Karlstad update

Could it be true? YES!!! We are the proud owners of a Karlstad sofa, holla!!!! So exciting!

I talked about our idea to go ahead and purchase the Karlstad in this post here. Since then we have purchased, put together and dreamed up a new living room!

Here’s where we’re at so far:

 

And what a HUGE improvement the new sofa is!

Our living area is looooooooong and narrow. Our sofa we’d been using was uncomfortable, dated, brown, and too small. It also seemed too big for the space even though it was a normal size sofa. We decided to go with the Karlstad for many reasons but style was #1. With this sofa we could go larger without the bulk. The low profile of this sofa is perfect for our narrow space, giving the illusion that our room is taller than it really is. We also had a lot of layout options, from traditional L sectional sofa, to love seat and everything in between (like chaise loungers added to a love seat, such a great idea!).

Now that we have the sofa in place, a few things are looking a bit out of place. For example, the coffee table is too big and needs to go. The rug is beautiful but doesn’t look good with the color of the new sofa, need to do something there.

Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

#1.  An Arc Lamp!! I dream of an arc lamp and have been for like ever! Ohhhhh, I just love this lamp. I want one that arches waaaaay over the sofa, giving the space some dimension and drama. This may be a big purchase and therefore something I may not have for a while, but that’s all right, I’ll wait (boo-boo).

#2.  Tree stump tables. We (the hubby and I) can totally make these. I am thinking three of them in the center of the Karlstad, instead of the current black coffee table. Three tree stumps at slightly different heights. Maybe even paint one (or all of them) gold! I love the tree stumps and our home backs the national forest, so finding a few tree stumps should be a fairly easy task!

#3.  Laptop side table. These nifty little creates are so great on so many levels! They are simple, clean lined furniture with a modern flare (yippee), they serve multiple purposes: side table, center table, foot rest, work station, etc. Versatile is the best word to describe these tables. And this one is on sale here at CostPlus for $69. A total must have. Plus, it will fit under the sofa and move wherever needed!

#4.  My treasured Kilim rug that I purchased a few months ago (see more on that purchase here). It’s been sitting in our master bedroom but deserves the spotlight of the living room. I am madly in love with this rug. It makes me smile, I really just can’t say enough about this fabulous rug and I think it will look perfect in the living room with the new sofa!

#5.  I’d like to build a floating drawer shelf under the TV. Something modern, super simple and streamline. A floating shelf with drawer to hold the wireless keyboard and mouse and the TV remote.

I love the new sofa and am looking forward to pulling this room together – just need a little patience, time, money, and skills…. Super exciting!

boys owl bedding

A little update to the boys bedroom (see more about their awesome hanging beds and new bedroom here and here), a refresh on the bedding! FUN!

On a quick trip to IKEA (unfortunately is was a speed-shopping-kinda-day, and since IKEA is a 2 hour drive (one way) for me, I really try to go when I have time to appreciate it and waste a lot of time. However, my most recent trip wasn’t as planned and I was rushed (maybe a good thing… I spent less money!).

While there I picked up some bedding for the boys room. I was totally smitten with this owl-spider web-moon-dark coverlet.

This is my first bedding purchase from Ikea. I’ve been tempted many times, but usually I resist, however this time I was really loving this bedding. Not sure why I liked it so much, it’s sort of different, but the dark navy sky, with stars and owls… so cute (bedding is a dark navy color, picture makes it look like a bright blue). I do have to say, after washing and putting on the boys beds, it is NOT soft nor is it “nice against the skin” as stated in the add. I guess if you’re comparing it to sand paper, then yes, it is soft.

Once the bedding was on (and I also purchased the thin comforter, twin size, from IKEA to go with the coverlets) it looked better than expected! I totally LOVE this bedding! I love that it’s original, it is fun, and it’s not bulky or overwhelming, which is perfect for the hanging beds. Total WIN!

And since I’m sharing the new bedding, I thought I’d snap a few pictures of the boys enjoying their dual purpose beds (aka reading nooks). So far, so good. The hanging beds have been a huge hit with the boys and with their friends. Everyone who sees the boys room loves it and can’t say enough about how cool it looks.

