Redesigning An Apartment, On The Cheap

When it comes to design, it's fair to say that I have colleagues more obsessed with it than I am. Perhaps you remember Barrie's post, from a year-or-so ago, called, "And There Will Be Nothing To Read During The Apocalypse," in which she mourns the end of Domino magazine. (In that same post, she also worries about rumors that the United States Postal Service might discontinue its Saturday service. How far we've come....)

Anyway, I spent most of my morning moving into a new cubicle. I boxed books, dusted, and when everything was said and done, I wondered, How can I make this small space mine? My mind drifted back to freshman year, when I was forced to decorate a dorm room with similar spacial limitations.

If you haven't checked out "On the Cheap," a new feature from The New York Times, you should. The newspaper gathers a group of designers, matches them with someone whose apartment needs design help, then sets them loose — with a strict budget. Sure, this gimmick is tried-and-true, a staple of dozens of reality television shows, but The Times does it well, with great photos, helpful tips, and wonderful before-and-after comparisons.

Today's redesign? A young lawyer, eager for his new apartment to lose its dorm room feel. I can empathize.... In the mean time, if The Times wants to hire someone to work on my new desk, by all means...