Apartment Opinions (Round 2)

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    Mar 14, 2009 6:01 PM GMT
    So I finally got around to redoing my Living Room / Dining Room space. There are still a few details to work out, but I'd like your feedback and suggestions. Some original pics of the space can be found at the first forum thread on this topic listed below:

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/315353/

    The space has been painted two shades of green (darker where the light hits) and reorganized a bit, some new stuff, old stuff removed, you know how it goes. The walls still need decorated a bit.


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  • roadbikeRob

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    Mar 14, 2009 7:28 PM GMT
    I think that your apartment is a very beautiful and inviting place of residence. I love the colors and the furnishings, you have done an outstanding job in my opinion. The most important thing is that you are happy with it. As for additional decorating on the walls, take your time on that one and try to avoid overkill with decorations or the place will start looking too cluttered and crowded. The idea is to preserve the comfortable, open atmosphere that your place currently has at this time. icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 14, 2009 7:38 PM GMT
    I love it.
    V sophisticated - esp w/ your dark leather furniture.

    I'd move that rug under the dining table to sort of anchor it as its own area.

    Then I'd find a larger rug that went under the surrounding furniture.

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    According to HGTV, floating rugs are the 10th most common decorating mistake.
    ;-)
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    Mar 14, 2009 8:14 PM GMT
    I'm not feeling the green. That looks more like an exterior color. Plus it doesn't coordinate with the dark furniture. Either paint the walls with a warmer color or get new lighter color furniture.

    Have you considered changing the blinds? They sort of stand out, but not really in a good way.
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    Mar 14, 2009 10:13 PM GMT

    I for one like the green and the floors look excellent. I think I would follow Beaux's idea about the rugs. And maybe give some thought to changing the window blinds. The most important thing, of course, is that you make a space you love coming back to and that makes you feel comfortable.
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    Mar 14, 2009 10:32 PM GMT
    Being in the industry but on the commercial side I would say:

    - paint out the oak molding to match the window casing
    - if your brave, leave the wall color and go black on the casing, skirting and crown molding, this would help tie the space together, I know it sounds crazy but a satin or egg shell black would look great
    - repaint the ceiling with a flat paint, the current sheen draws your eyes up
    - you are very safe with your furnishings, add some color thru textiles
    - green is a great color for decorating but more on the accessory side. it could be the photos but its reading a bit too "pastel" for such masculine furniture. I would recommend a more neutral wall color or introducing a dark complimentary colour on the long wall or in the dining room, the window wall should be painted light
    - your art and clock should be lowered, a bit high
    - art glass is a great way to introduce color and interest as well.
    - I noticed you have a lot of small art pieces, one or two big pieces would be great, or hang your current pieces in a salon style for interest, vs a gallery hanging.
    - if I still had my cowhide rug, I would send it to you, would look great in your seating area
    - a simple trick to create more unity would be to install a simple dark brown drapery panel on either side of your windows, this would also add a vertical element to the room
    - table cloth should be removed or changed to something in a solid
    - great job on the furniture placement over the original layout.
    - never ever re-hang the window valance ;)

    All that being said, if you love it, dont change a thing. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable in the space.


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    Mar 14, 2009 10:32 PM GMT
    I agree, the green is a very restful, peaceful colour.

    However, I think you still have too much dark furniture and you could do with some pictures on the walls.
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    Mar 14, 2009 10:47 PM GMT
    Beaux saidI love it.
    V sophisticated - esp w/ your dark leather furniture.

    I'd move that rug under the dining table to sort of anchor it as its own area.

    Then I'd find a larger rug that went under the surrounding furniture.

