Monthly Archive for August, 2004

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Designing a space for 2,000 CDs

So for the past few weeks we’ve been on a mission to find a system to shelve or house my CD collection. We’ve looked at Vismara in Italy, but thought spending $7,000 per unit ($14,000 total – we’d need two), while most excellent looking, was rather ridiculous. They were great though. 8 foot tall. They were tall, as most consumer designs Ikea, or as Marc says :: Eye – Kay – Ya) tend to top out at 4 feet which is a complete waste of space. But at 8 feet, it lends more functionality when your collection is coming close to 2,000 units. I also decided that when I hit 2,000 units, which I am rather close to, that I will have to sell one in order to buy another. I think that is totally fair. And I like that idea. Recycle through.

Yesterday, Emily found a local designer (on 1st Street NW!) to come over to check out our space. He came over and showed us his portfolio and in turn he showed us the designs he did with Antenna Design. I was pretty impressed. He had a utilitarian thought process with style. Something most designs we’ve looked at lack. There is typically zero design and cold in feel. So, we are looking at a few local artists/carpenters to design and build something similar to that of Vismara’s Scringo. Sans the $7,000 price tag per unit. Something that folds out, ideally to 180 degrees, so it’s like a box while closed and when open, it will be like a library. We’ll prolly need two. So that each holds 1,000. On each side of the walkway inbetween the dining room and the living room, but on the living room’s wall.

It’s not going to be a cheap project (yes, cheaper than 14 grand), but it’s quite vital for our living space. And I am not going back to those quasi-wood racks. I refuse. Pressboard is not an option. And the designer who came yesterday was open to some trade which will be good. We should have some preliminary designs as early as Wednesday. I can’t wait to see what Marc puts together. More news as it happens.

Samsung VGA 1000 Picture Phone – Part Two

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Heywood Wakefield China Cabinet

What did we do this weekend?

Saturday we picked up our neighbor’s pickup truck to head to Ellicot City or something like that to pick up our Heywood Wakefield china cabinet. Did I mention that is was so cool how we got the truck for a day? Emily just posted a message on the TakomaDC listserv saying we needed a truck to move some furniture and bam, we had like 3 emails saying we could use their truck. I so rocked the truck. Then we took a trip out to Lowes to find a new ceiling fan for the dining room (which so rocks) and pick up some various other sundries. Oh and we finished painting in the dining room! Thank god. And somewhere in there we went to Mobili and Theodore’s in Georgetown to look for more CD storage furniture from Vismara. Mobili was great. But Theodore’s was kinda snooty and a little too “old rich urban life” for us. Then we checked out the Vespa store next door for a bit and drooled.

Sunday, Lisa came over to help us tape up the stairs and hallway. And she helped us do the first coat of paint there too. Snap! And she met Emily for the first time ever. Bizzare. Lisa so ruled from taking time out for us just 2 days before she goes back to Seattle. Then I got a call from Feetnik to talk jobs. It was nice catching up with her for a bit. Then randomly Ben and Sonia dropped by and we got to meet their child. Ben is moving back here from Santa Monica. It’s great with all our friends moving to DC. Then randomly I got a call from Michael Peters. Not sure why I always use his last name all the time. But I do. So he moved here from Tennessee with his wife and kid for his job. He’s living in Silver Spring. We got to catch up. I just love having a lot of my friends in DC.

And through out the weekend Heidi and I sent back pictures with our phones. We rule. Dork style.


Emily and our new Heywood Wakefield china cabinet!