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#91 of 99 Old 09-13-2008, 01:06 PM
 
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Currently reading through Apt Therapy the second time; excellent IMO.
I also got the AT book on interiors designed, hardbound, with lots of luscious pics and ideas. M.G.'s own apt is featured (and also available to view on the AT website), and it is clearly not low budget.

I got the interiors book too (from the library) and have pretty much plowed through the whole thing (I skipped around a lot but think I covered all the spaces.) It was pretty interesting and I got some ideas. I got a lot of ideas of how I *don't* want my space, too! I realize that I'm glad that I live in a house and not a NY studio apartment!! (Although I have lived in my share of tiny apartments too.) Some of the places they featured are really quite cluttery with all kinds of collections and knick knacks and weird objects. Sometimes it works nicely but I often just shudder in horror at the thought of having to dust all that and/or look at it all day long! I also realize how much of a difference it makes in your design/decor decisons when you have small children. I get a little nervous when I see pics with breakables and things at low levels, but then I remember, oh yeah, they don't have a 2 year old, and they probably don't invite friends with 2 year olds over to their place!! I have candles, plants, and decorative objects too, but they are all up pretty high away from little hands!

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On another note, are any of us still actually doing something? I kind of got bogged down in week 2 with the kitchen deep clean, although I am doing other things also. Um, sorry, I have realized that I'm just not willing to go taking everything out of all my cupboards and cleaning the shelves etc. right now. Although I do that more than the average population, probably, anyway. I also started reading/listening to the audiobook of Peter Walsh's "It's all too much" and that has also been a bit helpful and inspiring.

We got a bunch of stuff done in other rooms, and are really tackling the overall issue of fixing things and maintaining things. We have a couple of rooms that need painting, but that will have to happen a bit more gradually and when we have some DD-free time. My DH is really working a lot on the yard, which is an ongoing maintenance issue, and I have cleaned and organized both our closets recently. (Side note: I guess one advantage of a tiny NY studio apartment is that you wouldn't have a front and back yard and a garage and basement that all needed maintenance and cleaning and attention.) Anyway, this week I took all of my Indian clothing that needed dry cleaning to the cleaners this week and got them back. I also tackled DH's closet after he mentioned that he didn't have any clean ironed shirts for work the next day. (He usually irons his own shirts but I was ironing something else so I asked him if he wanted me to iron anything for him since I was at it anyway.) I had started to iron one of his "clean" shirts and noticed that the collar was kind of dingy and put it back to rewash. This whole thing made me curious about what exactly is going on with his work wardrobe, so later in the week when he was at work I checked out his closet and things in there were in bad shape--wrinkly, falling off the hangers, crowded, etc. I realized that his shirts are just needing extra attention that they are not getting, so at the risk of feeling like a 50's housewife I just went through and took all his shirts out of the closet, organized things and vacuumed in there, spray n washed the collars, bought a small bottle of Tide (I usually use a more natural laundry detergent) and washed a bunch of them in small batches and started ironing. I basically got through about 1/3 to half of his closet, and am putting things back as they are getting actually ready to wear--so he doesn't have a closet full of shirts that are supposedly clean but are wrinkled and have sweat stains and ring around the collar. It's hilarious because I swear that until this year I could not iron to save my life--all my boyfriends before DH used to just shake their heads and sigh and iron my clothes for me when needed, because I was just so terrible at it. But I had gotten a Martha Stewart magazine last year that had all kinds of "how-tos" in it and there was one with step by step instructions on how to iron a button front shirt. I copied it and and hung it up right in front of me and ironed a bunch of shirts. This was a few months ago, and now it's like I'm freakin' June Cleaver!! I even bought (non-aerosol) spray starch and everything!

