Saving My Life, My Domestic Life: Doing Something with My Setting and Set Pieces

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    Jun 05, 2016 11:52 PM GMT
    (Plano, TX Area) Home Furnishings for LTR and Home Entertaining - Need Office Chair (in my 1BR) and Chair for Living Room or Man Cave

    I guess we can start with Nebraska Furniture Mart: https://www.nfm.com/
    It's beyond the Ikea.
    We also have Stacy's Furniture.

    + + +

    Problem #1: I'd rather eat at my desk than buy a dining room table for four and take up floor space.

    Anyone with a 1 BR have a dining table for two or four.

    Oh, here's something you should know.
    Some 1BRs, like my friend Dorri had, have a kitchen that has space for a kitchen table.
    My apartment's kitchen does not have room for a kitchen table.

    You can see my apartment here: www.bellavidaestates.com
    It's better in some ways than the studio apartment I had in Flushing, Queens.
    Of course, the studio apartment had a kitchen that could not hold a kitchen table either.

    Would you all change apartments to get a kitchen that could hold a kitchen table?



  • highforthis

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    Jun 06, 2016 5:07 AM GMT
    Maybe it's cuz I'm not American, but I don't know how anyone can live in those plastic faux-heritage monstrosities, especially in such a suburban context. Gay card revoked!

    Give me an apartment like this (shell only, ignore the tacky furniture)
    duMgNrF.jpg

    And a kitchen like this:
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    Jun 06, 2016 2:55 PM GMT
    highforthis saidMaybe it's cuz I'm not American, but I don't know how anyone can live in those plastic faux-heritage monstrosities, especially in such a suburban context. Gay card revoked!

    Give me an apartment like this (shell only, ignore the tacky furniture)
    duMgNrF.jpg

    And a kitchen like this:
    eVBwmhw.jpg


    Dude,

    For your suggested pictures, I do not make six figures or more.

    That's my first impression. I'll have to think about it beyond affordability, but it's not a high priority because, again, the pictures you presented are for the six figure people.

    Stephenoabc
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    Jun 06, 2016 3:00 PM GMT
    StephenOABC saidWould you all change apartments to get a kitchen that could hold a kitchen table?


    Not if it wasn't important to me. I'm in a 3 bedroom house, and we (fiance, my son, and I) rarely eat at the small table we have in the kitchen. We don't even have a dining room table in the dining room. Just not that important right now.

    Do your own thing...
  • highforthis

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    Jun 07, 2016 12:47 AM GMT
    StephenOABC said
    highforthis saidMaybe it's cuz I'm not American, but I don't know how anyone can live in those plastic faux-heritage monstrosities, especially in such a suburban context. Gay card revoked!

    Give me an apartment like this (shell only, ignore the tacky furniture)
    duMgNrF.jpg

    And a kitchen like this:
    eVBwmhw.jpg


    Dude,

    For your suggested pictures, I do not make six figures or more.

    That's my first impression. I'll have to think about it beyond affordability, but it's not a high priority because, again, the pictures you presented are for the six figure people.

    Stephenoabc


    I was thinking more the style, rather than the size. You can get a modern 1 bedroom corner unit condo in downtown Toronto for $400K. My friend who makes $60k a year just bought one with 10% down, and I'm about to do the same. I'm assuming it's a fraction of that price in Texas.
  • Looking9

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    Jun 07, 2016 8:25 AM GMT
    I suggest a round dining room table, get something stylish and extravagant, you'll keep it for many years. Whenever I look over at mine, I adore it as if I recently purchased it. Got mine at Z Gallerie, pricey yet worth every $.
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    Jun 07, 2016 1:10 PM GMT
    What about something that folds up and doesn't take up much space unless you are using it? Here's one from Crate and Barrel.


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    Jun 08, 2016 2:21 AM GMT
    highforthis said
    StephenOABC said
    highforthis saidMaybe it's cuz I'm not American, but I don't know how anyone can live in those plastic faux-heritage monstrosities, especially in such a suburban context. Gay card revoked!

