Big pimpin’ over at Apartment Therapy today. Are you staying on top of the AT Small Cool contest? I check in daily to see who is on the chopping block, and today, it’s Ron M. of NYC in his tiny 300 sq ft studio. It’s tricked out, fo shizzle! :)
My vote is on Ron, and I’m not even into chocolate brown, but this place really inspired me because it’s one swank man den. You can tell a man lives here based on the color palette and patterns, but there’s not a lick of plaid, black, steel, FHM posters, Xbox, or action figures in sight. And no futon! I know I have male readers, so excuse me for saying that, but whenever I’ve helped a guy decorate his pad, I had to spend hours trying to decide where to position the massive amounts of toys, games, CDs, DVDs, plasma televisions, stereos, and the sea of black cables. So please tell me what you think of Ron’s place. I’d love to get your thoughts. And where are Ron’s wires?
The touch of yellow, the use of turquoise, the foo dogs on his desk, it’s grand, don’t you think? He was clever to use a chair with more of an open back, as it gives the illusion of having more space, same goes with the clear acrylic coffee tables. The rug separates the living space from the sleep zone, another intelligent choice. And he clearly has a love of lighting, because I see about 7 table lights, 2 ceiling fixtures, and a floor lamp = 10 light sources in one room. We can learn a lot from a man like Ron, because most homes I enter have about 2 light sources per room and then they wonder why one sock is black and the other is brown. Ron was also clever to use mirrors to give a sense of space and to bounce the natural light around the room.
[Update: I found out that this man IS in an interior designer and has detailed views of his apartment above right here on his website. Drool fest!]
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Meet blogger and crafter Melissa from Sacramento…
My craft room is most like the fabulous stationary design Addressee. I wanted to be more creative than to go with matching colors but the bright green with bold black and white text caught my eye immediately. The overlapping letters work with my craft room which is usually 3 feet deep in stuff and piles.
Nearly everything in the room has been handmade my me or my husband. The nightstand was a rescue from the trash, a quick coat of paint makes it match perfectly. The art on the walls is also a budget deal, I got a magazine after Jan 1 for a buck and used the black and white images as art. I used upholstery tacks to put the images on black squares of wood. I love that my threads and other notions are off the table and hanging in the fruit basket.
I finally covered all the storage with a quick curtain (sheet) from Ikea. I didn’t want to compete with the focal point of the bed so I stuck with white.The sign above the closet (if you can read it) says “The Shed” and is the one thing I took from my former craft room at our old house. My husband built me a free standing miniature house for crafting. Even though it was fully finished we called it the shed. Ok, that’s enough! Enjoy. Thanks for inspiring me to CLEAN!
So! That was the last of the top 12 selected from our many entries in the Workspace Contest sponsored by Fabulous Stationery. One 3 will be chosen to recieve gift certificates from Fabulous Statationey – and these 3 will be determined largely by our readers, so cast your vote by commenting on your favorites! You may also email me at decor8blog[at]yahoo[dot]com if you’d like.
Winners will be announced on Monday, October 16th, so stay tuned!
(images by melissa for decor8)