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    Oct 20, 2008 11:07 AM GMT
    While prepping for a small dinner party last night (meat fondue, it was delicious!), I decided to snap some shots to share with RJ and get some feedback about my APT. It is just a one bedroom place, but I love it here and am working on making it feel more like home versus feeling like my stuff in an apartment. This is where I am at so far. Let me know if you have any ideas for me either in this forum or in a private email. Best!

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    Oct 20, 2008 1:30 PM GMT


    Nice place! Our personal preference is lots of framed pics on the walls. All of 'em. We also like colour on the walls. Renting? Then not so easy, as some landlords flip right out over anything other than white.

    Area rugs, big ones. Not to cover those beautiful floors, but to add definition to living areas.

    (We had to chuckle, because we love your leather furniture, but we're betting kitty's claws like 'em too! heh.)

    -us

    PS given any thought, if there's room, for a small buffet type low cabinet in the kitchen? Then all the bottles etc on the upper shelves can stay dust free, and add a settled feel.
    .....just ideas, no critique, as the place is pretty darn nice.
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    Oct 20, 2008 1:36 PM GMT
    I think you need to leave some dirty underwear on the floor and furniture, just a piece here and there. icon_biggrin.gif
  • Timbales

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    Oct 20, 2008 1:48 PM GMT
    I'd suggest some artwork over the headboard on your bed. I'd also get some simple curtain panels and for the windows in the main living area and get rid of the valance.
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    Oct 20, 2008 2:31 PM GMT
    Everything is so incredibly white. Even if you don't want to paint the entire apartment, do a coupe of accent walls and the place will feel way more cozy. White rooms feel antiseptic, like you are in a waiting room in a hospital. And having dinner parties in hospitals is a no good idea.

    Go to a hardware store and pick up some paint samples. Play with some ideas, but only give yourself a week to decide. It will make such a difference and feel like home, instead of your stuff floating in white oblivion.
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    Oct 20, 2008 2:35 PM GMT
    I agree with Zombie... just make sure your landlord is cool with it (if you are renting, that is). Otherwise, you have a really nice place, man! icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 20, 2008 2:36 PM GMT
    McGay saidI think you need to leave some dirty underwear on the floor and furniture, just a piece here and there. icon_biggrin.gif


    In addition to dirty underwear, I was amazed to see that you didn't have your sling set up. What a shame! icon_wink.gif
  • Timbales

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    Oct 20, 2008 2:53 PM GMT
    If your landlord will not let you paint any of the walls, I've got an idea that will get some color on the walls for you.

    Either go to an art supply store and get some large, pre-stretched canvases. It can get pricey, so you can also look for large, ugly paintings at yard sales, second hand and thrift stores. Get a 2 quarts of different shades of the accent color you want to use. Paint the canvases, blend the two shades for some interest and hang them on the wall in a grouping with a consistent amount of wall showing between the panels.
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    Oct 20, 2008 3:34 PM GMT
    The wall or wall space above your bed, do something to it also get rid of the valance over the blinds, PLEASE!!!!
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    Oct 20, 2008 4:19 PM GMT
    I agree with allot of the posters...more artwork and paint the walls. I would also get rid of thos valances over your livingroom windows.
  • Laurence

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    Oct 20, 2008 5:58 PM GMT
    Nice place, but needs some colour.

    Some nice coloured cushions (not check) on the sofa and a couple of nice rugs in the living area will break up the dark floors, wood and sofas, and make the place look more personal.

    Also you might want to replace the calendar in the kitchen with a Colt men one.

    Lozx
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    Oct 20, 2008 6:33 PM GMT
    I approve your choice of furniture, it's pretty nice accross all rooms. Bedroom needs some work, try some new rug and comforter designs, the ones you got remind me of my grandma's house (no offence lol). The bedroom furniture is pretty nice, I like it. Livingroom furniture is also nice, but I'd again recommend a contemporary type rug and some artwork, as well as just random decorations around. Useless decorations, artwork, and such stuff is what makes rooms come together to make them feel more like a 'home' so you might want to just browse around stores and pick up random stuff to place throughout the rooms. Don't just stick to paintings, there's some wooden carving type things that would match your dark furniture pretty well that I can think of, and I'm sure you can see other stuff out there.