    H25DMS06_10_floatingrug_w609.jpg

    According to HGTV, floating rugs are the 10th most common decorating mistake.
    ;-)


    I think that white sofa should be on the list.
  • ROYCE13

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    Mar 14, 2009 11:04 PM GMT
    hey guy,

    hotshotcnd gave some good suggestions,

    - if you like the green, then use it but only the darker green, the physical architecture of the place does not lend itself to an accent wall.
    - yes paint the ceiling molding - white or you could even do a black depending on the green shade, cannot tell on here-
    -you could also paint the ceiling the same green since you have the molding
    people think it makes the place smaller but it does not
    -the rug does nothing for the room, if using one- do a larger one
    -a rug under the dining room is good as well, make sure size approp. most people use rugs that are to small
    - nothing wrong with the art , it is to high- but not eye directing as is currently
    even 3 large poster would work, use color , black or white- does not matter, just bigger - everything you have is too small and the furniture is small as well, using a few oversized furniture pieces in a small room is actually a good thing- also notice how you have no depth- all furniture is low level, nothing is tall in the room- perhaps a pedestal with a palm on it with leaves almost touching the ceiling, you need tall, mid and short for depth
    -couch pillows do not add to the look, more bold in color , pattern or solid
    -paint window treatments if they are yours, if they are wood, spay white, or cream
    - i am not sure of your tastes but look at the pics again and then add some elements you love - take your time, think out of the box-look at a few books on small spaces to reference the above statements as well, good luck and good start
  • ROYCE13

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    Mar 14, 2009 11:09 PM GMT
    also,
    if your dining chairs are fabricated on the seat, then redo yourself with new fabric, very simple with a staple gun,
    -change the tablecloth or remove altogether , possible runner down the center
    -everything is dark , furniture and accents,

    you need color, depth and proportion


  • GQjock

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    Mar 14, 2009 11:50 PM GMT
    I think you did a great job
    I like the color a lot very soothing and tranquil

    Since the doors and window moldings are white the
    cornice molding you have at the ceiling looks off
    I think you'd be better off with that white as well
    The dark floors are very sophisticated but if you want dark furniture as well
    you can set them off by putting an area rug here and there
    also with contrasting color pillows and accent pieces

    And one more thing that a lot of people do
    You did attempt to make a little seating area with the couch and chairs
    But if you think about where you want to be seated when people come over and where the chairs and couches and the dining room furniture should be to make that more comfortable you'll be well on your way

    You seem to have done what everybody does is put everything on the periphery of the room and leaving a dance hall in the middle
  • Timbales

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    Mar 15, 2009 12:13 AM GMT
    I'd suggest a different rug for the seating area, something larger and with a pattern, and then a smaller version under the dining table. I'd also suggest some simple curtains, maybe a light tan ultrasuede effect.
  • zakariahzol

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    Mar 15, 2009 12:49 AM GMT
    I am green with envy and I hate hate you for your beautiful apartment. I have an apartment in the city (my second home) . And it is a real mess. I mostly spend my weekend there and not enough time to do any decorating or designining. (I dont even have time to take the garbage out). How I wish I have those artistic talent for decorating and a willpower to clean thing up.
  • Sparkycat

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    Mar 15, 2009 1:54 AM GMT
    Get rid of the black rug. You need more color. The furniture is all the same color and too dark. The contrast between the black furniture and the green walls is unappealing.
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    Mar 15, 2009 3:42 AM GMT
    I would see how angling the rug to match the angle of the couch would look like.
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    Mar 15, 2009 3:43 AM GMT
    And nice place by the way.
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    Mar 18, 2009 11:30 PM GMT
    This is great feedback guys; thank you so much! I am definitely going to pick and run with some of the ideas posted and others well, they may be true but I seem to like it the way ti is, even if it breaks one of the rules. Ultimately it is my space, right? Of course, almost any RJ-er is welcome to visit, lol, so my casa es su casa.
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    Mar 19, 2009 3:59 AM GMT
    Nice crown molding. I like how it offsets the blinds. Nice, warm and inviting. Nice job. Well done.
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    Mar 19, 2009 11:44 AM GMT
    I love this thread idea. Nice one.

    I think the first picture facing the window look really very very good.

