Monday, February 27, 2012

Sofa and Pillows and Privacy

My new Kivik Sofa!
Sorry for the lack of posts, with the new studio, I have gotten out of my " normal" routine and into a new one. The time I used to be in front of the computer writing in the morning, is now the time that I actually TAKE a shower and get ready for the hair has been blown dry more in the past 2 weeks than in the past 5 years!  It is kind of nice having a place to go in the morning, but I miss my time writing and styling photos, and will try to get better and find the perfect time to get back on a schedule.  Always a work in progress:)

Speaking of work in progress, out studio space is coming along...that is why I want to spend so much time there, it just makes me happy.  My studio mate has been gallivanting the countryside of Argentina this past week.... and with no one to sit with and have our morning design pow wows,  I have been sprucing and zhushing while she has been away.  (maybe I could have been a better blogger during that time, hindsight:) 

So, back to the point of my post....My new sofa and Pillows! Last weekend, I gallivanted myself up to Charlotte and went to IKEA.  I have been dying to get a sofa for the studio and couldn't stand it any longer.  The space needed some weight, the room was feeling a little leggy!   I definitely wanted white!  The Kivik Sofa was the perfect match.  It has weight, is comfy, and can be modified from a sofa into chairs.  I am not a huge fan of the blocky arms, but luckily you don't have to use them!  And at $170 per chair and $29 per slipcover it was a no brainer!  And talk about easy to put together.

this is what it all looked like before!

AND I got my favorite go to RITVA curtains for the much needed privacy.  I love our 3 windows, but talk about a fishbowl.  So 3 sets of those were put up as well, and now I can dance around like a looney tune without anyone knowing...shhhhh, don't tell anyone:)

Serious bang for your excuses for no $30 per pair they are perfect!

After my ikea IKEA trip...I stopped by Post and Gray in Charlotte.

Had me at Gray and a green door!

It was my first trip, and it was WAY worth it.  Not only are Kelly and her Husband more than gracious...they have tons of great, affordable pieces from a carefully selected group of vendors.  So....true to form, I picked up a few remnants of fabric for my pillows AND a piece of artwork.  Really, if you are in the area, you must stop by and see them.

My artwork holding court on the shelf.
There you have it.  I havn't dropped off the face of the earth!  Now, I must get to work!


Holly said...

I'm off to IKEA today to pick up another set of Ritva's for our dining room - love them! And I'm trying to convince my hubby to let me get a white slipcovered sofa too. Did you sew up all of those great pillows? Love the Kelly Wearstler fabric with the green welt. Have a good day!

Lisa said...

Wow, good info! You don't need to use the arms-who knew? I have never been a fan of the big arms on Ikea sofas. Love your pillow grouping.
Enjoy your time at your new studio.


Awesome Gretchen.....I know you must be thrilled !