Ikea Hack // Desk Two Ways

Hi friends, hope you had a lovely weekend.  I am back with another Ikea Hack.  This one is so simple it'll leave you saying "duh!"  I took the $40 Vittsjo laptop desk and made it look much, much more expensive than that.  This is seriously so simple I don't even have a tutorial for you.  I went Home Depot and had a piece of wood cut to 39 1/2" x 14 1/4".  Don't use plywood unless you like the look of the stacked edges.  I used this 18" wide pine board.  I stained the board with Minwax Polyshades in Mission Oak.  Set the board on top and voila!  Told you it was easy!  If you are using this piece of furniture a lot, I would advise gluing the top to the base.  And, for the vanity I spray painted the base white for a slightly more feminine look.  

Here is the finished Vittsjo hack in my bedroom as a vanity.  

Ikea Hack // Laptop desk two ways
Ikea Hack vanity
Ikea Hack Vanity
Ikea Hack Vanity
Ikea Hack Vanity

And here is the same piece in our entry as an entry way table.  

Ikea Hack Entry Table
Ikea Hack Entry Table
Ikea Hack Entry Table

We painted our front door this weekend!  The color is Behr Undine.  I planed for it to be a little earthier, but I really love the way it turned out, especially next to the colors of the entry way.  

Turquoise Front Door

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How to Make a $5 umbrella look like a Million Bucks

I'm excited to share this post on chic rain protection, brought to you by a special guest poster, Adam King a retail merchandising student at Syracuse.

The arrival of spring means the rainy season has also arrived. Having cute protection from the rain is key. I love having things like a great umbrella to bring out on rainy days that makes you not dread going on in the rain. Here are some of my picks for simple classic umbrellas to get you through any dreary weather! 

Bubble umbrellas are such a chic classic proven by the Gossip Girl cast! I love the simplicity of bubble umbrellas and you can usually get them at a great price like this one from Target. If you want a little more character to your bubble umbrella, the Kissy Face umbrella by Felix Rey. Felix Rey co-found Lily Rafii may have used her husband business consultant Doug Band as inspiration for this flirty piece. 

On days you are feeling more business, a plain black umbrella like the one below you can see Julia Engel from Gal Meets Glam using. I love a classic look and combining it with pastels or other dark colors gives a sophisticated look.

Bubble Umbrella
Bubble Umbrella
Bubble Umbrella
Black Umbrella
Black Umbrella

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It's Friday, I'm in Love

Wow, is plywood having a major moment or what!?  I have been obsessing over stylist Jessica De Ruiter's home for years, and then when I saw it again on One Kings Lane a few weeks back I fell in love all over again.  At first glance it seems like there would be too much wood going on with built-ins galore and warm wood floors, but it balances with the airy white walls so perfectly and the pops of bright pink are just my style.  It's hard to believe that such a standard building material can look this elevated and the juxtaposition against the marble in the kitchen is to die for.  

Modern Neutral Livingroom
Modern Neutral Livingroom
Neutral Modern Family room
Neutral Modern Bedroom

How about this modern, inviting office with so many personal touches.  Scroll to see how to get the look! 

Neutral Modern Office
modern neutral office

artdesk / faux cherry blossomsdriftwood mobilechairs / coffee table / rug / basket

Happy friday, people!  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!