Today I'm going to do the basement--I got some plastic totes for the baby clothes that are ready to be organized, and I'm going to get that crap seriously taken care of today. It's been driving us both crazy and hanging over our heads. Wish me luck!!
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My worst room (by far) is my bedroom. I dump everything in there. I also lost my wedding ring almost a month ago, and I *think* the last place I had it was in my bedroom. I am going to do another search in there for it today. I am trying to be positive about it, but I'm ready to have it back now
okay, i'm reading the thread before i officially join and start posting (because i just started reading the book this weekend) but i had to reply to this! i also believe my missing wedding ring is somewhere in my bedroom . . . at least i hope that's where it is, because if not, i lost it outside and it's never coming back.
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okay, i read the thread, and now i can post for real!

so dh & i did the "interview" last night and i'm happy with our similar wishes for our house. but - now this is shameful, ladies - i'm pretty overwhelmed with just the super basic idea of getting all my floors clean. because that means picking everything up off the floor. i'm going to, i promise, and my house actually isn't a huge disaster, but it would be so much easier if i didn't have a little clutter pile in the dining room corner, and a little pile in the kitchen at the top of the basement stairs, and that broken bookshelf that needs to be taken out of the living room, and clothes on our bedroom floor, and toys/clothes on the boys' floor as well. eh, needs to be done. but that's where i'm at.

super excited about flowers. ds starts gynmastics wednesday, right near a flower shop that i love, so that can become a good little weekly ritual for us. also very excited to spend 10 minutes in my completely unused library. decluttering? that bookshelf is on its way out the door.
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okay, i'm reading the thread before i officially join and start posting (because i just started reading the book this weekend) but i had to reply to this! i also believe my missing wedding ring is somewhere in my bedroom . . . at least i hope that's where it is, because if not, i lost it outside and it's never coming back.
Progress mamas...I found my wedding ring! It was in the nightstand in my bedroom, where I looked dozens of times and just didn't see it! Yay! Today's a big day for me, I've been logged off of MDC for awhile, only popping in to read a post or two, and that has been helping me a lot. I think I'll log off of the internet now and check e-mail at nap time. Have a great day, and happy de-cluttering! I am working on the kitchen more today after the realization that the 8 weeks is just too tough a time period for me, it still feels good to make progress.

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mine also reappeared! ds1 walked up to dh, stuck out his tongue, and there is was. i have no idea where it had been for the past several weeks before that!

but as far as my, uh, home cure is going? yeah. i've done nothing. well, that's not true, i've made some decisions and done the routine stuff, but actual visible progress? not so much.
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Yay for found wedding rings!!

Here I'm feeling just a wee bit behind on things inside today. The blow-off from Hurricaine Ike sent 75 mph winds in our area, knocking around enough trees and power lines that about 75% of the city was without power (and some still are, a week and a half later.) Not complaining--it wasn't a horrible disaster like it was in some areas, but our power was out for five days and that brought with it a lot of other challenges and tasks to do. And we decided to bring our front and back yards into order--they were very much neglected and looking horrible. We mostly don't spend any time in the backyard, it's sort of the dog's area, and was smelly and overgrown and just yuck. We spent most of our time from Thursday to Saturday night working on the backyard, with a few tasks done on Sunday and Monday too. So the yard is a whole lot better now. We did a bit of cleaning and reorganizing on Saturday, and put away most of the candles and flashlights, etc., that were sitting out in the kitchen! Sunday I had to restock the fridge and freezer (we'd had to dump everything out that we couldn't eat right away.) We'd bought a little hibachi-type charcoal grill, and I made dinner on the grill yesterday and we ate outside on our picnic table. It was nice! I also dug out some dead bushes in the front and trimmed the living ones, and weeded and raked and picked up a lot of crap from the front lawn. Yesterday I just chilled out and didn't do much of anything.The inside of the house needs some love today, though! The laundry is starting to really pile up. I was about halfway through the basement organizing/decluttering when the power went out, too, and so that is half done. But I've sort of lost steam and forgotten where I was, iykwim.

On a decor note--I am sort of puzzling over my bedroom and what color to paint it. I went to a friends' house and her house has been newly painted in a number of "pottery barn/crate and barrel" muted/dark neutrals--sort of putty and slate colors. I liked it and I wondered why I never paint anything like that. I often think it looks nice and sophisticated in other people's houses. Then again, it can look too dull and depressing too. So I'm in the throes of indecision and haven't found a good plan yet. Maybe I should just skip it and paint the guest room (which is where DH sleeps, since we have problems with snoring on his part and resulting insomnia on my part.)
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if you like how her house turned out, why not ask for the specific paint color(s) you like best? you can do it! you could even bring over a piece of your bedding to see how it would look with those walls.
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if you like how her house turned out, why not ask for the specific paint color(s) you like best? you can do it! you could even bring over a piece of your bedding to see how it would look with those walls.
Yeah, that's an idea. I do think that painting is going to happen sometime soon around here, but I think I might start with the guest room. I did pick out a muted/dark color for that so it will be a nice safe place to paint, as I won't have to spend much time in there if I don't like it! lol I'm going for a more sophisticated, expensive-hotel vibe in there!

