This past weekend Gwyneth reminded me that while I was busy bubble wrapping the NYC apartment, I forgot to share some very exciting news with y’all! If you’re fans of our Facebook page, you may have seen the update there, but if not we need to catch you up! (Side note: let’s be friends on Facebook!)
Our Dumpster Dive Dresser won the Ikea DIY contest! Thank you to all of you who voted! So now that we’ve got a $100 gift card to spend and we’ve started to share our new home in North Carolina, we could really use your help deciding what to spend it on! Here are a few of our ideas, and we’d love to hear which ones you think are best!
Option 1. The home office from Better Homes & Gardens (left) has much to swoon over (we’ve pinned it to our “Interior Inspirations” pinboard three times), but today we’re focusing on those wall sconces! Ikea’s Kramare Wall Spotlight has a similar feel, and we like the idea of adding pair of industrial-style sconces above our Expedit to balance out all the girly elements in our space. On the other hand, we think a pair of Kryssbo Wall Lamps (spray painted gold) could be a funky take on the more feminine, traditional wall sconce in the beautiful Suzanne Kasler dining room from House Beautiful (right).
Here’s a reminder of how we have our Expedit set up in our North Carolina space:
Do you think either of those options would work above our Expedit? If so, which do you like best?
Option 2. While we’re talking lighting, we love how traditional sconces on either side of the bed are both pretty and practical. The Annette English bedroom (bottom left) and the Maureen Balsbaugh bedroom (right) are two of our favorites. The Arstid Wall Lamps could give us a similar feel in our bedroom, and for a more custom feel, we could add a band of trim on the bottom of the shade.
We’ve made a few changes since we shared our Cottage Bedroom Makeover with you, but the photo below is close enough to help you visualize how the wall sconces could work in here. (And we’ll share the bedroom updated with what we unpacked from NYC with you soon, so stay tuned!)
The Expedit and bedroom sconce options above could be easily incorporated into our current space, but we’ve had our eyes on a few other Ikea goodies that we’d love for our next, more permanent place. Going with one of the next three ideas would be an “if you build it, it will come” approach.
Option 3. Our next place will absolutely have a Maskros Pendant Lamp, and we’d be all right with it if our next living room looked exactly like our inspiration image from Habitually Chic.
Option 4. Another inspirational interior we can’t get out of our head is the home office from Tiffany Richey Designs. Dalmatian print wallpaper, check. Ikea Vittsjo Shelving Unit (spray painted gold), check.
Option 5. Lastly, we’re going to need a new coffee table when we find our next place. Our current coffee table is the bench we had at the end of our bed in our NYC apartment, and we’re hoping to put it back in the bedroom in our next home. We’ve pinned the Nate Berkus and Anne Coyle Living living room from Elle Decor (top) and the Grant K. Gibson living room via Habitually Chic (bottom) as our inspiration photos, and we think a pair of PS Side Tables could be a budget-friendly way to achieve a similar look. (Spray painted gold, of course).
What do you think? There are a few combinations we could go with – which one would you choose?
Meredith & Gwyneth