This space started to come together when I saw a Freecycle post from a woman giving away brand new white Ikea Ektorp slipcovers. I had already known from previous research that the Ikea love seat covers were six inches larger than the love seats the previous owners left for us but I figured if I could get two for free I wouldn’t feel bad if I had to doctor them to get them to fit a little better.
Just a reminder that this is what the space looked like just last week… it’s incredible what adding slipcovers and bringing things in from other areas of your home will do!
I was so inspired by the new white slipcovers that I added a jute rug we had from West Elm (that I found on Craigslist years ago for $20 but it’s pretty affordable even new). I just layered it over the rug that is already in the space for a style that is more “us”.
I prefaced this next move with a call to AJ at work that told him “things will be different when you get home” because I then slid the fireplace over to this area so we could have a focal point of something homey, not a dresser with a TV on it.
After AJ got home he told me he liked the TV there because this was a more cozy space than the living room . ERRR. My space looked so good with my framed Minted print. I get my way a lot with house decisions so when AJ has a preference I try to listen (except for when he told me he wanted me to us more red, I just told him no). I kept the TV up there and then covered it with my lightweight shell artwork that I made the other day. It’s just made out of a giant canvas like this one so it’s incredibly easy to move whenever we want to watch something.
This view shows my free finds best: free couch, free slipcover, free coffee table (from the side of the road that I restained) and, you can’t see it, but the planter holding the house plant was free too. And the basket from the photo above was in someone’s trash years ago… I can’t tell you how much use I’ve gotten out of that!
Pin this to remember… and here is the link from the post earlier this week on how to create the artwork.
What do you think? Big difference in one week, right?