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Apartment Therapy Week 4 – Retail Therapy

daisyWhat was that? Retail therapy? Yes, please!  So today is the start of week four of the spring cure, and we’re almost half way! The kitchen and entryway are done, and now it’s on to the living room… so yeah, another week with not much to do. Loving the cure this time around, maybe I should have picked the “one room” option.

Week 4 To Do List:

  • Clean up living room and related closets – closets? I wish!
  • Declutter books and all media – did in 2007, and have since only added a lovely stack of travel guides. :)
  • Cancel 75% of the catalogs you receive – I think the only catalogs I get are J.Crew and the occasional Crate & Barrel…
  • Empty Outbox this week
  • Confirm what you need to increase or decrease color in each room
  • Identify what you need to increase or decrease softness in each room – bunnies?
  • Cook three meals at home this week – does breakfast count?
  • Send out your invitations

What I need to + / – on the color and softness scales in each room…

Area: color – to add (subtract)
Hallway/Entry:  warm – nope
Kitchen: warm – hang orange pan on wall?
Dining room: warm – make space for my “office” stuff, possibly get a desk
Living room: warm/cool – already perfect!
Bathroom: cool/warm – change the framed artwork
Bedroom: cool – remove red pillows

Week 4 is even easier than week 3. Oh and I bought a super bright Gerbera daisy this weekend. I think it might need a Liberty of London planter to go in… hmmm….

A Lack Of Color

mediterranean-blue… because Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie) was totally thinking about his apartment decor when he wrote A Lack of Color. Ahahaa, anyway… I’m always a little confused about cool vs warm colors and how they mix, so I found this week’s Apartment Therapy reading rather interesting — how certain rooms lend themselves to specific color and movement:

Cool colors (blues, greens, grays) are contracting and calming; warm colors (reds, yellows, oranges) are expansive and stimulating. Just as breathing is made up of contractions (the in breath) and expansion (the out breath), you want to feel this movement as you walk through your apartment. This is done by alternating warm and cool colors.

According to AT, here are the rooms that lend themselves to warm/cool…

Area:  movement – color { my apartment!}
Hallway/Entry:  contraction – cool {warm!}
Kitchen: expansion – warm {warm}
Dining room: expansion – warm {warm}
Living room: expansion – warm {cool and warm?}
Office: contraction – cool {what is this “office”}
Bathroom: contraction – cool {cool and warm?}
Bedroom: contraction – cool {cool}

So in applying the 80/20 rule, I think my living room is a good example: 80% base colors – brown couch, white rug, espresso accents, with 20% blues and brighter colors mixed in. My bedroom however, is 20% bright Mediterranean blue (only one wall), but I also have a bright painting and colorful planters, so I think it could use some direction. But I guess that’s for next week.

Week 3 To Do List Recap:

  • Vacuum/dust
  • Clean entryway and closet – the closet is my Outbox at the moment
  • Declutter entrance
  • Move all old mail, catalogs, magazines to the Outbox
  • Look into what you would need to create a Landing Strip -  already done
  • Cancel any unused subscriptions
  • Identify cool rooms and warm rooms
  • Apply the 80/20 color rule
  • Cook two meals at home this week
  • Design an invitation for your housewarming

on to week 4!

Apartment Therapy Week 3 – The Landing Strip

love-it-or-leave-itWeek 3 is all about the hallway/entryway… Translation: I don’t have too much to do this week! :) Last time I did the cure, I found the landing strip week to be fairly quick, and my apartment hasn’t changed too much in the last few years. The only changes being that I sold my hat/coat racks when I went traveling and my new apartment has a gold-ish yellow entryway instead of silver-ish grey.

I got a new Love It or Leave It coat rack from Urban Outfitters, which I… love, and framed the Going To See My Baby bicycle print that I bought at Flatstock Seattle during Bumbershoot this year (by Strawberry Luna).

