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sean
April 8th, 2006, 05:32 PM
I'm going to be getting my first apartment soon, probably a studio, and I need some ideas on how to design it. Any of you have nicely decorated pads?

nicksinif
April 9th, 2006, 05:23 AM
http://image51.webshots.com/151/4/8/23/434340823JwmmzN_ph.jpg

Ninjahedge
April 9th, 2006, 11:41 AM
Classic AV rack there Nick... ;)

lofter1
April 9th, 2006, 12:22 PM
Moving in or moving out?

Or are those corrugated cardboard structures an homage to GEHRY (http://www.z-mfc.com/tables/easyedgenest.html) ?

http://www.z-mfc.com/interface/easyedgenestb.gif

http://mocoloco.com/archives/vitra_gehry_striped_beaver_.jpg

sean
April 10th, 2006, 01:04 AM
me? i'm moving out of my parents' into a studio. those chairs don't look too comfortable... that artist should've designed some more comfortable furniture !

i can't see nick's pic, i guess his host is down ?

BrooklynRider
April 10th, 2006, 09:13 PM
Well, tell us about the studio. What shape is it? Where are the kitchen, bathroom and closets? Do you have an entry foyer or alcove? Or, do you walk directly into the room? How many windows and where? Then, we can understand what you are dealing with. I had a tiny studio and it lent itself well to compartmentalizing a sleeping area, living area and kitchen area, without compromising the feeling of space and light (it was a corner apartment with lots of windows).

mgp
April 17th, 2006, 12:23 PM
Well, tell us about the studio.

Also, take a look at Apartment Therapy's 'smallest, coolest apartment contest.' In addition to some pretty original ideas, you can see some great apartments! I'm not in the market and I wasted a good amount of time on that site.

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/scc.php

nicksinif
November 4th, 2006, 02:31 PM
sorry the last post didnt work
http://i12.tinypic.com/3zi63dc.jpg

lofter1
November 4th, 2006, 03:50 PM
cozy after the sun goes down ...

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ManhattanKnight
November 4th, 2006, 05:29 PM
Breakfast with Champions and . . .

NoyokA
November 4th, 2006, 07:53 PM
sorry the last post didnt work
http://i12.tinypic.com/3zi63dc.jpg

Believe it or not. My current apt. has even less furniture since I've decided to transfer back to NYC. I have a bed. And a TV which rests on the floor. Thats it.

lofter1
November 4th, 2006, 08:44 PM
Your next purchase should be a column ^^^ ;)

Merry
November 5th, 2006, 03:53 AM
Your next purchase should be a column ^^^ ;)

LOFL, Lofter, your humour complements my glass of red wine perfectly!

Punzie
November 5th, 2006, 07:12 AM
Well, tell us about the studio. What shape is it? Where are the kitchen, bathroom and closets? Do you have an entry foyer or alcove? Or, do you walk directly into the room? How many windows and where? Then, we can understand what you are dealing with. . .
Sean, this is the way to go. There are people with good taste who are eager to give you advice, and the more you tell them (us) about the floorplan, the better advice you'll get. If you give us room dimensions and post some pics, all the better.

One of the best ways to make a room look much larger -- virtually twice as large -- is to put mirrors on one wall. So much the better if they face the window; they'll reflect the sunlight and make your room brighter.

I can imagine everyone ROFL'ing right now. Mirrors can look VERY *you know* if not done right. Some people are under the mistaken impression that if they pay a lot for mirrors, they will look classy. No, it doesn't always work that way. I've seen very expensive mirrors make a room look like a bordillo; I've seen dollar-store mirrors upgrade the real estate value of a co-op.

The upshot is, ask someone you know who has impeccable interior decorating taste to help you select mirrors. If you're worried what your family will think about mirrors, have them "help" in the process, too.

Ahhh... you probably want to know my "credentials". I'm an older woman. I live in a house now, but for years I lived in shoebox apartments, and I learned every interior decorator's trick in the book, (I think).

Front_Porch
November 5th, 2006, 06:26 PM
I am incredibly pro-Murphy bed. You can get them as cheaply as $2,000, and they are every bit as easy to open and close as advertised. They give you a feeling that your studio is actually a one-bedroom. The one we have now cost $8,000, but it's thirteen feet long and all tricked out with cabinets and drawers and bookshelves (some people get them with wardrobes to function as an extra closet; they can also come with desks).

ali r.
{downtown broker}

Punzie
November 5th, 2006, 11:54 PM
I am incredibly pro-Murphy bed. You can get them as cheaply as $2,000, and they are every bit as easy to open and close as advertised. They give you a feeling that your studio is actually a one-bedroom. The one we have now cost $8,000, but it's thirteen feet long and all tricked out with cabinets and drawers and bookshelves (some people get them with wardrobes to function as an extra closet; they can also come with desks).

ali r.
{downtown broker}
SEAN:

Murphy beds are fabulous for some people and the bane of other people's existence; you should contemplate these questions before investing in one:

Do you have a bad back or neck, an athletic injury, or arthritis? You definitely need a bed with a boxspring.

