

Apartment Therapy New York | East #34: Gaastra's Mini Residence
4/30/08 02:32 PM

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Apartment Therapy New York | East #34: Gaastra's Mini Residence
4/30/08 08:26 AM

I take bags to store and they get annoyed too,( except Wholel foods) I would think the cleaners would too. T
ry to have a good talk with them to explain why you do it.

Apartment Therapy New York | What Do You Do With Wire Hangers?
4/28/08 11:51 AM

to bmorebent
maybe you missed our article on AT earlier last month.
everything in the apt is customized and designed/built by the owners - who are designers themselves.

Apartment Therapy New York | East #34: Gaastra's Mini Residence
4/25/08 01:11 PM

to Cha NOir,

after all these comments do you still want to use glass on your bathroom?

The bathroom doors were a huge undertaking and an ingenous way we put it together not to mention the installation was a pain and it had to be perfect down to 1/8" tolerance.

you would need me to be invovled to get it done.

Apartment Therapy New York | East #34: Gaastra's Mini Residence
4/25/08 11:17 AM

do you really need that large refg.?

Apartment Therapy New York | East #32: Jessii's & Corey's Brooklyn Lounge
4/25/08 11:01 AM


The confusion comes because this place has been transformed from it being stlyed for a photoshoot 10 months ago to the recent NY Times article.
I know that a semi finalist is allowed to show 10 photos for the finals. Thus was my understanding.
Sometimes when you meet the occupant all the pieces fall together.

our bedroom is the size of the bed with allowance for a wardrobe. see plan.
having said that there is nothing hidden in the bedroom except the underbed storage.

freindly as we are we dont accept gifts for any occasions but give gifts and that really helps to stay small.

Apartment Therapy New York | East #34: Gaastra's Mini Residence
4/25/08 10:51 AM

to ridge_van_winkle
actually it kind of works as there is a curtain not shown here.
we also close the metal french door so our friends who visit have DOUBLE PRIVACY rather than one.

our friends are shocked at beginning but when they return they love it.

wish I can invite all the At readers to our home.

Apartment Therapy New York | East #34: Gaastra's Mini Residence#comments
4/25/08 10:23 AM

guys we have a curtain on the front glass doors of the bathroom.

not shown here - since we wanted to capture the entire bathroom.

Apartment Therapy New York | East #34: Gaastra's Mini Residence
4/25/08 10:14 AM

Toilet is Toto nexus, low Gravity flush - good for planet good for the design. oh you never hear the flush, now thats cool.

The Door was custom designed/made by us. The glass does not touch the floor or the ceiling, now thats cool too.

this contest is about Design , not about someone's privacy desires. it works for us, it's not for everyone.

Apartment Therapy New York | East #34: Gaastra's Mini Residence
4/25/08 09:49 AM

to all AT readers,
its great to read all the comments.

NYTIMES photos should be combined with these photos to get a glimpse of our styling and our living. Too bad we did not have newer photos.

Its difficult with a child to live in a small space but we do with happiness. We put away stuff when not in use and cant afford to clutter in a 435 SF.What can we say we dont have much period and that gives us freedom.

a lot has changed since our son was born and new photos will be posted ....if we get to the semi finalists.
Yet the apt. looks sparse with lots of room to play.
p.s. bathroom has a white curtain not shown.

have fun.

Apartment Therapy New York | East #34: Gaastra's Mini Residence
4/25/08 09:09 AM

Beautfiful space.
I would hate to hide the wood currently on the ceiling. That has character that the new wood will not plus its a waste for our environement to use twice as much wood/ sheetrock etc.

try to probe in a discrete corner and see what the roof is made up of. As a designer I know the roof will have joists behind it and gaps between the joists.

There is a solution out there where one can drill a series of hole between this joists and spray foam( soy based preferred) in these gaps between the joists and that would give you the R value you need or better than the 2" rigid INsulation. Try to get the right help for this roof.

any ?'s write again. see my apt. on apt. therapy at some point today. Gaastra contest.

Apartment Therapy New York | NY Good Questions: Type of Insulation For the Ceiling?#comments#comments
4/25/08 06:55 AM

sensitive and charming

Apartment Therapy New York | International #8: Nicolas' Mini Loft
4/22/08 10:03 AM

too tacky.

I hope there are atleast 12 families living in there.

Apartment Therapy New York | International #2: Sultan's Lovely Villa#comments
4/18/08 12:37 PM

one better wear slip resistant shoes on that staircase.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Midwest #17: Brian's Loft
4/18/08 12:12 PM

try to paint the entire wall a light green, ever so light.

gray works well with green which is slightly warm.
sofa and staircase can be the same gray if sofa is light. if not go wtih light shade of gray on the stiracse and drop a shadow in there by masking effect.

you dont need a contractor get a nice handyman/painter who will do your work w/care.

see our apt. on apartment therapy ( search Nette Gaastra/Suchitra van) there is a dark gray sofa against a pale green( too bad green shows as white:(

Apartment Therapy New York | NY Good Questions: What Should We Do To The Staircase?
4/18/08 06:54 AM

wood needs to breathe its organic, so Dont paint.

I believe the dark furniture you have should offset this really well.

Apartment Therapy New York | NY Good Questions: Paint Color For This Bedside Shelf?
4/17/08 09:52 AM

this may not be everyone's taste but it is something to appreciate. Its great she has a large empty apartment and maybe planning to live here with a family. Its a great start to be minimal. Its really good for the environment not to consume a lot and also good for your wallet.

I think maybe a lot of the stuff was stored in the bedroom during photo shoot nonetheless it shows her style and living.

Apartment Therapy New York | East #24: Melissa's Pod
4/17/08 09:17 AM

yes its great design by Europeans but please keep in mind our environment when shopping.
Cheap does not translate into disposable products.
Buy what you need- only what you really need.

check free cycle and other sites for free bees before buying new products.

good luck.

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4/16/08 01:44 PM