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keyoung
« on: August 22, 2010 07:26:19 PM »

My boyfriend and I moved into our apartment about a year ago (up til then we'd been sharing a house with 3-5 friends).  We discovered when we moved that between the two of us we owned most of the large furniture items in the house, and we were (of course) moving from a VERY large house to a fairly small apartment.  Some frenzied culling ensued.  While it may have seemed like a giant headache at the time (trying to find people to buy/take items and countless drives to drop off things at Goodwill) I'm sooo happy with the result.  Our apartment is now a collection of our favorite things that we've made and acquired over the years.  My favorite room is our living room because it's the best showcase of things we've made. 
You'll notice that while we got rid of a lot of furniture, we did not get rid of any of our books Grin


The BF designed and built the bookshelf - it's customizeable!  It was in a totally different configuration at our old house.  The cream leather chair and coffee table are both hand-me-downs from friends.  The pillow on the chair was one of my very first sewing projects.  Melted record catch-all bowl on the coffee table is from a Craftster tute.  Some of the doodads on the mantel I made in a ceramics course.


The painting over the sofa is by a friend.  I made the "crazy-leg" table in a woods course back in college (one of my favorite things I've ever made).  The pillow wedged behind it was also an early sewing project.  The concrete rectangular planter was made by the BF at an old job of his.  (The dog is Helmet, our Hairless Chinese Crested/Carin Terrier mix.)


The "log" in the fireplace is an old unfinished plaster carving project.  I made the ceramic sculpture on the end of the mantel.

       
These two pics are older, but they give a better idea of the room as a whole.

Thanks for looking!  Comments, critiques, criticisms are welcome!
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« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2010 07:38:37 PM »

Very nice!  Always love to see pets taking part in the shots too! 
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« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2010 07:53:12 PM »

Oh, I like it! We have mid-century inspired  decor as well. I always love to see other people's homes for inspiration.

Lovely!
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« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2010 08:09:13 PM »

We have a mid-century sitting room which is a combination Ikea and an orange vinyl couch from the 1950s.  Maybe I should make something for it to come up with an excuse to take pictures of it.

The orange couch is my favorite thing we own.  My husband's favorite color is orange so it was easy to convince him we should get it (read: inform him I already bought it).  Everyone else has a great reaction to it.  My MIL, who has a beautiful shabby-chic style home (seriously, it's like right out of a magazine) stared at it for a full minute before nodding and saying it was us. 
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« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2010 08:09:44 PM »

It looks so comfortable that I wish we were friends, so I could go and visit!
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« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2010 08:10:29 PM »

Sorry, I got caught up in talking about myself.  Smiley  Love your living room and love all the stuff you guys have made for it.  It really makes it yours to be able to point to something and say "I made that."
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« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2010 08:30:40 PM »

It's so cool! I wish my living room looked like that...I mean, I wish I had a living room...
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« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2010 08:33:42 PM »

I love the bookcase...what is that made of?  I feel that would work in so many spaces not just mid-century modern ones.

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« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2010 08:52:13 PM »

I love it! Very calm.
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« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2010 09:01:49 PM »

The bookshelf is made from threaded rods, bolts, washers and plywood.  The BF cut two sizes of boards (using a jigsaw - the edges are pretty wiggly, a table saw or circular saw would do a much better job) then made templates out of cardboard to mark where to drill holes (the template really helps make sure everything is squared).  The vertical supports are .5" diameter (I think) threaded rods from Home Depot in 6' and 3' lengths.  Here is a crummy MSPaint diagram of how it's assembled:

Of course, the washers and nuts should be tightened down so they're snug (not the way they are shown in the diagram).

It takes a long time to take apart and put together because you have to spin the nuts around the almost 6' of threaded rod for parts of it.  It also takes A LOT of leveling of the shelves during assembly.  We tried to put it together around 1am and I believe I stormed off and went to bed because I thought it looked fine but the BF kept wanting to level and adjust things microscopically for another hour.  It's pretty straight forward... just really time consuming!

Thanks everybody for the nice comments!!
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« Reply #10 on: August 22, 2010 10:15:24 PM »

wow., im in love, when can i move in.,  Wink the living room definitely showcases all yalls talents.
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« Reply #11 on: August 22, 2010 10:31:30 PM »

OMG! I luv your wonky legged table! And the giant lamp is the ultimate coolness! I've been wanting one of those foreva! Looks beautiful all together  Grin
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« Reply #12 on: August 22, 2010 11:40:14 PM »

its lovely!! and Im sooo happy that you didnt give up any of your books!!!
AND I adore your Dog! lol  Cheesy
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« Reply #13 on: August 23, 2010 03:11:36 AM »

Ooh, I love it! It looks like you have a lot of natural light in the room, too.  We have been trying to really clear out a lot of our stuff, too, but I think that we are too messy to really pull off a true midcentury look.
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« Reply #14 on: August 23, 2010 06:03:28 AM »

LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!
Mid-Century Modern is my thing.  I just bought my first house with my fiance and I'm having a hard time convincing him of letting me decorate it this way, so I'm resorting to touches of this style (think: starburst clock, retro barstools, boomerang formica, etc).

I love the lamp coming out into the middle of the room---where did you get it?
I also love the bent leg table---looks very professional!

If you like making your own housewares, you should definitely check out the book "Handmade Modern"--
http://www.amazon.com/Handmade-Modern-Mid-Century-Inspired-Projects/dp/0060591250
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« Reply #15 on: August 23, 2010 07:27:47 AM »

I love the lamp coming out into the middle of the room---where did you get it?
I also love the bent leg table---looks very professional!

If you like making your own housewares, you should definitely check out the book "Handmade Modern"--
http://www.amazon.com/Handmade-Modern-Mid-Century-Inspired-Projects/dp/0060591250

The lamp is from Ikea!  Ideally, I'd love to have the Arco floor lamp from Design Within Reach, but I don't have $2,600 to spend on a light (and even if I did I can think of a million and one other things that money would be better spent on).  I love looking at Design Within Reach and then trying to think of ways to make or thrift a similar item.  I really like the bow-style floor lamp though and Ikea's version is nice.

I've looked through that Todd Oldham book before!  I can't remember why I didn't buy it at the time - thanks for reminding me about it!
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« Reply #16 on: August 23, 2010 03:20:41 PM »

Cozy, comfortable, stylish, smart-looking... and yours!
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« Reply #17 on: August 23, 2010 05:18:06 PM »

I love your room! That is the look I am going for.... sort of designspongeonline.com sneak peek.

I just wish I had wooden floors! And a BF who was as talented as yours  Cheesy
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« Reply #18 on: August 24, 2010 07:27:57 AM »

I wish I was as good of a room designer as you. I usually have the basic couch and tv stand with tv. I am no decorator at all. I am having a hard time right now trying to think of how to store all my crafting supplies in the office without it looking like it's taking over. (I don't think my boyfriend would appreciate it much.) I really like the book shelf though.
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« Reply #19 on: August 24, 2010 09:37:57 AM »

This is fantastic. Please come redecorate my house!

I love all the focus on your books.
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