you may remember that i recently re-decorated my family room? well, the biggest item i deliberated on was the couch. to ikea or not to ikea? i’m going to be totally honest, (because why wouldn’t i be?) i really didn’t want to get an ikea couch. i had a much grandeur idea. kirsten, kept convincing me otherwise. the truth is ,i wanted a white couch, i wanted a sectional and i didn’t want to stress over a brood of 4 kids living on the piece. so ikea it was. and specifically, the karlstad sofa and chaise.
but, i wasn’t about to settle for the regular block legs. so we jazzed it up a bit by changing out the legs in a very inexpensive way.
here is what you need :
6″ round taper legs and straight top plates (with screws). i ordered mine from hardware world. you could even stain the legs if you prefer dark wood or a richer look. i was going for a natural scandinavian feel so it felt best to leave the legs as is.
what do you think? have you ever updated ikea furniture?
more photos here. and be sure to watch the video too!
image 1 : white shutter photography
here is the truth . . . i’m not a fan of leather couches (and speaking of, do you call it a sofa or couch? i usually say couch but sofa somehow seems better in written form. maybe?!). ok, back to the leather. maybe it has to do with having a black leather sofa in the basement growing up. or, perhaps it has to do with my dislike of brown? or maybe, i’ve always felt they were too masculine? really, i’ve just always found them cold. literally. but, lately, i seem to be warming up to them. i’m really taking to the look of white walls and chocolate brown leather warmed up with cozy cushions and blankets.
how do you feel about leather?
for more beautiful leather inpiration :
ok, so i’m a little excited about this post. just a little. ok, maybe a lot. i’ve been working on updating my family room with the help of my dear friend and fave interior stylist, kirsten / simply grove. last month kirsten flew out and we had a blast putting everything together and collaborating with my friend corbyn, who produced this really rad video. check it :
i was super grateful and a little giddy when all of this was going down. because, here i was decorating my family room (in the house i grew up in) with my good friend (who i met through blogging) while filming with my childhood friend (who i made dorky videos with, all through high school). i mean – - really! the whole thing was just too much fun. it’s pretty amazing when you get to collaborate with such creative and talented people who happen to be your friends.
so, as i mentioned, i grew up in this house. i’ve seen each room change many times over (this particular room has seen blue shag carpet and boasted of a full on western / cowboy motif – not at the same time, thankfully). sometimes its hard to unsee what you have always seen, you know? the truth is, as much as i like to decorate, i get a little stuck when it comes to decorating my own home. i like to pick things out but i’m not the greatest at placing them. can you relate? i realized i needed help….so i rang up kirsten. and, anyways it was an excuse to get her to come visit! she is brilliant at what she does and she helped me make decisions on things i tend to over think.
scroll on through to see the gorgeous photos taken by white shutter.
my favorite element of the room is the daybed (above) that was custom made by adams and august (in fact, it’s so good it’s getting its own post – next week). it’s perfect for cozying up on with a book, and rolling over by the couch for movie night. my kids love it!
and, yes, that is an ikea couch that got an upgrade with some new legs. i know, i know, a white couch + 4 kids. that is where scotch guard comes in. and, hey, it’s an ikea couch….so, i’m not sweating it.
to say i’m happy with the end result is an understatement. this room is connected to the kitchen so we spend most of our time here and it makes me so happy to have a completed space. it’s vintage, it’s modern, it’s cozy, it’s ecclectic, it’s scandi, it’s interesting, it’s relaxing, it’s bright, it’s me! i used to avoid this room and now i just want to hang out in it all the time.
be sure to head over to simply grove to see more photos (that aren’t included in this post).
a lot of items were thrifted, a good amount i had, and lot of filling in with ikea . . . other items seen are from:
daybed by adams and august | karlsad sofa from ikea | moderne lamp by anthropologie | shag rug c/o rugs usa | pink cushion c/o of artsy modern | x art print c/o artsy modern | chair by euro style lighting | striped blanket c/o nine space | assortment of pillows c/0 nine space | coffee table from euro style lighting | gold plant pot from anthropologie | candlestick from ikea | framed art from land of nod | leather bag by madewell | knit blanket from west elm
video / frank and harvey
photos / white shutter photography
styling / simply grove + la la lovely
want to see more la la lovely + frank and harvey videos? la la’s room reveal + our land of nod collaboration.
some random monday mess (ness) for you.
i think i’d happily jump into any of these photos today. are you finding yourself dealing with a mess today? sometimes when the weekend was just so good (or so bad) it just carries over into monday, yes?
