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Took forever for me to finish, but in response to a friend, at long last:

How To Decorate

Final phase: Now. Where to put the furniture...?

So you know what you're going to do in your place. You know what you need to be comfortable. And you know the styles you like. And as synedochic suggested I've listed official "designer" terms to make those styles searchable.

Now it's time to draw your layout and decide where to put your furniture.

Homework:
1 - Measure your place. (Oh! And measure your larger pieces of furniture.)
2 - Now sketch the shape of your place (on graph paper if you like), marking the length of each wall.
3 - From the list of what you want to do in your place (eat, sleep, read, entertain, exercise, tap dance), pencil in areas for each of those activities. Draw a circle demarking the areas for each activity and label them.
4 - Then draw where, within those areas, what you already own will go (consider first things like, oh, grand pianos that can only go in one or two spots).

A drawing helps you use your space intelligently.

Read more... )

Pencil in areas for each of your planned activities from phase one.

Read more... )

The graph paper helps you see the space as fluid.

Read more... )

What are you going to use to shape the room?

Read more... )

Pick your colors according to the mood you want to create.

Read more... )

Now place (draw) furniture in the activity areas according to what works for your activities.

Read more... )

Consider line of sight.

Read more... )
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Continuing the How Decorate series (see How To Decorate: Phase One and Phase Two, and Phase Three here)....

We've figured out the practical stuff: how we're going to use the space, what we have and what we need. Now we're on to style: figuring out what we like.

I guess we've spent three years doing this.

Well. I did say take your time....

I suggested in Phase Three that you come up with words to describe what you like. [personal profile] synecdochic pointed out it might be helpful to have the official terms. Good point. Others asked for a browsing guide. Another good point. Why get catalogues when you can look online?

Here you go:

Modern
Possible words you chose - stark, New York penthouse, urban, cool, sleek, metal and glass, monochromatic, abstract, high contrast, IKEA-esque

Contemporary (I don't have a link for this one because it's often mixed up with modern)
Possible words - suburban, updated, practical, uncomplicated, basic, overstuffed, warm, cushion-y, relaxed, normal, JCPenney-esque

Traditional
Possible words - sophisticated, mature, British-y, formal, fancy, dignified, old fashioned, the-furniture-with-little-feet-that-look-like-they're-going-to-walk-away, Sherlock Holmes-y

Asian
Possible words - detailed, oriental, hand-carved, lacquered, solid, lots of red and black, intricate, very Chinese-y

Transitional (note the big difference between this and Asian)
Possible words - Zen-like, streamlined, artsy, unusual shapes, simple curved lines, Japanese-esque

Country (decorator!mom says most people mix contemporary and country; it's hard to pull off)
Possible words - farm furniture, down home, woodsy, old west, grandma-like, cutesy, kitschy, handmade, southern, cabin in the woods, Bed & Breakfast style

Shabby Chic
Possible words - artistically beat up, French-looking, washed out, not everything matches but it still goes, acid washed, lots of white cottage stuff, Anthropologie-esque

There are many other styles, but these are a few of the popular ones. Some of those other styles are pretty self-explanatory: Retro or Tropical, for example? Others tend to be included with the major ones above: Mission style (included with country), French Country (which shabby chic elaborates on), Queen Anne (included with traditional), Chippendale (also included in traditional).

That should get you started.

The next part I've had the hardest time with: Phase Four: Layout. The actual placement of furniture.

Yes. Finally we get to decorate.
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The little 28" octagon table I'm using as my dining table ... sigh.

It would be nifty (octagon!):

a) if it weren't part of a teak patio set, and
b) if it allowed people to put their legs underneath.

Table + no room for legs = not a table.

It is to be replaced by the simple pedestal table found here. With tablecloth.

I am tempted to get the unfinished version. Or would be if I hadn't screwed up the refinishing of the second chair. Now I have to sand it all down -- again -- and refinish it -- again.

On the other hand, table troubles aside, I would be able match the chairs and table neatly. And the first chair, on the second try, does look nice....
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Yes, this is materialistic, but I'm just so darned proud and pleased.

Many of you know that when I split up with [profile] wildernessguru, most of my stuff didn't make it from Seattle. For example, none of my furniture, for reasons I do not wish to discuss right now.

Because I'm happy.

Three years ago I created a checklist of what I wanted to pull my apartment together. The theory being that once I'm through grad school and in my own place, working full-time, I'll limit the major expenses. I've pulled the material stuff of my life together very quickly, thanks to the low rent from my aunt, and my generous job.