    You can also paint the doorframe and the bottom thinggy that goes around the walls (I dunno what it's called haha) to give a nice outline. If you paint it a similar color as the frames of art you buy it'll probably match well. My appartment is also painted white across every wall and door, so I'm currently making similar plans because there really is very little you can do to a pure white appartment to make it feel cozy. Accent walls as suggested are also a great idea.
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    Oct 20, 2008 11:43 PM GMT
    Thank you for the feedback so far guys, it is great. The bedspread is on its way out anyway and what do you suggest for above the blinds in the living room?
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    Oct 21, 2008 1:49 AM GMT
    I need to do this when i move to Texas. It's like having a legion of interior decorators
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    Oct 27, 2008 8:51 PM GMT
    Very nice as is, but yeah...I'm gonna sound like a broken record and suggest some color. I'm thinking something warm, in the burnt orange/red spectrum, to complement the leather (gorgeous, by the way) and the floors. Richly textured area rugs with some vibrant hues will add great definition, and I've always been a fan of greenery...a couple more tallish plants in richly-colored ceramic pots will really add something, too.
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    Oct 27, 2008 9:07 PM GMT
    Well, it all looks very masculine, dark colours, dark woods, no pictures. But, hey, what are those rouched curtain thingies above your window blinds. You've let yourself down there.

    I think you need a mirrored ceiling in the bedroom.
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    Oct 27, 2008 9:12 PM GMT
    Looks nice and neat to me. I agree you could invest in some nice rugs. What you spend on paint you leave when you move, what you spend on textiles you take with you.

    Anyway, you should be proud of what you have done, it is very nice.

    Terry
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    Nov 03, 2008 5:41 AM GMT
    A very good looking set of furnishings. I agree with the posters' suggestions about some color on the walls, and some rugs.

    The hardwood floors are handsome, but area rugs can not only be used to set off a space, they absorb noise. You can still leave lots of the wood floor uncovered.

    Color and some thick rugs would complement that beautiful steam heater to give your apartment more cozy warmth.
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    Nov 03, 2008 6:13 AM GMT
    Ditch that goddamn bedroom set... other than that, just different curtains (try something that a full curtain for that large window)... that puffy thing screams middle age house wife... it takes time to decide exactly what style you want, but start accumulating STUFF... it seems very empty, partially because of your floors... those extra chairs need to find homes farther from the table, and apart... look at how you're grouping pictures right now, and if their heights all end up the same...
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    Nov 03, 2008 6:44 AM GMT
    This is the gayest posting I have ever seen.
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    Nov 03, 2008 7:05 AM GMT
    I'll try and say something that hasnt been said before.

    1. I notice the living room has a lot of uplighting. You might want to mix that with a general diffused light source, like this free standing one from Ikea.
    You can control the light intensity, for different moods.

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    2. This has been said before, you sould get a rug for the living room- it will help dampen the sound of the foot fall, and help visually divide the hall into living area and dining area.

    3. I'm not a big fan of the plant at the corner of the long couch and armchair. That corner needs a table if anything. Move the plant near the window, let it get light. If its fake, throw it away.

    4. Some re-arranging if youre up for a change:
    My prefernence would be to avoid the 45 degree TV alignment. I prefer having it be parallel to the wall behind. I have many colleagues at work who have their monitors at 45 degrees to their cubicles though, so it must not bother everone.

    Id place the TV below the wall clock., move the desk where the TV currently is, facing the kitchen. Move the plant where the desk currently is. Move the long couch parallel to the wall and the armchair where the long couch is.

    5. I'm in the minority, but I actually like the all white walls. Paint the wood moulding white too.

  • Sparkycat

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    Nov 03, 2008 7:29 AM GMT
    Nice place, Nice leather furniture. Great floors and light. I think it shows lots of personality, but needs color on the walls. And please get rid of those awful ruffle things over the windows.

    Cameron
  • josephmovie

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    Nov 03, 2008 7:41 AM GMT
    Looks relaxed and distinctly American to me. Just like you, really.
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    Nov 03, 2008 9:03 AM GMT
    Window treatments would do wonders for your room. Whats behind the blinds? At any point gets some vibrant colors in like large swatches of green monochromatically...meaning all shades of green. Maybe taking all of it down , creating a longer feel take the length of your curtains from ceiling to floor length. Really simple , run an industrial curtain line on the top where your curtain rod would be. Anchor them in a clothline fashion. You may need to affix a three inch pole/anchor to attach your industrial wire. To hang your curtains you can either use dark colored shower curtain runners ( the kind you use to attach to a shower curtain rod. there are all kinds.

    What about your lighting? Try various wattage thru out your apartment. Use lighting in a dramatic way to acchieve you goals especially if you cannot paint the walls.

    good luck handsome !
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    Nov 07, 2008 2:10 PM GMT
    Original, we want after pics! Please, please, please, please!
    Zomg, it will be so Trading Spaces.






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