Does your family have a history of arthritis, bad backs, bad necks, etc.? If these conditions are hereditary and start early in life, you should seriously consider a bed with a boxspring.

Do you need a lot of room on a bed? (Be honest!) If you do, then you must get a king size Murphy bed. If a king size one does not fit in your budget, don't get one at all; with a smaller one, you (and perhaps a partner) are going to be miserable.

Are you in a committed relationship? If so, does your partner like the idea of a Murphy bed? If your partner is going to stay with you often, or move in, s/he should help you choose it.

If you are not in a committed relationship, there are many extra things you need to consider, most of which I can't post in public. I can tell you that as a life-long bachelorette (I'm 45), I have never been able to sleep on somebody's Murphy bed; I wake up with a stiff back and limbs, and that kinda ruins the mood...

Do you get drunk or stoned? You must answer this question to yourself honestly, even if you know you won't like the answer. Otherwise...

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i130/Rapunzel61/WNewYork/murphybed.jpg

sean
November 7th, 2006, 05:47 PM
woo i forgot about this thread! i still haven't moved out yet, so i don't know the floorplan... but i'll be moving very soon. Murphy beds are freaky, I've never seen one in real life.. I'm sure it helps save a lot of room though. Thanks for all the help guys, I'll be posting a floorplan very soon.

post more pics in the mean time!

Punzie
November 7th, 2006, 07:15 PM
Surprises, surprises: Lofter has no loft, and M.Knight's Siamese hasn't demolished all his china.:)
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You know, Sean, I get the feeling that right now you're more interested in peering into site members' apartments than you are in getting specific decorating tips.

When you move into your studio, and you suddenly realize that it's empty and you still have no clue as to how to decorate it, maybe I'll dole out a few tips.


http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i130/Rapunzel61/Halloween/panther.jpg

lofter1
November 8th, 2006, 12:27 AM
Surprises, surprises: Lofter has no loft ...

surprise, I do ;)

Punzie
November 8th, 2006, 01:49 AM
surprise, I do ;)
I liked your first answer better:

"but you're wrong ;)"

I just learned something about you, Lofter. Your first response can be gruff and unpolished, with manners and wit added afterwards. You are actually human.

(Why do you get to edit your posts without a trace, whereas every one of my edits is publicly recorded?)

Just so that rumors dont start, I amend my comment to: "Lofter has no loft that's clearly obvious in the pic he posted here.":)

I like your wood furniture, fixtures, and floor; I'm very partial to the Colonial American look. If you come across faux decorative Colonial American tools (and weapons?), they would camouflage unsightly wall space and columns. They're pretty cool, too.

With all that wood, maybe your whole apartment is a loft. I think I'm going to start calling my attic a "loft" to make it more glamourous...


http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i130/Rapunzel61/WNewYork/attic_385x261.jpg
"Give a dog a good name."

lofter1
November 8th, 2006, 09:56 AM
Why do you get to edit your posts without a trace, whereas every one of my edits is publicly recorded?

If you edit within the first 5 minutes after the original post it doesn't show the "edited" line at the bottom ... ;)

Your attic would make a great loft. But don't go covering up the wood beams / posts :cool:

It's a long story about my space -- the short version is that the floor I live on once housed a company that had their offices at one end of the floor with storage / inventory / work space on the rest of the floor. A good chunk of my space was the office area so, unlike the rest of the floor, it had been "upgraded" with some better grade finishes (dropped plaster ceiling, rather than tin ceiling applied to the ceiling beams; wall divisions rather than open space throughout (I tore out a lot of those to open it up and expose the big 12" x 12" wooden columns); really good wooden floors rather than wide plank southern pine (those look great but suffered lots of wear and tear in the warehouse / work area).

After 20+ years I put in a new kitchen a couple of years ago -- so now my cabinets actually hang straight on the wall rather than all topsy-turvy.

The best part of the place are the huge windows (about 10' x 7' each) that run along one wall and which let in tons of light ... really great for my plants ;)

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Punzie
November 8th, 2006, 07:02 PM
The attic I posted is not mine, it just looks like mine.:o I didn't want to photograph my attic in the middle of the night because there might be squirrel nests, or bats a-hangin' out. I have no problem with those creatures per se, but there's always a chance they're rabid. Ah, Mother Nature!

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http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i130/Rapunzel61/Animals/squirrel-attack.jpghttp://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i130/Rapunzel61/Animals/squirrel-attack.jpg


I'm with you -- I would cover as little wood as possible if I renovated my attic. What's with those lofts and attics renovated with snowy white paneling, with white carpet and white furniture?

When I saw that your edit didn't show, I thought that you had moderator capabilities, even though you're not a mod. Thanks for telling me about that five-minute grace period.

The story of your place is fascinating, as is everything you write. You're a natural story-teller. I have many questions about the interior design of your place, but first I must ask you, what kind of wood is that gorgeous floor near your table made of?

lofter1
November 8th, 2006, 08:28 PM
It's just an old pine floor. Not the hardest of woods (the last time I refinished it I had 4 coats of poly put on it to make sure it's protected -- and so I won't ever have to do it again ;) ). The boards are long (10' / 15' / 20'), probably laid down in the 20's or 30's -- and the coloration is great.