It makes me feel sooo good to see that, my god, I've come a long way.

In bold are the big ticket items. You'll note that, where feasible, they're almost all there. Just the bed, the convection oven (got it!), and the living room stuff that I can't get yet since my place came partially furnished.

In short --- *\o/*

The Starting Over Checklist )

Aside from kitchen supplies and a few big ticket items (like the bed and handmade futon mattress), the rebuilding is nearly done.
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Am fogged. I came home from work, raring to clean before I packed up to kitty sit tonight.

...and fell promptly asleep.

Oops. Neglected!Callie did enjoy her cuddle time, so there's that.

Now it's midnight, I've had a few hours sleep, cleaning is abandoned for a quick dash out the door to cat sit. My worry about being too late proved unfounded. Kitty's not hungy -- she's in heat. And how.

I should be working on my Yuletide fic (outlined it in chat with [personal profile] sarka). But ... fog.

Should've brought the OAR (Overly Ambitious Rug, yes I've been working on it for two years but it's very close to done now).

Maybe plot out the SGA Santa fic? This is the first year I've signed up for two fests.
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I'm having fun here. In no hurry, but I do want to buy a new bed. (Finishing the chairs and the kitchen cabinets will come first, of course.)

So.

*claps*

*rubs hands together* Let's have some fun.

1. Our first contestant has casual mission styling crossed with Asian flair. At 12" off the ground, it's in the mid range of ideal bed heights. It has also the open foot board I require (having tall boyfriends, an open foot board is a must to avoid stubbed toes). It would, of course, have a 6" high quality handmade cotton futon mattress that costs more than the bed (plus shipping) giving it a lower line: 18" with the futon.

Introducing: the Jakarta
The bad? This is the bed WG and I had, so perhaps I don't want to go backward in time.

2. Our next contestant is a quality piece: not just a mahogany stain, but real mahogany wood, with a silky gleaming finish. Buyers tell us that it looks even richer in person. The curved headboard invites pillows and reading in bed. And it's sleek profile is low, lower, lowest, at a mere 9 1/2 inches from the floor: 15 1/2" with the futon. It has the open foot board, as required.

Next up: the Newport Tropical Modern
The bad? The flat edge headboard with the varied length slats... hmm... I don't know about that styling detail.

3. Our third candidate has a nautical feel crossed with a sturdy, rough-hewn cottage sensibility in dark walnut. Second-highest in quality among our candidates. There's an open foot bed and dark wood as required. The bed is adjustable, but upward, not down. It seems to go down to a low line at my mid range of twelve inches, again, 18" with futon.

Behold: the Manhattan
The bad: I can see it with my father's furniture, but I think it's just too heavy looking for my Asian-influenced furniture.

4. Our fourth contestant for your consideration (today) has old world British styling and a light, open headboard, for a dainty, airy feel. It belongs in a 19th century novel with a vase of tulips on a table alongside. There's an open foot board, as required, dark wood, and the bed falls in the mid-range, rising 12" off the floor (also adjustable, but up, not down), 18" with the futon.

Charmed, I'm sure: the Windsor
The bad? The details of this bed are not refined. There's a visible peg in each leg, and a squared off look to the larger side rails. It's less expensive than the others, but it also looks it.

5. Our fifth and final option for your delectation is the most stylistically interesting, and of course, the most expensive. It's hard wood with an eye-catching Asian design to the open headboard. Very unusual, and elsewhere I find it listed at $1,300 to 2,700, so this is a deal. It does have a footboard, however, and requires a box spring so would be higher than I'd like. The website is most uninformative, alas, but it is listed as low profile and seems to be a similar height from the floor as my other options.

Announcing: the Tribecca
The bad? It's hard to set aside the general Asian cool of this bed, and the foot board might be worth the risk (it is low), but requiring a box spring? I dunno. The main problem, naturally, is the price. Youch.
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Well. Spoke with decorator!mom.

Turns out a bed, in terms of feng shui, should have a headboard. Who knew?

A headboard represents stable finances. Oh, hee, hmm, yeh, that's very important to me. Also, for stable finances the headboard should be of stable materials like wood or metal (and not, say, wicker).

Solved that question.

She, as predicted, was concerned about moving the daybed (where would it go?). But she also felt that as I was renting the space, it would be my aunt's responsibility to figure that out. Yes, yes, I know, of course, but I'm so happy here that I don't want to put her in a bind.

