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Slope abode proved no exception. About a month after they moved in, they discovered a problem that couldn’t be solved with a fresh coat of paint; the entire apartment is angled at a ten percent slant. Down-to-earth in nature, Bonney laughs about the predicament, but admits it would be nice to be able to eat at her dining room table without feeling seasick. “It’s so uneven, things are always falling apart, and there are huge, obvious spaces between the actual door and the frame,” she says. “We’re always anchoring things into the walls. But the neighborhood and size [of the apartment] is great, so ultimately we’re happy.” When not perched at her laptop, Bonney spends afternoons running around the neighborhood, her recently purchased Nikon camera swinging playfully around her neck. She’s taken the photography for the site into her own hands in an effort to save money, not to mention experience the city. Usually staying within Brooklyn, she sets out with one intention, only to often find herself off-track, following random inspiration throughout the city as her pursuit unfolds. The quest is made perfect if Coles is free to tag along; the couple hop on their Vespa, their new favorite thing, and together embark on the hunt. “Sometimes we just get on [the Vespa] and ride and ride,” she says, adding that she always feels very European, very Amelie when on the Vespa, the wind tangling her hair on the backseat. ive Tips on DIY 1 A is for architecture: So many apartments and homes can benefit from inexpensive molding you can buy at your local hardware store. Adding architectural details like crown molding shapes a room, instantly giving it character and strength. 2 Roll with the punches: It’s easy to end up off the mark on a DIY project, and many people give up and throw in the towel. Instead, keep your hammer going; even if it’s not perfect, projects completed by hand will always carry more significance. 3 Upcycle: Craft projects built from scratch are great, but so is saving money by using found materials. Hop in your car on trash day and keep your eyes peeled for furniture with good bones. Sometimes all you need is a little sandpaper and paint to bring something back to life. 4 Measure twice, cut once: The old adage is true; when cutting, wallpapering or painting, always be sure to measure several times to make sure you’re on track. It will always make a difference to evenly apply two to three thin coats of paint as opposed to one fast, heavy, gloppy coat. 5 Think paint: it’s the easiest and most inexpensive way to make a huge difference. onney loves nothing more than a good old-fashioned DIY project, like this headboard she created after finally tracking down the right color of fabric. “It looks so lovely now that it’s done,” she says, adding that it was well worth the hours of stapling. B 133 Lonny october • november 2009 october • november 2009 Lonny 134