Home Ownership Chapter 4: I don’t do math, I went to Art School

DIY Home, Home Improvement, Interior Design

I’m a little behind here and I apologize for that. It’s been a busy few months and that doesn’t even touch on my house projects. But I’m back at it and want to keep going on documenting everything I’m doing with my new house.

Bye, bye asbesto! I no longer have ugly, dirty carpet, or tan and brown, cafeteria tile. I have beautiful honey bamboo flooring!

I guess it was back in March (like I said a little behind here) I started the process of ripping up the dirty carpet that was throughout my upstairs. Now, I knew the carpet was dirty- you could see the outline of where the furniture had been, which is honestly fairly normal when you’ve had carpet for so long and furniture in the same place. BUT, I guess when you’ve lived with this carpet for many many years, maybe you forget what it looked like and don’t realize how dirty it is. It’s like the difference between watching a child grow from age 4-6. If you watch them grow everyday, the changes seem small, from day to day you don’t see the differences. But if you see the child at age 4 and then not until age 6, those changes are extreme. I guess over time you don’t realize your carpet completely changes color. So when I was pulling this carpet up, and with it, the threshold pieces for each room, it revealed to me what the carpet looked like when it was first installed and wow, is it crazy. Pictured below is a close up of the awesome (sarcasm) products used in my house. Top: bathroom floor, which I will be living with for at least a year, Bottom: existing, exposed carpet, Middle: untouched, unexposed carpet underneath the bathroom threshold. It used to be WHITE (well pinkish white)! And is now a gross, brown, gray. It felt so nice to pull that up.


So the hardwood. I thought on this product for awhile. I knew I didn’t want laminate but I also didn’t want to spend $6/sq foot. This was actually the first product I found and liked and knew I could afford. But it took me about 2 months to buy it, I just wasn’t sure, I was afraid I’d change my mind on the color. Well naturally by the time I decided to buy it, Home Depot decided not to carry it in stores anymore. So after almost getting it .75 cents cheaper a sq/ft I bought it full price. Which I was planning on paying anyway, but when you think you can get it $300 cheaper, its kind of hard to let go of that.

As much as I like to do things myself and go through the process of learning something new, I don’t do math and laying flooring involves a lot of math. My dad and his two neighbors helped me out and it amazed me how they would yell measurements and terminology to each other and they would just get it right (for the most part). I don’t think they would have appreciated me yelling 13 inches and 5 ticks, on the side with the groove. I went to art school, they don’t even have math class there.

So since I’m not a master floor layer, I’m not going to pretend a tutorial here will help anyone, so here are just some pretty pictures of my new floors.

Below: Bye, bye, dirty, dirty carpet! The boys wanted to toss this out the window to dispose of it, on my tiny narrow street instead of walking it down the stairs. I was a little worried that if they did that there would just be clouds of dirty carpet dusty filling my street. Boys…


Below: 18 boxes of flooring, which after seeing my friend’s stack, I realized is nowhere near a lot.


Below: Pretty honey woodimg_6522

Below: My floors!

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Tip: Splurge on the underlayment, it’s really not even a splurge.

The one thing I did learn, and I’m not calling anyone out here, but I was told that using an underlayment material wasn’t necessary, and while, yes, that might be true for some houses, I don’t think it was good for mine. I have UNBELIEVABLY slanted floors, like legit I have to chop off some furniture legs to make sure things don’t slide off end tables, or position my bed so I don’t roll right off. Because of this I think there are places I could have used a material to even things out. I did notice this halfway through laying the flooring but ya know, too little too late. I was able to stick some in certain places so there wasn’t like a big dip, but you can definitely tell I could have used more. Not to mentioned the flooring against the tile could use a little noise barrier. But like I said, too little, too late and it’s really not too bad. Overall I’m super happy with it, it looks awesome for a pretty great price.


The Urban Dictionary of Design Slang

Graphic Design, Humor, Interior Design, Life, Photography, Selling Yourself, Typography, Uncategorized

I had a call the other day with a potential client, where I used the words “wordmark” and “logo”. As a designer, we all know that these are 2 different things and we can define each one separately. As a client, not so much. After a short period of time discussing it, he let me know he was currently googling the difference because he didn’t know what I was talking about.

We sometimes assume that others know what we know. Not everything of course because well, we all know how “not smart” some clients are. For example, we all know not to assume that a client knows the difference between an image on their computer screen and an image that can be printed or the difference between a image pulled from facebook verses the original image. See the first and last pictures on “What Not to Say to a Graphic Designer”.

