photo by Michael Falco for The New York Times
With spring just around the corner and my roommate of nearly four years leaving the bachelor pad, I’ve been thinking a bit about interior decorating. While my former roommate and I are both fairly low maintenance guys, who prefer a simple environment, I sometimes longed to add a little flair to our otherwise utilitarian Brooklyn apartment. My initial idea of getting an area rug for our living room was met with a frown. And we never did get around to getting those Mucha prints for the common areas. The one place I did get my druthers was in the bathroom, where I pretty much went all out Martha Stewart and got a nice shower curtain and a few other things (which now that I think about it, are in need of a serious update).
Now that my roommate is on his way out, and my new roommate (a fashion designer and all-around awesome gal) is moving in, I’m excited about the possibilities of turning my post-collegiate bachelor pad into a mid-twentysomething abode a la mode.
This week’s NY Times Home & Garden section has a great feature in which they’ve given New York City apartments a $300 makeover. The feature has a few makeover stories but the one that caught my eye was the sprucing up of underemployed sales director, Benjamin Segal’s Billburg one-bedroom. The before photo of his apartment is pretty much what my apartment looks like these days, utilitarian furniture, naked walls, and a “hardwood” floor that’s begging for some kind of acknowledgment.
The results of the makeover are quite impressive. With just a little duct tape (is it too late to make a duct tape joke? Yeah, probably.), some fabric, pvc pipe, and some paint, the decorators managed to make Segal’s apartment look like the inside of a magazine that might have Alanis Morisette on the cover.
No irony here; Alanis is still a total babe. Then again, she didn’t become a babe til about 2005.
Follow the link to see the article, and check out some of the other $300 makeovers.