Southwest Fall Cure: Making Room

Southwest Fall Cure: Making Room

Abby Stone
Oct 24, 2008

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TV's Jessica flowers echo the colours in her warm kitchen
Tough week, huh? But it feels good, clearing out stuff, doesn't it? And, it's nice to have a kitchen that feels full of the possibility of fabulous things to eat. Even if you haven't actually gotten rid of anything in the rest of your home, having the outbox as a place to temporarily dump stuff (for us it's always the mail!) lets us see our home as it could be and that excites us...

This photo is the basis for J.L.'s style tray.

This weekend, if you haven't done so already, cook one meal in your kitchen. Baked eggs is a great choice for brunch for one, two or a crowd that looks super fancy but is actually easy. We make 'em in muffin tins. And pasta, of any kind, is easy enough for even non-cooks

The weekend, when you're probably spending more time in your home, is also a good time to observe what you're doing in each room or when you're frustrated because you'd like to be doing something and can't for whatever reason. When we did the cure, we noticed how we wanted to read in the living room but first, we'd need a place to do that and some light to read by. Onto the shopping list went a couch and some lamps. Also when you're moving stuff to the outbox temporarily (don't be shy about using it, it's an amazing tool that we continue to use), check where it's coming from. Do you like that the mail piles up on the kitchen counter? if you don't, think about creating another place for it.

spedie1 has a great galley kitchen that gets a lot of light and has the tiled countertop and backsplash common to many classic Los Angeles kitchens. Her landlord's offered to pay for some updates to it. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Assignments
Deep Treatment


  • Fix one thing in your apartment yourself
  • Clean your kitchen
  • Buy a water filter
  • Run your hands over your walls
  • Set up and use your outbox
  • Buy fresh flowers
  • Determine your style
  • Find a new recipe and cook one meal at home
  • Choose the date for your housewarming

One Room Remedy


  • Decide what activities you want in your room and where they will go
  • Get a floor plan tool
  • Map out your most bothersome room and figure out a solution
  • Name your vision
  • Start building a shopping list.

KPM's decided to hang her pots for easy access and so that she can use her storage for other things.

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