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Ugh... I had that same landlord! Cockroaches, bedbugs (thank god my vintage couch was miraculously able to salvaged), crappy maintenance, loud neighbors (thankfully my heat never went out though!). I also had to sue for my security deposit... and still never got it. Lesson learned: always google your landlord!

We have an ok landlord at the moment but the common hallway just got a nasty bit of water damage from a leak in the roof + crazy amounts of rain and they're dragging their feet on getting fixed which is a little unsettling and makes us question resigning our lease.


5 Things to Run Away From as a Renter Renters Solutions
7/2/14 10:29 PM

I think the flokati you had would be great here (or if it's gone then something similarly creamy and textural). If you're thinking about a patterned rug I'd look for something with a fairly small scale pattern--large scale I think would compete too much with the sofa. I'd look for something fairly neutral in color, but maybe with a touch of yellow to tie in with the chairs, or another accent color you might be thinking of adding (ie not entirely neutral).

It all depends on how you want the space to feel. Solid and textural I think would look a bit more polished. Patterned with an accent color I think would be a little more funky (mind you, with that couch there will always be a touch of funky!).

Also, as a fellow cat owner my personal experience is that flat-woven rugs are nearly impossible to clean so if your cats are prone to puking or hairballs you may want to avoid those.


Suggestions for a Rug to Go With this Patterned Sofa? Good Questions
6/20/14 08:41 PM

All done at last! I tried submitting my photos but an error message bounced back to me :( AT, were you only taking photos for a few days? Or is it a weird bug and I should just try again?

Here's the big reveal though


Day 22: Relax and Celebrate! Apartment Therapy's Style Cure
9/2/13 05:22 PM

Wow, everyone's after photos look fantastic! High fives all around! I'm still working on the final bits in my room, but after pics should be up in another day or two.

Flat-Pack & Vintage


Day 21: Take Your \"After\" Photos (and Our Livebloggers Reveal their Rooms!) Apartment Therapy's Style Cure
8/29/13 08:51 PM

I got a little behind--staining is time consuming--so my final touches (and after pictures) won't be until the weekend. Tonight I need to do a final coat of poly on my shelf boards, and then tomorrow I can start bring in the accessories. Two days behind the Cure schedule doesn't seem too bad, and it has definitely been worth taking my time to make sure things turn out well.

Stay tuned though! I think it will turn out great, especially for having only a $100 budget!

Flat-Pack & Vintage


Day 20: The Final Touch - Hang Artwork Apartment Therapy's Style Cure
8/28/13 11:44 AM

Holy heat wave Batman! It is *boiling* in MN right now and the room I'm working on doesn't have A/C. Got the main furniture shoved into place though. I was going to get the shelves up until we discovered the drill needed to be charged. Whoops. Things are looking good though.

Flat-Pack & Vintage


Day 18: Lock in Your Furniture Layout Apartment Therapy's Style Cure
8/26/13 10:30 PM

I swear the fiance is not as heartless as he sounds, he just has a bad case of foot-in-mouth disease. I got a coat of stain on the desk tonight so progress is still totally being made!


Day 17: Weekend Chore - Paint! (Including Our Best Painting Tips & Tricks) Apartment Therapy's Style Cure
8/24/13 12:17 AM

I think I'm starting to lose some steam, but I'm hoping to rally this weekend. It hasn't helped that my fiance comment about the process has been "Well, you can't make it worse." Yeah, that's motivating.

I'm still working on getting all the crap moved out of the room tonight, and fully intend to paint this weekend despite the fact that it's going to be positively baking here and we don't have central air. Awesome. Wish me luck that I don't succumb to heat stroke in the name of interior design.

Flat-Pack & Vintage


Day 17: Weekend Chore - Paint! (Including Our Best Painting Tips & Tricks) Apartment Therapy's Style Cure
8/23/13 07:13 PM

Thanks for the paint encouragement guys! The more I think about it, the more I'm leaning towards keeping it more neutral than planned. I do have a big 'ol teal sofa in the room, so I guess I can't be too worried about things being too bland.

@Elby Photo, My vote is for eggshell walls and semi-gloss trim. I always go eggshell for walls and had awful experiences with apartments that were painted with a flat finish (granted, it was probably super cheap paint too, but it was awful experience nonetheless). I honestly don't find eggshell that shiny at all and the improved cleanability is nice (if I squash a spider I'd rather not have a permanent reminder of it left behind).


Day 13: Make Some Project Progress Apartment Therapy's Style Cure
8/19/13 01:34 PM

Ugh... guys, I'm having some sort of paint crisis. Grays are tough and I'm paranoid about it turning out either too blue or too dark (the room doesn't have a lot of natural light). Right now I'm leaning towards using BM Paper White, which I just used in the kitchen. I also started second-guessing my shelving plan so I didn't end up picking up the wood for that yet, but I think I've rallied from that.

