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    It seems to me that a well dressed individual should also have an attractive home/apartment, etc. too.

    What are some of your favorite items around the house? Maybe a favorite chair or rug? Where did you find it? Anything that you could recommend to someone getting settled into a new place that you wish you would have done sooner?

    One of my favorite things that I invested in for my household was a set of quality Supima bed sheets. They have a luxury hotel feeling, which makes it easy for me to stay comfortable when trying to go to sleep.

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    I love my Lay-Z-Boy recliner. It was my late father's chair, and we've kept it in mint condition for 20 years. It was the Cadillac of recliners back then, and it still looks great in any room setting. I also have a few mid-century light fixture that I really dig. A couple of other small items, like my turntable, the the accompanying speakers, and a lamp that I love almost as much as my Lazy-Y-Boy
    We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.” ― Charles Bukowski

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      #3
      I changed some of my electrical outlets to the type that have USB charging ports built in. A very small change that makes life easier. We entertain a lot--our leather sofa is easier to clean than a fabric sofa.

      And for people like my wife, who is a shameless hoarder--closet organizers are a must.
      WHY ARE THE GUYS IN SUITS HERE? HAS SOMETHING GONE WRONG?

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        #4
        A well-stocked workbench to fix all the stuff that inevitably needs it when you are a homeowner... and a wine room
        Sent from my CONTROL shoe phone inside the Cone of Silence

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          #5
          Originally posted by APinNC View Post
          I love my Lay-Z-Boy recliner. It was my late father's chair, and we've kept it in mint condition for 20 years. It was the Cadillac of recliners back then, and it still looks great in any room setting. I also have a few mid-century light fixture that I really dig. A couple of other small items, like my turntable, the the accompanying speakers, and a lamp that I love almost as much as my Lazy-Y-Boy
          I too, have a turntable setup in my living room, on a pipe bookshelf that I built a few years ago. Really is the center of attention when I have company. Also agree that good lighting can really make a difference in how a room feels.

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            #6
            Originally posted by mebejoseph View Post
            I changed some of my electrical outlets to the type that have USB charging ports built in. A very small change that makes life easier. We entertain a lot--our leather sofa is easier to clean than a fabric sofa.

            And for people like my wife, who is a shameless hoarder--closet organizers are a must.
            I didn't realize USB outlets like that existed! Amazing!

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              #7
              Originally posted by minty007 View Post
              A well-stocked workbench to fix all the stuff that inevitably needs it when you are a homeowner... and a wine room
              Good ideas to both!

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                #8
                Our bedroom sets are from Restoration Hardware or Pottery barn. The PB items have held up better than the RH stuff every when you pay quite a bit. My favorite item is a leather sofa we got from my inlaws...no doubt this thing was multiple thousands more than I would be willing to pay but it is one of the best sofas I have sat on. Also it has patina'd really well.

                I will say we have an Oriental rug that has worn quite a bit and I love it. In Germany where my mother in law is from, they love the look of an aged rug and ours is wearing in.

                I will say, spend up for items you will use a lot. We had some stools custom made by a local wood worker and while expensive, we use them every single say. They go with the kitchen island we had made and it is one of the better items we have bought even though I had sticker shock.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by rd27 View Post
                  I didn't realize USB outlets like that existed! Amazing!
                  I put these in about two years ago and despite the mixed reviews, our have worked perfectly.

                  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
                  WHY ARE THE GUYS IN SUITS HERE? HAS SOMETHING GONE WRONG?

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                    #10
                    Also, my new favorite thing, just installed over the last week is a whole-house wireless music system. Details here:

                    https://threads.dappered.com/showthr...her-for-lt-300

                    And Google Wi-Fi that gives us a great wi-fi signal all over the house and even into our back yard.
                    WHY ARE THE GUYS IN SUITS HERE? HAS SOMETHING GONE WRONG?

