#1: Rob's Apartmequarium

#1: Rob's Apartmequarium

Mar 7, 2006

Name: Rob
Location: Portland, Oregon (Downtown)
Size: 488 sq/ft. - Studio

Favorite resource: Delia

They have warehouse sales here in Portland from time to time. Thus the amazing deals on my metal furnishings.

What inspired you?/ The pitch

How better to expand a small space than to let the city in through floor to ceiling windows stretching 36 feet of outer walls? I'm in the fishbowl. My canopy bed gives the illusion of having a bedroom, and it provides privacy without the need to close the many window blinds.

Visitors tend to be wowed by the place, and they never realize it was furnished on the cheap. The bed was an ebay find for $105 shipped! The wine rack cost $45. The most expensive piece of furniture I own is a $300 loveseat.

Design Tip:

Ask yourself: Do you really need a "bedroom"? If your apartment is one open room, buy a canopy bed and hang curtains. The bed serves as a wall to divide up the open space, it makes a bold impression on guests, and it creates what feels like a room within a room when the curtains are completely closed. Bold curtains make a bold impression. Soft colors can soften a place up in a big way.

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