All Hail, Ikea!!!

Remember in this post, I complained that all of the boring stuff like rotting walls and termite treatments had stolen our money??  Well, I became girl-on-mission after that.  Because really, I needed to shop.  Bad.  Yes, I am that girl.   And really…  could I have logistically gone decor shopping at this point (on a budget, obvs)?? Probably.  But would the guilt have eaten away at me because we were *supposed* to be saving our pennies for new appliances?  Yep.  So, I started selling stuff that we had laying around on Craigslist (finally) to feed my decor shopping habit sans guilt.   Total win-win.  Joey had been asking me to clear out that stuff for a while anyways.  I just hadn’t gotten to it.  So, this selling-of-the-things really benefited all parties.

After 2 weeks, I had raked in $135 guilt-free dollars to spend on decor.  So, where did I go?? IKEA!! Clearly.  And just to brag on myself…  I spent that money like a champ.  AND even came home with $16 of my Craigslist dollars!!

So, what did I get??  Well… let’s check out the living room… Look closely at the below shot…

Notice anything different??

Hint:   I posted this shot on Instagram yesterday (If you missed my last post, I’ll be updating Instagram with home updates between posts from now on, so follow me there to stay up on the action)…

Here’s another shot:

That’s right!!  The rug (the Ikea Valby Ruta runner), large white planter, and plant (which sadly (though, not shockingly) isn’t doing too well)!

As soon as I put this rug down, it was all over.  This was THE ONE.   AND I couldn’t be happier with the quality of it.   It’s thick and plush.   I’m seriously impressed being that for the most part, in the past I’ve been somewhat underwhelmed by the quality of Ikea rugs

Now, honestly, I have to say that the above picture appears as if it’s in technicolor to me.   The red looks REALLY red and the blue in the poufs, REALLY blue.  Maybe it’s just my computer screen because, in person, this lovely runner is more of a muted red and the navy on the poufs is actually deep, dark navy (not royal like it looks to me here), so they go well really together.  The navy pulls from the blue-grey tones in the rug and those bluish-grey accents along with the khaki tones in the runner, coordinate with various tones all over the room.   The fact that it’s a more traditional pattern looks awesome with the more modern furnishings on the other side of the room.  It was EXACTLY what the room needed to make it feel well-rounded.   Plus, the busyness of the small pattern balances out with the busier Fort Worth print on the opposite side of the room.

I seriously cant get over how the rug really warms up the space.  Here’s a shot from the dining area…

Heart.

I also snagged that striped runner on the table on clearance (it was just over $2 and I bought two to extend the length of the table).

I love that I’m now at the “layering” stage of decorating this room.  Switching out my placeholder items that I happened to have on hand for ones that I really love.   Playing with different patterns to add depth.   I still have a ways to go before I call it done, but these little tweaks really go a long way to making it feel like home.

Here’s the opposite side of the living room as it stands now (Ignore that magazine rack beside the media stand… I’ve since moved it and will include an updated pic at the end of this post as to where it ended up (fornow))…

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So, anyways… There are a few changes in this view.   Namely the three basket planters.  And while I LOVE them, looking at this photo, I’m not a fan of how they’re displayed.   I think they’re too high.  And not cohesive enough.

I may try hanging them on a rod at differing heights or perhaps a rack or grid of some sort to make them feel more united.   They’re definitely staying on this wall for sure… just not in their current arrangement.  So, consider this stage one of multiple stages.

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I do love the dimension and life they bring to the wall, though.  Currently, I’m using three Young House Love hooks that I found on clearance a year or so ago at Target to hang them.  Though, like I just said… This will be changing.  It just feels a bit piecey…

You may have also noticed that the chair corner of the room looked a smidge cozier…

That’s because I snagged a copy of Young House Love’s new book, Loveable Liveable Home.  And I love it just as much as the first… maybe more!  That is also a new fake Ikea plant you see in a clearance pot from Ross.  Details make a difference, y’all.

Now the only blank wall that’s left is this guy…

I *think* I know what I want to do here, but it seems to change daily, so we’ll see where we end up.

And if you didn’t notice, there’s another little Ikea find chilling by the TV.  I just couldn’t say no to him..

I mean, could you say no??

As for that magazine rack beside the entertainment stand…

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It ended up here as a magazine/blanket holder.    I adore this little thing.  I found it at a thrift store for $6 and sprayed it gold.   I love how it plays against the more modern furnishings we have.   Here’s another shot with an equally adorable kiddo (who is *clearly* as enthused as I am about the magazine rack) 😉 …

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So that’s sort of where we are with the living room right now (minus one fabulous, pretty plaid find that I got on clearance at Target… I posted on Instagram about it if you wanna see).   I’m still trying to motivate myself to rehang those woven planters, and am currently on internet-stalking mode to find what I’m looking for for the TV wall.   (insert mischievous cackle)

Aside from that, I’ve made some changes in the master bedroom that I’m eager to post about and Lucas’s room has gotten a nice revamp that has me positively giddy.    Like for real.   Oh yeah, and the shed is almost done.   Finally.   We actually decided to just go all out and get a nicer shed (both for aesthetics and lifespan) thanks to another Craigslist selling spree and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have made that decision.   I’m slowly learning that there are some areas that you need to splurge… it’s a total departure for a cheapo like me, but a good lesson for sure.