    Give me an apartment like this (shell only, ignore the tacky furniture)
    duMgNrF.jpg

    And a kitchen like this:
    eVBwmhw.jpg


    Dude,

    For your suggested pictures, I do not make six figures or more.

    That's my first impression. I'll have to think about it beyond affordability, but it's not a high priority because, again, the pictures you presented are for the six figure people.

    Stephenoabc


    I was thinking more the style, rather than the size. You can get a modern 1 bedroom corner unit condo in downtown Toronto for $400K. My friend who makes $60k a year just bought one with 10% down, and I'm about to do the same. I'm assuming it's a fraction of that price in Texas.


    Congratulations on you two becoming home owners.
    I wish you the best.
    To the day each of them are paid off, cheers!
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    Jun 08, 2016 2:38 AM GMT
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    This swivel recliner La-z-boy starts at 1,079.

    Only thing I can come up with after about 15 minutes of looking.
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    Jun 08, 2016 2:44 AM GMT
    PhoenixNYC saidWhat about something that folds up and doesn't take up much space unless you are using it? Here's one from Crate and Barrel.


    It's less than what the adults had in the 1950s.
    Comparatively, it's sort of flimsy, not much better than a card table.

    Thanks for the suggestion. I was interested in one of those in 1987--a NYC selection. I couldn't show that table with confidence.
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    Jun 08, 2016 2:46 AM GMT
    Yes, you're a New Yorker.
    When I lived there, I visited the Crate & Barrell at Madison and 60th Street.
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    Jun 08, 2016 2:54 AM GMT
    GetPhoto.ashx?productid=44315802&Size=S

    orig $777
    sale $469

    Nebraska Furniture Mart

    I can get it in Black
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    Jun 08, 2016 3:02 AM GMT
    I'm over 50.
    I'd prefer a chair with arms to a sofa with just one arm on either side.
    But I remember when I had a sofa back in 1998 to about 2000, I used to be able lay on it and put a leg up the back and rest my foot at the top: good stretch.

    In a house, that would have to be a bedroom sofa or man cave sofa, not a living room sofa for guests given how all of my body would have been all over the sofa.

    In my 1 BR, if I change my full size bed to a twin, I could have the twin against one wall and the sofa on the opposite side of the wall.

    Alright, what I started to say with this reply was since, I'm trying to save my domestic life, it looks like I'd need two recliners; but, I started thinking about a sofa.

    The parallel bed-sofa bedroom arrangement is nice but if that's my only sofa, I don't want to have entertain guests (family members) in my bedroom for sports or 6 o'clock news on television.
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    Jun 08, 2016 3:11 AM GMT
    Yea, I could get two of the office chairs since I have two workstations in the living room area of my bedroom.

    Is the best set up for the living room, forget the bedroom for now, two recliners and two office chairs?

    With all the piano sheet music not being used, I should rent a baby grand.

    One of my friends once had an apartment on the corner where Lincoln Center Cinemas is. The living room only had a grand piano. My friend later bought a harpsichord. His male friend used to write the programs for his concerts.

    Uhm, a baby grand would definitely anchor me to my childhood and teenage years.

    I'm about work and writing, not music anymore.

    A baby grand is more inviting than an upright.

    An upright is good for gathering around a piano to sing Christmas tunes or starting a band or something.
    Baby grand is for pianist-vocal soloists.

    Expletive, I do not have carpet in the living area, only in the bedroom.

    Gotta go to bed.
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    Jun 08, 2016 3:17 AM GMT
    I finally have a second monitor, an Acer. So, my interest in investing in stocks and mutual funds would say get the two office chairs so a visitor could pull up a chair and look at screens with me.

    Yea, I've been looking behind me knowing I really do not have room for a baby grand. I would have to go to a two bedroom with only the baby grand in one room. People could pull some chairs into the room and listen to pieces I will have prepared.

    I cannot afford 1,350 right now for a two bedroom. Well, put a lover in one of the bedrooms with me.
    Not my reality that I can see.
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    Jun 08, 2016 12:06 PM GMT
    StephenOABC said
    PhoenixNYC saidWhat about something that folds up and doesn't take up much space unless you are using it? Here's one from Crate and Barrel.