Decorator!mom doubted the whole bed idea. She felt that to have a larger bed in there I'd have to rearrange the entire space, with the bed where my living room is now, and the living room furniture where the bed is. "The biggest problem is the alcove wall. It'll stick out beyond the alcove."

No, no, I'd measured, and the bed would still fit within the alcove, with a good bit remaining. (It's a 70" alcove wall. A full-size bed is 56".)

"What about your end table?"

"End table?"

"Don't you have an end table?"

"No...."

"I can picture...."

Oh! I'd talked about getting one but I hadn't found one I liked. "I do have a pile of laundry there."

"Ah. I remembered something was there."

She explained that a larger bed would still take over visually.

True, if I bought a normal high bed with a box spring and mattress. "But I'm getting a low bed with an eight-inch futon mattress, so it's the same height off the floor as the couch seat." (Actually, I've decided to go with a six-inch mattress.) The eye will pass right over it.

She conceded maybe, though there came kiss-of-death moment, "Well it's your space...." I could hear she wished she'd kept her mouth shut.

"Nonono, thankyouthankyou. There's a reason I ask for your advice."

So she advised me to pile up blankets and pillows and stuff in the height and width of the bed to help me visualize it in the space.

I've done that. I think it's going to work. It would be big, she's right. But I think I can make it work.

One step at a time though.
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I currently have a borrowed bed. It looks a little bit like this:

The daybed

It looks very nice, but it's:

a) a twin, which only worked with S. because he's rather thin and snuggly.
b) not my style at all. I'm not into ultra feminine furniture.
c) brass, i.e. metal, i.e. cold when you touch it accidentally, yeep. There's a reason I like wood.
d) not my bed, which creeps me out. It's one thing to be a guest. Another to always be using someone else's bed.

Replacement options: )

Well. What do you think?
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The new chairs have arrived!

Cut for image. )

I'm thinking I need to stain them a cherry or walnut color. The oak just doesn't look right in here. The fabric on the seats is less formal than I'd like, but they can be easily recovered and...

... ooooh, are they comfortable.

They're small, they fit my little table much better, I love the shape of the backs, they've good clean lines and...

... ooooh, are they comfortable.

Two of four kitties have already curled up to sleep on them.

A Day Off

Nov. 18th, 2011 02:32 pm
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Today's my birthday! And what do I want for my birthday?

A day off. I haven't had a whole day off, with nothing scheduled, for a loooong time, not since I started working six-day weeks and going to the temple on the only day off I had left.

Something has to give, but for now, a day in front of the new fireplace (yay, the kitty boys love it too), watching movies and working on my rug part II is enough.

Now. Presents for myself. I have to buy a computer. But for me ... do I buy jewelry, or a cabinet, or clothes?

I'm leaning towards a cabinet....

The rug.

Feb. 16th, 2011 12:37 am
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I made several attempts to buy a rug online.

Note to self: Do not buy rugs online.

Gave up and started making my own. Yes, the materials will cost about as a cheap rug but it's exactly what I want and the I'm using Thick and Quick yarn for plush-plush-plush results. It's cream-colored and kind of sheep-y.

Current size: 3' x 2.5' Almost halfway through section one of ... two or maybe three if I'm ambitious.

Bare minimum it'll be 3' x 5', though if I can stick with it I'd like to make it at least 5' x 6'. The original plan was 6' x 8' but, whew, man, maybe not.
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Calling all home repair people, full alert.

Remember that wallpaper job?

Yes, it's still going on.

Since S.'s grandmother came home unexpectedly, I couldn't spend the night there anymore. We were reduced to working on it when our schedules overlapped: he works 10-6ish, I work 3-9:30ish, so project work time shrank to 10pm-midnight.

My fall-bounce-bomp down the stairs delayed it further. Then I got a cold.

The ugly wallpaper came down over Christmas, revealing those horrifying Pepto-Bismol pink walls. It took two coats of primer (high quality Zinsser) to cover that pink. The walls had both coats of primer and were painted January 10th, done ...

... except for the crack down the wall we'd discovered behind the wall paper and the closet doors. That corner I mudded (I'm no expert at mudding), sanded, and primed.

Annnnd the primer cracked like lizard skin along the vertical part of the crack.

Huh.

I assumed I must not have let the mud dry (but 24 hours should have been enough...), talked to the guys at Home Depot, who'd never seen anything like it but thought my explanation was plausible. They told me I'd have to scrape it out and re-mud. I said, "Oh, god, I hope not."

