The Spring Cure: Retail Therapy

Week 4 - Intro

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• Cure Clock: 5 Weeks to Go
• Assignment: Read Week 4: Retail Therapy
• Cure Members: 1,360

The pic up top is in our living room. It's a lovely pic from my new book, and it shows a really nice mix of protein and carbohydrate elements combined. Below the jump I list each one with sources, but first, how about a poll?

My Mix From the Pic Up Top

Sofa - Caravane Daybed, originally from Calypso Home (Protein $$$)
Rug - Dippy 12 x14 wool rug from The Rug Company (Protein $$$)
Pillows - Judy Ross (Protein $$$)

Soft Pillow - Vintage from Andrianna Shamaris (Protein $$)

Bolster - DIY with fabric from Purl Soho (Protein, but less $)
Lamp - by BTC Lighting originally purchased at Marston & Langinger (Carbohydrate $)
Stool - Frosta from Ikea (carbohydrate $)

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This week you are also definitely IN IT, as they say, so I thought it would be good to do a little halfway through check-in. Feeling low? We have help for you. Feeling good? You can help out. Here's a strength machine. Please contribute liberally and remember, you only get one pull on the machine:

Tweet Your Progress!

We've added buttons this week so you can begin to tweet your progress. Read this post? Tweet it. Cleaned up a room? Tweet it. Planned some smart shopping? Tweet it, and let all your friends know that you're moving the needle.

Tweet Your Progress Share Your Progress

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Last Week's Survey

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Meanwhile, if you're curious about what magazines you all read for inspiration, Here's the result of last week's survey:

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It seems that Dwell is the big winner this year, with Elle Decor and Living, Etc. pretty far behind in a tie for second place. "Other" is still a big factor, I have to admit as well, and you've listed some good alternates down below.

Not surprisingly, folks are still really missing Domino and a whole bunch of other mags that have folded in the past few years. Just to see how dramatic the change has been, take a look at this survey taken in October 2008. Three of the favorites listed are missing now.

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My Project

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This is the view looking south down the Hudson on Saturday morning from the garage where our car is parked. Way in the distance you can see the Statue of Liberty engulfed in thick clouds. This never happens.

This past week my project was totally derailed by good weather. Having done this for awhile, I'm not worried, and I want to be honest about this because it happens. I just have to catch up and so can you if you're behind!

With the lovely weather, we got in our car and drove out to my family's country house, where I proceeded to spend the two days cutting down branches, planting planters, setting out the porch furniture and buying a lovely bird bath for the yard. It was tremendously satisfying and very domestically improving, but it had nothing to do with my terrible closets in the city.

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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.

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