East Semi-Finalist #1: Ron's Hotel "Sweet"

Here's a blast from our past - the 2007 Small Cool Contest - with one of the Eastern Semi-Finalists. Ron created an awesome home and subsequently got picked up in magazines and on television.

Name: Ron M.
Location: NYC
Type: 300 sf Studio
Go to: Ron's Original Entry

Ron's favorite OTHER entry:

i love the simple elegance of "london's urchin". i'm crazy for the windows and the architecture. it is modern and classic at the same time. if i got to live in another apartment, besides my own, this is the one i would like to live in!

What is your next improvement (if you could do anything)?:

being a creative person who spends a LOT of time in my apartment, i'm always analyzing it, (ok, some might say, "obsessing") trying to figure out what the next big idea should be or what little detail may have been missed. i try to keep it fresh, experiment using my own home as a kind of "laboratory".

my three new, current obsessions are:

1- finding the "perfect color" for the entry.
2- finding the perfect light fixture for the entry.
3- updating my bed.

i'm thinking of adding a pop color, updating the duvet, and getting a "real" headboard. i thinks it's time i stopped using a dining room tabletop as a headboard, although it has served me well!! but what will it be? who knows? i just ordered some custom pillows in chocolate (surprise!) and turquoise. we'll see if they are right. (hope so, since they can't be returned!) if not, i will keep trying and experimenting until i get it just right! after that, i'll probably have to pack up all my beloved lamps, and look for a new home...and a new challenge!

-Ron

(RePublished from 2007-05-14 - MGR)

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