Home improvement, take 2

I’ve been in my new place a couple of months now, and the walls are still ugly and bare. My art and mirrors and the like are still languishing in a closet because I don’t want to hang them until I’ve painted. And I haven’t painted a damn thing, for I’m crippled with indecision. So, I’m asking you guys again for your input. I figured it might be easier with some photos that include my belongings. So, here goes (click on the photos to enlarge them).

The entrance to casa de Grammarian:

Now that I have a real and most delightful stereo (thank you again, generous one), I intend to get an entertainment center of some sort, but you get the idea:

View from upstairs:

Where I release aggression:

Sofa and fireplace:

The stairs:

The bedroom (you may have noticed I like gray and black):


View of the shower from the bedroom (bow-chicka-wow):

The creepy carpeted and many-mirrored bathroom:


Downstairs bathroom with hideous wallpaper:


And last, the kitchen of blue despair:

So, what do you think? Gray walls throughout? Something more colorful? I’m seriously at a loss when it comes to stuff like this, so please, please help me.

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18 responses to “Home improvement, take 2

  1. Hey Samantha, ooh – those walls need paint, i agree. and your bed is far too small; what is that, a double? love the hardwood floors and the cat, too. you need some reds, that’s what i think. yep, red. sexy, sophisticated, and will look good with your gray and black thing you got going.

  2. The placement of the cat is all off.

  3. Mmmmm. I do love red. That’s a great suggestion. Red in the bedroom or elsewhere? Blue-red? Orange-red?And yes, it is a rather small bed. It’s got at least three more years left in it, though, so I’m stuck with it for a while. When I find my giant bag of money I’m going to get a bed so big it’ll need its own ZIP code, and maybe it’ll have one of those nifty Tempurpedic mattresses. Have you ever lain on one of those? Pure heaven.

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  5. looks like my place! I have been there for months, and I just put up my first picture onthe wall! I still haven’t unpacked completely, either!

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  7. Hmm… I’d swear I left a comment earlier, but for some reason it didn’t register (maybe it’s this new comment set up).Anyway, what I said was that I’d vote for a big rug in the living room, preferably with a little color, to warm the place up and separate your living spaces.

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  15. Darling, you redefine the term “spartan.” Our *bathroom* has more furniture! However, I think The Apartment I’ve Never Been Invited To is lovely. But yes, color would be good. I’d go with a muted shade of a bright color — a pale green or yellow or whatever color strikes your lovely fancy.

  16. Keep in mind that yellow-based colors aren’t exactly restful. They have a subtle way of inducing head- and stomach-aches.It’s also interesting that yellowish reds were, in the mid-1990s, marketed toward men, while companies tried to steer women closer to the bluish reds. (Of course, the only example I can come up with is the Ford Motor Company. Mustangs came in an orangish color the designers referred to as “Arrest Me Red,” and the Probe (which, I might (parenthetically (and in the passive voice)) add, was bought more often by women) came in a blue-red.In short, Mustangs hurt.

  17. You might try pulling colors from some of your wall art, particularly if there’s a painting that you especially love. Sometimes this can help you get a color scheme in mind.

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