Can I just start by saying, thanks for all your feedback on our “his chair” post. I spent some time rearranging things, swapping sides and eventually just put him and her next to each other with Chris’s djembe in the middle to act as a little side table and I think we like this arrangement best. We still haven’t decided, for sure, if we are going to keep both chairs together. The Ikat slipper chair, aka “her”, might go live in another room or in another house. But, we have learned to just live with things for a little while and if the wincing doesn’t stop when we look into a room–then we change it.
What’s causing the most wincing for me? The differing heights. Yowza.
While we aren’t quite ready to demo the kitchen, we did pick up some cabinets … … that weren’t for the kitchen. Did we fool ya? The wall directly across from the large window in the living room was in desperate need of a credenza, console, buffet, sideboard, insert another synonym here.
Not only did that really dark wall need broken up with something, we loved the idea of adding additional storage for games (which are currently stored in the garage), a place to plop some really nice lamps on to add additional lighting, something to ground the art that we want to hang on that wall, and even a surface for snacks when we have guests over. I scoured the online classifieds for weeks for a long dresser or console that would work for all the needs we had in mind, but never really found…it.
Then, one of our readers on our Facebook page suggested we look under the cabinets section of the classifieds and a lightbulb went off. Of course! I had remembered a few fab bloggers making a credenza, now coined as “fauxdenza”, here, here and here out of Ikea cabinets and the look and function was just what we needed. So, we hit up Ikea and came home with:
3 Akurum Wall Cabinets (30×24)
6 Applad Doors
6 Hinge Dampers (Soft close. OOoooo)
2 Akurum Suspension Rails–but we only used one
Our wood grain Shaker cabinet fronts were designed for busy, high-traffic homes like ours. Clad with durable textured thermofoils, this line is compatible with Sektion, Akurum, Godmorgon, and Besta cabinets from IKEA. It's the perfect, practical way to add the warmth of wood to all the rooms of your home.
We have teamed up with Loloi to create a line of rugs that are as affordable as they are beautiful. This collection houses a great mix of traditional and modern rugs, in cottage-y colorways, as well as vintage-inspired beauties that you’ll want to roll out in every room.
We partnered with Stuga on a line of hardwood floors — The Ingrid is really livable, and the color is very neutral. It doesn’t lean warm or cool, it’s that just right in-between. We have really loved putting it everywhere in our house. It’s the best jumping-off point for design, no matter your interior style. In addition to being beautiful, Ingrid is really durable — we have three kids, and we always have a home construction project going on. Ingrid stands up to it all.
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Last week, Chris and I had the incredible opportunity to travel to London for work. We were invited by Williams Sonoma and William Morris and Co to preview their newest collaboration and the inspiration behind it. It was my first time in London and although it was a quick trip, they brought us all over […]
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