sweetbasil wrote:I'm surprised no one mentioned my preference - Cheap AND Sturdy. It will take more time, but if you really search you can buy high-end furniture for the same price as the semi-disposable stuff.
I've been a nomad too, and it wasn't until I moved into my new place two months ago that I started nesting for the first time ever. Somehow living in an actual neighborhood with grown-up neighbors instead of university grad students on a busy semi-suburban intersection has made me realize that this is it--I'm not a kid anymore, not on a bivouac, and flat-packed or old battered stuff is just depressing now that I want to be comfortable and make my apartment into a peaceful place I can be happy to come home to. That means furniture that's attractive, functional, and durable.
Since then, I've discovered (at age 52!) that what I love is mid-century modern with a little Danish modern thrown in, along with some old retro pieces. I now own a cleverly-made extendable mid-70's teak dining table for $180, mismatching mid-century dining chairs ($30 each), and two extremely cool 1980's teak side-tables/living room storage tables at $100 for the pair. These all solid, well-made pieces, with glowing wood grain and graceful lines, and were purchased through a local TV station's popular classified ads site. Sure, they're used and some came with a few scratches and dings, but they've transformed one of my two living areas into something civilized that I want to spend time in and given me inspiration for the other.
Now if I could just detach myself from the Danish modern sofa with a teak frame and deteriorating leather cushions that I can't afford to reupholster, which is way too big for my space or lifestyle, sell it for the $100 I paid for it 15 years ago, and replace it with a good leather loveseat that would actually be useful...
"It’s still all about the method. Fancy Cloud Sync algorithm aside...the software is there to help you become more aware (Rule One), anticipatory (Rule Two), flexible (Rule Three), and secure."--Jesse's blog, A Method to Your Madness