Apartment Therapy on the Set: Day 8

Apartment Therapy on the Set: Day 8

Maxwell Ryan
May 11, 2004
The apartment is still. My amazing painter, Mark, finished the main room and the hallway behind me in three days, leaving on Sunday night. This photo was taken yesterday, just before Michael and Laurie moved back in. Everything was given a day to off-gas, which is not much, but we used Low VOC paint to reduce the toxicity and Laurie vowed to stay in the bedroom, which wasn't painted.

Interestingly, the act of moving so much out of this room has spurred both of them to want to get rid of even more, which is a much desired side-effect of this kind of work. Once you experience the deep calm of a wide open home space, you never want to go back to all the clutter and stuff that acted as a comforting and familiar baby blanket beforehand. Nevertheless, this room needs to be "warmed" up and the soft, terracotta wall paint is just the start. Good indirect lighting, a soft rug, and sheer curtains will further soften and warm this space, while also enlarging its complexity and character.

One issue that is up in the air still: what to do about the beams? Should they be painted white (like the ceiling) or left the color of the wall? There is the crown moulding to think about as well.... I have my opinion and Laurie and Michael have theirs, but if you want to weigh in, go ahead....

Today Blinds and Beyond is coming to measure for Solar Blinds, a great rug is being ordered from Crate & Barrel, a slipcover is being looked for and the hunt goes on for two side tables with enough storage so that we can get rid of the desk. MGR

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