Thursday, August 7, 2008

If someone handed you $2,000 tomorrow...


...and told you you had to spend it on your house, what would you buy or do?


Photo from HERE

43 comments:

Creme de la Mode said...

Vivienne Westwood Union Jack Rug. Gawd, would $2K even cover it?

http://thecreme.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/vwflagrug_2.jpg

s. said...

Boring but true:
- get some window coverings for the top floor windows: probably white linen romans...or
- replace the back French doors...or
- have the house's front woodwork painted...or
- find an attractive ceiling fan and have it installed in the study...or
- have the seats of my 6 antique chairs recovered in mohair velvet... or
- buy some beautiful throw cushions for my sofas and have two large cushions made for the window seat...or
- have a nicer walkway laid from the street to my front porch

Not as exciting as a Union Jack rug, alas.

boi said...

Polish tapestry from 1920's would do. Two tapestries?

Nina79 said...

4-6 of these, new.
http://194.255.25.5/fotoweb/CompingImage.fwx?position=4&folderid=5002&search=painted&sorting=ModifiedTimeAsc

To me the Fritz Hansen Series 7 chair is simple and a modern classic that would go well with the rest of my house.

Nina79 said...

http://www.fritzhansen.com/content/us/products/chairs/series_7

Anonymous said...

Cleaning lady twice a month at $55. I consider this the best investment I have ever made for my mental health. Seriously. Few things make me happier than coming home to a clean house with fresh sheets and the bed made up all matchy matchy hotel style. I will give up ALOT before I give up my cleaning lady.

K.Line said...

I so wish you'd made this $20,000! :-) I'd apply the money to either the insanely expensive bathroom reno I'm in the middle of OR put it towards the final piece of hardscaping I'd like to do in my backyard.

Anonymous said...

Blow it on something by Bungalow 8

e. love said...

First and foremost... Paint. I rent and it Su-hu-UCKS having Nacre paint on the walls. Can I get a mother effing witness?? Sherwin Williams Dover White. Seriously blows.
Anyhoo... I would get a few rolls of kick ass wallpaper, and paper a few huge big boards, maybe buy new throw pillows to add to my already overflowing collection, and then invest in Space Bags. I know, LAME, but f'N A.... they're awesome!!!

alis said...

$2000 doesn't cover anything I wanna do! My apartment is in desperate need of paint and window frame maintenance but I'd probably get solid hardwood flooring, because although the ones I have now are in great condition, they're effing ugly.

Anonymous said...

a totally unnecessary, gorgeous Tibet rug.

Anonymous said...

$2000 is not enough to really do anything.

Alicia B Blogs said...

I'd invest in some original art. Though 2000 probably wouldn't cover it...sad

Jennifer said...

Art. I would buy art. Or try to buy art.

Tara.Fields said...

Insulate the roof so that the attic would stay cool enough to store some shit and keep the house a better temp all year. Natural gas prices are going up by close to 40% this year in my area (for f*ck's sake). Id' do the installation my self, so hopefully I'd have some left over for fabric for some window coverings in the dining room.

Anonymous said...

Anon 7:46

seriously? You sound like an ass. You REALLY couldn't find a new lamp or some interesting accessory for $2k? Well aren't you fancy.

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Dishwasher, and floor tile for bathroom floor. Any leftover cash goes towards hiring someone to install the tile.

Not too exciting, but I'm feeling oddly practical lately. I'm sure I'll snap out of it.

Tess said...

Get a new sofa. I'm such a sofa addict. I'll go barefoot for a couple of years just so I can get my fix.

birdy said...

A new bed.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I might find a lamp.

Anon 8:11 the xanax is prn which means, 'as needed', and I think you're past your q4h.

Anonymous said...

Shelving and drawers for the master closet. It kills me to see my shoes in a pile on the floor.

Pook said...

Track lighting for the hallway (actually, RAIL lighting because that sounds better) from Wilmette and a pretty 8' x 10' wool rug for the dining room to replace the dirty old sisal rug that's there.

Leslie/Miss Havisham said...

I'd buy some sort of scary scientific industrial piece to add a little mad scientist steampunk to my hellhole. Like this:
http://tinyurl.com/6do2z7

Decor needs to be SCARIER!! You suburban bitches need to get with the program of taking things to the maxx!

David said...

A pair of neoclassical Baker club chairs that I've been watching on eBay, a few yards of charcoal mohair, and the services of a good upholsterer.

decorno said...

Leslie - I love you.

...love Maegan said...

I'll take that living room pictured but I'm sure 2K wouldn't even cover the windows.

An Aesthete's Lament said...

I would guy four Linnart bookcases (in red, with glass doors) from Ikea and have a vintage 1960s curved sectional sofa reupholstered.

Lamentable House of Pig Aesthetics said...

A spectacular but completely under-appreciated full-length oil portrait on eBay.

Maria said...

I would buy that one painting I've always wanted to have or multiple depending on how much I could get away with. Art never goes away or depreciates.

cassette45 said...

get a flat in london & get the hell outa wisco.

Jamie said...

But a cheap round white table from ikea and then some of those clear acrilic chairs from DWR.

Louryne said...

paint, add molding and re-upholster my couch and chair. If 2k can even cover that!

dottie said...

oh lord, here goes:

- new bedroom linens
- a fantastic farm-style dining table
- eames tulip chairs for dining purposes

marlazz said...

this is boring and $2k might not be enough, but I'd love a marble fireplace mantel.

the quarter rat said...

I'd get all Kentuckified and buy 4 or 5 antique julep cups. They really keep a drink cold, and nobody would know whether I'm drinking a jimboni, straight bourbon or that great cough syrup with codeine I get from England.

Leslie/Miss Havisham said...

I love you too, sugar britches. Are you sure I can't use my $2000 towards something we would all enjoy? Like a public shaming of Avril Lavigne? I see myself flying down there, finding her, PANTSING her and immediately running away cackling wildly.

stljoie said...

We have a beautiful slate gambrel roof that we maintain. Our last
2K was to replace the copper flashing around a large gable (The bathroom)...and cracked tiles
(13) We still need to replace the metal...not copper...that is under a dormer window out the edge of the roof...that is over the screened in porch. I hope it won't be that much but we'll see. Slate has to be removed so the metal can be put under it and then they are put back. We are fortunate to have a tile man who respects these structures.

Anonymous said...

Boi: I've never seen a '20s polish tapestry. Have any links to show us what that looks like?

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure no one enjoyed wading through that last one.

Robin said...

This is a giveaway, right? Pick me, pick me! ;-)

I would be torn with $2K. I would either have the bathroom re-tiled (because blowing it up is not an option), or, since I have a small galley kitchen, get new granite counters. Even if they are radioactive and will make me grow a second head or whatever.

CashmereLibrarian said...

Not very exciting, but I desperately need a new sofa. Upholstered in white velvet.

Fifi Flowers said...

EASY... new bedding and drapery for my master suite... thanks to my ability to buy wholesale... I could do it in STYLE!
So who's handing out the dollar bills... I'll sign up!

Julia said...

A cozy reading chair for the bedroom and reading lamp. And I'd probably have some left over, so we'd repaint and get new bedding.