So, anyways, have a wonderful, safe Halloween and I’ll be back soon!  🙂

TDC Before and After

Burlap and copper pipe wall art – Monthly DIY Challenge

You guys.

It’s Monthly DIY Challenge time and, boy, do I have an easy project that packs a punch in the impact department.  And it’s cheap.  Can you tell I’m enamored?   Swooning?   In LUVVV??  I haven’t spelled “love” with a U since grade school.   That says something.  Right there.

Anyways, first of all, for anyone new to our Monthly DIY Challenge, this is a challenge that I participate in with some of my bloggy friends.  Basically, we’re assigned an item or theme and must make something with it.  Period.  Super simple and the sky’s the limit.  My personal goal in these challenges is to also keep my projects pertinent to our home.  Stuff that we need, or that can improve on form or function.   Sometimes it takes a little creativity, but it always keeps the wheels turning which is a very awesome thing.

This month, our challenge item was fabric.

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I had a few ideas for this month’s challenge and after several failed attempts at other fabric-oriented projects, I ended up with a super simple tapestry wall hanging of sorts out of burlap.   See, I’d found some old burlap sacks at a thrift store a while back and I took them home with the intention of doing SOMETHING with them.   And then finally, ONE day before our pics were due for this month’s challenge, I had a lightbulb moment that put an idea to the notorious “something”.

A while back, I’d picked up the following stuff from Home Depot…

Copper pipe, brackets, and a pipe cutter.

My original plan with these items was to hang three burlap sacks side by side on one pipe, but I couldn’t find an appropriate place in our house to hang a piece that large without it making the space feel super dark (I’d initially wanted this for our hallway, but yeah, WAY dark).  So, the project kind of died.  I had this stuff on hand, just never used it.   The funny part about it was that I’d purchased a 10 foot piece of copper pipe for this very purpose.  I’m barely over 5′ tall, so here I was steering my way around HD with a pipe that was literally double my size.  You all should be proud of me.  I did not impale a single person, nor did I destroy any displays.   I did, however, collect a crowd of well-meaning passersby in the parking lot where I got many tips about how to fit the pipe into my car (through the car diagonally and out the front window for the win).  So, when I finally realized that I could still make the project happen, just with one sack instead of three, I slapped my forehead as I realized that my Home-Depot-Lancelot-Adventure was all for naught.  I totally could’ve purchased the shorter length of pipe.  Or maybe not… now I have plenty of pipe left for another project.  And another story to tell.   Glass half full, ya’ll. 😉

So, anyways, I hung my burlap sack with thumb tacks to figure out where I preferred it.   And it ended up being here…

In our guest room.   As you can see, I once again switched around the space and relocated my $7 Target-inspired bench to this wall.   It works much better here than the previous arrangement that I discussed in this post. Same story for my small dresser that was subsequently moved to the adjacent wall (ie: back to where it started).

I measured my burlap sack, which was 28″ wide.  So, I decided to cut my pipe 34″ to allow 3 inches of overhang on each side of the sack…

But, like any of my projects, there are always teeny hiccups.  Like when I went to open my pipe cutter package with a knife and apparently was feeling a little stabby…

PSA: Don’t play with knives.  I’m now on my 6th band-aid and it’s nearly bled through as I type this.   #justusescissors

Anyways, to cut my pipe, I used a hand-held pipe cutter.   You simply clamp it down on your pipe by tightening the little knob…

And twist it around the pipe a bunch of times…

As you spin the cutter around the pipe, it will begin to spin easier.  At this point, you’ll wanna tighten the knob more.  And repeat…  twist, tighten, twist, tighten, etc. until the pipe comes apart in two clean pieces…

Gaw-gee-ous. (triple-syllable Fran Drescher “gorgeous” = goodness around these parts)

Now, to deal with my burlap….

The back of my burlap sack had been cut open when the sack was emptied of its coffee bean contents, so I simply hand-stitched it up loosely with tan thread so that it wouldn’t sag once hung.

Then, I sewed the sack to my pipe with large stitches about an inch apart…

And I hung it on the wall with brackets and a few drywall anchors…

Which left this…

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I thought about steaming the burlap to rid it of its wrinkles or possibly depositing a bit of pipe inside the sack to weigh it down and allow it to hang flat and smooth against the wall, but I decided against both options.  I love how wrinkled it is.  Everything else in the room right now is so smooth and neat that it’s a nice contrast to have something that looks a bit aged and imperfect.   I especially love it against the bold, bright fabric of the bench.  Me-Ow.   And now I’m one step closer to a finished room.   Or is it really EVER finished??  THAT is the question… 😉

So, anyways, that’s one more Monthly DIY Challenge in the sack bag!!    Now, check out the projects that my awesome buddies came up with…

TDC Before and After