12/11/14

Ikea Midcentury Sofa Hack


Hello, friends! I hope your week has been going well and that you're enjoying some of the holiday spirit that's floating around. Things have been pretty crazy around here lately, but I've got some time off for Christmas and I'm really looking forward to a bit of a break. 

In the meantime, I wanted to share a bit of apartment progress! I've lusted after these sofas for a while, but I knew I needed to come up with a more budget-friendly option. Cue the Ikea hacks! 

I bought this sofa a few years ago, and originally got it with the floral cover. I loved it for a while, but knew I wanted a change.


I went back and forth over which cover to replace my floral one with. Eventually I settled on the Isunda grey. I thought it had a nice, mid century feel, and I LOVE the texture. The great thing about the Karlstad covers, is that they're really not covers at all. You take the whole sofa apart and replace each piece's fabric. As you can see from the pictures, it looks completely reupholstered. 


The legs came from this Etsy shop, and they are fabulous. They come untreated and I stained them myself.


Overall, I'm so happy with how this hack turned out. It's a great way to get some mid century style on a budget.



What's your favourite Ikea hack? Have you had success with one before?

I'd love to hear!

12/2/14

Gift Guide 1: Your Friend Who Loves to Decorate (and re-decorate)


Happy December, friends! Can you believe that it's already December 2? November sure flew by. I've started to get in to the holiday spirit, and am planning to have a little decorating party for my apartment later this week, but in the meantime, let's get some gift guides going!

I always love putting these guides together, rounding up some of the prettiest things I've seen around the internet lately. This one is for your friend who always has a Pinterest-worthy apartment and likes to spend her money on treasures for her space.

Watercolor Plate: These plates are stunning, handpainted, and basically a home-lover's dream. Order one for a special treat for her, or a set if you feel like splurging a bit.

Hand Painted Mug: This limited addition mug (also handmade) would make for a very special addition to her morning (and afternoon, and evening) cup of tea.

Copper Hangers: The details are important to her, and these hangers would be the perfect home for her capsule wardrobe. Minimalist in their design, they'll add serious chicness to her cramped closet.

Sheesham Wood Spoons: These pretty little spoons will fit in perfectly amongst her many tablescapes.

Have you started/finished your holiday shopping? (I haven't started :/) I'd love to hear what you've picked up so far!

11/26/14

The Eat.Sip.Shop. Guide is Here!


Happy hump day, lovelies! Angela and I are super excited to announce the launch of our Eat. Sip. Shop. Guide today (watch the video we made!). It's chalk full of the best of the ESS series, all rounded up into one easy spot that you can reference for your Vancouver adventuring pleasure. If you're looking for a unique source of holiday gifts, or you're in need of a new Saturday afternoon hang-out, the guide has you covered.

Whether you're local to Vancouver, or thinking of making a visit, we hope this guide helps you discover a hidden gem.

Now go off and adventure!!

Get the Eat. Sip. Shop. Guide here.

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