I scraped and sanded the cracked primer and mud. With a sanding block it was total gorilla work.

Sanding hard, I leaned on the wall -- and broke the mud. After all that sanding, I was going to have to redo it.

Got sick, got injured, painted the closet doors to keep the project moving while I couldn't sand. Got snowed in.

Finally bought a palm sander and set to work on it this weekend. I stopped trying to have the work be perfect and asked S. (home renovator-in-training) to do the mudding of the part that broke. He put on waaaay too much, but hell, he sanded it.

Then he did the same thing. He leaned too hard on the wall on the upper portion, breaking the mud there. So that had to be remudded as well.

Sunday it was done. Sanded smooth. Ready to paint.

I primed it.

And the damned primer cracked like lizard skin again. The seam underneath it is smooth. It's just the primer cracked on top of it.

Pissed, I laid on coat after coat of primer (yes, I waited an hour between coats, no, I didn't sand between coats, not with that lizard skin problem). It cracked less. But it still cracked.

Home owners and painters ... any ideas? We're stumped. S.'s forums are stumped. The Home Depot guys are stumped.
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The next chapter in the ongoing saga of stripping the wallpaper off S.'s walls.

It's amazing what some ugly vinyl wallpaper will cover. Bright pink paint. And now ... a long crack along the corner of one wall.

Wonderful. Our wallpaper and painting project just became a drywall project as well.

On a positive note, mom's cats all love S. Even the very feral Callie. They all curled up with him last night, happy as can be.

(I may have been a little jealous.)


ETA: Primer problem.
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Merry Christmas!

Happily ensconced at S.'s place. Stayed up waaaaay too late working on a latchhook rug when I realized how long it was going to take. You see, my logic circuits decided that this meant I should work on the rug AsFastAsPossible and try to FinishItAllTonight. Absurd, but no one said my logic circuits were logical.

S. has utterly spoiled me over the last few months. I've told you guys about the resort stay on my birthday, the dinners out every week, and the two of us hanging out every Wednesday and Saturday, right?

No?

There's been a resort stay, dinners out, shopping, and hanging out every week. Plus lots of other great stuff. I mean, really, really great. (I'll you NC-17 fic writers fill in the blanks.) Mostly at my place for a variety of reasons involving his townhouse and family, though the decor at his pad would be a good reason if we needed one:


Approximation of S.'s bedroom walls. Someone thought this eye-popping graph pattern, in bold navy blue vertical and red horizontal stripes, would make great wallpaper.

Now that S.'s Chinese grandmother is out of the way (that sounds like we offed her -- no, no, she's just away for Christmas, I swear) his ugly wallpaper is coming down, ha-ha-ha!

Er. Except... it turns out that underneath that ugly wallpaper is horrifying Pepto-Bismol pink paint. It's neutron pink. Can't look at it without getting double vision pink. It's the kind of color a taste-free six-year-old would pick out for her bedroom because "It looks like candy!"

I think I heard a "meep" sound from S. when he saw it. Not an actual sound, perhaps, but a silence that quietly wished that wallpaper back on the wall.

Anyway, I wish you and yours a Merry, merry Christmas. I'm lurking in fandom, reading fic here and there during this busy, busy time. Wrote my [community profile] sga_santa fic shortly after the deadline. I'm filling out my grad school apps which are all due around January 1st, working till 10pm most nights, and all day Saturdays (more about my boss who thinks lunch breaks are optional in an 8-hour day), decorating S.'s place and mine ... and spending time with long-lost family. Which we all should do if given half a chance.

Merry Christmas, all.


ETA: Cracked wall update.
Primer problem.
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Continuing the How Decorate series (see How To Decorate: Phase One and Phase Two here)....

How To Decorate

When I moved into my first apartment, my mom asked me what I liked. "You're an artist," she said.

I should know, right?

Not being a decorator, I responded with confusion. "What do you mean, what do I like?" After a puzzling conversation filled with terms I didn't recognize, I said, "Er. I like the tables and chairs with little feet on them-?"

She wrinkled her nose and called me "very traditional." But that wasn't it. When I looked at actual photos, I discovered I didn't like those chairs at all. Too fancy. I just don't like straight lines. I like curves.

Most people get overwhelmed and confused when figuring out what styles they like. There are so many options. That's one reason to give yourself time.

And photos. Lots of photos.

How To Decorate: Phase Three, What Do I Like?

