Urban Alchemy

by bronxelf

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These are random moments in the life of an indecent designer and the city she loves.

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And can we really measure
If we think we're any better
than that skyline that goes on and on
forever, on and on...."

- Less Than Jake: Is This Thing On?

Everybody in this world wants the same damned thing-
just not at the same time.

-Chris Orbach: Jane

I could be condemned to hell for every sin but littering."

- Soul Coughing: Idiot Kings

I am a female, carbon based lifeform.
I am a New York City Native.
I am a Design Professional.
I take photographs.
I also sculpt, paint, create mosaics, and play with weapons.

And sometimes, I even dance about Architecture.

What I see, is what you get.

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Progress happens slowly. This probably doesn't mean much unless you knew what it looked like before, but I still have no keyboard on Chuck so no before photos right now. Not that I am going to post those anyway.

I have plans worked out in CAD for extentions to the bookcases to bring them up to below the beam (or ceiling) as I hate it when cases don't go to the top (waste of space, that collects dust.) That tv is temporary- it's moving into the back of the house. Xochizlan has a larger one he wants to put in that spot. The space above it will have offset metal dvd cases from plushpod, eventually. The table is only there temporarily. Eventually, I'll put a chair there and move the table farther in front of the window(to the left of the chair, photo right.) The exercise bike will be moved too eventually as that spot is slated for some storage furniture, but since I'm tired of smashing my toes on it, it's going there for now. The chaise (the thing covered with the colored blankets) is *really* shot, (it's also been cross country about 8 times, and about 25 years old) and at some point will need to be replaced.

Right now I'm working on the windowframe (needs recaulking and painting), windowsill (needs repainting) and radiatior cover (needs a new bolt and to be repainted.)

At some point next week I should be able to put the curtains up. Still need to get outlet and light switch covers.

This view shows roughly 60% of the room.
24th Feb 2007, 20:54   | tags:,

Dhamaka says:

It's looking really good B'elf
It must be such a relief to have walls to place things against again

25th Feb 2007, 08:09

bronxelf says:

Yes. It's a lot easier to get around now. Still, much to do. This is a long term project that will take a long time to really complete. However, things should be more manageable by the end of today. The curtain rod should arrive at some point before midweek, which will allow me to hang the curtains (which have been here for two weeks now)

25th Feb 2007, 08:12

Dhamaka says:

look forward to seeing it up!

25th Feb 2007, 08:13

bronxelf says:

Me too, as it will give a bit more privacy (not that it matters much- unless you're in my next door neighbor's bathroom, you can't see into my windows without a decent scope. Benefit of being 7 stories up. The only thing people can see from the street is the ceiling.

25th Feb 2007, 08:15

Dhamaka says:

must be quieter too

25th Feb 2007, 08:16

bronxelf says:

Not really. The curtains aren't heavy enough to act as sound deadeners, though really the only time I need it is during the week in the mornings and midafternoons when the school across the street is letting in and out. I've long since learned to entirely tune out that horrible high pitched squealing the kids make at recess and lunchtimes, though at this time of year they're kept indoors all day so it's quiet anyway.

I keep a huge supply of earplugs in my house to block out that noise when I sleep.

25th Feb 2007, 08:19

Dhamaka says:


25th Feb 2007, 08:25

bronxelf says:

I'm a light sleeper.

And that sound in particular seeks out my spinal column.

25th Feb 2007, 08:27

swamprose says:

the floors look wonderful. just sets it all off so nicely. nice work.

25th Feb 2007, 09:35

bronxelf says:

Thank you. The floors were mike's work. I just picked the color. I do like black floors. Unfortunately. I can see the need to put brightly colored collars on black cats, however. We've had some accidents.

25th Feb 2007, 09:36

Tori says:

Sadly, I am amused by the camouflaged cat problem.

27th Feb 2007, 18:14

bronxelf says:

They dont like being stepped on or tripped over. Imagine.

27th Feb 2007, 18:16

Tori says:

So mine have told me on occasion.

The colors in this are a bit difficult to make out. Is the wall the TV is by the accent wall?

27th Feb 2007, 18:22

bronxelf says:

No, the accent wall is the one by the exercise bike.

27th Feb 2007, 18:35