    It's less than what the adults had in the 1950s.
    Comparatively, it's sort of flimsy, not much better than a card table.

    Thanks for the suggestion. I was interested in one of those in 1987--a NYC selection. I couldn't show that table with confidence.


    HaHa that's the only one I could come up with on the spur of the moment. I know C&B and IKEA have flimsy versions, but I've seen other more sturdy ones at various places. I was just thinking of the concept of something that can become larger or smaller depending on needs. My apartment is around 400 sq ft so everything here has a dual purpose.

    Here's another concept just off the top of my head: http://www.hayneedle.com/product/mecoshakermissionstyleexpandingcabinetfruitwood.cfm?ltype=child&tid=MEC095-1
  • transient

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    Jun 08, 2016 5:14 PM GMT
    I'm pretty amazed you think the apartment in the photos is for a six figure earner, yet your talking about spending 777 to 1200 bucks on a chair!

    Do you have such a thing as free cycle where you are?
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    Jun 09, 2016 2:05 AM GMT
    PhoenixNYC said
    StephenOABC said
    PhoenixNYC saidWhat about something that folds up and doesn't take up much space unless you are using it? Here's one from Crate and Barrel.


    It's less than what the adults had in the 1950s.
    Comparatively, it's sort of flimsy, not much better than a card table.

    Thanks for the suggestion. I was interested in one of those in 1987--a NYC selection. I couldn't show that table with confidence.


    HaHa that's the only one I could come up with on the spur of the moment. I know C&B and IKEA have flimsy versions, but I've seen other more sturdy ones at various places. I was just thinking of the concept of something that can become larger or smaller depending on needs. My apartment is around 400 sq ft so everything here has a dual purpose.

    Here's another concept just off the top of my head: http://www.hayneedle.com/product/mecoshakermissionstyleexpandingcabinetfruitwood.cfm?ltype=child&tid=MEC095-1


    Hi PhoenixNYC,

    That is a better suggestion. Thank you.

    Here's something my speed:

    Steve-Silver-Tournament-Game-Table-in-Ch

    What, in the late '70s, people had kitchen tables with armed chairs that rolled.

    Here's the website: http://www.beyondstores.com/steve-silver-tournament-game-table-in-cherry-sts-tu5050gt-t-b-cx.html

    Don't you love it?
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    Jun 09, 2016 2:11 AM GMT
    highforthis saidMaybe it's cuz I'm not American, but I don't know how anyone can live in those plastic faux-heritage monstrosities, especially in such a suburban context. Gay card revoked!

    Give me an apartment like this (shell only, ignore the tacky furniture)
    duMgNrF.jpg



    Hi High For This,

    Since about 6:50 am I've been wanting to write this reply.

    See, being so high up away from trees? Wouldyou get a nice 5 foot tall indoor plant?

    I currently live in a building that is no more than 3 stories high: We're not far from the oxygen of the grass and trees.
    Also, given the industrial look of the apartment and high ceiling, some earth element like plants could be a good touch.
    The apartment doesn't have a balcony, so no plants on non-existent balcony...

    Correction: sliding doors are shown but I do not see the balcony railing.
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    Jun 09, 2016 2:18 AM GMT
    transient saidI'm pretty amazed you think the apartment in the photos is for a six figure earner, yet your talking about spending 777 to 1200 bucks on a chair!

    Do you have such a thing as free cycle where you are?


    Thank you Transient. I'll have to check out free cycle. There's one in my county, I see.

    Welcome! The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 5,288 groups with 9,101,652 members around the world. It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by local volunteers (them's good people). Membership is free. To sign up, find your community by entering it into the search box above or by clicking on 'Browse Groups' above the search box. Have fun! - freecycle.org
  • transient

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    Jun 09, 2016 6:58 PM GMT
    No problem!

    You will be amazed what kind people have to give away.

    You can either possibly read the offered items, or actively ask for an item you want.

    Usually the only restriction is that you have to make an offer of something o give away yourself first.

    Good luck,iv had amazing things gifted to me in the past.