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Week 1 Progress

For the first week, the plan wants me to:

  1. Make a complete list of repairs and their solutions
    (we divided the list into things that we can fix and things that should be fixed by our landlord)
  2. Vacuum and mop all the floors
  3. Remove one item from my apartment FOREVER
    (#5 helped us think of which thing to remove)
  4. Buy fresh flowers as a ‘gift to myself and my home’
  5. Sit for ten minutes in a part of my home I never sit in

And also, focus on one room in particular – The Bedroom – and:

  1. Gather pictures of rooms I love like it (gathered here so far)
    (I mainly would like improved curtains, rugs, bed linens – not more furniture)
  2. Start a ‘Style Tray’ – a literal serving tray you put all of your pictures onto so that you can see them
  3. Visit my favorite home store and look at pretty things in real life
    (IKEA is always my first choice because I am a sucker for inexpensive things and Scandinavian design)
  4. Set a budget!

The Cure!

I got my copy of Apartment Therapy eight-step home cure a few days earlier than I thought, so I’m pretty excited! I’ve already read through the introduction and the important part of the first week’s step. Since I rent one half of a house – a duplex – and I am merely a college student, it will be interesting to see how well I can implement this plan without a large budget.

For the first week, the plan wants me to:

  1. Make a complete list of repairs and their solutions
  2. Vacuum and mop all the floors
  3. Remove one item from my apartment FOREVER
  4. Buy fresh flowers as a ‘gift to myself and my home’
  5. Sit for ten minutes in a part of my home I never sit in

And also, focus on one room in particular and:

  1. Gather pictures of rooms I love like it (I LOVE DOING THAT!)
  2. Start a ‘Style Tray’ – a literal serving tray you put all of your pictures onto so that you can see them
  3. Visit my favorite home store and look at pretty things in real life
  4. Set a budget!

The best tip I’ve found budget-wise is to concentrate the $$$ in one room, instead of acting like you can split it into lots of little bits and improve many rooms with less $. Seems wise, since you’d be getting a more dramatic bang-for-your-buck in that location.

I plan on doing the walk-through for the repair list tomorrow, as well as the vacuuming and mopping. The room I need to sit in for 10 minutes is either the ‘nook’ or the front sun room, since I rarely use either and I usually just pass through both of them. I will most likely be getting rid of a table of some kind, since I have many tables at the same height, and not a use for so many… The first ‘One Room’ I need to work on is probably the bedroom, since I don’t sleep well and that room should be peaceful and relaxing and it is most definitely not either of those things right now!

So, by next Thursday I will have done all of these things to stay on track with the plan. I feel like this is exactly the book and assistance I needed, because I don’t doubt that I can pick stylish furniture and artwork – but I do doubt that I know how to arrange things in my home in the most efficient manner.

Haus Clutter

I am thrilled that my copy of Apartment Therapy’s ‘the Cure’ book has been shipped! It should be here in two days or so. It’s a book that outlines 8 simple steps to make “homes more beautiful, organized and healthy in just eight weeks” and it’s something that I think would be really useful in this new place. After living in my old apartment for two years (two whole years!), I had finally figured out the best layouts and decorations and everything. Now it’s daunting to have to start all over again and I’m hoping that this book will help! According to the reviews, it’s more about getting things down to what you want them to be, all while eliminating junk and clutter so peace of mind and ease of open home space. I appreciate that the whole point of the book is to figure out what I personally need in a space, not what I want, not what a blog or picture or ‘designer of expertise in the interior field’ thinks I need/want, so that’ll be great. I’m all about pairing down and understanding my own essentials (whoa, right?) – so I’ll let you know how this 8-week process goes!

Friday Fun Day!

I have to admit that I don’t have a clue how well this ‘schedule’ idea will go, but I do know that I need to do a better job of organizing categories and tags and what not. You get back what you put into things, right? Anyway, this is my first time of doing a ‘Friday Fun Day’ and I’m pretty excited after just a few moments of trawling the beloved internetz.

However, let me first preface that since this is my blog, I’m probably going to post both designs and objects that I LOVE and those that I do not love to better – but in a way that only helps me understand my aesthetic better. I don’t think that bashing people’s ideas is fun; I think most designers get enough of that with presentation critique!

So, let’s begin! FRIDAY FUN DAY!

I am in love with these pieces by Canadian woodworking-master Christian Woo called ‘Covert’. I am partial to them because of the mix of gorgeous pure, organic wood and bright colors. All of the pieces are made of sustainably harvested hardwoods and hand rubbed oil finishes (hooray recycling without looking recycled).
You can see more of Christian’s work here.

Now, if you really want to talk about fun – what about a (teetering on tasteless) roadkill rug? The Roadkill Carpet by Dutch design studio OOOMS has recently been released for sale, and it’s causing a lot of love/hate. The abstract splotch in the corner is a “a repulsive image of a car-flattened, bloody fox” and according to their website blurb, it’s meant to evoke that fascination and curiosity of “ew, I don’t want to see that!” while looking.


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