    The picture of the dining table (IMO) isn't quite right somehow. I don't think I have enough designing talent to advise...
  • Webster666

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    Mar 22, 2009 1:39 AM GMT
    Please keep in mind that my opinion about this reflects what I like and don't like. It doesn't mean you did anything wrong.
    I think that there's nothing worse than white walls.
    I love the green.
    Between that and the gorgeous wood floors, it looks like a warm inviting place.
    All my walls are green, except for the kitchen and bath, which are a yellowish shade of tan. Then, I painted the ceiling and crown molding a few shades darker green.
    I think that a light shade of tan for all your trim would bring down the stark contrast between the white and the green.
    I would run a drapery rod across the top of those windows, with some "dummy panels" (drapes that just hang there on either side of the windows for looks); they don't open and close) of a dark print.
    If you can afford it, I would replace the collection of "stick" furniture with some much more substantial pieces that would provide a storage place to hide things away. A few large pieces look way better than a lot of small pieces.
    Is that an orange tree ?
    I'd transplant it into a much larger pot, then sit it on something to get it up in the air..
    It looks like a bench and a plant stand by the radiator.
    I would move them away from there (too cluttered looking).
    The long table that's beneath the ship painting, I would put up against the back of the sofa.
    THANK YOU for placing the sofa out in the middle of the room.
    If you can afford it, I would place two huge area rugs; one under the dining table; the other in the living room, leaving a couple feet of exposed wood floor around the perimeter.
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    Mar 22, 2009 2:12 AM GMT
    I think your apartment is looking great!

    Two suggestions:

    -Most of the surfaces in your apt are smooth, shiny and flat. I’d suggest some texture – some softness: a big rug or something (think fluffy sheepskin kind of thing), pillows (think interesting wovens like a heavy wool bouclé), throws, artwork… all with some depth & texture.

    -I love your little lemon (?) tree, but I think it really needs a much bigger and more interesting pot – something that balances out the size of the branches. It looks kinda naked in that little terra cotta pot.

    -Oh, I guess I have three suggestions… Your apt has a sleek urban look – the plaid table cloth seems a bit country maybe....?

    Looking forward to the next update! jt
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    Mar 22, 2009 7:38 AM GMT
    I have to give you kudos for trying - but as a professional opening-up your pics for general criticism will only get you a lot of bad advice.

    Do what feels best for you and what makes you comfortable. My style may not be yours and vice versa. I could give you a lot of tips and pointers - but frankly you should ignore most of the BS that you get from this site - it's not the right forum...
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    Mar 22, 2009 7:41 AM GMT
    hotshotcdn said
    Beaux saidI love it.
    V sophisticated - esp w/ your dark leather furniture.

    I'd move that rug under the dining table to sort of anchor it as its own area.

    Then I'd find a larger rug that went under the surrounding furniture.

    H25DMS06_10_floatingrug_w609.jpg

    According to HGTV, floating rugs are the 10th most common decorating mistake.
    ;-)


    I think that white sofa should be on the list.


    Since when was HGTV considerd good design? Most of the time it's cheap crap... with a few bits of brilliant thown in...
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    Mar 22, 2009 8:55 AM GMT
    maybe im a neurotic architect and like things orthogonal.
    1. im not a big fan of the furniture at a diagonal to the walls. it creates an unused or negative space behind the long couch in my opinion.
    2. the convergence/ corner behind the tv isnt my favorite either. id get a headache. but i'm weird.

    what can be done:
    1. id be tempted to move the tv to the wall surface (and parallel) to the wall with the clock currently and the long couch on the opposite wall.
    2. i'd move the desk to the corner where you have the TV currently ..and leave the space around the windows free and uncluterred.
    3. the arm chair can be between in the center of the hall, defining the edn of living, and begining of the dining area.
    4. and yes, the rug helps define the living space, but yours is too small
    at 6'x9'.....try 9x12 and same orientation as room and tuck it below the fcouch by about a foot so it doesnt float or loop.

    its all hard to visualize im sure and best explained in plan. oh well.

    5. also, i cant tell from the pics, but are the 2 chairs of the dining table pressed agaisnt the wall? id consider table with 4 as an island. if you entertain often, get a table with folding leaves.

    but, im not there- and its all your personal prefernece ofcourse.and all in all, its nice.
    good luck.