Here are some sweet photo’s of the boys enjoying their reading time before bed (and snug in their new, cute owl bedding)…

And one last shot of the room at dark, with two sweet boys reading in their own, special spots. Sweet Dreams!

yellow lanterns

Holy Smokes!! I completed my yellow lantern idea (that I talked about here) and I am  super excited to show you all the results (hint: I’m very pleased with the outcome!!)

I purchased two more of our mini bathroom lights (see that post here) and got buseee!

I’ll let the photos do most of the talking… here we go!!

Step #1. PAINT! Always my favorite (spray painting that is). I didn’t use a primer, just two coast of glossy bright yellow spray paint. Super easy. I set the lamps directly  on a table and painted all but the underside (as that was already covered/setting on the table). My inspiration piece  (see the post here) was white on the underside of the shade, but I was game for leaving the galvanized area exposed for the underside.

Step #2. Break out with my trusty old Sharpie marker and add the black, detail to the rim of the lanterns, like my inspiration piece. This was easiest with a fatter tip. I started with a regular size sharpie and later changed to a wider tip.

Once I started to use the wider Sharpie I was able to get the detail on the rim without a hitch. It was a breeze! The “little messy” in the picture above, was when I was using the finer tip Sharpie.

WOW! What a difference, right? I am so thrilled with how these turned out! Now I wish I would have done these lamps for our entire house three years ago…but I had no idea they could be found so affordably online (and totally customized)! When we moved into our place we replaced all the exterior lights. The house was built in 1994 and all the lights were original. The lights were cheap brass and faded, not all of them were working, they all had different bulbs… the list goes on. Well, we had NINE exterior lights to replace, so we went with the cheapest black lights we could find (and those actually spruced the place up quite a bit). I found the lights for $18/ea and I was stoked! However, had I known about these bad boys for sale at $39/ea. I would have waited and replaced half and half rather than spending the $160 + for the black ones we purchased! Oh well, it’s all a learning curve.

Of course now I am excited to start replacing the other lanterns on the house… here are a few Photoshoped samples that I did on our house…

and…

I think it’s safe to say that these outdoor lanterns are a HUGE hit at the Kruger household, and I am super excited to start adding these new lantern all over the exterior of the house! SO FUN!

P.S. Can you see the rim detail? It’s not bold but it’s there and I totally dig it! I love the little added “flair” to these awesome lights!

I’m more than pleased! What do you think?

Karlstad anyone?

Okay, okay… before I even start this post I have to fess up. I was really IN LOVE (you know, the teenage, 1 month romance that I thought would last forever, that type of love) with the Darrin sofa from this post here.

I still really like the sofa, I love the style, the color, etc… but when it came down to it, we have decided that we need something bigger, like a sectional. Okay, so not just a sectional but a low back, clean lined, AFFORDABLE sectional.

As you’ve probably already guessed, we have decided to go with the Karlstad. To be exact, we have measured out our space and the love seat with two chaises will be our pick.

source: IKEA

After following YHL for a few years and loving their style and most of their design choices, the hubs and I decided to go to IKEA and check out their sofa selection (YHL has a huge Karlstad sectional and they really like it). To our surprise, we loved the Karlstad. It has a 10 year warranty and it’s just around $1000 for a big sofa WITH the slip cover. And might I add that I love the idea of being able to change out the slip cover if we want to change up our look.

Some thing I didn’t like about the Karlstad were the pine legs and there are a lot of them! It was a little overwhelming. I’d like to add some sweet, contemporary legs to the sofa eventually. Something like these:

source: https://www.etsy.com/listing/67567677/sofa-legs-ikea-karlstad

Or there are these metal legs that IKEA sells separately but made specifically for the Karlstad sofa, so these may be of interest too… just not sure yet. We shall wait and see how the couch looks in our living room and then go from there. Looks like we are 99% on board to purchase this sofa (holla!).

Here are some insperation pictures of Karlstad in other homes:

source: northstory.ca

source: Apartment Therapy

source: younghouselove.com

source: delikatissen.com

source: door sixteen.com

source: emilymccall.jpg

favorite things – kitchen

A while back I posted on some of my favorite things (see that post here). That post was more specific to things I like for me. I thought it was fun to share those things and I love reading other blogs that also share their favorite things. SO I figured I try another favorite things post but with a twist… the kitchen edition. Not too exciting, I know, but hey… still fun!

