Alison's January Cure: Week 2

January Cure Diaries

Squishing my 30-year-old grown up body into a child-sized armchair, this is the sight I beheld for a full ten minutes last Monday: plastic, plastic, a step stool and a half-broken lamp. Yep, this would be my "goal project" for this month - find something decent to put under the kids' room window.It would need to be toy storage. Toy storage has been a problem ever since the two kids moved into the one room. I had bought a few nice felt boxes months ago, but had nothing to put them in that would fit in the space I had. So, when a kind friend offered to pick up anything my heart desired from IKEA on the weekend, I thought it was time for a bit of Expedit magic!

Here it is:

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I know everyone uses the Expedit for toys, but if it works, then why not? The shelves are low (the kids can reach their own toys) and they fit perfectly under the window without blocking any light.

Since I managed to get my goal project done so fast, I am enlisting your help for my second. I have this great desk (the George Nelson Swag Leg desk, in my opinion basically the greatest desk in the world) which, up until the Cure, was surrounded with junk. Now it is clear, and bare, and ready to start again.

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I framed this picture for Day 6: I would like to use that, but what else?

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Any ideas for a great lamp or some unmissable, awesome desk accessories? Here's the catch: I have almost no budget. When I cleaned my desk I found $37.62, and I have $30 I could spend on Paypal. I would also be willing to trade my green Eames chair for another equally awesome chair of another color. So, Apartment Therapy interior decorating geniuses, let me hear your ideas! And do tell, how are your big projects going? Do you have any before and after photos to share yet?

(Images: Alison Gerber)

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