"I worked on some budget numbers to see if I could even do it," she says. "I wasn’t completely convinced he was serious" that first night.
Table lamp: Target; side table: Crate & Barrel
She found the bed at Weir's for $300 and spent $1,000 on a good mattress and box spring, consulting with Husch by phone about his mattress firmness preference.
A late night trip to Bed, Bath & Beyond scored her the bedding. "The rectangular quilting kept the clean and masculine lines," she says. Bleary-eyed, she made it to the checkout area with seconds to spare before closing time, also picking up sheets, bed pillows and other necessities.
(She added a few extra pillows for the photo shoot; a lot of guys don't want to fuss with so many pillows.)
Sculpture, turquoise shams: Crate & Barrel
A trip to Target scored her the occasional chair (on sale for $120), accessories and one of the bedroom lamps. Next she headed over to Robert Lawrence for planters and plants that would stand up to the apartment's high ceilings without blocking the views or passageways.
Last she scooped up towels and accessories at Home Goods and World Market until closing time again. "It's a good thing these stores are open until 9 or 10 at night, or I would never have finished this job," Rosene says.
Side table (left): Pier 1 imports
Finding a rug that would lighten up the dark wood floors was a big challenge. Over at the clearance — that is, in-stock — section, Rosene found a so-so plaid rug rolled up. Plagued with doubts about it, she went to see it hanging on the wall in the showroom area. Luckily for her, she ran into some workers taking down the rug you see here to schlep to the clearance section at that very moment.
She snatched it up before they could make a step toward the clearance area. "This was one of many miracles that happened in putting this place together," she says.
Striped pillow fabric: Boulevard, Vervain
Bath mat: Home Goods
"When you ask someone to do something most people think is impossible, you don't have very high hopes," Husch says. "I walked in after my long drive with my dog and opened the door into my apartment with my jaw on the floor. I wouldn't have changed one thing about my new apartment in Dallas."
Rosene had such a great time on the project that when we chatted, she was toying with advertising similar services to the rest of the residents in the building. Then she reconsidered. "It was fun, but I don't know if I could work like this all the time," she says. "It was exhausting!"
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