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Throwback Thursday: Michael's Inviting Bachelor Pad - Oh My Goods!

The One Week Decorating Challenge!!

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I must say I could not have done this without the help of my wonderful sister!! It’s impossible to be in two places at once and she really helped make this possible…thanks SIS!
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Earthy and Inviting

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YAY!! One home decorating project down…..three more to go! This whirlwind adventure of home decor began a week-and-a-half ago as a referral from a friend. Michael had just become the proud new owner of his first place and wanted his whole condo furnished in……..wait for it………….one week!

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Before and After Photos:

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Living Room:

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Blank Canvas…

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The TV of course was the biggest money drainer!

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Okay, breathe. Next hurdle: furnish the living room, dining room, master bedroom, office, and entryway with a materials budget of $4k (having  a mattress and boxspring as the only current possession to work with). Style requests: earthy, inviting, a touch of masculinity, not a lot of “tchotchkes.”

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Dining Room:

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Dining room flows right into the living area

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Complete with extendable table and extra chairs!

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Simplicity with a touch of masculinity

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Well, I completed the mission with the knowledge that for him, this was “phase one.” Phase one is looking quite well and all phase two needs is some more artwork and organizational “ware.” It was great a great challenge and It is cool to see the outcome so quickly.

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Entryway:

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Entry Before

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Gloss/Flat stripes on the wall is my favorite part of this area!

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A great spot to keep mail, keys and other items from creating clutter in your home :)

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Bedroom:

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Oh yeah, I did forget…the other type of “furniture” he had was that type of bean bag that converted into a mattress of sorts…I will say though that I did sit on it and it was indeed comfy :)

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Masculine yet still inviting :)

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That was the only piece of artwork I could afford for this room, but there is a lot of opportunity for great art in this room!

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Love the lighting in this space

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The Budget Broken Down:

Dining Room-$700
Living Room-$1400
Bed Room-$1000
Office-$475
Entryway-$250
Misc Bath/Kitchen-$100
Paint/Misc. Supplies-$125
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Total: $4050

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Office:

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Office Before

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Uncomplicated and functional

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Just add some books on those shelves!

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One Week Budget Challenges:

  • Not being able to order lower priced items online without the availability of free express shipping (except I did get the TV from Amazon.com because it’s “Prime” members get free two day shipping)
  • Can’t wait around for delayed Craigslist responses
  • No time for garage sales to find ridiculous deals
  • Having to buy less expensive furniture that requires assembly which eats up time

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Overall, I am quite happy with the outcome of the “once-barren-condo-turned-comfy-modern-and-inviting-home.” Have you ever been in a time crunch for a decorating project? What did you do to get it done?

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**Original Post from 3/30/2011**

  1. April 4, 2013

    Wow this looks beautiful! With all of the empty, plain space it must have been hard to create a vision but you guys did an incredible job. I love the entry way art on the wall and the living room looks so comfortable. Great job, must feel awesome to have it done.

  2. This looks super awesome. Do you do design consults as a business? I’d pay you to pick your brain and tell me where to buy things from. I get frustrated with too many ideas and end up buying nothing but multiple sets of throw pillows that I get tired of eventually. I can dress myself but have absolutely no idea what to do to my apartment.

    I am excited to paint once we move.

  3. April 4, 2013

    Yes, I consult and I would be delighted to help out! We could try to do it before your move or we could try Skype and I would make sure you have some “mood boards,” to help you along in your journey. Let’s set something up via email ;)

  4. April 4, 2013

    Awesome job! I’d say it’s definitely simple, masculine and inviting. I especially loved the paint job in the entryway, the bed and the tv stand. I don’t think I could go for anything that neutral, though. I like a lot more color, but dudes probably don’t. I’m very impressed you and your sister did this in just a week for $4K.

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