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« on: June 26, 2007 12:37:31 PM »

My cousin is going out of town for a week and her birthday is when she gets back. She keeps talking about redoing her room to look more "her" while incorporating a more sophisticated look.
So, while she is gone I want to redo it for her. She rents so she has fake wood floor, and beige-ish walls that I can't paint. She basically lives in a 10' x 10' box with a closet the size of my big toe.
She's really eclectic. She's crafty, sews, does sculpture, and collects art from other cultures.
She also has a leopard print chair shaped like a high heel shoe and pink, green, orange and blue polka dotted comforter. Like I said. eclectic.
Where do I start to pull it all together and give it a "sophisticated" feel?
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amanda888
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2007 11:52:03 AM »

This website is really inspiring. It has a lot of really cool apartments that people have decorated.

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ny/house-tours/

or theres a contest for small apartment decorating which is awesome too

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

Good luck!! Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2007 08:01:50 PM »

Use a solid neutral.Black or white,perhaps.It'll make a good foil for the eclectic stuff, and help her room be more of a cohesive whole.?Or whatever you think would look best with her stuff. For a rug,and curtains(can use funky arty tiebacks).You can have wildly different things framed on the wall,but use  the same color for all the frames. Arty stuff stands out,looks great,but room looks more sophisticated. Maybe something that would go on the wall to hold craft supplies and art, to keep the floor as open as possible? Closet organizers to make the best use of the little closet-yeah,it wouldn't be seen,but it would be useful,and maybe help keep clutter from her room.Underbed storage boxes for the same reason.When I was a kid,I had a round barrell for a table.It was completely hidden with a cloth,and I could store stuff inside. I think I've seen ottomans like that. A trunk for a coffe table,stacked funky suitcases for and end table-again,they hold stuff! I like the record album earring holders I've found on craftster,because you can make them to stand on a table,or hang on a wall.Fairy lights behind a curtain(again,seen them a few times here).
I think ways to store stuff may be the best thing you can do for her-it'll help her get the most use of her space,and she can use/show off the stuff she already has better.
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« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2007 11:42:50 PM »

amanda888: Thanks for the address! I have spent hours on there taking notes for ideas! That website was the best!

bookstorebabe: I figured I would start with black and grow from there, but you really put the whole project in perspective for me. Thanks so much for your wonderful ideas. You gave me some great ideas to work from. Hah. Tomorrow is my day off so I am planning to go thrift shopping for some new furniture additions to tie the room together.

Thanks so much for the great ideas guys! I can't believe how easy you make it sound to fix this room up!
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« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2007 11:17:08 AM »

Hey, no problem. I've been doing the same thing, lol! Good Luck! Let us know your progress Smiley
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