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I think I will have to apply for an extension, but the living room is nearly finished. Photos are here:


Apartment Therapy - The Fall Cure: Graduation!
11/10/07 11:51 AM

Southernwayfarer, I think that most carpet stores that sell roll-end remnants can arrange the binding for you. There is also a carpet-binding tape but I don't believe that it's as durable as a sewn binding.

Buying a cut from a roll end will be very economical for you since it can be cut from the width of a 12-foot roll. If you need less than 12 feet the small extra piece could be bound for a doormat. Once when I needed a strip of carpet 3 feet wide and 24 feet long, I had two 3-foot strips cut across the width of a 12-foot roll and joined end-to-end.

Apartment Therapy - Open Thread 552
10/31/07 06:34 AM

We finally added shelves (2 dollars each! In the IKEA kids section!) and placemats and a dining area.

I have the same placemats on my breakfast table. My table is the Mella table from Ikea, with Balser chairs.

Apartment Therapy - The Fall Cure: Week 8 - Throwing a Party
10/31/07 03:53 AM

Please don't laugh, but now that we are almost at the end, I finally found my copy of The Book. Apartment Therapy, I mean.

I've felt overwhelmed by the amount of stuff that needs to be done, but this afternoon I realized that a lot of it has nothing to do with the cure and I am getting close to finishing the things that are part of the cure. Still remaining: rearrange a few things in my bedroom; assemble a console table for the living room; hang pictures (very large and heavy) in the dining room; install GFI receptacle in the bathroom.

Some accessories, such as the pillows we discussed, may not be here by the end of the week, but will arrive soon after. Cabinet doors that need to be painted may or may not get done this week. Three of them can be painted with brush and roller, but two are louvered and need to be sprayed. The weather will be perfect for that tomorrow, while I'll be at work, so I'm hoping for decent weather on Friday.

Apartment Therapy - The Fall Cure: Week 8 - Throwing a Party
10/30/07 04:13 PM

AmandaC - My first choice for modern lamps at modest prices is Ikea. Before I moved to the hinterland I purchased three table lamps for a bedroom as well as a wall lamp and a ceiling fixture, and I've been pleased with all of them.

On the other hand, I bought my orange-trimmed lamp


from Overstock. Most of their lamps are traditional, but some are modern. Here is one that I would consider:


(no idea whether that is anywhere close to what you want).

Apartment Therapy - Open Thread 551
10/30/07 02:21 PM

Instead of renting a truck and hiring labor separately, you might check into some of the "two guys with a truck" services that exist in most places. They're not moving companies, but if all you need is the truck and labor (no packing, insurance, etc.), it might be easier than coordinating the elements separately. I've done this for a local move.

Apartment Therapy - Open Thread 551
10/30/07 09:28 AM

I missed the participation of people in other regions and couldn't always find the other groups. I stayed with the New York group since I do live in the state of New York, although this upstate area is culturally much more like the Middle West than like NYC.

Apartment Therapy - The Fall Cure: Week 8 - Throwing a Party
10/29/07 03:10 PM

Regarding dining chairs - I have six at my dining table but the table can expand to seat eight or ten. For eight I would bring the two Balser chairs from the breakfast table; for ten I'd have to add the two all-weather-wicker folding chairs that were outdoors until yesterday. One of the latter chairs is now on temporary duty in my bedroom until I find something that is right.

Apartment Therapy - The Fall Cure: Week 7 - Weekend
10/29/07 01:20 PM

If you can't redecorate your entire apartment in 8 weeks because you don't have the funds, should you just redecorate one room at a time?

The last time around, I was between jobs and had plenty of time but no money, so except for repairing or replacing things that were broken, I worked entirely with what I had. I think my total expenditure was less than $50. It is as much about function as about decoration - unless something that is essential for the space to function well is entirely missing, it may not be necessary to purchase a lot.

This time, I have more money but less time. During the first four weeks I worked mostly on using what I already had and identifying the things that would be needed. Now I'm purchasing the things I identified, although not all of them will be in place by the end of week 8.

Apartment Therapy - The Fall Cure: Week 7 - Weekend
10/27/07 01:48 PM

prefer this pillow... but would prefer even brighter

You might have liked this one, also by Jongerius --


-- but I thought that, especially with the glossy fuchsia, it would draw the eye away from the painting too quickly.

However, there will also be a rectangular pillow in a solid (but dull) orange.

The Bruce Fox biomorphic triangular bowl will probably end up on a console table near the door. I don't actually leave keys or change there, only my glasses. Mail goes into a tray on a shelf in the closet.

