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Ikea Ritva Curtains

I’m always looking for cheap ways to add drapery to a room.  Drapery can be an expensive purchase and even more expensive when you add curtain rods.  I was perusing the internet looking for cheap but nice looking drapes.  Here are a few photos that caught my eye and would you believe these drapes are from Ikea (DIY in different ways of course!):

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Last week, I made the long jaunt to Ikea.  This time it was a different experience because my husband and three kids came.  Let’s just say it wasn’t quite the same and I don’t think I will ever do that again.  The kid’s club was closed so we were stuck walking the aisles with three whiny kids.  I was there solely to hunt down  the Ritva Curtains and see if they really did have the look that good in person.  Oh, and grab a cinnamon roll!



Let’s just say they didn’t disappoint.  Even though they are 100% cotton, they have the look and feel of a linen texture.  They come in white, black, gray, medium brown and red.  And as you can see from the examples above, so many ways to personalize.  If you’re looking for drapes for your living room, bedroom or a kid’s room it’s worth the trek out to Ikea.  Check back on Friday and I will show you a DIY project I’m going to attempt with these drapes (maybe I should say, my mom is going to attempt).


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Boo is the name given by my children to my new desk chair….


turns out my family thought it was really funny when I told them I had purchased a ghost chair.


I’ve been debating about this chair forever and decided to finally pull the trigger.  I have to admit, it was love at first sight!


The ever-favorite ghost chair originates from Phillipe Starcke for Kartell.  It instantly gives any room a modern update but if you decide to purchase the original design it will set you back $410 dollars.  I recently stumbled upon an alternative version on LexMod and decided to order so I could see quality. Ordering a ghost chair through LexMod will cost you around $100 dollars per chair.  And, just in case you are skeptical about purchasing a knockoff ghost chair, Jackie over at York Avenue summed up all the research you need to know when comparing the real and the knockoff versions.

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There are so many different ways to utilize this chair in your home, whether it be for an office area, dining room table or as an occasional chair in your living room.

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Or consider putting one in an entry way where you don’t have much space.

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 Or as an occasional chair in a living room…

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A ghost chair is always a great fit around a dining room or breakfast table….

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The possibilities are endless!

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Client Before and After: A Family-Friendly Living Room

A couple of months ago, Kerri and Matt asked us for some help with their living room. They love their house and the general space of the living area, but felt it no longer reflected their aesthetic.

Here’s a glimpse of what the room looked like when we started the project…

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Kerri and Matt have three little girls and wanted a room that would reflect the fun, casual family lifestyle they have. One of their biggest goals was to lighten up the room and make it feel more contemporary. They liked the general layout so asked that we work within it as well as keep the TV console, the leather ottoman, the paint color and the drapery. They had also just added the new gas fireplace with mantel and granite surround themselves so wanted to make sure we took that into consideration.

We got to work helping them create a serene, comfortable living room great for entertaining guests as well as a lazy Sunday morning as a family. Here’s where we landed…

A large sectional offers plenty of seating, is large enough to balance the oversized mantel and provides a relaxed feel; a light grey finish is kid-friendly, but doesn’t feel heavy…

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An ivory rug with a large graphic pattern is neutral, but interesting and a little round wood table provides texture

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A narrow console (with equally narrow lamp!) was found to fit perfectly in the space behind the couch–this is right next to the entry so a perfect place to drop keys

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On the other side of the room, the television was mounted above the existing media console. A previously empty corner becomes the perfect place for a reading nook and two frames de-emphasize the TV.

Machut Opposite Side Room After

How great is this chair?! We provided Kerri with specific measurements and notes on shape for what should go here and she found this perfect piece at HomeGoods!

Kerri TV Chair After

Machut TV and Chair After

Finally, styling the bookshelves put the final touches on the new room.

Kerri Bookshelf Styling After

Thanks Kerri and Matt for sharing your new living room!

Like what you see and need some help in your own home? In just a few hours we can help you pull together your vision–guiding you through the process to make the best choices of furniture, finishes, fabric, accessories, etc. Contact us here for more information!

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