The little things (and usually the most essential):

1. Ikea carries these nifty and colorful scrub brushes. They are only $1.49, I mean seriously, how could you go wrong here? I stock up on these bad boys (and Ikea is a 2 hour drive, one way, for me so it’s months before I can get back to get more). I use these brushes to clean dishes (duh), and I have one in every bathroom, under the sink, for cleaning. I use one for cleaning the eggs too. I just love these dang things. Plastis at Ikea (not a promo here, just my opinion and no I wasn’t paid for this but I wish I was!)

2. Mini colander in fun colors. See my colander in this kitchen post here, it’s an aqua color. I keep it on my sink and it store our fresh eggs. We use our eggs within a week so it’s not necessary to refrigerate them, hence the cute little colander I picked up here. I love the color, I love that it’s metal (easy to clean) and I love that it’s small and fits perfectly on my sink.

3. Glass storage jars. I purchased my jars at Wal-Mart and I have loved them ever since. They look beautiful and add charm to the kitchen. Someday I think it would be stellar to have a pantry full of these, similar to this awesome one here (like an old general store). See my post here about my super awesome glass container.

The Middle Sizers:

4. Pendant Lamps are SOOO great for kitchens! I love pendant lamps. Sure, I really wanted something along the lines of this or this but lets be realistic, I want a lot of things so I need to keep a budget. The Ottava pendant lamp at Ikea totally fits the bill with it’s big design on a low budget, perfect! Eventually I think I may paint these brass but I’m not entirely sure just yet. However, because of the great price I won’t be afraid to try something new with this pendant. I love it.

5. Do I need to say more? Isn’t the Kitchenaid a staple in every kitchen? Well if it isn’t this mixer it is probably one similar. I’ve had my mixer since 2000 and it’s still going strong as day one. My parents bought a white Kitchenaid for my grandmother when I was a kid, 30 years later that thing is still taking a beatin’ and my gram uses it every day.

The BIG ticket Item/Splurge:

6. When we moved into our house it was stripped bare of all the appliances, so a fridge, dishwasher and range were must haves on our list. The hubby does all the cooking and was super stoked that we had natural gas in this home. So we decided that we’d buy a professional gas range. We went cheap on other things to justify our big purchase for the range. I bought the range hood ,and painted it Aqua, at Habitat for Humanity for $5.00! Total steal. See a post on that here. We bought a stainless dishwasher at Costco for under $600 (with a rebate), awesome! And we borrowed a fridge for our first two years, which I painted in chalkboard paint…(update: we have drawer refrigerators in our kitchen now, but please do notice that those DID NOT make my favorites list).  And because I like to think of myself as somewhat thrifty, I scowered craigslist and found a professional appliances resale store in Phoenix (a 2 hour drive away). They sell appliances that were floor models from showrooms all over the city and they sell damaged and refurbished appliances too. We paid… wait for it… $1780 for our DCS 30″ professional range. It was a floor model so we scored! It was 2 years old and had never been used {swoon}. We received a 1 year warranty with it too. Such a steal! See here for our stove on sale via the web…. Lets just say we were more than happy to save nearly $3,000!

What’s in your kitchen?

easy screen door

Look what I did this weekend!! Yes, I said “I”… I did it while the hubsband was out of town! From start to finish, I totally dominated this project! Instant gratification, this project was simple and quick!

I added a screen door to the back door, leading out to our patio area. The boys always leave the door open and the fly’s were driving me bonkers! So I up and installed a screen door…yeah for me!!

Look how cute it is! I love it… and now I want one for the front door…I love the cool summer breeze coming through the house and there’s nothing that says ‘home’ like a screen door!

Here is the door I purchased, unfinished wood, screen door:

Once I got it home I removed the screen with a phillips screw driver (there were about 8 little screws holding the screen on the back. That was super easy.

Then I painted it. I literally painted this on Friday evening (both sides at once, two quick coats, while the door was leaning, height wise, against the wall in the garage). By Saturday I was ready to hang it. I used regular ole paint, nothing fancy, just grabbed something I had in the left over pile.

Besides having a drill all I needed (in addition to the screen door itself) was a handle and the self closing hinges, …seriously… it was THAT simple! This project was right up my alley!!

Here is the door in all her glory BEFORE the screen door:

What a difference! And what a simple project.

Totally awesome!