The problem I'm having with my bedroom is sort of multi-faceted. One is that although I do sort of agree in general terms with the master bedroom being sacred space and a reflection of you as a couple and a sensual adult retreat yadda yadda, my DH and I don't actually sleep together there the majority of the time. We started sleeping separately sometime when I was pregnant with DD because his snoring and my sleep problems don't mix. Unfortunately, I don't see that arrangement changing anytime soon. So our "couple space" is actually more the guest room, which is also the room where we have the TV and he has his clothes in that closet and his dresser is in there, and I have my dresser and closet in the master bedroom. (it's a 1953 ranch, so built in the era of really small bedroom closets, so even though neither of us is a major clothes-horse we'll probably always retain separate closets in this house as long as that bedroom is unoccupied by someon else, like another kid or something.) DD has a toddler bed in her own room that she doesn't really sleep in--she sleeps with me in my bed. But her toys and stuff stay in her room, with the exception of that night's bedtime stories on the bedside table. So the guest room is for all practical purposes DH's bedroom, and the master bedroom is my bedroom. Generally I go to his room for, uh, conjugal visits, and then actually go back to my room when it's time to sleep.

So that whole situation is affecting my choices in terms of the "tone" of the bedroom. It's kind of a room suffering from an identity crisis, lol! Also--I don't have any sort of actual bedroom furniture, and am not in a financial position to buy a bedroom set right now. I have one old dresser that I got from a rummage sale that is definitely a more traditional style, and is a sort of light greenish color. Then I have the cheap metal bedframe-on-casters thing that you get when you buy the mattress, but no headboard or other more "furniture" like bed, and a wooden tea-cart that was my grandmother's as a bedside table on the side of the bed where I most often sleep. The windows have 2 inch white faux-wood blinds. I have our ketubah (artistic Jewish wedding contract) hanging in there, and that is like a collage print of various bright colors framed in a sort of taupe-metallic that is like a light pinkish white gold. I have a wedding photo on the dresser that is in a brushed gold and silver frame. I have another wedding portrait on the wall that is in a silvery-gold ornate frame and a sort of coarse beige linen matting. I have a quilt and pillow shams that are Liz Clairborne that are various shades of light blue, darker blue, greenish blue, tan linen, and off-white with some flowers and leaves and such. So everything in the room (except the ketubah itself) is sort of screaming "traditional" and not exactly modern. The real stinky part of this is that our living room/dining room/hallway are painted a sort of light, bright cream color that coordinates perfectly with the bedroom, because we originally picked the color out for the bedroom and then decided that it also fit what we wanted for the rest of the house!! So we bought a huge 5 gallon bucket of the stuff and started painting the rest of the house, and never ended up finishing with the bedroom. Now that I've lived with it like this for almost a year, I like the color in the rest of the house, but I don't want *more* of it, iykwim, and I am realizing that I want the bedroom to be sort of set apart and distinct from the rest of the house so that it feels different.

I know this is a lot of narrative description and is probably not giving anybody a clue about what things look like anyway!! I'll have to get it together and post a pic soon!!!
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kavita! i typed up a big reply a long time ago and the computer ate my post, and i never got back to it. so, i hear you about the non-master-bedroom situation. my insomniac dh sleeps in the living room and his closet it upstairs in the kids' room (finished walk-up attic with three closets). ds2 and i sleep in the "master bedroom" which is about 10x10 and painted pale sky blue and bright ocean blue as we originally thought it would be ds1's room.

so anyway. i like your idea for a sumptuous guest room, since that's where you & dh get romantic anyway. to off-set that, what about a light, clean spa feeling in your bedroom? a silvery or champagne wall color could work with what you've currently got in there and follow along over time if you decide to update your bedding or reframe your wedding photo or whatever it is you want to do to make it feel less traditional.

how is the guest room transformation going, anyway? post pics when you get it painted!
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