Apartment Therapy - The Fall Cure: Week 7 - Weekend
10/27/07 01:08 PM

OK in NY is looking for good pillow suggestions to wake up her sofa.

I'm a guy.

I think I have chosen pillows, though.

Design by Alexander Girard:

Design by Hella Jongerius:

The idea is for the Girard striped pillows to coordinate with the sofa while bringing the grey of the fireplace around to that side of the room. The Jongerius coral is to add a small amount of the orange from the lamp that's directly across from the sofa.

Apartment Therapy - The Fall Cure: Week 7 - The Bedroom
10/23/07 04:01 PM

The main project for my bedroom is to take down the draperies and install woven-wood roman shades, which I already have. It goes against the grain to remove custom-made draperies, but these are high "ranch" windows and the stubby drapes don't do a thing for me.

The second phase, which will not happen right away, is to add curtains, already chosen but not purchased. Somewhere in this I need to patch the holes from removing the drapery hardware, and paint the window frames.

Apartment Therapy - The Fall Cure: Week 7 - The Bedroom
10/23/07 03:54 PM

Two photos of the living room (without rug, as it's not here yet) are now at flickr. I need suggestions about pillows for the sofa; the back is fairly hard and it looks sort of bare.


Apartment Therapy - The Fall Cure: Week 6 - The Weekend
10/21/07 04:38 PM

It looks like I posted my latest update in a thread that was no longer current, so I'll summarize here: after an interruption because of illness and work, I'm starting to catch up. Yesterday evening I assembled a sofa (which had been waiting for about six weeks) and arranged the furniture in the living room. Later today I'll hang pictures and a mirror.. A rug and a console table are on order.

The room is long and narrow, and the seating area is at one end, near the fireplace. The console table is for the other end, which is also the passage among the front door, garage, all the other downstairs rooms, and the staircase to the bedroom level.

Apartment Therapy - The Fall Cure: Week 6 - The Weekend
10/21/07 03:54 AM

I've fallen way behind - illness and work - but I've started to catch up. This afternoon I assembled a sofa for the living and arranged the furniture. Pictures and a mirror are in position to be hung tomorrow. I'll upload photographs.

I'm also thinking about a rug. The seating area is at the end with the fireplace, and the central part of it is open. A rug the width of the hearth would help to define it and emphasize the fireplace, which is made of nice local stone but is not dramatic.

Apartment Therapy - The Fall Cure: Week 6
10/20/07 06:14 PM

Perfect timing for the living room, because I now have just about everything that is needed, plus some time off - and it's the room that needs the most work.

Apartment Therapy - The Fall Cure: Week Four
10/2/07 01:37 PM

I can hardly believe that I'm doing this in the middle of the Cure, but I have had or am having dinner or lunch guests three times in four days, or maybe four times in five days, including lunch for 50 people today.

What makes this possible is the sukkah. I was diverted from Curing by building it, but it's sort of the suburban equivalent of entertaining friends at a restaurant or café in the city - that is, in the suburbs in the summer and fall, you can entertain outdoors.

Sometimes. On Friday evening it started to rain heavily just as the guests arrived. The dining room isn't finished, but with the chandelier (http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1008/1397728699_7448b76a71_m.jpg) installed and the table in place at least it was possible to eat there. Having worked on the kitchen first helped a lot with all the cooking.

Apartment Therapy - The Fall Cure: Week Three - Weekend
9/30/07 11:55 AM

Forgot to mention: no bears last night, but it was all too obvious that there was a skunk nearby.

Apartment Therapy - The Fall Cure: Week Two - Weekend
9/21/07 02:35 PM

The lamp for the dining room arrived yesterday and I installed it today. No thanks to the instructions, which were very detailed about the things I knew how to do (connecting the wiring) and sorely lacking in everything else (such as how to assemble the fixture). I don't have enough bulbs of the right size for it.

Wine rack is also in place, although not the place originally planned.

Apartment Therapy - The Fall Cure: Week Two - Weekend
9/21/07 11:31 AM

SD913, the runway console is deep enough to hold a place setting. Would you be placing it against a wall?

For reference, the narrow tables that are used in meeting rooms where people sit on only one site of the tables (all facing the same direction) are usually 18 inches deep; the runway console is 14 inches.

However, many folding banquet tables are only 30 inches wide and seat people on both sides, so the depth is 15 inches per side. If you have a larger table available, you might try measuring out 14 inches and placing a box or other barrier at that point, to see how it would work.

Apartment Therapy - Open Thread 524
9/20/07 07:04 AM