Homework (this part is fun--you can take an afternoon with a stack of catalogs, or, if possible, take your time, days, weeks, even months):
1 - Online and in print, order catalogs of furnishings and decorative items. IT DOES NOT MATTER IF THEY'RE LAUGHABLY EXPENSIVE. You're not buying these things but finding your tastes. Window shop! Check out stores that have Things You Like.
2 - Mark the catalogs and/or keep a list of links with comments. Put stars on what you really, really like. Notice what you really, really hate, too.
3 - Write down in those comments what you like about them ("It's kind of Jetson's retro" or "I like the color, it reminds me of fall" or "Looks sturdy, like I can put my feet on it" or "My grandma had one." Lame phrases like "it's pretty" or "I like it" are useless).
4 - After doing this with a several catalogs, stores, websites, take a look at what you've said. What patterns do you find?

Do the words "comfortable" or "sturdy" come up a lot? How about "fun" or "whimsical"? Did you mention grandma's house over and over? In those pictures, do you see similarities? Maybe a lot of black leather sofas and glass tables? Is half of it Asian and half of it country kitchen? Is there a lot of wood? Do things look handmade or antique? Did you like animal pictures? Leopard spots? African stuff? Kites and bright colors?

If it all seems a confusing jumble, you may want a friend to help you spot the patterns. English majors: you're looking for themes. You know how to do this.

Don't worry if they don't all seem to fit together. Everyone has a range of tastes.

Now. Narrow what you wrote down to a few phrases that describe what you want in your place. (This time. Some phrases you might reserve for another place.) For example: "Old fashioned. Country. Handmade-looking. Reminds me of grandma's."

I ended up with: "Asian, wood, looks a little beat up, soft, rounded edges and curved lines, musical instruments, classy cat art, fall colors, (no glass or metal furniture!), brass fixtures."

Sometimes people (usually guys) hit this stage and ... it all looks the same. You just couldn't care less. Try the opposite approach. Point out what you think is ugly. Guys, it might seem a little "frou-frou" to have an opinion about interior design, but bring in that zebra striped couch and, oh, man, what the hell is That?! Suuure you don't care. (If you're resistant to this part, recall phase one: who's going to see this place? Girlfriends? Trust me. What your place looks like has an impact.)

In rare cases, nothing looks ugly either. All right. Write down how you want other people to react and have someone help you. (If you don't expect other humans to ever see your place--until they carry out your body--then never mind. Just do the storage planning and ignore the rest, ha.)

Have you done your homework? Great. Now you have a list of catchphrases to guide you in your shopping. With those phrases and images in mind, what you buy will click together even you make that impulse buy on vacation in Aruba.


Next ... Phase Four: Layout.
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How To Decorate

Continuing the decorating series (see How To Decorate: Phase One).

In my first apartment, I made the mistake of trying to decorate it before I put things away. The result was sort of a band-aid effect. Pictures on the wall and a total mess around them. Visually, the mess dominated. I called myself an "unrepentant slob" but in reality I just didn't set up places for things. My closet was too full so my coat went on the couch, I didn't have a hamper so my clothes went on the bed, and so on.

When I moved into my current place (this time with mom's help) I noticed she cleaned and organized everything first. "The Feng Shui improves as you keep your place clean. You slowly improve, clearing out your space more and more."

Phase two: At first, your home is for storage.

Homework:
1 - Make a list of what you have.
2 - Make a list of what you need, i.e., you have a collection of mint condition 1979 Star Wars X-wing fighters; you need shelving to display it. You have clothes; you need a dresser. You have a kitchen; you need kitchenware.
3 - Mark next to these items *where* they would most likely be used (bedroom? kitchen? living room?).

Your home, at its most basic, is a place to store your things. Homeless people can't own much because they have nowhere to put it.

Decorating starts with being tidy and organized. A clean space feels good, has good feng shui, and is livable. When you first buy or rent your place it's so clean and inviting ... and then you move in piles of boxes. A daunting, discouraging mess. (Set up one room first. You can retreat from the chaos.)

Once you've listed what you have and what you need, consider a few organizing basics:

- Things you need all the time should be easily accessible.

- Things you rarely use can be less accessible.

- Store similar items together: i.e., cleaning items in the same place, gardening tools in the same closet, etc. That way if you don't know where you put it, at least you know where it should be.

- If possible, store things near where they will be used, since the farther an item has to be moved (especially if used regularly) the more likely you'll leave it out.

- If you have things you don't need or use at all, consider giving them to Goodwill. In my opinion, if you can store it where you have to drive to it, you probably don't need it.

