Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Dwell: the third bedroom [diy headboard]

I never thought I would buy a third bed to be placed into the third bedroom in our house. Rather, I expected it to be my crafts room. We used to have just a mattress straight on the floor that was foldable to be used as seating or sleeping as needed. 

However, we have such a large family and a blessing in the form that they are always gracing our home - we finally decided to place a queen size bed in this room. In the matter of bed sizes, I am a big fan of the queen. 

I picked this particular bed from Ikea because I decided on the headboard first and then picked a bed to go with it. The headboard is actually a room divider. I looked at many online and in store, and my are they expensive because of the wood and the intricacy. This was not my favourite one in terms of design but in terms of price I scored big from World Market with their coupons and rewards program. I would like to place the headboard higher but that requires it to be hung from the wall, and I am just taking my time to make a decision on that since I will not be moving it once it is on the wall!

Since the headboard has all over work on it, I wanted a low platform bed. I really loved this one bed from Urban Outfitters....but it was over my budget. When I saw this one from Ikea, I was immediately sold on the huge drawers (four) that provided for extra storage. And the color also worked well with the look I wanted. When I was putting the bed together, I was glad that it was super sturdy. What I like most about Ikea beds are their wood slats. They are thick solid wood slats in contrast to most bed slats out there. 

This room is not complete yet but it will do for now, and I wanted to share it's current stage with you. Thanks! 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

DIY: wall sconce cord updo

When I purchased this beautiful globe sconce, I did not notice that it came with a black cord which is going to be an eye sore exposing itself on light colored walls! 

So I immediately plugged in the glue gun to let it heat up and dug up some jute twine from my crafts closet to wrap the black cord and disguise it. I only placed a drop of hot glue at the very start of the twine and then some in between - I did not place glue all over the wire because it did not require it. I tried to wrap the twine around tightly and it worked well in staying together.  

And viola! Now our eyes are directed to the beautiful light fixture and not the hanging black cord. The natural jute blends in nicely with the surroundings and the texture of the twine gives an extra depth. This technique can be applied to a lot of things around the home!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Travel: the dallas arboretum [tulip festival]

A sudden trip with the in-laws to the arboretum which turned out to be an absolutely gorgeous day with variant tulips surrounding us making it even more perfect. 

The Dallas Arboretum is beautiful on any given day but at this time of the year its just fascinating. 

Sunday, February 28, 2016

DIY: an instant update - hardware

Cabinet hardware is something I absolutely love to hunt and shop for. What I have found is that there are many kinds of knobs but not too many variations in pulls or bars. And the pulls have to be the exact size if you are updating a piece of furniture that already has the holes drilled for hardware. I have in my collection many cool knobs but not any pulls. Which is why it was particularly difficult for me to update my built in cabinets in the house with cool hardware. So I settled for this combination of a cup pull and a bar pull. I would have loved to get them in a brass finish but there is a huge price difference for that. A brass hardware is much more expensive that it's other counterparts. I have a plan for turning these bronze hardware into gold but I have to be careful with it. I haven't been able to share with all of you my bathroom renovation yet because I was madly looking for cool cabinet pulls. But I think these will do for now. This image is from my mother's room with the built in bookshelf and desk. See how amazing it looks just by switching of the hardware. Its an instant update. You should give it a try!
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