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Su Casa: A Boring Apartment With Super Potential

TeamSugar member PipeePoodle has shared some photos of her converted warehouse building apartment, and sounded off, "My apartment is boring me to death!" She cites one of her problems as the open space, but personally I think it's an asset. She also said, "I really need some curtains on my windows, but as you can see, they are about 15 feet high. Add on the distance to the floor and you've got an impossible task." And, she's considering painting and stenciling her cool retro tables.

Hear my thoughts and offer your own, when you


I think PipeePoodle is so lucky to live in a beautiful old warehouse building, and have 15 foot high ceilings, open space, and exposed brick walls. She should embrace the unique architectural elements, rather than fear them. Welcome the challenge! Why not ditch the curtains and expose the massive windows? She could adhere some decorative window film to create privacy while making her windows a focal point, rather than an eyesore with curtains that don't fit, or drape long panels to the floor. I love the height of her bookcases on the right wall, and think her living room could benefit from hanging a large piece of artwork on the opposite wall to complement them. Using her awesome trunk table as a side table and picking up a low and wide coffee table would conquer the negative space, and laying down some floor pillows or Moroccan poufs might make sense of it. She definitely has a great eye for furniture; I'd love to see what else she picks up. I love the retro quality of her tables, and think they're crave worthy as is!

What suggestions do you have for PipeePoodle? Any ideas to help her kick the bore factor? Check out the gallery of her apartment, and share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

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pipeepoodle pipeepoodle 9 years
Thanks for all the ideas and tips! I don't own my apt. so I'm pretty lucky that it's such a great space and so affordable, too! I'm getting a big colourful rug and for sure painting the tables when it gets less blizzardy here in Omaha. My mom and I are going to pick out fabric for curtain panels that some crazy woman I know is going to sew for me (ha). I also picked out a great dining table and some art for one of the walls. I'll post what I do to let you all see my results, thanks again everyone!
sonyayovonne sonyayovonne 9 years
Exposed brick?! OOOO Love it! I like the large artwork idea across from the bookcases. Right on AKirstin - I'm with you on the rug idea. I think the room has a "I've been traveling" feel. Embrace texutres and looks than appear (or ARE) from different parts of the globe. Definitely open up the window. And yes - add COLOR COLOR COLOR! Maybe you could hang a chineses umbrella or paper-type latern from/in the corner between the window and bookcase. The latern would bring some light into the corner (right now looks a little dark). The umbrella would pull in travel elements and do something with otherwise empty space. And most of all, don't be afraid to experiment!! Enjoy your apartment hun - it's too cute!
AnnieMarie AnnieMarie 9 years
Paint one wall a dramatic color, add a cheap-chic modern table, perhaps a slip cover for the couch, and then add some color with floor pillows.
shi shi 9 years
hello, just some ideas, that easy and not to costly for that room: (btw let me first start off saying you have an awesome space, and i am so jealous!) :D - expose the brick some more and paint the white on the windows, to something more dramatic, in the colour of the bookshelf maybe - since curtains are a problem, just leave them open - and use a film or frost from the craft store to cover the bottom's or just get the same blinds you have in black - baseboard, same colour as the window trim - pick a dramatic colour for the wall, something like #336699 from (only paint one or two sides) - and maybe get creative with some paint (same as bookcase) on the side with the tv, geometric blocks behind the tv - more lamps.. - buy some canvas at a local craft store, and make your own artwork, just make sure you choose a huge one, or a large print... or get some wall decals from blik - slip cover for sofa's and arrange the chairs to centre room, large coffee table - some bamboo plants by the window - to carry it throughout the house, use that bookcase colour on the doors in the kitchen... and in the little alcove by the eliptical i hope some of those suggestions are useful :)
Advah Advah 9 years
I dream of having a converted warehouse flat, but I never thought of the high ceiling problem Tdamji mentioned.. This flat is beautiful, it has so much potential! I'd say use the space as much as you can to make a very bright area. I'd keep clean white walls in each room, with wood furniture for a nice warm colour. As for sofa covers or curtains, put in bright colours (red, green, purple..) to add depth (I guess plants can help as well for that). I like your blinds, but what about wooden blinds you can orientate to filter the light better? I really love your room, I was actually going to suggest finding sticky designs for your walls (my sister used the Ikea bamboos in the corner of her living room, it's beau-ti-ful!). I also really like Casa's suggestion of using pillows and pufs to create a super cozy area. Finally, I'd use plenty of lamps to create a brighter area, especially in the corners of the rooms. I *love* your pictures with the Xmas lights; what I like to do is using fairy lights around door/window frames, or just hanging them on tiny nails in room corners, it really lightens up rooms and makes them look really comfy. :)
JessNess JessNess 9 years
I LOVE the exposed brick. Do you own the apartment or rent it? You definitely could use some color. If you dont want to paint try punching in some color with a large area rug (it will bring all that space together) and colorful accessories. An L shaped sectional couch would work great and work in all that space. The size of your furniture now is too small for the space. If it was up to be I would put in wood floors. A great dark restored floor would be awsome A super quick change would be some artwork. Maybe some more modern pieces with great colors good have a great space to work with
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Your apartment looks fabulous, you just need a lil color and accessories. Kallie has the right idea, putting the curtin rod at the top will make the room look huge.
Kalliefornia Kalliefornia 9 years
I, too, live in an old converted warehouse and had the problem of trying to put curtains up on an 18 foot ceiling. What I did, is I put a giant road going across the whole length of the wall, and it is about a foot from the tops of the actual window. So light is always coming in up at the very top, and the curtains hit the bottom of the window sill. It makes a world of difference! Some big, colorful panels will make a world of difference, don't worry about the top of the window just line up the bottoms of the curtains with the sill.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
oh - and i love the chest!
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i also love the exposed brick - but i have to say that i personally don't like high ceilings! i have lived in 3 warehouse-style apartments with 15 to 27 foot high ceilings and it was so awful - too dark because you'd have so much extra area to light up, felt cold and there was just too much emptiness. plus, it was hard to control the temperature! i think this CAN be nice if you own the place and can paint the walls or follow Casa's great tips of cozy-ing up the place! I love her idea for the floor pillows! talk about comfy! i like how you have the same "table" for the end table and for your tv. nice touch!
AKirstin AKirstin 9 years
Definitely colour, the space is crying out for some. A big rug would be great, too, and more lighting.
kiminla kiminla 9 years
I love the exposed brick. I wish I knew where this apartment building is since I am looking for a new place.
canadianchica canadianchica 9 years
some colour in the kitchen...maybe a theme to tie it all together. great space!!!
emalove emalove 9 years
It doesn't look so boring to me! It's cute.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I love the exposed brick.
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