Bachelor pad design... what would you do?

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  1. Sherman90

    Sherman90 Senior member

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    I prefer a more eclectic look. I've seen many beautiful styles incorporating the modern look with interesting antiques, Victorian elements, rustic Parisian, country chic,etc.etc. beautiful rugs, etc.

    I agree with this. There is something undeniably cold about the modern, undeniable lame about the contemporary, and undeniably gawdy about the modern, contemporary, and lounge looks you posted. Of the three, I probably dislike the modern look most.

    If it were me I'd probably piece together some furniture that I personally liked, with a partial mind to matching styles/colors/etc. I think what's important is to have things surrounding you that you actually resonate with: not just hollow images you want to achieve.
     


  2. dkzzzz

    dkzzzz Senior member

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    Home of architect and philosopher Bernard Tschumi.

    He has a horrible taste for an architect.

    I like this http://www.100living.com

    The whole thing including interiors looks cheap and ugly. Probably going to be favorite rental apartment for international students frm Hong Kong and Middle East.
     


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    Mblova Senior member

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    Can you do modern AND cigar lounge?
     


  4. Mblova

    Mblova Senior member

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    All the modernistic pictures posted have one thing in common: Hardwood Floors....
    With a carpet, I would reccomend going with a cigar lounge feel.
     


  5. Jayhawk1412

    Jayhawk1412 Senior member

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    Wow, this thread is perfect!

    I'm wondering the same thing about furnishing my future condo!

    I just put an offer on a place yesterday, keep the design tips coming! My girlfriend wants to furnish my place and she thinks she's an interior designer. I DO NOT want plants and baskets and shit all over my new place.

    Please keep the suggestions coming so I can show her some of these pics and influence her tastes.
     


  6. StephenHero

    StephenHero Black Floridian

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    Show us what you're starting with first. Fuuma has a great flat filled with eclectic things from view in one of his pics. Maybe see if you can find it. It looked dirty though.

    There are many different looks that work in an apartment. All can be successful if done with integrity. That means no fake plants, no rusticated decorations that were made in china four weeks ago, no wallpaper, nothing too lame. Less is usually more.
     


  7. crazyquik

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    I just put an offer on a place yesterday, keep the design tips coming! My girlfriend wants to furnish my place and she thinks she's an interior designer. I DO NOT want plants and baskets and shit all over my new place.

    Please keep the suggestions coming so I can show her some of these pics and influence her tastes.


    You forgot random glass marbles, balls, and orbs.

    In general, keep her away from the decore section of Kohls, Ross, Marshall's, TJ Maxx, etc.
     


  8. radicaldog

    radicaldog Senior member

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    'Contemporary' a lot of the time just means "I didn't really think about design".

    The 'cigar lounge' can be done well, but it needs time to age, or it ends up looking like a cheap TV series set. Sort of like shoes with lots of obviously artificial antiquing. In other words, the cigar lounge idea is worth it only if you plan on growing old in the place, which you don't seem inclined to do.

    That pretty much leaves you with modern. Just be careful not to make too many 'safe' choices, or your place will end up looking like a furniture store display.
     


  9. radicaldog

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    Apartments with soul and apartments with carpet are mutually exclusive.

    I concur. Now someone show me the exception that confirms the rule (maybe some crazy 70's set-up?)
     


  10. The Swede

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  11. wetnose

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    Since you're constrained by the space, you only need 3 basic items of furniture:

    1) Loveseat/3 seater
    2) Red carpet
    3) Art

    Loveseat/3 seater: Buy the most comfortable you can find. Don't rush - I sat on over 100+ couches before I found the right one. For me, I have to be able to stretch out and sleep on it. Don't bother with couches that convert to beds - they suck for comfort. I got mine off craigslist for $900 and it's worth every penny. Try to see if you can get one in microfibre as it really resists dirt very well. The ones that are mostly composed of pillows are the most comfortable, IMO.

    Red/Burgundy carpet: there're actually really good deals on ebay if you look hard enough, and perhaps on craigslist too. Why red? It gives a warmth to the whole space and makes it cozier. Make sure it has a nice soft feel as you'll be barefoot (or possibly...ahem... rolling on it [​IMG] )

    Art: what're your interests? Landscapes? People? Architecture? Sports? Women? Abstract? Spend some time on allposters.com and see what really grabs you. You can easily deck out those walls with nice art for less than $500, framed.
     


  12. freshcutgrass

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    Generally...your level of pretentiousness.

    An apartment is a type of dwelling...a condominium is a specific type of ownership. Most condominiums are apartments. People just think it sounds better when they refer to it as a condo. Kinda like how people refer to those useless security guards in condo lobbies as a "concierge".

    Who cares what I'd do...your apartment should reflect your personal style.
     


  13. jase12

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    Generally...your level of pretentiousness.

    An apartment is a type of dwelling...a condominium is a specific type of ownership. Most condominiums are apartments. People just think it sounds better when they refer to it as a condo. Kinda like how people refer to those useless security guards in condo lobbies as a "concierge".

    Who cares what I'd do...your apartment should reflect your personal style.


    haha ghey
     


  14. TrojanGarb

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    Great stuff guys, keep it coming. Well I never knew carpet was such a death knell to taste [​IMG] , but I do see hard hardwood makes thinks look much better. I agree with the eclectic idea. I don't want or need everything to match perfectly together. What I do want is a "feeling" or a "mood" to go with the place... stuff that looks complementary. I really only need a comfy couch. A rug is no question. I'm also thinking i'd like to put a liquor cabinet and counter along the wall opposite the patio door. If I can get away with it I'd paint the wall away from the kitchen as an accent wall. Maybe brown for "lounge" or gray?/red? for modern. For wall art my first instinct is B&W vintage racing or aviation prints... just my thing This displays that red carpet idea pretty well: [​IMG]
     


  15. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Don't stick to a style or aesthetic. Buy what you like and can afford. Mix and don't match. Will always be better IMO than any perfectly matched and designed interior.

    Good point. I agree.

    I also suggest the following:

    Thank god you have a neutral color carpet. At least you have flexibility. And, you can still place a vintage Persian rug in areas for accent. My rug guy has a house full of museum quality pieces and the entire place is wall-to-wall carpet.

    Don't scrimp on the lighting. You want quality adjustable lamps that have style . And, great lighting really sets a mood. I mix and match vintage, modern and contemporary ones throughout my house.

    Get at least one iconic piece. For me it was a Le Corbusier chaise in tri color pony skin similar to this one. I wanted it since studying architecture in college. [​IMG]

    Everyone wants to sit in it, it is comfortable and a bit like sculpture. But pick something that reflects your own personal style.

    Get a really comfortable sofa. You will spend a lot of time on it. I have a large scale leather sofa made from very soft leather in a chestnut color.

    Get a soft (preferably cashmere) throw. The girls will love you for it. You can always find them on sale.
     


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