The Living Room Saga – Part 2

If you’ve been visiting my blog for long enough you know I’ve been working to make our house more cute and cozy. I did a whole analysis of what was going wrong on this post and after putting on some though, I decided to take action.

In November I finally decided to buy a new table and chairs for our dining corner. The table was easy! Most tables from regular furniture stores are way too large for our space. We narrowed the search in just two stores, Structube and Ikea, the only ones that had smaller sizes. After a bit of consideration between a rectangular or round table, we opted by the Docksta from Ikea and we love it, it fits well in the space and it’s very neutral. I was not sure about the white at first but the table just disappears in the space. That’s exactly what I wanted.

Docksta Table from Ikea

But the chairs took a bit more effort… I wanted something delicate and modern at the same time. After getting to the conclusion that upholstery was the way to go, I visited many stores and check dozens of models. It had to be compact, light and allow me to create a fabric cover (I’m planning to sew them in the future). We finally opted by the model Polly from Structube in light grey.

Polly chair from Structube

Structube has amazing products but since the pandemic they’ve been facing some very slow deliveries. I was aware things could take longer but it was a lot… We ordered in November and received in March.

All the wait was worthy!

Notice below how our “dining corner” is so compact. The table and chairs fit perfectly and the set doesn’t look bulky. I can’t believe we finally have four chairs and it doesn’t feel it’s out of proportion. We definitely need to pull the table to use that chair in the corner but this just happens when we have visits, so no problem at all.

I’m specially happy about the metallic finish of the legs, the brass tone is very subtle and makes a nice contrast with the grey fabric. I also really like how the light grey goes well with the darker color of my sofa. Having a neutral base was really important and I like the contrast of the cool furniture with the warm tones of the house.

Spring is here and I’m happy to see the sun coming in through our new curtains. They made a huge difference and the room looks way bigger. The linen curtains made everything more cozy and since we are not allowed to make large holes in the walls, we used a pressure rod.

The wooden coffee table was a present from one of our friends and I love to keep it decorated and change the objects from time to time. It really helped organize the structure of the space. With more beautiful things to look up, there is less attention to the carpet. It doesn’t bother me so much anymore.

In the pictures above you can see the two pillow covers I knitted last winter (the gray and the graphite ones). After finishing, I simply stitched my work to some pre-made cover from Ikea and it looks awesome. The crochet napkin on the table is also my work.

I decided to always keep something over the accent chairs to help blending the orange color with the rest of the room. I crocheted this throw (it’s not ready yet!) and combined with a lumbar pillow, it makes a nice set.

The side table used to be green and I painted with white and brass spray, it looks way better and it’s not fighting with the rest of the furniture anymore. I noticed flowers and plants with round edges goes better with this decoration. Sharp and pointy ends fell more tropical and casual and it doesn’t give the cozy effect I’m aiming for. During the spring I’m using these hydrangeas from Pottery Barn, but I might change when the summer arrives.

My idea is to keep the neutral base and start changing the colorful pillow covers according to the seasons or events. Did I mentioned I started designing fabrics? I’m developing my very first pattern collection and it’s inspired by the movie Gosford Park. My idea is to print and sew covers for the cushions and also print some art for the walls above the sofa. I also thought about some textiles for the table, like a table runner or even a table cloth. Keep one eye on my portfolio for new illustrations and patterns.

Did you like the progress? Let me know in the comments!


A few updates

These last few weeks I’ve been busy with a few DIY projects. First of all I finally finished painting my nightstand. I was expecting it to be more cream/sugar color but I added a dark wax and almost ruined it! The end result was more yellowish and darker than what I desired but it’s not bad.

Here it is for now

It’s been a while I want to change my lamp and I also think a different knob for the drawer would be much more cute. The nicest and cheapest lamp I found so far was from Ikea.

