Posted by Stitchy McYarnpants On March - 28 - 2011   ShareThis

In light of recent life events, I decided a makeover was in order. My skills at applying makeup typically leave me with the choice of any of these delightfully horrific looks.

So I scrapped the idea of working on my facial region and went to IKEA. Any place you can buy a sofa and some meatballs is A-OK with me! I went a little bananas because it’s the first time I’ve actually “decorated” and it was a blast. I did pretty well staying within my budget, too. Yay, me!

I don’t have any “before” pictures, but the living room was Cottage White, a couple of random curtains on random windows, and the biggest, ugliest couch you’ve ever seen. We actually bought it 6 or so years ago, when I was pregnant that last time. While at the furniture store, I imagined an entirely different life lived on that couch. But it didn’t happen and frankly, it was really cathartic to get rid of it. My brother helped me saw it into pieces because it was too big to carry out whole. It’s still waiting to be thrown off my back porch, so there’s still fun to be had with it. I love pitching stuff out of the third-story window, it’s as much fun as you’d think it would be. Heavy stuff makes a very satisfying ~thud~ on the dirt yard below.

But here it is now, all chic and clean with French Silver walls and bright white trim. And expertly modeled by Dot, my very own little Vannah White.

The image in the giant frame is one of those big-eyed girl “paintings” from the 60s or 70s. It’s called “Ingrid” or “Inga” or somesuch, but to me, she looks like Bjork in a pink headband and fuzzy sweater. I cut out an oval mat from black foam core and then glued pink rik-rajk around the edge for extra fanciness. It’s ridiculous and girly. The polka dotted Fatboy beanbag chair is going to be replaced with this Marimekko one with red poppies soon. It’s comfy and my niece and nephew love it. So does my brother, so he’s getting the polka-dotted one. He’s always been a bean bag guy.

You can see the new chandelier in this photo. I thought it was very Audrey Hepburn. Or a very stylish hat. Maybe a stylish hat for Audrey Hepburn.

I also created a new reading nook. My apartment is set up in a really weird way. There’s a big central room with doors all around leading to the front hall, my bedroom, sewing room, living room, office and the hallway to the kitchen. It’s the largest room in the place, but also the most useless because every wall has at least one door. There’s not much wall space, no windows and it’s just kind of awkward. But my friend Victor helped me visualize a way to make at least part of the space useful. I love it to pieces and often just relax in silence on my faux knitted couch (it’s printed with a knit pattern!)

It features my other lovely model, Chloe – the Cindy Crawford of the house.

That shelf is full of knitting and craft books and magazines. The fabric on the wall is a vintage piece called “Forest Friends”, you can see details of it here. It’s totally cute. And the embroidered bird is one I made a few years ago. It’s a 1970s pattern that my mom actually made for our house when I was a kid. His name is Mortimer and amazingly, I found the exact same kit on eBay, so I had to get it.

I also repainted my office a bright aqua color and hung some vinyl bird decals and groovy records from the 50s and 60s on the wall. I tried to photograph it, but I couldn’t quite catch the light right, so I’ll have to try again later.

I’m on kind of a bird kick with this redecoration, so my mom got in on the action. Check out this amazing quilt she made for me! She didn’t know how to applique, but taught herself to do it so she could make this for me. I’m crazy about the way she made their eyes and legs different. Her attention to detail is a Thing of Wonder. My momma loves me, and I love her. I’m so glad I got her crafty genes.

Now the trick is to keep it away from Dot. After I use it, I always put it back in the zippered bag it came in. Victor came up with a good plan for it. He’s going to help me hang a clothesline on the wall to hang it on when not in use. And he suggested pairing it with these bird clothespins for cuteness sake. The guy is good, I tell ya’.

So that’s my newly improved pad. It’s nice to have it decorated in a way that always makes me smile. I’m trying to be good about not going overboard, so I’m going to make more things for the walls to save money and personalize it even further. I think the sewing room and kitchen will be next. They mostly need organization, but we’ll see what IKEA has to say about that.

14 Responses

  1. Carole says:

    Looks fantastic! Good for your for making it your own. I have that same IKEA applique pillow on my bed.

  2. Amy says:

    OMG, it looks fantastic! Can I move in? :)

  3. Tammy says:

    That quilt is amazing! I wish my mom could do that! Great makeover!

  4. thea says:

    It all looks amazing! The hat chandelier is way cool and the birds are way past fabulous. Methinks we need to knit at your digs soon…..

  5. Caro says:

    Dude! It looks fabulous! The change in that center room from dark portal to yellow delightfulness! LOVE.

  6. Yarnyoldkim says:

    Looks fabulous! I love going to Ikea and the first stop is always the cafe for meatballs and Lignonberry soda. Yum!

  7. Anna says:

    Looks amazing! Nice to see finished shots after hearing about the process.

  8. Serge says:

    In the bookcase… top left… Is that the mid-70’s fabric-covered time-life Art of Sewing series?

    Those are a constant source of inspiration! Just last week I took one to to show off at my weekly knitting group.

    Good luck in the “new” place – it looks great!

  9. Beth says:

    it is a fabulous space, love what you’ve done. Makes me wonder where my big-eyed-girl poster from my childhood ever went, I suddenly miss her terribly.
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  10. Ellen says:

    Thanks for the show’n’tell – it’s all so hip and cheerful. Dot looks like the painting.

    let me know if you’d like to cremate the couch. that’s what we do here. there’s usually a nice little ceremony.

  11. Paul says:

    Your place looks awesome! I hope you have a wonderful new life!!!

  12. Bernadette says:

    But what about the fab faux knitted couch? Where did you get that??!!

  13. It looks very fantastic and so amazing collection. Cat looks very cute and so sweet.

  14. I’m in love in your red sofa, OMG, very romantic and the large window glass looks fabulous.

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