Despite those 2 setbacks, I think I'm pretty much on track. I got some pieces primed last night, and the whole room looks like a construction site so there's definite progress happening.

www.nthdegreedesigns.com/blog


Day 13: Make Some Project Progress Apartment Therapy's Style Cure
8/19/13 11:00 AM

I've got a pretty small budget for my room: $100. My must-haves are:
- Paint ($35)
- 2x8 Boards for shelving ($15)
- Brackets for shelving ($12)
- Pots + potting soil ($15)
- New fabric for pillows (we'll see what I can find)
- Frames for existing art (ditto)

Things I would love to add would be:
- lighting
- piano bench
- rug
- additional art
- nicer desk organizers

I don't know if those last ones will make it into the budget though.


Day 10: Make a Shopping List & Budget Apartment Therapy's Style Cure
8/14/13 06:20 PM

@erinpearce I have Home Depot color-match Behr to BM all the time and I've been perfectly happy with the results. You don't even need to scan a swatch; they have a database with the correct mixtures so you just need the color name. Clark + Kensington at Ace I've heard can be match to BM and I may try them out this time since they're soooo much closer to me.


Day 10: Make a Shopping List & Budget Apartment Therapy's Style Cure
8/14/13 06:08 PM

Lack of sleep and lack of car (should get that back today *fingers crossed*) left me a little behind this weekend. The room is clean, but I need to get some samples mixed before I make a final decision on paint. I'm trying to find a cool gray that's fairly light (very little natural light in the room), not overly blue, and still has a nice contrast with the white trim/shelving. I recently painted the kitchen BM's Paper White, but I'm looking for something with just a touch more oomph for the study.

For decor pairings I think I need to add depth. The couch pillows will most likely get edited and updated, more substantial shelving will be going up, and the basic pine desk base will get a dark stain, white drawer fronts, and cute Anthro pulls.


Day 8: Choose Your Paint Color & Think About a Decor \"Pairing\" Apartment Therapy's Style Cure
8/12/13 11:25 AM

@Sarah in Indiana

Ultimately I think it's more important that you choose colors you love vs follow suggested color guidelines. While I think Maxwell's advice will help people who are struggling with where to start, I don't think they are set in stone.


Day 6: Let's Learn About Color Apartment Therapy's Style Cure
8/8/13 11:38 AM

Current floorplan: http://www.nthdegreedesigns.com/blog/?p=105

I don't see a whole lot changing with my floor plan quite honestly. There's a random door connecting the office and bedroom that we just choose to ignore, but it makes things like hanging artwork and shelving difficult. I do hope to refine the sewing and music areas slightly though.

I got more stuff moved into the outbox too! And a bunch of junk cleaned off my desk. Progress!


Day 5: Make a Floor Plan Apartment Therapy's Style Cure
8/7/13 07:32 PM

@Elby Photo I just painted my kitchen Benjamin Moore Paper White (actually I cheated and had Home Depot color match it). It's actually a very pale cool gray, and looks gorgeous against pure white trim. If you're looking for a cool-toned neutral, I highly suggest getting a sample.


Day 5: Make a Floor Plan Apartment Therapy's Style Cure
8/7/13 12:56 PM

I picked a room as soon as I heard about the Style Cure and will be attacking our junk room that should really be an office/studio. It's really the catch-all room and needs a major organizational face-lift. I'll also be hopping on the blogging bus here.


Day 3: Choose Your Room, Sit for 10 Minutes & Take Before Photos Apartment Therapy's Style Cure
8/5/13 10:56 AM

I picked a room as soon as I heard about the Style Cure and will be attacking our junk room that should really be an office/studio. It's really the catch-all room and needs a major organizational face-lift. I'll also be hopping on the blogging bus here.


Day 3: Choose Your Room, Sit for 10 Minutes & Take Before Photos Apartment Therapy's Style Cure
8/5/13 10:56 AM

The style cure is incredibly well timed since I was already planning on tackling our complete mess of an office/studio/music room. I'm still feeling a little overwhelmed at the moment so I'm glad the cure is here to keep me on track. I sort of wish we had the flickr group though since I think people were more likely to chime in with feedback there then track down and follow anyone's individual blogs, and feedback and moral support are awesome during projects like these.

Blogging it: http://www.nthdegreedesigns.com/blog/
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/nthdegreedesign/at-style-cure/


Day 2: Weekend Chores - Go on a Style Treasure Hunt and Share Your Findings Apartment Therapy's Style Cure
8/3/13 02:49 PM

The SmartCat post is pretty nice! Not the prettiest, but not offensive either and incredibly practical. My 12lb chunker routinely hurls himself at it so he can cling to the side like a koala. It's been part of a 1 cat household for 4 years, and last year and half of that we've added a second cat and it's still going strong.


Stylish Cat Tree for Studio Apartment? Good Questions
7/16/13 04:29 PM