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                      #11
                      My recommendation for a new place would be to feel it out first. It’s tempting to just fill with new furniture but as I’ve gotten older I’ve realized you will move stuff around and your tastes may change. Remember those ginormous sectionals from the early 2000s? If
                      You bought one of those now a days you’d be severally limited. We try to use craigslist, FB etc for furniture. It’s much cheaper. Allows us to try new things etc.

                      My one new recommendation would be a sofa.
                      Crate and barrel makes some great sofas that last. Good cushions with timeless designs

                      It also depends your style and how you use the space we love to entertain and I have to ensure everything has a home. So we look for multi purpose items like ottomans that can store and double as seating etc.

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                        #12
                        Any suede, real or modern stain proof fuax, upholstery experiences? It’s too hot here for regular leather

                        Flooring recommendations? The newer luxury waterproof vinyl plank systems seem to be better than any of the press board variants of flooring but I’d love to hear some thoughts.

                        Any Murphy bed experience here?
                        We would love for the guest room to also be an office/projector room

                        Originally posted by minty007 View Post
                        A well-stocked workbench to fix all the stuff that inevitably needs it when you are a homeowner... and a wine room
                        Probably a separate thread, but as we are just buying a townhouse- I would love to hear non-professional opinions on what is worth tooling up for home repairs and what is worth it just to leave to professionals. Especially with limited tool space options

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Dun View Post
                          Any suede, real or modern stain proof fuax, upholstery experiences? It’s too hot here for regular leather

                          Flooring recommendations? The newer luxury waterproof vinyl plank systems seem to be better than any of the press board variants of flooring but I’d love to hear some thoughts.

                          Any Murphy bed experience here?
                          We would love for the guest room to also be an office/projector room



                          Probably a separate thread, but as we are just buying a townhouse- I would love to hear non-professional opinions on what is worth tooling up for home repairs and what is worth it just to leave to professionals. Especially with limited tool space options
                          Can't say that I have any experience with those things. But on your question of professional vs DIY, my personal opinion is that if you have the time, tools, and knowledge, you can do it yourself. Otherwise, hire a professional. Also, if you don't feel safe doing a project yourself, hire a pro. Rather pay a pro than a hospital bill.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by hockeysc23 View Post
                            My recommendation for a new place would be to feel it out first. It’s tempting to just fill with new furniture but as I’ve gotten older I’ve realized you will move stuff around and your tastes may change. Remember those ginormous sectionals from the early 2000s? If
                            You bought one of those now a days you’d be severally limited. We try to use craigslist, FB etc for furniture. It’s much cheaper. Allows us to try new things etc.

                            My one new recommendation would be a sofa.
                            Crate and barrel makes some great sofas that last. Good cushions with timeless designs

                            It also depends your style and how you use the space we love to entertain and I have to ensure everything has a home. So we look for multi purpose items like ottomans that can store and double as seating etc.
                            You're right. I've changed styles several times and purchased things from all over that I didn't love completely and have had to replace all of them. Better to be sure you're getting something you like.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Dun View Post
                              Probably a separate thread, but as we are just buying a townhouse- I would love to hear non-professional opinions on what is worth tooling up for home repairs and what is worth it just to leave to professionals. Especially with limited tool space options
                              We have a townhouse with a small yard (about 25 x 15) and a garage. I find I need almost all the same tools I did when we had a house, except for tools for sprinkler repairs.

                              But for sure you should have enough tools to hang pictures and mirrors (get a stud finder as well), replace a washer in a faucet (or you'll end up paying $200 to a plumber to do a 15 minute job), and touch up the paint on your walls when needed. If you're not afraid of working with electricity, you should be able to replace a wall outlet--especially if your house is old. The outlets get worn out and won't hold a plug. If you can do that, you'll probably want to replace light switches yourself--We Mo and others make smart ones now and they're fun to have.

                              You'll probably also want to do minor drywall repairs from time to time. Sometimes you have accidents and dent your walls with a door knob or a piece of furniture--or when I was younger--it was anger issues, I'm sad to say.
                              WHY ARE THE GUYS IN SUITS HERE? HAS SOMETHING GONE WRONG?

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