Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Not Really a DIY, But as Close As I'm Going to Get


Late day post today, friends.  Remember last week when I posted those inspiration pics on how I'm hoping to cozy up my place a little? (see here).  Well I realized that the common denominators in those pictures were the color white and fuzzy rugs.  White is my favorite for interiors.  White and wood and leather.  It's a sickness.

Anyway.   As a result of being a primo customer at Martin+Osa I was able to purchase a pair of custom leather chairs when they closed.  See exhibit Before.  I love these babies.  As a denim aficionado the adjustable arms remind me of belts and are particularly dear to me.  They've even retained remnants of that wonderful M+O store smell.  Sigh.  Oh Martin+Osa: how I miss you.  Back to the matter at hand.  On Saturday I decided to take my life in my own hands aka go to Ikea in the middle of the afternoon (damn fool) to scoop up a few more sheepskin rugs.  At the time I did not know I would be flinging them haphazardly over one of my leather chairs, but ta-da!  Gotta say I'm pretty happy with the outcome.  In fact giddy may be a fair description of how I feel when walking by the guest bedroom and peeking in.

Why the guest bedroom you ask?  I can't say for sure, but there is something 'official' about that room.  It gets the warmest afternoon light and is the perfect place to cuddle up and read a book--and the chair just compounds that feeling.  You'll notice I've not shown the rest of the room?  That's because Operation:  Bedding, Draperies and Floor Covering are still underway.  Wish me luck!

Note:  It's been some time since I perused an Ikea on a Saturday afternoon.  If you are like me I have a piece of advice.  SELF CHECK-OUT.  All the other inconsiderate patrons wait in the standard check-out lines while their ignorant family members shop it up and then JUST as you're about to be the next person in line you'll notice their cell phones light up.  Suddenly it's like a swarm of bees as all the family members come flying out of nowhere and there are now 14 people in front of you instead of just the nice granny and her daughter who were posing as one transaction.  True story.  Did not have a happy ending for the Ikea checker either.  The End.

33 comments:

Marie a la Mode said...

Cute idea Carrie! The chair looks great. It's a cool chair in itself! I am so not a DIY'er but you've inspired me now.

Katie said...

That's my idea of a DIY. Never been in an IKEA. Alabama will probably get one in 15 or 20 years.

Liv said...

Ah, Ikea on a Saturday afternoon... you forgot to mention the gauntlet of strollers and swarms of hypnotized zombies roaming every which way. I think weeknight or early weekend morning trips are the only option if you want to come away with your sanity relatively intact.
I love Ikea.

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Closet Fashionista said...

Oooh exciting, hehe, it looks lovely ;) Martin and Osa was too expensive for me...sadness
ad ugh...i hate stupid people like that, I want to punch them
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Taylor said...

LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!! All of it those chair and sheep skin gloriestness! ;)

I only ever make it in the afternoon to Ikea - always tres horrible, I got by the food and get a treat - eases the pain! :)

A Bigger Closet said...

I love your easy DIY decor idea. :) And you are a brave lady to hit Ikea on a weekend afternoon!

fshnonmymind said...

OMG, those are some hard-core Ikea shoppers. Check-out strategy and all.

I love your mini-diy because that chair looks crazy comfortable. Does the cat have a field day with the sheepskin?
You really scored when you got that chair. I am crazy for the color and the unique arm detail.

Jenny Lopez said...

looks super cozy!

RosaLovesDC said...

FABULOUS! I am running to IKEA ASAP!!!

Courtney Erin said...

I totally love the original chairs (those belt arms are sick) and they're amazing after the DIY...well done! I do my IKEA runs between 6 and 9 pm because a) I want to avoid the weekend BS and b) going at 6 pm means a swanky dinner at the IKEA restaurant.

xoxo ~ Courtney
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LyddieGal said...

Ikea is probably my least favorite place to shop, no costco is my least favorite, at least ikea has that $1 softserve froyo.

Anyway. I think the chair's furry update is really cool, and now you are just bedding, drapery, and floor covering away from having an interior to give those inspiration photos a run for their money. (that expression probably doesn't work here, but whatever.)

Chic on the Cheap

TheChambrayCountess said...

You are so chic that even your chairs are swathed in fur! hehe, but seriously-- simple upgrades are the best and yours was genius!

indie.electronic.alternative. said...

hahaha- i consider that a diy for sure. well done.

Dancing Branflake said...

Most important question: did you eat the meatballs?

Josie said...

Easiest DIY ever -- obsessed.
xo Josie
www.winksmilestyle.com

Corey Thompson said...

The perfect addition to my room! I can't wait to try it out!!

Davidovicz said...

I love the 'after effect'. Sometimes little changes change a lot!

Polly said...

Nooooo do people really do that? I would struggle to keep my mouth closed.

Collette Osuna said...

LOVE Ikea, havent been to one in years though....Ill have to drive on out to ours pretty soon...your DIY? is pretty much the extent of mine, hahaha

Enter my Icelandic Design Knit Hat Giveaway!!

Johanna said...

Who knew IKEA had sheep skin pelts? Been there on a Saturday afternoon...it's torture. But then again, when is IKEA not torture? Love it you crafty lady!

Grace - Stripes and Sequins said...

Nice work!! Very cute idea.

Diana Mieczan said...

I love the chair! It looks so cozy and beautiful. Have a great day, my dear.

la petite coquine said...

These chairs are amazing, but I love 'em even more with the furry additions! I was just thinking of you this morning-the leather club chair in our living room was draped in a fur throw and there was a guitar leaning against it-it was oh so Roots.

Claire Kiefer said...

1. Ikea on a Saturday is a special hell.
2. I am so impressed that you can have white all over. I'd spill red wine on it the very first day, guaranteed.

Kristin said...

Those chairs are SO awesome! Jealous! I haven't been to Ikea in months...Shell shocked. Ha!

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

um...this came out so AMAZING!! Only you could be creative enough to throw some rugs on a chair and make it look uber chic!! xo

Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

WOW what a crazy day at Ikea! I would have been really irritated, but would just been patient.. I have such bad luck at check out that I think it just happens to me now and is unavoidable!!
I hope you are doing well and enjoying your super cozy vamped up chair!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Simple but totally fun!

I am all about the short lines! Self-check out, bring your own bag checkout - I'm there!

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

Love your mini DIY. Still can't believe the before and after images. Looks so warm and cozy though;-)

Kara said...

Love that chair! And the sheepskin looks so luxurious. I've never been to an IKEA, actually, but I'll keep that in mind!

xx Kara
Sprinkles in Springs

Tracy D said...

Now that's a DIY I can handle..minus the annoying IKEA crowds. Why can't people stay home when I want to visit IKEA?

The Blonde @ Stylish3 said...

Love the cozy feeling.

Crazy story about Ikea! I can't believe nobody calls people out on crap like that.

She Wore It Well said...

LOVE!!

its past midnight. i should go bed, this aint good for my jet lag

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