Micro-Inside Out: Robert's Labor of Love Continues

Micro-Inside Out: Robert's Labor of Love Continues

Jill Slater
Aug 16, 2006

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Name: Robert
Location: East Village
Size: 780 sqft Co-op
Years lived in: Since 1999

If you recall, Robert's Mitchell Lama apartment is almost wholly his own making. As his efforts continue, I thought I would bring readers up to date on his latest undertakings.

Robert has always hated the intercom phone that he inherited along with the apartment and that cannot be exchanged for something more sexy-looking, nor removed and discarded. So, Robert did the third best thing—he built around it. He designed and created a mirror covered cabinet to hide all the ugly things—power strips, telephones, answering machines, sunglasses, keys, and eventually—mail. The extra ugly things have double protection, so that when you open the cabinet, you still have to open a frosted plexiglass panel to see them!

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The second project, finally completed, is 3 curtain panels to hide clothing and storage along one wall in the bedroom. In response to some comments by AT readers, Robert looked forward to adding softer elements to the apartment's décor. Robert used Marimekko white on white fabric to create 3 hanging panels on a 3-track "Silent Gliss" system attached to the ceiling.

Although he tried, he could not order the product directly, and instead had to go through 'Blinds and Beyond'. Unfortunately, it took them over 6 months to fulfill Robert's request and when they finished, the results were unsatisfactory. It seems that those who are not afraid to take on major DIY efforts themselves, and who are perfectionists have the most stress dealing with supposed professionals. To Robert's credit, 'Blinds and Beyond' failed to follow most of his incredibly detailed directions. He is now going to have to redo the panels with another service.

The last project, for now, is to install a brown, wool, short pile rug (sound/neighbor issues) and to redo the office space. He is going professional again, and using a carpenter to build a custom made desk/storage unit that will divide the room from the open hall space and the bedroom. Both remaining walls will be lined with shelving that Robert is going to install himself.

Let us wish him luck.

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