images : mokkasin / henry busby / we heart it
do you ever think about things that you wear that aren’t, in fact, “things?”
i think of things that i wish i wasn’t wearing (or carrying). heavy accessories like stress and worry. if i would take those off (or maybe not bother to put them on in the first place) i’d likely find myself wearing a smile and a laugh more often. can you relate?
what about dignity. it’s not a word i think of very often, if i’m honest. but here is what it means :
the state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect
for many women the world around dignity is something they dream of clothing themselves in. they know nothing of hudson jeans and madewell dreams. they dream of dressing in respect, honor, worth and value. whenever i wrap myself up in one of my fashionABLE scarfs (above) i can’t help but think of the women in ethiopia that made them. women who have be rescued restored and valued. when i wear my scarf i wear their honor. the honor they are worthy of.
have you ever thought about what happens when you invest in a woman?
watch what happens . . .
it’s no secret that i’m a huge fan + supporter of fashionABLE. i love that their focus is on the importance and value that comes from giving vulnerable women opportunities for employment rather than charity. i’m celebrating with fashionABLE today. it’s their 3rd birthday. i love celebrating birthdays, but i love, even more, celebrating years of investing in women, adding value and giving them opportunities to clothe themselves in dignity.
to celebrate the entire online store will be discounted (scarves + leather)!
30% off, 3 days, 3rd Birthday.
so i hope you get to wrapping. wrapping yourself in one of these scarfs or maybe wrapping one up as a gift. and, wrap yourself in dignity. the dignity of the women of that made these scarfs, but also your own. you are so valuable!
p.s. you can read more about la la lovely + fashionABLE here.
you know joslyn from simple lovely, yes? if you don’t than i feel pretty honored to introduce you. simple lovely was one of the first blogs i started reading, years ago, and one that i still follow today. the thing i love most about joslyn’s blog, besides her impeccable (and, i mean impeccable) style is her thoughtful writing. joslyn has the smarts to match her style and a knack for finding the most lovely and interesting things you ever did see. i’m always learning new things and finding myself challenged to simplify my life when i’m visting her online space. and, the thing is, i can attest she is truly just as lovely in person.
The idea of an artfully scattered workspace is incredibly appealing and romantic to me, but, sadly, my OCD tendencies always prevail. (Ok, ok, I am a full-blown neat-nick.) But I recently transitioned from being a full-time magazine editor (moms.dmagazine.com) to working as a principal at a multi-disciplinary design studio (www.swoonthestudio.com), so on any given day my desk might be piled with books, proofs, fabric and wallpaper samples, and sundry other bits and bobs. The trick to keeping my sanity is letting things pile up a bit over the course of a workday and then spending five minutes before I head home to do a clean sweep. That way when I get to work the next day I start fresh (or at least have the allusion of a fresh start).
While I’m organized to a fault, my hubby is, well, not so much. In an attempt to keep the peace, we declared his closet a “free zone,” meaning he can keep it as messy as possible and I can’t complain.
One of the biggest challenges of completely switching careers in my late 30s is allowing myself to embrace the fact that there’s a lot I just don’t know yet. Humility has become my new best friend.
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see what i mean, about thought provoking… and well, wise. i’m finding there is a lot a i just don’t know yet too…..anyone else? i think it is such a good place to be, though.
and, i’m curious how many of you differ with your spouses when it comes to keeping things tidy? i love the idea of declaring a certain space a “free zone.” i may need to try this with my kids. seriously.
i’ve long been a fan of michelle le blanc of mille (formerly shop pretty mommy). not only does michelle have mad style, she is the super sweetest. it’s no secret that michelle has an eye for fashion and curating the most amazing soulful online shop but now the word is out that the girl can decorate too. i’m totally crushing on her home which was recently featured on design sponge.
be sure to check out michelle’s monday mess here.
i’ve been thinking about moments. moments and days to be exact. the thought that it is a million little moments that are the matter and making of our days.
the days we live in, long for, wish away, rush through, and sometimes waste, are made of moments. and, it is the moments that make and shape us into who we are, not the days.
with the change of season i’m thinking
abruptly or slowly, yet never the same.
and, so is each day
different and new – but deceivingly the same.
same schedule, same tasks
same people, same dance.
the trick is the moment.
not to be duplicated, nor ever relived.
a slight variation of words, of ways, and even breath.
breath deep the air of today
and the moments that melt away.
photo by trina mcneilly