- Decorator!mom says open bookcases often look cluttered, so put them close together to create a "library."

- Open buckets of trash are awful, so buy trashcans with lids. If there's one thing you can do for yourself, try not to decorate with bouquets of trash.

If this is your first apartment/house, you're probably listing basics like beds, kitchen tables, flatware, linens. I suggest buying the small items (like dishes and flatware) long before your move. Free up your budget for the big ticket items. If it's kept in a closet or drawer, buy it early.

Don't buy the big ticket items until you've done the entire planning process.

Finished your homework? Now you have an idea of what you *have* to buy. Some--or all--of it may double as decorative items, but these you need to make your life comfortable.

Next ... Phase Three: Researching What You Like.
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How To Decorate

I will confess that I'm the sort to hang pictures two inches too high. From there I tap a trail of nail holes all the way down the wall till I finally get it right. Meanwhile, my mother, the professional interior designer (and feng shui consultant) takes one look at a room and transforms it just by moving the furniture around.

I remain an average Joe decorator, but I do have advice from pros to pass along.

Decorating isn't about drapes and frilly throw pillows. It's about planning, storage, organization, making the space fit your needs. Lastly--the part that we think is decorating--creating a cohesive look that suits you.

Good planning will save you money. You buy what you need, use what you buy, like what you buy, and then (the hard part) have it all look good together.

Here's all I know about decorating in a few easy phases. With homework. The short version:

1 - Learn what you want: Write down how you're going to use the space, really.
2 - Learn what you need: Write a list of what you already have, and what has to go with it (i.e., a bed needs bedding).
3 - Learn what you like: Window shop! Explore catalogs, shops, and online stores to learn what you like, writing down (yes) what you like about these things, 'till you come up with a list of catchphrases that describe how you want things to look.
4 - Create pools of activity spaces. Draw a layout of your place and, based on 1 and 2, decide how to accommodate your favorite activities.
5 - Finally, shop. List what you still need and shop with your catchphrases in mind.

Phase one. My mother the interior designer asks first: What you intend to do in your place?

Homework:
1 - Make a list of how you spend your time at home.
2 - Make a second list of how you'd like to spend your time at home. (For example, you may be a recent college grad who wants to have an "adult" space.)
3 - Write down which of these you do most and/or require the most space.

Be honest.

Many women decorate just like their moms did. They set up a fancy living room for entertaining that they never use because what they really do is read novels, spend their time online and watch TV. So they end up living in the dining room, or bedroom, with books and DVDs overflowing shelves, and dust a huge wasted living room.

Many men buy stereo equipment and video games and use their space practically: the video games will be centrally located. But they don't think through storage and end up with piles in corners, unable to find things. One day they reach over to put their drink on a table ... which doesn't exist. So they buy a coffee table. They bring their girlfriend in and, whoops, someone has to sit on the floor. Bit by bit they buy random furnishings, then scratch their heads and wonder when that nice stuff turned into haphazard junk.

Neither have thought in advance how they're going to use their space.

Here's a list of possible things you might do in your place:

1 - Store your things. Most people who have a place have things, or will have things.

2 - Live there, i.e., the basics, shower, eat, sleep. (Hey, some people don't live in their apartments, they spend their time elsewhere, see the movie Up In The Air.)

3 - Relax there, i.e., watch TV, play video games, dink around on the computer, make nicer meals, work out, practice your tap dancing (who knows?). (Again, this is not universal, some people do all their relaxation elsewhere and just crash at home, see half the people in NYC.)

4 - Entertain there, i.e., sleep with your girlfriend/boyfriend, have friends over, have family over, have your boss over. (Obviously, if other humans have to see your place, you'll arrange things differently. The porn collection probably can't be on the coffee table.)

5 - Other, i.e., run a small business, do myriad craft projects, create chain mail, set up a full S&M dungeon, babysit your sister's 6-year-old (little kids change your decorating options drastically).

Finished your homework? Good. Now you know what sort of decorating there is to do. A place that's largely for storage needs different (and far less) decor than an elegant showplace where you'll have your boss over for dinner parties.

Coming soon ... Phase Two: What do you have? What do you need?
icarus: Snape by mysterious artist (Default)
Home decor: how not to hang a picture, follow me!

Why is it I can never hang a picture the right height on the first try? This pic was too high, I just hung it two inches lower...

... and dammit, it's still too high.

You know what we're going to have in the future? Holographic pictures. You can set it to anything at any size.

And we'll probably still be futzing around to get them the right height.

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