These Are My Confessions

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To the tune of Usher’s “Confessions”… I have a confession to make. I know those Apartment Therapy photos look pretty snazzy, but here’s the real deal. The white room is kind of a mess. It’s also technically under construction. I’m not sure if you guys noticed this, but there was a strange piece of something hanging across my white room.

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See that little strip of white perched close to the ceiling? That’s toe mold waiting to be installed in the white room, following the flooring that went in two months ago. It’s up on the ceiling because it’s the only Suge-free zone in the house. I must say it made a decent clothes rack.

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Another thing I want to point out is the sofa cover – you see how loosey goosey it is? That’s because the sofa is covered in sheets. Yes, I didn’t even bother to remove (or straighten out, apparently) the sheets during the photo session. Why do I have sheets on the sofa? My first answer is that I’ll do anything to keep a white couch white in a house with two dogs. The honest answer is that it’s way easier to toss two sheets in the wash with some bleach than remove the Karlstad cover (and then air dry it, iron it). Yep, you got it, I’m lazy.

I can’t do much about the sofa (I actually might RIT dye the Karlstad covers eventually using this tutorial) but I can get the trim installed. My parents were here on Friday to help.

Here’s what the floors of my white room looked like when we started:

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And now for the action shots:

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Yep, that’s me using my first power tool. *Insert the Tim Allen in Home Improvement roar here* Power tools are generally very intimidating, but I’m slowly getting my feet wet and really liking it.

And now the afters…

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Emily Snuffer

It looks so much better, especially with a bead of caulk between the new trim and the base board. I’m new to this construction stuff, and I’m sure most of you knew this already, but holy moley caulk is amazing. I went on a caulking spree and fixed all the little holes that had been bothering me around the house. My dad’s trick to perfect caulking: Cut a small, ANGLED hole at the top of your caulk tube. Apply it, then smooth it with a wet finger. You’ll might get a taste of caulk in your mouth (wow…) but it’s worth the aesthetic outcome. This is one I can certainly do on my own now, thanks to my parents. I’m trying to learn from them as much as possible.

Happy Easter weekend. Today is actually the 3-year anniversary of me closing on this house. I’ll be celebrating on Monday by posting all the gruesome “before’s” from a realtor visit prior to the purchase, so be sure to check back.

And pssstt…go see my home on ApartmentTherapy.com and “favorite” me in the Small Cool 2011 contest here

Pictures Entered (Updated: I’m In!)

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Update: I made it into the first round. Holy crap. Check out my page on ApartmentTherapy.com here. Please vote for me. I think voting is open until early May. (I promise I won’t turn into one of those super annoying persistent people begging asking for votes.)

Apartment Therapy’s Annual Small Cool 2011 contest call for entries ended today. For those of you unfamiliar with the contest, ApartmentTherapy.com (one of the best resources for interior design solutions, in my opinion) holds a national contest every year to celebrate the smallest, coolest homes and apartments. And by small, they have to be under 1000 square feet. Mine is only 900 sf so I figured I would give it a go. The contest calls for 5 photos as well as a floor plan of your home. My home would qualify for the Small category (there is also “Teeny-Tiny,” “Tiny,” etc.) since it is under 1000 sf but over 800 sf.

I must say entering the contest was a little premature considering the bathroom was not done, the bedroom hasn’t been touched and the black room is still having growing pains but what the hell, there’s no harm in trying right?

Here are the photos I entered. I should have done some behind the scene shots, because trust me, my house wasn’t as clean as these pictures lead you to believe. What you can’t see are the dirty clothes, dog toys, dusty sideboards, Ikea packaging remains and horrid ceiling fans. Ah, photo magic. Stay tuned after the photos – I’ll list some advantages and disadvantages of my entry and my thoughts on how it stacks up to the competition.

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Emily Snuffer

Emily Snuffer

Emily Snuffer

Emily Snuffer

Let’s start with the negative and end with the positive:

Disadvantages:

  • Chevron rug in living room – everyone on the planet has one of those rugs, including several of the homes in my division
  • Everything’s still rough around the edges – lighting is missing (in kitchen and in black room)
  • It looks like no one lives there because of the starkness of the surfaces (I tried to fix that with the awesomely-placed book (sigh) in the living room)
  • Lack of interesting furniture and furniture overall – I’m working on it but it’s a slow process because I want lovely, timeless pieces (read: not Ikea) for chairs and side tables but that stuff takes time and resources
Advantages:
  • The style of my home is unique to the group – most are lofts or newer homes
  • The “Small” group overall is underrepresented (a house or apartment under 1000 sf but over 800 sf is unique in general) meaning I have a better chance
  • I’ve got that rockin’ chalk wall (which has yet to make an appearance in the contest, which surprises me)
  • I live in Kentucky (most of the homes are from Brooklyn, East Coast, West Coast or International… maybe they are yearning for a Midwestern representation..right? RIGHT?)
I have no clue if I’ll even be picked to be posted or how I’ll know when that happens. On the flip side, I did get some pretty neat pictures of my home out of the deal. If you’re looking for my floor plan, it’s on the “Tour My Home” page at the top of this blog, which I’ve also been working on. You haven’t even seen some of my space yet!
Enjoy. Now I am off to Cirque du Soleil thanks to my good friend Lyndsey. I wonder if I’ll bawl my eyes out like I did at Beatles Love Show (which I tried to hide from my client who was attending with me). Sigh…

Bathroom Looking Much Better

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The bathroom is looking much better. It’s been painted and accessorized, complete with the new tablecloth-turned-shower curtain I went on and on about last week. I had been dreading the painting (taking it from super dark to super light) but I finally broke down and got it done last week.  I even entertained the thought of getting it professionally painted but after hearing the quotes ($200 + materials) I threw my hands up and slapped on the paint myself. The trim and the doors also got a fresh glossy coat of white paint. (As far as trim paint goes, Behr Pure Ultra White Gloss is my by-far favorite.) The door knobs, cabinet knobs, ceiling light and TP holder got a makeover as well, and now all have a nice oil-rubbed bronze finish. It’s nice to have all the metal finishes consistent.

Here’s my bathroom when I bought my house (a bad “before” photo but you get the idea):

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And then I made some progress with a little too much help from Blik:

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More about the previous bathroom here. There were a couple of things wrong with the bathroom: 1.) it was terrible for moisture 2.) it was kind of boring 3.) cavelike light and 4.) it made me crazy bananas

Now for the after. I went very light (a few shades lighter than the trim) – relying on the accessories/curtain to provide the “design” rather than relying heavily (as I’ve almost always done in the past) on paint and wallpaper. My objective was to be more sophisticated yet keep the quirkiness.

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Emily Snuffer

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The frame stuff is not for real (did you think I was a Dennis Hopper fan?) but I needed some placeholder graphics for the picture-taking. The plan is to put in silhouettes of me, Aaron and the doggies but that’s another day/another photoshop project.

Here’s all the dirty details:

  • Toilet Tray – HomeGoods – $20
  • Burlap Candle Holders – High Street – $6.95/each
  • Hand Soap – Bath & Body Works – $6.50
  • Frames – Ikea – $14.00, $2.99, $2.99 and $4.99
  • Rise and Shine Print – Aaron made it, but it’s a rip-off of this
  • DIY Shower Curtain – Details are here
Hope you like it. I’d love to hear your thoughts/feedback/suggestions.
– emily
p/s: I am watching Love & Other Drugs. So sad! But what a great movie!