Condo = Work in progress

7 Jun

I’ve had several requests for updated pictures of the condo, and, honestly, I’ve been dragging my feet. It’s not quite where we want it to be (i.e. picture perfect and magazine worthy). But I finally realized that everyone lives with their spaces in “not quite done” state at some point in their lives. So, why not give you a peek? You’ll have to excuse the mess and check back later when we’re a little further down the road. Also, check here for before pics.

For this tour, I’m starting from the back of the condo. It’s the most finished… as in, there are minor projects to attend to and not a “corner of shame”. The master bedroom benefited from a few coats of Porter Paint’s Dover Gray. Plus the red shelves we purchased while still at our house finally became our official bedside tables. We sold the red chair we had in our bedroom at our house because it didn’t fit well in the arrangement.

What still needs to be done? We relented and put up curtains when we couldn’t sleep past 6:30 in the morning. Unfortunately the cheap-o rod we bought for the big window didn’t quite make it… and neither did our duct tape fix. You can see half of it sadly hanging in the upper right of the first pictures. We have a new rod and the curtains sitting on the dresser waiting for us to have a minute to work on the house. We’re also installing a Lutron Maestro IR, which will let us dim the lights and control them from the bed. It’s a convenience we sorely miss. Besides that we have thoughts for decorations for our red shelves. More on that later. Oh, and we need art. (This will be a theme throughout). Luckily we brought some fog pictures from the house and they’ll go up soon.

Moving one shade up from Dover Gray, both bathrooms changed to Flagstone.

What still needs to be done? Both rooms needs art of some sort. I’d like to pull in the red accents from our bedroom in our master bath. In the extra bath I’m using golden towels that I thought I wouldn’t like, but seem to go with all the yellow wood in the room. Those may go or I may find a way to tie them in with some art.

The extra bedroom is the only room that didn’t get painted. The greenish color was good enough for the computer/workout room. You’ll notice we didn’t build the desk I was lusting after here. Instead, a little Craigslist luck came our way when we found this awesome mid-century desk that needed a home. It’s not the perfect size for the dual monitor set up, but we love it. And it gave us a place for our sweet teal chairs.

What needs to be done? You probably noticed there’s a door sitting amidst our weights. That came off when we realized the treadmill (which was assembled in the living room) didn’t exactly “fit”. So, the door needs rehung. Also, there’s no overhead lighting, so we have a nicer lamp coming. We probably need some art in here at some point, but that is low priority.

A few last stops in the hall before we get to the main space. In the interest of full disclosure. I shot the laundry closet. It is fairly full, but it functions well. Also, we converted the coat closet to a pantry.

And now we come to the place where a tour would normally begin: the main living space. The white did wonders for making the space feel brighter. We just used the Porter Paint base color with no tint. Nearly 5 gallons later…

Let’s go by quadrants.

The kitchen quarter: There’s not much to change here, but we would like to get some stools for the counter when we sell our high table. We’re also filling the top cabinets with milk glass pieces and we have a ways to go.

The dining quarter: The table has to go. We’ve been lusting after a formica topped table and finally found one a few months ago during a weekend in Kansas City. I’m sure the valets at our hotel thought we were nuts when we drove back with a table in the back of our jeep. It is currently sitting in the “corner of shame” as Hubster works on cleaning it up. Plus we have frames for a gallery wall, which will going in this corner very soon!

The living room quarter: This is the furthest from finished (even beyond the “corner of shame”) because we’ve decided we want a new couch and chairs long term. They fit well in our cozy home studio at the house, but don’t have enough style for the condo. Plus, you’ll probably noticed we have a lack of media storage… because moving boxes don’t count. Like the table, we’ve been scouring for a cool mid-century credenza to hold everything.  Of course, that hasn’t stopped me from setting up one vignette that I really like:

And, last and most shameful: the Corner of Shame

Corner of shame quarter: For now this is where our projects and decorations have been hanging out. Note the amazing stereo console that Hubster is gutting and will live under our TV. It deserves it’s own blog post and will get one soon. Also, note the totally awesome gray woodgrain formica table top leaning against the wall. Ditto on needing it’s own post.

What still needs to be done? Everything here needs a home. The big pieces already have one. Ultimately we’re building some industrial style shelves in this corner that will (hopefully) have a desk built in so Hubster can restore Polaroid cameras at night.

And, what turned out to be the most shameful picture when this was all assembled? The drop zone by the front door. This is what happens when you have 2 to 6 camera bags temporarily living in one space. I almost didn’t include this… but full disclosure right??

Man, that’s a lot of bags!

So there you have it. Condo as is. Thoughts?


6 Responses to “Condo = Work in progress”

  1. Justin June 7, 2011 at 3:16 am #

    Question about the open floor plan, specifically the wall that is between what I believe is the treadmill wall in the workout room and the wall with the kitchen cabinets on it – the wall that doesn’t go all the way to the top.

    Back when we were thinking about building a home, I wanted to go open concept like this…but it made me wonder, how noisy would it get? Do you find that the noise level when the workout room is in use is annoying or too noticeable if you’re in the kitchen listening to music or TV?

    Do you like the wood floor with the white trim? I dig the color scheme in the bedroom.

    • heather June 7, 2011 at 3:20 pm #

      Hi Justin – You’re right. The two of the walls in the extra bedroom are open at the top (into the main living space and the hallway). We really like this feature and haven’t had any problems with noise carry over. There is, of course, some but it’s not distracting. It probably helps that we have a new treadmill, which is really quiet.

      Yes, we reallylike the wood floor with the white trim. It’s similar to what we had at the house, although this wood is much more yellow.

      Thanks! We actually redid our master bedroom and bath at the house last May when we fell in love with the bedding.

  2. cara June 7, 2011 at 6:27 pm #

    i love the formica table and tv console. looking forward to more details on both!

    • heather June 7, 2011 at 10:50 pm #

      Thanks! I’m really excited about both of them as well. They were definitely worth the wait 🙂

  3. Mandy June 7, 2011 at 6:44 pm #

    It looks great! I love the grey in the bedroom. Did you downgrade your bed size?

    • heather June 7, 2011 at 10:51 pm #

      Thanks! Actually we ended up liking this shade of gray better than the one we used in our previous master bedroom. Nope, it’s the same size. The room is just bigger.

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