The building as it exists now went up in 1901, but it is actually a combination of 3 former buildings that had gone up on these lots. One huge buttressed wall (unfortunately not in my space) dates back to 1845, and was formerly part of a church built on this site -- and which, in the 1850s, became a gallery that was a forerunner to the Metropolitan Museum.

I keep digging up great stuff about the building at the NYPL -- recently I found an advertisement in the NY TImes from 1871 for a merchant who sold goods in the building; it said:


BUFFALO
ROBES,


WOLF ROBES, CARRIAGE ROBES,


SLEIGH ROBES,


Lap Robes, Horse Blankets.


The largest collection in the country, for sale by

SAMUEL SHETHAR & CO.

sean
November 8th, 2006, 11:52 PM
You know, Sean, I get the feeling that right now you're more interested in peering into site members' apartments than you are in getting specific decorating tips.

Yeah you're right I guess.. I wanna see if I could be happy in a studio apt. I have about $1000/mo to spend on rent/utils in Brooklyn, so either I get a 1BR in a nice neighborhood or a studio in a trendy neighborhood...

Punzie
November 9th, 2006, 04:04 AM
Yeah you're right I guess.. I wanna see if I could be happy in a studio apt. I have about $1000/mo to spend on rent/utils in Brooklyn, so either I get a 1BR in a nice neighborhood or a studio in a trendy neighborhood...
You have no idea how much I appreciate your honesty. You could have said, "Oh no, I want to hear all your decorating tips, I guess I just don't show it in my writing." And a percentage of site members would have believed you and labeled me a b-zatch. Your integrity is admirable.

You've probably scoured Craig's list, but just in case you haven't, here it is:

http://newyork.craigslist.org/search/aap/brk?maxAsk=1000


I have a second hunch about you: you need a one-bedroom apartment. I guess this hunch can't be verified until after the fact.;)

You write like a person who needs his/her space; for example, you remarked that some of the efficient furniture looked uncomfortable. When you saw the pics, you didn't jump in with, "Cool, excellent, I love it!" My guess is that you're someone who likes big armchairs and couches, entertainment centers, big beds... everything that takes room.

There are at least two ways you can live in the trendiest neighborhood in Brooklyn (however you define that) and also have your space, too:

- Rent a 2 bedroomer for $2000, and then rent out one of the bedrooms to someone for $1000, sharing all extra rooms. (Again, Craig's list.)

- Do the opposite: rent a bedroom ("a share") in someone else's multi-bedroomer, sharing all extra rooms. (Once again, Craig's list.)


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MidtownGuy
February 10th, 2007, 02:24 PM
In 2006 I decided I wanted a relaxing place in a corner of my apartment, something with an element of the exotic.
So, here it is, I want to share my little creation:D

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/145/385742510_343281aa02_b.jpg

meer
February 10th, 2007, 06:03 PM
Whoa. Psychedelic. Where did you get that chandelier from? That's cool man.

MidtownGuy
February 10th, 2007, 06:33 PM
Thanks. It's from Morocco, made of copper with thousands of diamond shaped holes punched by hand. The light pattern is cast all around the room. When you sit with some people around the table, the diamond pattern of light gives a mysterious and beautiful look to faces. People relax right away and feel like they've been transported.
That corner went from being an unused space to being the most used place in the apartment.

meer
February 10th, 2007, 07:33 PM
Even more impressed, knowing all that was done by hand. You should take some portraits in that corner. Looks cozy.

kz1000ps
February 10th, 2007, 10:11 PM
Wow! I love the jewel tones.. they really make the place feel rich and, like you said, relaxing.

asg
February 11th, 2007, 02:42 PM
Making Every Pixel Count http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/11/realestate/11cov.html?_r=1&ref=realestate&oref=slogin

When we were selling our last apartment, we hired a professional architectural photographer. It was worth it.
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/167/386940458_5102f7ec99_o.jpg
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asg
February 11th, 2007, 02:51 PM
When the deck was newly installed, it looked great. It quickly turned gray and dirty, though.
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/187/386962885_a5162c4306_o.jpg

Punzie
February 11th, 2007, 06:03 PM
The pictures are lovely, and right now, a professional architectural or interior design photographer is the way to go. However...

I'm involved in real estate transactions, and whenever I see photos that are worthy of Elle Decor, I ask the seller who took them. (Just the way the seller answers tells you a lot.) The upshot: every time an expensive, specialized professional did the photo shoot, the asking price turned out to be much more inflated than the norm.

Questions: How long will it be before the general public catches on?

gduhnay
March 4th, 2007, 04:14 PM
Need help designing an studio. How should I set up the various areas. Ie sleeping, living areas etc.

My layout is exactly the same as the floorplan linked. Not the same unit though.

http://www.southstarcondo.com/floorplans/14c.pdf
http://www.southstarcondo.com/floorplans/14c.pdf

undertoes
March 4th, 2007, 11:14 PM
that is one sweet apt.

bronzenine
March 10th, 2007, 04:58 PM
wow, that really is a beautiful apartment. where did you find the sliding paper screen and paper floor lamp?