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.

Emily Snuffer

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):

Emily Snuffer

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

Emily Snuffer

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.

Emily Snuffer

Emily Snuffer

Emily Snuffer

Emily Snuffer

Emily Snuffer

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!

Birthday Business (And Black Room Progress)

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Today is my birthday (go, me!) and my parents were here Sunday to celebrate. Overall, it was a fantastic weekend. It included: furniture assembly, a concrete goose (more on that later), Chinese food, the Dye family, no painting, a semi-calm puppy, the Snuffer’s, a cowhide rug, pink icing, pizza, the May’s, two HUGE clematis plants and chocolate chip cookies. Not too shabby, right?

Here are the details – and some photos of the updated black room (a.k.a. the front room/library/entry way/storage area/dining room/gym/collapse-from-exhaustion area)

On Saturday, Aaron and I went to IKEA and purchased another round of Billy’s (more on that later… I sound like a broken record) and some other items for the bathroom (which I swear I will post soon… I’m waiting for some Etsy stuff to be delivered). Because these dang Billy’s are about 8″ too long for my car they require delivery. If I were left up to my own devices I’d be hanging out of the trunk clinging on to cheap, Swedish furniture for dear life all the way down I-75 south. Really, I would. I’ve actually considered it. In my opinion, there’s nothing stronger than a couple of bungee cords and several ounces of fear-induced adrenaline. But, I was with Mr. Safety (thank god for Aaron) and I paid for the more efficient and less risky IKEA delivery. That was the second best part of the trip. The first part was our next stop – Home Emporium to pick out my very first cowhide rug (a birthday gift from Aaron – isn’t he the sweetest?). Later that night, Aaron’s parents came over with dinner in-hand. They are the best and I love hanging out with them.

Now we’re at Sunday. When my parents asked what I’d like to do for my birthday (it was too late to go to the Zoo, as previously planned) you can guess what I had in mind – IKEA furniture assembly! It sounds terrible to most, but it is tres (I don’t know how to enter the accent mark) exciting for me.

And now pictures from the day:

Emily Snuffer

Emily Snuffer

Emily Snuffer

Some things to note about the above:

  • How yummy does that pink icing look? (It was.)
  • I’m having second thoughts about the curtains, which is why I have a test fabric draping over it. Do you like the new pattern? I am iffy.
  • I still don’t have chairs for the table, which is why we’re lounging pretty in the retro rockers. More about those here.
  • How cute is my mom?
As you all know, I’ve been slowly getting more Billy’s for the black room. Aaron and I picked up two more units (one double, one single) as well as the doors to add to the collection. Well guess what, the single wasn’t manufactured correctly. Boo. So we put up the double as well as the new doors. The original idea was to wrap these babies around the corner but now I’m thinking it would be too much. And where would Nicki Minaj rest her pretty head? I think I am satisfied for now. I still need to mount the extensions (it’ll add 14″ to their height) and install the cabinet lighting but I think it’s looking pretty good.
Here is where we were before, back in November:
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And then, I made a little progress in January:
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And yesterday, with the help of my parents and Aaron….
Emily Snuffer.
… we got to here…
Emily Snuffer
Emily Snuffer
It is almost there. Almost! I need chair help. And that cheap-o lamp should not be there. I’m sort of annoyed that I didn’t remove it before taking these pictures. So that’s where Black Room is today. And where were Tweedledee and Tweedledum during this entire process? Well they were right here:
Emily Snuffer
I swear I didn’t drug them or anything! They were so well behaved. I think the warm sun and the new comfy doggie bed helped. Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes. I cannot believe I am 27 (TWENTY SEVEN) years old.
– emily

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