Week 3 To Do List:

  • Vacuum/dust
  • Clean entryway and closet
  • Declutter entrance
  • Move all old mail, catalogs, magazines to the Outbox
  • Look into what you would need to create a Landing Strip –  I still have my 2 IKEA boxes
  • Cancel any unused subscriptions
  • Identify cool rooms and warm rooms
  • Apply the 80/20 color rule
  • Cook two meals at home this week
  • Design an invitation for your housewarming

I do have a bit of decluttering to do though…

Apartment Therapy Style Tray

I’m fairly awesome…  I got sooo much done this week. :) Now to be honest I’ve only been in my apartment for about four months, so I guess that makes me a little less awesome than some of my cure pals. I knocked out the entire kitchen on Wednesday night, so I could enjoy the lovely weekend.

I also hadn’t finished the “style interview” from Week 0, in which you list a bunch of your favorites, and then try to recognize some kind of pattern in your style tray. Here are a few of my favorites…

interview-style-tray
Actress: Zooey Deschanel & Audrey Tautou
Actor: Matt Damon, Owen Wilson, Ewan McGregor, Gael García Bernal,  Brad Pitt
Artist: Matisse, ones I never remember the name of
Writer: JD Salinger, Hemingway, Ayn Rand
Music: Beck, Regina Spektor, Ben Folds, The Kinks, REM…
Restaurant: Petite Provence, a certain taco truck
Automobile: classic VW Beetles (specifically 1953-1957 oval windows) le sigh…
TV show: Flight of the Conchords, Arrested Development, Man vs Wild, 30 Rock, Parks & Rec, The Office
Clothing (designer or store): MIA shoes, J.Crew, Zara
How would you describe your style? eclectic, vintage-y, bright
Where have you lived? Pacific Northwest
Who would you consider a role model? Abraham Lincoln aahaha, sorry, private joke.
If your apartment could speak, what would it say? “Stop buying Liberty of London stuff at Target!”
What one thing would you like to do more of in your apartment? sleep
Eight weeks from now, when this project is complete, if friends came to visit, how would you like them to describe it? So pretty, so very, very pretty. :)

In determining my style, I’ve found it rather difficult to say that I’m either cool/warm. As a person, I identify more with the cool side — I’m a thinker and I don’t get too attached to people/things, but decor/style-wise, I identify more with DIY and excessiveness (*cough, my recent Liberty of London craze) that goes along with warm people. Sooo for now I’ll just say I’m a cool person with warm style? So to finish this up… last time I did the cure I ended up with a defined style of eclectic organic modern, because “organic modern” just didn’t quite describe me. And after finishing my style tray, I didn’t realize I had such a crush on the 60s/70s! I think I can blame my mom for this somehow?

Week 2 Follow-up:

  • Fix one thing in your apartment – filled in the nail/screw holes from hanging curtains, pictures etc.
  • Clean kitchen from top to bottom – AMAZING
  • Water filter
  • pretend your apartment is a whale – oh hai whale!
  • Designate an Outbox area
  • Clear one area using the Outbox
  • Buy flowers
  • Determine your style
  • Find a new recipe and cook one meal at home
  • Choose a date for your housewarming

On to week 3!

Apartment Therapy Week 2 – Clearing a Path

tulips-globeYesterday was the start of week two of the spring cure.  The first week was super simple compared to this week! So here’s the insane list for this week… and I do believe it will require making lists about lists — which just happens to be one of my hobbies. ;)

Week 2 To Do List:

  • Fix one thing in your apartment – this will be filling in the nail/screw holes from hanging curtains.
  • Clean kitchen from top to bottom – requires its own list…
  • Water filter
  • pretend your apartment is a whale – oh hai whale!
  • Designate an Outbox area – my storage closet is already an “outbox” of sorts
  • Clear one area using the Outbox – Use it? Love it? Need it?
  • Buy flowers
  • Determine your style
  • Find a new recipe and cook one meal at home – I already try to cook/eat at home at least 3 nights a week
  • Choose a date for your housewarming – in eight weeks you say?

Less blogging, more kitchen cleaning… I think I need to create a Ramones/Rancid station on Pandora first. Ciao!

Olivia Raymer
Things I ♥: travel, food (I'm a pescatarian), the Pacific Northwest, bikes (I ride an orange mixte), beer (IPAs), summer, coffee, lists, and kitties. Travel enthusiast, former product manager, dabbler, and currently helping small businesses with digital strategy at Early Bird Strategy.

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