 

Tour our kitchen

Our kitchen has gone through a lot of DIY renovation since we first moved in back in July of 2010. Here are some photos right after we bought the house, no appliances, bare bones, before we moved in.

And then there we many, many times when we were living on concrete in a total chaos area, like this:

And times where we weren’t sure how to organize/decorate the kitchen, so it looked different quite a few times, before we finally decided on what worked best. We still think we are going to make some changes, I guess the kitchen will be ever evolving!

Here are some more before shots, one of the kitchen right after we finished installing the wood floors, then a photo after we put in the pendant lights (baby steps but it all came together quite well):

And here is another shot of the living room space that is shared with the kitchen:

And FINALLY, for the good stuff…. here is what our space looks like now:

It’s come a looooong way!!

New floors, base boards, lighting, rearranging the table, new island (was a trade for photographs), paint and more paint and the list goes on!

A few m ore photo’s of the kitchen (and living room space):

Looking at these photo’s really tells me how much we’ve done. there are so many times when I feel overwhelmed and wonder if we’ll “ever be done”, then I see these photos and I feel sooooo much better.

I will post more home photo’s soon!

Have a great day!! :)

 

 

 

boys room done

The finishing touches are finally done and this room is FINISHED (for now)! Holla! It feels good to be a gangster completer (is that a word?)! Again, HOLLA!

*For more posts on the boys room go here, herehere, here, here and finally here

Here is what was the #1 ugliest item that we HAD to get rid of:

The fan! Oh gosh, it is, was, so dang ugly! Such an eye sore! Thankfully, it’s loooooong gone. It has been replaced with this:

Such an improvement if I do say so myself! And we are loving the simplicity of this great ceiling lamp from Ikea (plus the price tag was great too).

Some further improvements were finishing the baseboards (painting and caulking really bites) and installing the mini bookshelves for the boys (by their beds) and the new reading/task lamps, also from Ikea.

We also put up those glow in the dark stars that I promised we’d do (from the mood board here)

And to top off the glow-in-the-dark-funess (and to hide the poor cutting-in paint job that I did, making dark grey marks on the white ceiling…shhhh) I took some glow in the dark duct tape and went around the perimeter of the room…. fun stuff that glow in the dark duct tape!

I think the boys love this new room as much as I do! Gasp, it’s fun and totally functional!

And one last shot of the room, without that hideous fan….

That’s all for now folks!

Enjoy your day!

:) Heidi

before & after

Isn’t if fun to document your progress? I tend to get excited and forget to take enough pictures. I am getting better at the whole process and when I look back to see some of the things we’ve done in our short time at this house, I am really amazed. We’ve come a long way.

Photographs of the “process” are actually essential. Looking it back at the projects we accomplished, from tiny to large, makes me feel great and it gives me the insperation I need to move forward and keep creating.

SO don’t give up…nothing worth having or doing was easy and usually it wasn’t over night. Keep taking pictures and keep on dreaming up ideas, stay motivated. It’s hard sometimes but it’s usually worth it in the end!

Stay inspired. Keep up the good work! Make it happen!

&… have a great day!

bathroom update

Our mini bath (or is it called a quarter bath… toilet and sink only) has been in need of an overhaul for many moons. I did a fun inspiration mood board here, but when it came down to getting something done… it didn’t turn out like the mood board at all (financially, it wasn’t time). So we painted, add a new light fixture and finally installed the penny tile flooring from here.

The bathroom looks soooo much better, and for now, we are content (for now). I still want to go with a new cabinet and some gold accents like the dreamy mood board I made, but until then, this will do!

Take a look:

Fresh coat of grey paint, a new yellow hand towel and a new silver/grey hand towel. Cute new light too.

The flooring and the paint made a huge difference in this little space. The old vinyl and the lack of a transition piece from the wood to the bathroom, was really bringing this space down. So far I love the new floor but I must say, it is kind of hard to keep clean. I think a dark grout would have been a better option for our 2 boy, 2 dog and 2 adult family. The white on white is pretty but not practical. Just my 2 cents! :)

The dark Grey paint adds a lot of drama to this little space. I love the dark color in this room, it was a great choice. Adding the pop of colorful accents, like the orange frame and the yellow hand towel, really makes that dark grey paint pop.

What do you think? Any min-makeovers in your near future?