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post #2026 of 2411
Surrender.
post #2027 of 2411
But do they smell better than the median?
post #2028 of 2411
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Originally Posted by zbromer View Post

The above quote about refining your taste struck me, because I've actually learned a lot from you about refining taste in terms of clothing. You refined your taste over the years by trying different styles, makers, etc. You figured out what you like and what looks good on you, as opposed to what you thought you would like or what you thought would look good. You did this through practice, experimentation, etc. It took time and trial and error of just living in your clothes. You changed your coats from one button to 3-roll-2. You ditched a tiemaker for another. You found the One Shoe. These helped you refine your taste. I enjoyed observing the process and learned a lot from it.

You haven't lived in this new apartment very long, but it appears to be almost completely designed. You lived with your clothes. Live in your apartment. You will find quirks about where the light comes through the window, and that will affect what type of lamp you want. You will find yourself taking a certain path to the bathroom, but always having to angle your body around the table that was seemingly perfectly placed in the mock-up. You will want to throw your coat on a hook that is hung in a different place than you did in your last place. Live in your apartment, like you lived in your clothes.

You can learn a lot researching rugs on the internet, but it can't truly refine your taste. I also did a ton of research on rugs before I bought one for the living room in my first house. I found what I thought was the perfect rug. It fit my aesthetic. It was made of high quality, natural materials. It was even made in Georgia, which I thought was good, because it meant a) I was buying American and b) the rug was made in the state where I grew-up. Maybe silly, but not insignificant to me. Anyways, the damn thing hasn't stopped shedding for nearly three years. It drives me insane to constantly be vacuuming. I vacuum so much that I wind-up leaving the vacuum out a lot. Now that I've lived with the rug, the shedding is ugly. The vacuum always visible is ugly. All the damn internet research, but it took me living in my house to figure out the rug was not tasteful.

You can research as much as you want on any subject: wine, cameras, etc., but it's not just about learning. You acquire taste with actual experience. While you may have a lot of knowledge about design and some practical experience with furniture, you don't have the experience with this new setting. That's not your fault. It just takes time.

At the end of the day, I think your place looks very nice, and I think you have good taste. However, it seems that you need to experience living in your home, not just have a good eye for nice looking things and doing some online research, before knowing what will be tasteful in your home.

By the way, z, thanks for the info on the Memphis steel rug... our 6'x9' is on the way and can't wait for it to arrive so that our 6mo old can start to abuse the hell out of it... will be a great add to our hardwood living room / office area / play area
post #2029 of 2411
Has anyone had custom closets built/installed? How much did you pay? I was quoted $1,700 for a 10' long reach in unit and I have no idea if this is good/fair/rip-off/whatever.
post #2030 of 2411
Depends entirely on what the design is. Money is time. That doesn't seem oddly expensive though.
post #2031 of 2411
Cabinetry is expensive.
post #2032 of 2411
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Originally Posted by StephenHero View Post

Depends entirely on what the design is. Money is time. That doesn't seem oddly expensive though.

One of these two preliminary designs:



or...



I guess it's not bad considering Ikea units are around $1,000.
post #2033 of 2411
What kind of materials are they using?
post #2034 of 2411
I'm assuming laminate?
post #2035 of 2411
That's a safe bet at that price. How is this a better product than Ikea's offering?

I looked into the Ikea wardrobe systems and compared them against the high end systems from places like Arkitektura and BoConcept. On the whole the materials are pretty similar, with the high end models using thicker MDF panels, heavier duty hardware and real wood veneers (in some cases). Hard to justify 3 - 5 X the cost though, since we were only looking at it as a temporary solution until we remodel.
post #2036 of 2411
You need to find out some of these details if you want to compare the price to anything else.

Wood veneer and worthwhile joinery could certainly increase the price. Along with a thousand other details.
post #2037 of 2411
"worthwhile joinery"...you do realize he is talking about a <$2,000 closet system, right? In this case I'm pretty sure that joinery = dowels and wood glue.
post #2038 of 2411
I'm referring to your comparison of Ikea to other. Also, FWIW dowels and wood glue are commonly used on high end manufactured furniture, they are not necessarily cheap.

What I would be weary of in an economy level cabinet are pocket screws and those connectors that Ikea loves to use in everything.
post #2039 of 2411
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Originally Posted by SkinnyGoomba View Post

I'm referring to your comparison of Ikea to other.

Gotcha.

All of the wardrobe systems had similar assembly, using locking fasteners.
post #2040 of 2411
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Originally Posted by SkinnyGoomba View Post

You need to find out some of these details if you want to compare the price to anything else.

Wood veneer and worthwhile joinery could certainly increase the price. Along with a thousand other details.

You seem well versed on the subject. Anything I should be asking the contractor in particular? These custom closet guys are a dime a dozen around here and I'm not sure what, if anything, differentiates one from the next.
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