Posts tagged ‘ikea’

December 29th, 2013

Fabulous Framed Fabric

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Anyone who knows me knows how much I love my job! Days spent at the sofa shop are great days. One of my favourite things about my job is the fabric, I mean what’s not to love about playing with fabric all day?

Since the boys and I moved into the condo, I have been trying out different ideas to fill the endless blank-slate walls. Mirrors, art, photos and typography to name a few, and still! More walls!

Back to my love for my job…I thought why not incorporate some discontinued fabric into the scheme of things and voila! A project was born.

I happened to have a spare frame at home I wanted to use. I sifted through a few boxes of disco’d fabric and found three that would work together. It took me all of five minutes to frame these little darlings (not including the drive time to Ikea to find two more frames) and I just love them!

Of course you also get a glimpse of the feather tree the kids and I decorated (and the cat messed up) and the turquoise reading chair I got from the sofa shop a few months ago. The third piece is hiding behind the tree, but I assure you it is lovely.

About the framed fabric? These particular swatches are from one of my favourite Canadian custom furniture manufacturers Decor-Rest The patterns are elegant and they act as a reminder of good things!

You can do this too! But what can you frame if you don’t have access to discontinued fabrics?

•Fabric remnants

•Vintage tablecloths

•Linen with patterns stamped on them

•Curtains

•Sheets or blankets with pretty designs

The more meaningful the better! As with all things. That’s one thing I adore about textiles. You can fall in love with a design and base a whole room around it and when it works it’s a little bit magical, don’t you think?

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October 23rd, 2013

DIY Coffee Table Ideas

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Julie Loves Home

 

I really, really, really do not mean to be so absent, neglectful, AWOL these last few months. What a bad little blogger I am. In my defense the sofa shop has been busy, which equals super exciting for me! Unless you have found something that quickens your heart, causes sharp inhalations and maybe a gasp or two, I would be hard pressed to tell you just how thrilling custom sofas are. There is fabric. Lots of fabric. Textures, patterns, colours. Combinations of these elements. And each and every one is different! So much fun. Even though I may not be here as much as I would like I am taking in all the beauty to put back in place here at DOJ. So hang in there, readers, friends. It will be worth it. I promise.

 

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Hello There Home

 

I have not had a coffee table in years and I will tell you why. When my little ones started waddling along it seemed best to get rid of the over-sized two-tiered coffee table that was bossing the room around to opt for cozier spaces with pillows and what not. Those days have passed and since I moved my sectional around a while back I have been looking for ideas. Of course I could just buy one, but where is the fun in that? The coffee table pictured at the top has a mirror for a table top and a painted coffee table base. Glam. Love it. The one directly above this text has cute legs.

 

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Saved by Love Creations

And while I do love the Isala coffee table from Ikea, perhaps I could modify it with a stencil or some nailhead trim, as seen above and below. And here is an interesting fact… I am currently reading Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell and he cites Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad as 67th on his list of the richest people in human history. I mean, we all love Ikea right? But, wow, that sort of surprised me.

 

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Little Green Notebook

 

I know for sure I want a round coffee table with a little DIY flare or slight modification, but nothing too crazy. I have no time or desire, if I want to be really honest, to build one from scratch. Which of these coffee table design would you try out? I am thinking mirror or stencil, but I do really love the nailhead. Hmmm…

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July 3rd, 2012

Canada Day at Dreaming of June

Canada Day Sunset in Edmonton's River Valley

My crazy busy Canada Day weekend has ended and left me with a lovely overcast day of summertime fun with the kids. We bought and planted some petunias and some hot pink geraniums, made macaroni and cheese for supper using Ina Garten’s recipe with a few of our own modifications and did some errands. My friend Raman has inspired me to cook dinner earlier in the day (something she does all the time, how organized I say!!) and what freedom it is to just pop that dish in the oven and make a quick salad!

 

The weekend was fleeting, watched a few movies– 21 Jump Street for laughs and Happy Happy a quiet little Norwegian movie about two couples in a wintry albeit adulterous landscape. Went out with my friend Sara for an appetizer extravaganza at the Blue Plate Diner, went to see Edmonton’s fireworks display, did a 6.5km walk with my Dad and relaxed a little in between. It was a great weekend.

 

In decor related news, my Matilda Ikea curtains were spotted yet again in Happy Happy. That is the second time I have spotted them cinematically. The first time was in this super freaky Australian flick I Am You, based on a true story about a maniacal ex-babysitter who murders a young girl and attempts to assume her identity. Ikea is so global its neat to see them pop up here and there in unlikely places.

White Ikea Curtains

 

The kidlets managed to stay awake until the 11pm for the Canada Day fireworks show without a hitch. And by hitch, I mean mini meltdowns from being up way past bedtime! We woke up to ominous gray clouds and it rained all day, which canceled our picnic, but luckily the clouds passed and the sky cleared and it turned out to be a gorgeous night to be in the river valley celebrating what a great country we have.

 

I have been working on adding more DIY projects to DOJ, and have decided on a decoupage cookie jar project to update an existing jar I have. Now I just have to decide on the colour and the pattern. My kitchen is red with all black and white and silver accents, but I am thinking of introducing some blue or yellow accents to shake things up a bit. Another choice is whether to work with paper or fabric. I have decoupaged with paper, but never fabric and I can’t wait to. I watched this tutorial on Mod Podge Rocks and she made it look easy enough! So we shall see!

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March 20th, 2012

Spring Decor Ideas

Ranunculus Bloom

Rananuculus photograph courtesy of Mr. Phil Price

Hooray for the first day of spring! As gray as it is, the dry streets are heavy with the scent of rain. How happy is that? This time of year I like to take stock of everything in the main living areas to see what I can change or update in the coming weeks to make way for spring and summer living.

 

Away with the heavy carpets meant for holding boots and wintry debris. Away with the heavy wool throw on the sofa. Away with any indication that winter was ever here!

 

I want to introduce vibrant energy and at the same time choose items that don’t need a whole lot of upkeep. The back of the house gets pure sun in the summer, presently a thick-slatted blind hangs with a valance I made from fabric bought at Ikea. A new valance in a summery pattern to change the look, is in order this year. The kitchen is very red, as red as red can be, I believe the shade was called ‘Daredevil’ which means I need to find a fabric with a pattern that can stand up to such a bold colour. I might even pair the valance with a sheer curtain to soften the look of the blinds.

 

As for the back entrance, a small rectangular carpet will do the trick for warmer months. Now, if only I could come up with a solution to deal with all the sand from little shoes which ends up in the porch!

 

Another way to lighten the mood in your home and incorporate spring decor, is to reposition mirrors to reflect more light. Not all of them, of course, but try moving one and see what happens. Update wintry patterns and cozy prints with airy fabrics you can use in areas around the home. Break out the flowing cotton curtains, linen throw pillows and pack up the wool!

 

Spring decor would not be complete if you didn’t arm yourself with supplies and develop a game plan for spring cleaning. Depending on your climate, the indoors and the outdoors will need some love, and by love I mean a scrubbing! Windows, screens, door frames, closets and more will do well with a major haul over. With the onset of winter, things tend to accumulate. Now is the time to release them and make way for the new.

 

Another sure way to introduce spring décor into the home is fresh cut flowers! Whether it be tulips, white lilies, anemones or my absolute favourite ranunculus, fresh flowers add instant spring appeal to any type of décor.

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