Tag Archives: home furnishings

Make an Ugly Chair Cute

 

I had this chair lying around in disrepair.  The loose seat needed screws, and the cushion wore a tragic 80′s country colonial hell fabric.  

Still solid and sturdy, this chair just needed a new sexy outfit.  Unscrew the seat and remove.  Gather a substantial stapler, staples, and scissors. 149“Know your colors and know your fabrics.  That’s what I tell all my little girls.”  Cut your fabric with enough extra to staple, but not so much it covers the screw holes. Staple that bitch. Screw her back together.  Flip her right side up and admire the transformation.

Dark, rich, printed fabrics are more forgiving for slobs like me.  I purchased 3/4 of a yard and had quite a bit left over intentionally.  Buy enough that you can arrange the print on the cushion as you like it.

A vast improvement, no?  I love to restore beauty.

a kitchen corner

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i hate you IKEA

I hate you IKEA because you smell funny.  I blame the restaurant.  The Swedes are not known for their cuisine.  A fellow patron spilled one of those ligonberry drinks and I watched as it penetrated the polished concrete floor like battery acid.  I want to throw a Swedish meatball at your stadium-sized head IKEAIKEA CHINAI hate you IKEA because you seduce me with your displays.  While walking through the showroom, it all looks like Oz.  When your resolve has weakened and you are ready to drop your panties for that $199 dresser, follow the yellow brick road down to the warehouse and pull back the curtain to find a sea of gray, bleak cardboard, and overwhelming confusion stacked from floor to ceiling.  IKEA WAREHOUSEI hate you IKEA because you are still the most affordable option for semi-stylish home furnishings.  What makes IKEA a hassle is what makes IKEA cheap.  THAT'S WHYI hate you IKEA because you make your employees wear the ugliest shirts ever made.  Are you furniture referees?  Lemme get you a whistle and maybe you can wrangle some of these deranged children out of the way.IKEA REFEREESI hate you IKEA because you assign homework.  I have to put this thing together now?  My friend Trish hired some dude off Craigslist to put all her IKEA furniture together – assembling shitty pre-fab furniture is a cottage industry.  Skills for life, people.  Skills for life. IKEA CRAIGSLIST

 

organiZING

After some healthy snowfall, I stayed in today and spent several hours organizing.  As much as staring at a heap of clutter induces anxiety, cleaning up the mess feels equally, if not more, stress relieving.Today I focused on the office.  To the extent I can, I try and go paperless, for the trees and to reduce the management of physical paperwork.  However, one cannot transact all biz electronically.  Set up a home filing system so you have a place to put the records that must be kept.  Deal with paper as it comes in by sorting it into categories for recycling, shredding, requiring action, and filing.  Invest in a filing cabinet.  Document storage furniture can be pricey new, but there are always an abundance of options on craigslist and 2nd hand stores that are more economical.  If you do want to spring for a new one, these from CB2 are pretty enjoyable.

 

saggy sofa

Sofa looking a little defeated?  Over-sized chair looking under-stuffed?

Usually the back and bottom cushion covers unzip.  Maybe this is a good time to slip them in the wash?  Whether you launder the covers or not, unzip and pop some extra batting or even an old pillow in there for some extra support. I just brought a chaise back to life with a queen size pillow.  You’d be surprised how much you can fit in there and how the extra filling adds comfort to beatdown furniture.  It’s a cheap fix with satisfyingly instant and noticeable results. 

Journals à la Lacroix

A Lacroix gown may be out of reach for most of us, but we can still bring a bit of couture home with his exquisite journal set. The colorful and ornate collection contains four books: two lined, two unlined. These elegant journals make a luxurious and chic gift, and at $23, it is one you can afford to give. 

J’adore!

Poor Lady Home Improvement

Most furniture at the big box stores sucks balls.  Instead, painted found furniture is so much more chic and environmentally friendly.

Seek wood or metal odds-and-ends at your local thrift store or junk shop.  Choose paint in bright colors that pop.

Invest in a good hand sander which will make refinishing your finds easy instead of tedious.

Be bold in your color choices.  Matching is for cowards.

An unexpectedly colorful side table can freshen a room for a minimal investment.

If your style sways more Pottery Barn, try matte black paint or even high gloss.