Sunday, 25 September 2011

Mellow Yellow

D finally agreed to let me paint the apartment!  Well, he did it in front of a colleague of mine, so I think he was just saying it to show off what a great husband he is.  Regardless, I'm going to hold him to it, so I think I want to start in the bedroom.

At the moment, our bedroom is Ikea based boring [not that Ikea stuff it bad, we just went neutral and blah [read: cheap]].  It's all in their black-brown color, very minimal.  We don't even have a door to the wardrobe, but that may or may not be because we forgot to pick on up on the day when we bought ALL of our furniture.

Since then [over 2 years ago] our bedroom hasn't changed much.  I bought a new duvet cover, we added a side table to Dan's side, and a bookshelf/tower to mine.  We have finally taken down the posters on the wall [as we're not college students anymore] and are putting up some framed photographs that we've taken on our travels.  So now I want to paint the walls before we put them up, but Dan's getting annoyed that the frames are still sitting on the floor, so it may have to be an afterthought.

Until then, I will dream of making our bedroom look like this:

If I could add this yellow door in somewhere, I would:

Both from

I'm trying to stick with yellow, as we already have yellow curtains for the window and the wardrobe, and I'm very thrifty cheap.  I think I might try to steal an unused pallet from work to make a rustic looking headboard from the wood.  We'll see.  I wouldn't mind spray painting the shelf that I have a nice steely color, but I think spray painting in the apartment is probably a bad idea [and Dan may freak out if he finds me passed out on the floor from the fumes...].  See below for where to buy!

In the UK:

1. Eiffel Tower Table, £165 at Graham & Green; 2. London Grey Framed Print, £60 at John Lewis; 3. Three Ball Glass Table lamp £35 at Marks & Spencer; 4. Romany Bedset, from £29.50 at Marks & Spencer; 5. Bologna Bench Seat, £149 at Debenhams; 6. Brimnes bed, £99 at Ikea; 7. Bantie Paradis Yellow and Black Cushion, £75 at Heals; 8. Persisk Kelim Gashgai Rug, £199 at Ikea; 9. Yellow Ball Vase £12 at Debenhams; 10. Ampersand Ornament, £25 at Marks & Spencer.

In the US:

1. Orbit Duvet Set, from $59.99 at Target; 2. Modern Serenity Vase, $12.99 at Target; 3. Reclaimed Wood Sculpture, $89.95 at Crate & Barrel;  4. Serena Table Lamp, $125 at Pier 1; 5. Grey and Gold Medallions Pillow, $34.95 at Pier 1; 6. Kattrup Rug, $99.99 at Ikea; 7. Starfish & Coral Wall Art, $14.99 each at Pier 1; 8. South Shore Bed, $129 at Walmart; 9. Norden Bench, $69.99 at Ikea; 10. Hayworth Nightstand, $179.99 at Pier 1.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Cheese Danish

The title really has no bearing on what is below except that the item that is the focus of this post is Danish [and now I want a cheese danish...].

D and I went to Copenhagen WAY back in February, and besides being the home of Legos [which we got a bit too excited about]...

... it is also boast the birthplace of the Panton Chair, one of my all-time favorites.

My photography skills are legendary, I know.  Poor Dan was dragged to the design museum [ in case you were interested] on his birthday trip.  I could see him losing the will with every step he took.

Anyway, this got me thinking about our non-dining room, how much I want a Panton chair, and how to blend it with more traditional items to get my favorite eclectic look.  Then voila! 


I like the modern with traditional thing they've got going on.  The monochrome color scheme helps mix the styles as well.  When I showed it to Dan, he said nothing matches, but it wasn't awful, so that's a start.  I should get too precious about it, he did just pull out the remastered Beatles albums he got me for my birthday because he was tired of the talking on the radio... he's falling right into my trap.... mwah-ha-ha!

See below for where to buy.

In the UK:

1.  Pemberly Cross-Back Dining Chair, £89 at John Lewis; 2. Majvor seat pad, £7.99 at Ikea; 3. Trollsta sideboard, £259 at Ikea; 4. Chrome Tripod Floorlamp, £125 at M&S; 5. Panton S Chair, £189 John Lewis; 6. Printed Canvas Grandpa Clock, £69 at Graham & Green; 7. Sonoma Dark Extending dining Table, £599 at M&S; 8. Molnig ceiling light, £20.99 at Ikea.

In the US:

1. S Chair $139.99 at Bed, Bath & Beyond; 2. Antique Black 2-Door Buffet, $129.99 at Target; 3. Planked Airplane Panels, $299.00 at Pottery Barn; 4. X-Back Chair, $169.99 for 2 at Target; 5. Casablanca Ebony Seat Cushion, $39 at Walmart; 6. Stanton Hills Hanging Sable Bronze Patina Chandelier, $246 Home Depot; 7. Allen Floor Lamp, $349 at Crate & Barrel; 8. Terravida dining table, $799 at Crate & Barrel.

So much for this happening every other day.  Next week, hopefully I have the after pics of the project that has been the bane of my existence for the past few months...  In the meantime, this is also what I thought of when I wrote "Cheese Danish":