We're finally setting into our new place, and I'm spending lots of time thinking of decoration ideas for the new place. With oh so much excitement and zeal.
Recently, we've been shopping around for a new couch, since our cute and furry friend destroyed our last one.
I would like something vintage-inspired, something which does not resemble our clearly recognizable IKEA Karlstad. We have a real grown up apartment now, so it's time to think more along the lines of...West Elm.
So many couches to choose from, oh boy! But wait, we have to fit this couch through our 2 foot wide entrance hallway. Hmm... So that wipes out some, nope, most of our options. So either, A., this couch has to come in a box/be assembly required or B., the couch (as-is) has to have measurements that allow it to fit through our narrow entrance way. And we need something that's not ridiculously expensive. And it has to have a dash of mid-century flair... What to do?!
So we really sat down and thought hard about what would work financially, spatially and aesthetically.
And we decided on...the Karlstad.
It's cheap enough and the box will certainly fit through our entrance way. But we would customize it. My recent obsession with home decor blogs (like Apartment Therapy, OMG!) has led me to find a place called IKEA Hackers. What IKEA Hackers inspires to do is to take a normal IKEA object and modify it to make it look not-so-IKEA-y.
So. The plan:
I saw a post where someone took their IKEA Karlstad couch and transformed it into a retro-inspired loveseat. It was brilliant. So I am going to try and recreate this look for our apartment. I might skip buying a slip cover, and see how much it'll cost to get the back cushions tufted by an actual upholsterer instead. Because if it were done by me...yeah let's not even go there.
Shhh, no one has to know it's was a Karlstad...