The Fall Cure: Week Five

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And you thought taking your new Apple computer out of the box was fun. Just had to feature Eve's hot new Saarinen table. It's the real deal, brand new and she's also got some good source information.

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Into the office. For those of you who do a significant amount of work at home, this might be a challenging week, but even more important as this area represents your *livelihood* and your public life. For others, this may be a very light week.

The two elements that have grown in importance to me are (ironically, as a blogger) the Media Fast and wireless technology (In our house, the computer has easily outstripped the television as most invasive media distraction. We expect that this will be a growing problem around the world. It's no longer, "Turn off the television!", it's "Turn off the computer!").

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Last weeks survey results! Most folks are doing pretty well on the homefront.

In last year's Week 5 Cure Post, I went on about the concept of "fasting" or reducing "calories" and linked to this great article on Monkey life expectancy in the NYTimes. Between the remarkable media stimulation that we are subject to and the amount of stuff that we often think we need, filtering our intake on many levels has never been more important. I urge you to check it out if you haven't already.

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Bellasarinha's got a FULL style tray. This lovely pic is from it.

This Week's Assignment:

In the Deep Treatment, among other things you are diving into the home office and tackling all the computer and electrical tangles that you may have. You are also considering a Media Fast, which is a rather radical part of our household cleaning binge.

As for wireless technology, this simply offers a tremendous design advantage that eliminates wires and clutter for those who work at home on laptops, which is also now easy and inexpensive to set up. Our Home Tech site was started specifically to aid in this area.

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Remember PhotoKate's porch? Check out her new sconces.... outside!

In the One Room Workout you will be getting into real color, painting color that is. We had a great time writing this part of the book and remembering all that we had learned over the years about painting. In particular, we were happy to be able to lay out some healthier paint alternatives, though we've found it hard to integrate these choices into NYC life. We'd be interested to hear any tips on this subject.

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Yardsale01's working hard. New rug, beautitul windows and no milkcrates. Now we've got to give that bed some privacy...

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Allie Pasquier is asking for help. And it looks like she IS in France...

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This is a pic of Jess2Nola's bedroom from an earlier week, but it's darn nice and we haven't even started in the bedroom.

Info:The Cure posts will go up twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays (or sometimes Friday or Saturday), allowing for plenty of comment space. We will be pulling comments and pics to the front page post each week and everyone is urged to take pics and post them to this great Flickr pool or simply tag them with "apartmenttherapycure." See our old pics here too.

The Fall Cure is live in all four of our Home city sites:

Chicago & their Flickr group
San Francisco & their Flickr group
Los Angeles & their Flickr Group
New York & our Flickr group
Green Home & their Flickr Group

Please choose the site nearest your home to join, but feel free to browse on all!

Other Info:

The Cure posts will go up twice a week on Mondays and Fridays, allowing for plenty of comment space. We will be pulling comments and pics to the front page post each week and everyone is urged to take pics and post them to this great Flickr pool or simply tag them with "apartmenttherapycure." See our old pics here too.

(The last post is here - all Worksheets are here - The Book Blog is here)

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.