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Ikea EKTORP TULLSTA + Me: A Craigslist Adventure


To cure boredom during my last long Christmas break, I’ve been perusing Craigslist to find furniture for the apartment I will (hopefully!) be moving into in May. When hunting, I usually search direct store names that I’m hoping to find goods from, like “Ikea”, “West Elm”, or “Pottery Barn”.

So, I popped in “Ikea”, and this popped out….

Two Ikea EKTORP TULLSTA chairs for $50?!?!

I quickly emailed the seller because this was just too good to be true. For reference, the Ikea website lists them as retailing…

….$129 A PIECE!

Yes, kids, that’s a savings of over $100 a chair. This was a deal I just couldn’t pass up! The seller lived a mere 20 minutes down the road, so my stepmom and I drove our little SUV up there to fetch these two beauties.

I was scared that the seller would be some creepy serial killer because CRAIGSLIST, but he was totally nice and normal! The chairs were pristine and pretty darn comfy for Ikea products. We carted them home and I now walk into the spare bedroom twice daily to sit in them and admire them.


I plan on reviewing these chairs soon, so keep your eyes peeled!


Photo of the Day: my desk is really coming together!

It’s curtains for you!


I originally bought Ikea sheers for my apartment windows, but after spending about a week waking up too early for humanity, I realized it gets quite bright in my room in the mornings.

Curtains are not cheap, however, and I’ve already spent a bit outfitting the rest of my room (don’t worry, pictures are to come!). So I decided to follow this tutorial from my favorite RVA bloggers, Young House Love, to create my own curtains.

I started out by buying 2 yards of fabric from Hobby Lobby. I knew I wanted some kind of grey print. A grey and orange ikat patterned cotton originally caught my eye, but since my room is in shades of purple and grey, I didn’t think it would work out so well. Luckily, a grey chevron patterned cotton really stuck out to me! I love the chevron trend, but I think it sadly will be headed out of style soon, so I’m glad to use it in this apartment for a low investment.

Speaking of an investment, the fabric and seam tape (as requested by YHL) only set me back $14 with my 40% off one item coupon (check the Hob Lob app). Such a great price, considering I already had a $10 rod that I got for my sheers.

I followed their tutorial pretty closely, except I did less measuring. I’m kind of a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants crafter, so I used the peaks of the chevron as guides and it ended up fairly even.

If you guys plan on making the curtains, I highly suggest you follow YHL’s directions, but here’s a quick recap if you’re too lazy to click over:

1. Heat up an iron.

2. Decide your seam allowances based on how much fabric you buy. 2 yards was perfect for my 19 by 34 window.

3. Measure your seams (if you’re not me).

4. Follow the directions on the seam tape that you buy, ironing each side down to make a neat folded edge and testing it after it cools. I had to do some spots twice.

5. On the top side, don’t forget to make a pocket!

6. Hang and enjoy.

One change I made to the YHL design was creating a pocket for the curtain rod rather than buying clippie hooks. I thought it would look sleeker and go with my overall design better that way.

Drumroll please….check out my $14 curtains and let me know what you think!



Photo of the Day: Snapped this at Third Monday Trade Days in McKinney. I love these marquee letters and wished I could have bought them all! Someday…


Photo of the Day: Finally got this up on the wall! I went to the Goodwill down the street from my house—it’s huge, full of great home goods, and usually not very busy! I picked up this frame for $2. It has a chip in the frame but you’d never notice unless I told you (which I just did, oops…). Already envisioning some wall art clusters a la Young House Love in my new apartment with this prominently displayed.



#blue #yellow #bench #seat #chair #thegaylord #gaylordtexan

I love the Gaylord Texan!


Love this old-fashioned pink chair!


Oh, this kitchen. So sleek. So classy. So jealous.

Daily Design: Chalkboard Wall



Let us have a talk, my readers, about the one design element I know I must have in my future home…

…a chalkboard wall.

No, I don’t want a classroom sized chalkboard. I want a wall painted in chalkboard paint. Pretty easy. Not much to ask of my future abode.

I think it would work best in the kitchen, used as a means of communication and silly drawings, or in a game room, used as a means of just silly drawings.

I think it’s an easy way to add whimsy to a room, and it’s just paint!


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