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cure stalled…

I would love to know how people actually finish every single cure task on time! This is my second attempt to get my house in order and my efforts have completely fallen off. With that said. I did manage to finish a few projects. It’s a step in the right direction.

I needed a dresser and saw an awesome Ikea Hack on design*sponge (LOVE d*s). One trip to Ikea (thank you, zipcar) and I now have bedroom storage.

My other project was less intensive. Since my plants are still thriving (hey now!), I wanted to give them a proper home. Ikea to the rescue once again as their frosta stools were the perfect size. The painted surface was inspired by this hack from door sixteen.

This weekend, I’m headed to the One of a Kind Show in Chicago. Held at the Merchandise Mart, hundreds of artists and designers gather to showcase and sell their wares. I loved it last year and cannot wait to go back. The cure may be on the back burner but shopping for it never ends.


living room update

While at Ikea, I bought a few items for the living room.  My overall goal is to have the room (close to) done  by the start of the cure.  It’s definitely evolved but there’s still room for improvement.

Please excuse the poor lighting.  Thankfully, my photography skills have also improved.  I cannot wait to take a class.  Moving along.

Lighting aside, the room felt very dark.  The furniture, the limited light sources, and lack of accessories were all guilty contributions to the overall fail in the room.  During the cure, Iwanted to make the space more open.  You wouldn’t know it but this room is fairly large and open.  The lack of flow in the room hindered that openness.

During the Cure
During the Cure

 The revised layout resolved a lot of issues.  It looks far more balanced, right? I increased the light sources by adding a lamp the dresser (to the left of the photo frame) and moved my desk lamp to the top of the bookcase (to the right of the photo frame).  The furniture placement makes more sense.  I spend more time in my favorite chair and I love it.  The opposite corner still needed work but the clutter was greatly reduced.  Leaving it in the outbox forced me to think about owning stuff simply for the sake of owning it.  I wanted to have things because I loved them.  This thought process has had a huge influence on my shopping habits.  Impulse purchases are limited to things I simply cannot leave the store without.  Planned store visits have become the norm.

At this point in the cure, I also starting to hang some of my artwork.  Yes, that is the Ork Chicago poster.  I don’t care if everyone has one- I flippin love it.  

New layout, Same old clutter
New layout, Same old clutter

I’m trying not to focus on this but just look at the vast improvement on the photography!?

Here’s what the current view looks like.  During my latest trip to Ikea, I bought the rug and coffee table.  Initially, I was going to buy a knock off slated bench from Domicile.   However, I’ve decided to save money for the real thing.  It’s time to start treating myself  While good design doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, a fair balance of both vintage and modern makes a room more interesting.  The Ikea (Lack) table is just a stand in to replace my current one that is falling apart.  You can’t see it in the other photos but the state of the old table was embarrassing.  Thank you, crappy lighting!!

morning view
morning view

 Future plans:  

  • Media Storage Solution: When I updated my cable box to HD, I lost one drawer space.  In the photo above, you can see how cluttered it looks.  I’ve played around with a few options but nothing seems to work right. 
  • Purchase side table and chair:  See the empty space in the top right corner, I want to fill it with a chair and side table.  Another idea is to finally put a shelf above the radiator.  I cannot decide.  It will probably depend on the dimension of the new chair.
  • Hang mirror over entry way: I go back and forth on painting it but it needs to go up asap. 
  • Purchase side table and chair
  • Art Project of wall parallel to the TV
  • Purchase floor lamp
  • Paint walls (White)


let there be light
let there be light

the faint smell of paint and rubber cement

School is going well but it is slowly taking over my apartment. No matter how many candles I light every day, there’s a faint smell of paint and rubber cement. Gross. It needs to be contained, asap.
Inspired by an Apartment Therapy post on double duty work spaces,  I’ve decided to turn my dining room into a work space. 


love this (photo from Apartment Therapy)

love this (photo from Apartment Therapy)

In my dream world: I’d stretch the dining room out by 9 or 10 sq feet, add some built in shelving and more windows. Actually, a window seat with a nice view to sketch would be lovely.  With that said, I still want a proper dining room where I can have my morning coffee (per my mother’s request- she firmly AND wisely suggests a little quiet time in the morning, just you and a cup o’ joe) or have people over for dinner (for those home cooked cure meals that I’ve stopped making months ago- hello, takeout!) 

With the new 2010 catalog in tow, I went to Ikea for some storage options.  I know I shouldn’t like Ikea as I do but I believe good design doesn’t have to cost a lot of money.

Flokati Rugs? Yes/No?!

Image found on Apartment Therapy

Image found on Apartment Therapy

I really want a Flokati rug for the living room.  How cool does this look???

I Like Where This Is Going.

I started work on the side table this weekend.  After three sanding attempts, I could not get the top surface smooth enough to paint.  The original layers were  just too thick and uneven. Yes, I could have applied paint remover but I’m impatient.  

It took me two months to pick a color and now I just want this project done.  I decided to just pretend that the imperfections will give the piece a bit of character.  To my surprise, it didn’t look so bad.  It’s only the first coat but I the primer/paint combo (Color: Pumpkin Harvest)  is providing great coverage so far.


i can dig it

i can dig it

The color reminds of the Great Pumpkin.  It’s not the shocking orange that I was going for but I like it.   It works well with the lampshade and other accessories that I have planned for this area.  If it sucks, it’s just paint and I can redo it.  So far, however, I like where this is going.

Is it Wrong that I Want this Chair?



Vintage Pink Floral Armchair found on Craigslist.  I even know what fabric I’d use to cover it.

Home Cure: Week #5 (Wrap Up)

The fact that I did not post a mid week check in is rather telling about how much I did last week.  The focus was the living room and I hate my living room.  There’s so much to be done.  I just wish I could wiggle my nose and have a cozy (fully furnished and decorated) room.  Unfortunately, my life isn’t a Nick at Night sitcom so I have to do a little at time until my money tree arrives.

Enough with the pity party, let’s get to it.

Do List (Deep Treatment):
• Take care of repairs this week. Working on it.
Clean office area and related closets. Done.  I still need to buy a canvas to cover the cable monster.  Thank goodness for zip ties.
Vacuum, dust and mop throughout. Done. Several times over.
Declutter files. Done.  There is a pile that needs to be shredded but what needed to be filed is neatly put away.
Tackle the cord octopus. Done.  See above
Try a one-day media fast. 12 hrs was my limit.  I’m a media queen and I’m okay with that.
Buy fresh flowers. Done.  Beautiful mini roses.

flowers make me happy!

flowers make me happy!

Choose at least one hard or soft thing to add or subtract. I put up some photos in the kitchen (soft?).  They’re growing on me but I might switch them out.

completely uneven

completely uneven

Cook three meals at home this week. Done. I even made homemade pizza!

mmm bacon

mmm bacon

Go to bed early and read before sleep. 11p is early for me.
(Optional) Look into wireless technologyOngoing. I’m looking into this as the cable clutter makes me want to vomit.

Week six is all about the bathroom (groan).  I’m also going to work on the living room and dining room.  We’ll see how it goes!