It’s all design speak, right..? And how we see things as designers. Like when you (the client) wants to be trendy *designers across the world shiver*. Trendy is not a good thing; trendy is ‘a dirty word in the design world, referring to a solution that appeals to the short-lasting whims of society. The opposite of timeless.’ We want timeless

And then there are the things that our clients say that they hope is covering up what they really mean. For example, “I showed this to my (insert important person in client’s life) and he/she said…”. Which we all know means “I don’t like the concept, but would rather attribute the criticism to someone else, so you don’t think I’m the one who thinks this is shit.”

We’ve all heard them all… and this person put together a dictionary of them some really funny ones. Its a little lengthy but its definitely a good read if you have some time.

The Urban Dictionary of Design Slang

15 Pinterest Users Every Designer Should Follow

DIY, Graphic Design, Humor, Interior Design, Life, Photography, Recipes, Selling Yourself, Typography

Pinterest has easily become one of the most popular social media outlets ever and a huge addiction for myself. If you follow me regularly on here you know I’m a pinterest-holic. Not just for recipes, or crafts but I visit pinterest almost daily for general design inspiration. It’s a great resource for all things design. So here is a list of 15 designers that every designer should be following on pinterest.

Creative Bedroom Lighting

DIY, Interior Design, Uncategorized

Some of you may have noticed the blue (its actually gray, at least that’s what the paint store told me..) door behind my nightstand in Industrial Love and wondered what it was doing there. Well this was another project I found on pinterest that I fell in love with.

I discovered this cool store Restore by me. Its a thrift store that donates proceeds to Habitat for Humanity. They have anything you can image. Of course, like all thrift stores, they are a hit or miss but I found exactly what I was looking for there. What I needed: two doors and 2 sconces. Perfect! I found 2 door panels from those sliding closet doors- $10. And 2 gold outdoor sconces- $5. I picked up a pint of paint at Ace Hardware one day they were giving it away for free and some black spray paint- $4. Some lamp shades (which are impossible to find for sconces) from my cousin- thanks Jenn, for free =) Then I put my pops to work again… I painted the doors and sconces, he did the installing.

Creative Bedroom Lighting via Sara Pomykacz's BlogCreative Bedroom Lighting via Sara Pomykacz's BlogCreative Bedroom Lighting via Sara Pomykacz's Blog

I don’t like the look of brand new furniture, so I wasn’t too concerned about the handle holes or the hinge indents. They give it character. And I literally just layed them against the wall behind my nightstands and hooked them up to one of those extension cords with the on/off switch.

Now, for awhile I just had bulbs with no shades, because like I said sconce shades are impossible to find. Especially for sconces with the bulb hanging down but I bent some wire and cut some clamps and tada… Lampshades for hanging sconces..

Creative Bedroom Lighting via Sara Pomykacz's Blog

Industrial Love

DIY, Interior Design

So before I moved into my new place, I think I made a promise to my readers that I would be making  a lot of furniture and sharing the how-tos with you all. Well I apologize for breaking that promise. I haven’t really made much. I think I got entirely too far ahead of myself and didn’t realize how much time things would take and how fast I needed certain things.

But slightly not breaking my promise.. I did make a few pieces of furniture and did some little crafty things that I enjoyed.

So first, thanks to pinterest, I have a new found love of palletes. Ya know, those wooden things that warehouses use to move things around on fork lifts.. yup those.

Palletes Usage: Sara Pomykacz's Blog

They are so versatile and can be made into anything, plus I just love anything made out of wood. Well, I made my bed frame out of these nifty palletes. Not so creatively difficult- its pretty much just laying them down and plopping a mattress on top, but I love it. Here’s what it looks like:

Palletes Usage: Sara Pomykacz's Blog

Palletes Usage: Sara Pomykacz's Blog

This picture is from awhile ago, I promise you there’s more to my room these days..

Second, I am obsessed with is industrial furniture. Some examples of the things I would have built if I had the skill, the time or the money..

Industrial Love: Sara Pomykacz's Blog

I just love these shelf ideas, but after figuring out that must of this stuff would cost me close to a month in rent I decided to scale down and found this little gem:

Industrial Love: Sara Pomykacz's Blog

I decided to make this into a nightstand. I may make myself out to be this huge do-it-yourselfer but I really have no concept of how much all this do-it-yourself supplies costs. So these nightstands ending up costing me a little more than I bargained for. Oh well, I love them and will keep them for a long time. What do ya think?

Industrial Love: Sara Pomykacz's Blog

I used 12″ iron pipes (x8) and floor flanges (x16) and 2 pieces of plywood. And then times that all by 2 because I made one for each side of the bed =)