I think it will be fine with the nightstand, more delicate and it looks more like a bedroom lamp. I also like the proportion, I think it looks tall and elegant, can’t wait to get it. As for the knob, look at this one from Anthropology:

So gorgeous! It looks so vintage and stylish, I believe it will change the whole look of the nightstand and make it more classy. After I do these 2 changes I’ll review my accessories, like my storage box and the picture frame. One thing at a time.

My plan is to make a fabric cover for the bed panel and change the bed linens for something more interesting. I would love to make a quilt cover for my duvet, I found some very nice fabrics the other day but I’ll go in that direction only after buying a sewing machine.

I’m in love with florals lately
I’m dreaming about a quilt bed with a light headboard

While things happen very slowly, I decided to do something even more slow. My new hobby is embroidery and I started the hard way, a table runner with waaay too many stitches.

I already regret some of the color choices but now I’ll just keep working on it, it will be nice once it’s done. Next time I’ll get less saturated colours.

Embroidery is fun and I’ve having a great time doing it, I’ll write a post about it another day, now it’s time to go! Thanks for reading.


The bedroom make up: Part 1

This weekend I started working on my bedroom plan. Our room looks so boring and dull and everything screams “rented house with Ikea furniture”. There is nothing on the walls and even my bedsheets are Ikea… Take a look

The view as you get in (sorry I made the bed after)
I didn’t have a nightstand (just bought one I’ll paint and share soon)
I absolutely hate what I call the 3 black towers

When we moved we had to buy a dresser but the budget was tight. I didn’t want this Malm dresser but that was what fitted our budget. I just hate this dresser, it’s heavy, it’s boring and looks very dark. To make it worse, this tv was giving us troubles so we bought a new tv for the living room and we put this one here upstairs. Now I have the big black tower! The TV is larger than the dresser and looks completely out of proportion. I still don’t know how to solve this. When I’m on the bed all I see is 3 black towers: the dark mirror, the tv and the closet.

This is the other side, with our closets.

I want my bedroom to be more romantic and cozy, and I want to add more personal touches. I cannot change the color of the walls or the closet and my contract doesn’t allow me to make holes in the wall larger than 1mm ( so no shelves or heavy frames). And as usual, my budget is very tight.

My plan is to cover the bed headboard with fabric, get new bedsheets in pastel colors, make a new duvet cover ( I’m thinking patchwork with blues and pinks), add some art to the walls, put some curtains, get a nightstand and a new table lamp, find a way to disguise tv. I started by painting one of my 3 towers, my mirror.

I use folk art chalk paint (dries super fast!)

For my mirror I mixed Folk Art Glacier with some white and black to reduce the vibrancy of the color.

Paint paint paint

I didn’t sand it or did any preparation. Usually when I paint furniture I sand, primer, sand and then paint, always sanding between coats. But we barely touch this mirror so I just painted 2 coats and just lightly sand in the end.

I love this part!

I protected the mirror with tape and paper, nice and easy to clean. On Monday evening I dissembled and painted the first coat, on Tuesday I did second coat, sand, waxed and assemble again. It took me about 4 hours of work total (I let it dry about 2 hours each coat).

Nice and polished

I always finish with a coat of wax, chalk paint looks very matte and the wax give a satin feel. It creates a protective coat that makes much easier to clean.

The final piece
It feels less aggressive although I don’t like the dark screws on the side, I might paint or change for something else.

I put a piece of fabric on the window to simulate a curtain, it makes it more cozy, can’t wait to have some real curtains here! My husband didn’t like the blue mirror, he thinks it looks too much “beach furniture” what I kinda agree. I don’t dislike but it would be better if the walls were white, I feel it clashes a bit with the warm walls. When I buy the sewing machine I’ll make the cover for the bed and the curtains and then rethink about the mirror color. One alternative we talk is to simply paint it cream. It would look nice for sure, but for now it will remain blue.

I also don’t know how to decorate the area under the mirror. I had some pictures frames and a teddy bear my husband gave me but now it looks a bit baby room, so I just put a box and a plant.

So what do you think? Yay or nay? Leave a comment!