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My Condo Thread

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Stazy, Sep 8, 2010.

  1. gomestar

    gomestar Senior member

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    Also, they may be hard to acquire in Edm, but Muji makes some great organizational stuff.

    I like Ikea for cheap wall shelves, bedroom storage, and other knick knacks.
     
  2. holymadness

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    Ouch, literally the worst time to buy. I hope you're not planning to move for the next 5-10 years at least.
     
  3. denning

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    Thanks. Looks interesting. Not as much content as apartmenttherapy but I think I prefer it.

    For finding ideas of furniture and things to buy as opposed to just having pictures of people's places, I think it would be much more useful for you at your stage. I also like how they try to post a mix of the affordable with the expensive. I have a huge bookmark list from them of all sorts of stuff.
     
  4. username79

    username79 Senior member

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    Hilarious.

    SF member moves into new condo. What has he bought thus far? Overpriced knives and ugly flatware.

    [​IMG]
     
  5. Stazy

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    Hilarious. SF member moves into new condo. What has he bought thus far? Overpriced knives and ugly flatware. [​IMG]
    Ughhh. I'm living at home until the end of the month. I can't exactly store furniture and appliances in my room. Knives and flatware are slightly more manageable (By the way, the flatware was overpriced too). [​IMG]
     
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    o god... why do people get so into "DIY" art. All it shows is that you have very little taste and that you hate art.

    Take the same approach to art as you are to furniture... don't buy shit because it's cheap and easy... build it over time. Buying generic looking bullshit isn't the answer. Why buy the Ikea of "art"?
     
  7. Stazy

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    o god... why do people get so into "DIY" art. All it shows is that you have very little taste and that you hate art.

    Take the same approach to art as you are to furniture... don't buy shit because it's cheap and easy... build it over time. Buying generic looking bullshit isn't the answer. Why buy the Ikea of "art"?


    It's pretty simple. I can't afford to cover my walls with expensive art. My short term goal is to buy a Peter Lik piece which will run me between $5,000 & $10,000. Past that, I'm fine with temporary art that I can upgrade over time. I don't really want to keep my walls bare until I can afford a Glenn Brown painting (My life goal). Additionally, I'll have a lot more fun making a painting than assembling some piece of shit ikea desk.
     
  8. username79

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    o god... why do people get so into "DIY" art. All it shows is that you have very little taste and that you hate art.

    Take the same approach to art as you are to furniture... don't buy shit because it's cheap and easy... build it over time. Buying generic looking bullshit isn't the answer. Why buy the Ikea of "art"?


    Actually Ikea "art" can be quite pleasing with some rather original prints from Swedish artists/photographers with nice framings and mattes. Much nicer than what you see a lot people trying to pass off as "art."
     
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    Ughhh. I'm living at home until the end of the month. I can't exactly store furniture and appliances in my room. Knives and flatware are slightly more manageable (By the way, the flatware was overpriced too). [​IMG]
    It's your first place, you're living at home, and obviously on a budget. Spend the $ you have on the MCM pieces you actually want (maybe you can afford one or two?) and then save money by buying flatware/knives/etc. with identical functionality to the crap you bought at a fraction of the price. Save the unnecessary luxury trimmings like the Japanese knife set of which you will only use one knife for later.. By the way, most furniture takes at least four weeks to arrive, if not eight to twelve. Might want to plan for that...
     
  10. Stazy

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    It's your first place, you're living at home, and obviously on a budget. Spend the $ you have on the MCM pieces you actually want (maybe you can afford one or two?) and then save money by buying flatware/knives/etc. with identical functionality to the crap you bought at a fraction of the price. Save the unnecessary luxury trimmings like the Japanese knife set of which you will only use one knife for later..

    By the way, most furniture takes at least four weeks to arrive, if not eight to twelve. Might want to plan for that...


    Too many assumptions.
     
  11. unjung

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    Oh! Well, that's probably better.
     
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    Ouch, literally the worst time to buy. I hope you're not planning to move for the next 5-10 years at least.

    wat
    2-3 years ago, just before the crash, was probably the worst time to buy
     
  13. holymadness

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    Well, no. Peak is always the worst time to buy, i.e. literally just before the crash. And since prices didn't start to plunge until the introduction of the HST in BC and Ont., the introduction of new mortgage rules, and the increase in interest rates (all of which happened this Spring), he's not far off.

    Home values will probably drop another 15-20% before the market bottoms out.
     
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    Home values will probably drop another 15-20% before the market bottoms out.

    This is what I was hearing on the news a few months back. Any idea when you think this will happen? I'm in the market (Toronto) but haven't seen much of a drastic change yet; mind you this is solely based on asking prices, I have no access to sale prices.
     
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    Nice! Quite large for a condo -- my TH is only a few dozen sq. ft. larger...

    Check out Canadian firms like Gus Design (http://gusmodern.com/)...Gabriel Ross (http://www.gabrielross.com) is a good online retailer, and you probably have an EQ3 (http://www.eq3.com/cat-eq3/splash.html) in Edmonton.

    There is also a Winnipeg-based sofa and armchair manufacturer whose name escapes me right now (Earl? or something) that makes some cool, classic pieces.
     
  16. holymadness

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    This is what I was hearing on the news a few months back. Any idea when you think this will happen? I'm in the market (Toronto) but haven't seen much of a drastic change yet; mind you this is solely based on asking prices, I have no access to sale prices.

    When what will happen? The crash has already happened. In July 2010, only 6,564 homes sold in Toronto compared to 9,967 the previous July. Nationwide, sales have slumped by 25% since the beginning of the year and prices are now flat. In fact, prices are a lagging indicator. In an environment such as this, many protential sellers simply try to wait it out by putting off selling. But we will see next spring that as all these reluctant sellers put their houses on the market at the same time, prices will be forced down because no one will be buying.

    If you're talking about when the market will bottom out, I'd say not before 2015 at the earliest. The last real estate bubble in Toronto burst in the early 90s and didn't regain its previous highs until 2003. But if you mean the time it would take to recoup value on investment, much longer when you consider that each home sale/purchase involves closing fees, realtor commission and land transfer tax which can total over $30k in many cases. People buying now or who bought a couple years ago are going to be in negative equity for years.

    Here is some more scientific literature on the topic: https://s3.amazonaws.com/policyalter...ing_Bubble.pdf
     
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    Actually Ikea "art" can be quite pleasing with some rather original prints from Swedish artists/photographers with nice framings and mattes. Much nicer than what you see a lot people trying to pass off as "art."

    There is actually quite a lot of nice art at ikea. I have never bought it since I am not a huge fan of having millions of other people with the same piece (or at least having seen it at ikea) but I have had friends with pieces and they look good and I honestly have *not* seen the same pieces elsewhere. Some of them work particularily well if you assemble similar pieces into a triptych which makes it seem a little more special.

    There was a nice print of a part of the chicago skyline (a night shot of s. Michigan) that I considered buying. It was black and white except that my office building and I think 2 neighboring buildings were lit. Then I realized it was stupid to pay the asking price for an ikea print (it wasn't dirt cheap) and why on earth would I want a photo of the place I work on my wall??
     
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    I don't think I'll be buying much from Ikea. Granted, the price point is attractive but I think I'd rather take my time and buy better quality items.


    Don't rule out buying your stuff at IKEA just because you think that the quality of the items are poorer there. Just because the prices are lower at IKEA doesn't automatically mean that the quality of the items is poorer than more expensive furniture.

    If you assemble your IKEA furniture correctly and take care of them afterwards they will last as long as your "better quality items" with the added bonus that you can use the money you save to buy other goods, better quality home entertainment system for example.
     
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