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HAR good luck with your shelf project. I just love a room with books. It's like a wall of art.


Sally's Dreamy & Romantic Small Cool Contest
5/17/12 04:20 PM

Hi Pinrat, that is the Leibherr refrigerator, and it was key to the kitchen design working. It takes up only a 25x25 footprint. The fridge had to go in that spot or it would have blocked the site line to the french doors. Yet, we needed the sink in the corner or the kitchen would have obliterated the "dining area" and I was firm about wanting sit-down seating and not a countertop, which I find uncomfortable. Anyway, Leibherr is carried by Krups on 17th if you are in Manhattan and want to check one out. It has really nice hardware and a soft close. It's quiet. The space inside is good for two. I think it would be a stretch for a family.


Sally's Dreamy & Romantic Small Cool Contest
5/7/12 03:07 PM

MON_TRUC_EN_PLUMES, thanks so much! The ceilings are 108".

I designed the bathroom. The floor was the only thing that I kept as it had been cemented in - it's terracotta tiles laid in a herringbone pattern so I built the color scheme of the new bathroom around that. Henry, my contractor, did all the tile work and installed the jet tub. My dad installed the frameless shower door on his last visit. He's handy that way. I wish he lived nearby. The mirror isn't actually in the tub. The photo was taken standing in the tub looking out into the mirror.


Sally's Dreamy & Romantic Small Cool Contest
4/29/12 05:06 PM

HAR, correction... the shelves are 8" deep. We had wanted 11" deep but it would have partially obscured the bedroom door. It works for most books. The big art books have to be turned on their side and we keep them on the bottom shelves.


Sally's Dreamy & Romantic Small Cool Contest
4/27/12 01:20 PM

The LG drains into a standard waste pipe where the sink and dishwasher drain. It's hooked up just like a dishwasher.


Sally's Dreamy & Romantic Small Cool Contest
4/26/12 08:41 AM

HAR, the hall was 42" wide before the built-ins. The shelves are 11" deep. Even though 11" is standard depth for many lines of freestanding bookcases, I would have liked them deeper, but that would have covered the doorway to the bedroom -- and blocked natural light. After the built-ins the width of the hall is about 30".

The red runner for those who asked is FLOR.


Sally's Dreamy & Romantic Small Cool Contest
4/26/12 08:38 AM

Melanie, the dresser is a strange NYC story. I found it on the street right in front of the building where I did not know at the time I would one day buy a co- op apartment in. Got a girlfriend to help me lug it home, only to tears later have to move it back again when I bought the place.

It's like the dresser was an ambassador for the apartment and they found me and brought me home. The only thing I changed was the drawer pulls.


Sally's Dreamy & Romantic Small Cool Contest
4/25/12 10:53 PM

Charlotte, I love the breakfast bar separating the kitchen from the rest of the room. But more than that, I love the eclectic collection of cool, interesting, beautiful things. --Sally


Charlotte's Decorative Arrangement Small Cool Contest
4/25/12 08:24 PM

The contractor for the kitchen, bath and built-in library shelves is Henry Almeida. I can't say enough good things about him. He's a true collaborator. He's licensed and insured for co-ops/condos. 347-804-6171


Sally's Dreamy & Romantic Small Cool Contest
4/25/12 08:06 PM

Thank you! Thank you! I am thrilled beyond belief at the lovely comments about my apartment. I'll try to answer any questions:

Susan, it is a combo unit -- it's an LG and it has proved to be a great choice. You don't have to vent it to the outdoors. So, no getting co-op approval to cut a hole in the outer wall.

Lyonstill, It does take four hours to do a full wash/dry cycle. I just turn it on before sleep. It's very quiet, and the clothes are dry when I wake up in the morning. It is a full capacity.

Thanks to everyone who loves the french doors and iron work. I can't take credit for them. The former owner was an architect and she salvaged them from job sites.

I designed the kitchen, and my contractor Henry Almeda (the best!) was a true collaborator and trouble-shooter. His team are CLEAN. Every night the job site was swept and tools put away and trash hauled out. He came in right as he'd budgeted.

Henry also did all the built-ins -- the library shelves and the walk-in closet. The painting over the sofa is Maggie Hinders of Hoboken. Check out her site. Awesome and affordable real art.

Carolyn, my god you have a good eye. Yes, it's the Min bed! With an Ikea mattress. I am a high/low like that!

Thank you all!


Sally's Dreamy & Romantic Small Cool Contest
4/25/12 04:34 PM

where is the art work? Those bare walls are crying.


What I'd Change About This Living Room/Kitchen if I Could
11/4/11 04:30 PM

How do you need the space to function? If storage is the main thing, I'd do as others have suggested and rip out the countertop and put in a chest of drawers, wardrobe, or shelves with storage boxes. If it were my space, I'd put in a desk and floating shelves -- because it would meet a need in my life. I'd start with function first. Ask yourself, what do I need this space to provide for me? The rest will follow.


How To Make Bedroom Vanity Less Bathroom-Like?
Good Questions

11/4/11 10:42 AM

Ikea has wooden hangers for kids closets that seem like they would work.


Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Good Questions: Where to Find Petite Hangers?
9/24/08 01:14 PM

Ikea has a metal base for $39:

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50074550

Product dimensions
Length: 38 1/4 "
Width: 23 5/8 "
Height: 10 5/8 "


Apartment Therapy New York | Good Questions: Metal Coffee Table Base?
9/23/08 01:39 PM

I have 480 sq ft and I love it. It was basically raw space that I got to configure myself, so I made every inch count. What makes it work? Leibherr skinny fridge, Meile 18" dishwasher, LG combo washer dryer in kitchen, a 25-ft floor to ceiling book shelf along the hallway, and a walk-in closet to store stuff. French doors out to a backyard almost as big as the apartment helps a lot. And high ceilings. I love it's compactness and efficiency.

I'm not sure I could do 250, though.


Apartment Therapy New York | How to Live in 400 Square Feet? From Re-nest: Our site that covers abundant design for green homes
8/28/08 12:42 PM

Paint the walls bright yellow. Replace the rug with a gray and yellow one with a mod design. Someone said slipcover the chairs. I agree.


Apartment Therapy New York | Good Questions: Temporary Fix to Brighten This Room Up?
7/30/08 10:50 AM

Before you do anything to the plastic shade I suggest taking a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (available in supermarkets) to it. The eraser works especially well cleaning plastics. I used it on an old wall unit intercom and it went from worn out beige to designer white.


Apartment Therapy New York | Good Questions: Should I Paint This Lamp?
7/30/08 10:43 AM

Slipcovers are not hard to make but they take a lot of time. I lay craft paper out and cut my own pattern (some people sew a muslin first). There's welting that comes with a little edge. That makes connecting sections really easy. I once covered a sofa and a love seat with cotton canvas piped in navy. It looked awesome when it was finished. But all told it was about a month's work. As time often = money you may be better off buying.

I've found some really cool fabrics at Ikea.


Apartment Therapy New York | NY Good Questions: Can I Upholster This Chair Myself?
7/17/08 01:33 PM

I don't like the way it looks. I appreciate the function, though.


Apartment Therapy New York | Look!: Combine Hot Cold Faucets on Old SinksBoston
7/10/08 09:53 AM

It is hard to visualize what a pattern will look like once it's covering a large area like a couch. The best way to get to know upholstery fabrics is to look at hundreds of sofas and take note of what you love.


Apartment Therapy New York | NY Good Questions: Fabric Ideas For This Couch?
5/27/08 09:36 AM