Hello there! I finally found my new office chair! It’s comfy and doesn’t take much space, exactly like I wanted. Plus the bottom blocks when you sit down so you don’t roll around !
Well, here’s a new outfit post.
Last Saturday I went with my sister in law to a friend’s jewelry demonstration. The jewelry from Mystika is created by several belgian creators and is really fancyful.
I fell in love with these two items (quite obvious: I LOVE pocket watches):
Today, I combined these two accessories with a bit of a dreamy look, a little plait in my hair and a long black dress from Only.
Like you saw perhaps on my last post, I use doors sold for the Expedit bookcase at Ikea. They were sold only sold in black and white when I wanted to buy some and as I needed 8 of them, spending total 80 euro for some doors, was a bit to much.
Few weeks later, I came across a sale at the store nearby and saw the same doors, in green for less money. I decided to buy them and to find a solution to cover them with another color.
I started by sanding down one door, but with the first cm I realized that I would end up with an uneven surface and that it would eventually swell with the humidity of the paint. So I went to an art supplies store to buy some adhesive paper in grey. I cut them to size and fixed them on each door.
I was poking around, looking for a new office chair, of course. New desk means new office chair. My desk is a bit higher than an usual desk, 78 cm as the top is laying on a Malm dresser.
So it’s time for a new chair, but … with a small budget. I don’t want to spend too much on this chair, I’m not spending 8 hours a day on it … so I’m looking for cheap but classy chairs.
Here’s what I found:
- Lillhöjden from Ikea (60 euro) : a fair price and the fabric seems really nice, but the bottom of this chair, all in black seems a bit too cheap. Also there are some decorative knots on the back, I think I should check out if it is possible to remove them.
- Mesh Eames from Lakeland Furniture (90 euro): I really really like this one, but well, selled only on the internet, there’s no way to see and sit on it for real. Plus 20 bucks nonrefundable delivery … what if I have a change of heart?
- Evo from Alter Ego Design (79 euro): very very stylish, but maybe too stylish. I really like it but I’m not sure that this would fit into my office.
- Turin from Alter Ego (59 euro): this one is classic but stylish at the same time, it could be kind of a safe bet.
- Candle from Weba (51 euro) and Hurricane from Weba (40 euro): Really good looking, very minimalistic but I wonder if it looses on comfort. And maybe it would be better in black ? And on the second one, the stuffing seems a but too soft. One more problem, the next Weba store is 130 km away, but maybe there’s a chance to travel nearby soon?
Like I told you in my last post, my office is also a kind of a storage room.
And there’s a lot to store.
When we moved, we bought new bookcases and I had an old Ikea “Expedit” bookcase over (4×4). My storage started out with this furniture, not to wide et most certainly not too deep as there’s not more than 2m from wall to wall.
So, it started out with this bookcase, which I bought boxes and doors for. Eventually, we ended up buying another one second hand (2×4 boxes) and stacked them together. A lot of storage. Enough for everything that needed storage and didn’t find any in the other rooms.
But with all this thoughts about creating enough storage, I tended to forget: this is my office. And I want my office to be cosy and inspiring. And here’s what I came up with.
At first, I had this really really big table (160cm x 80cm) that fitted only in one place in my office and I kinda bought it only to have an extra table when we have more than 8 guests over (for example when we celebrated our civil marriage). So by the time I decided to add the second “Expedit” bookcase, this desk had to disappear (behind this enormous bookcase, so we can pull it out if needed).
My second desk was a combination of a “Malm” dresser and a tiny tiny desk put together. There was not much place for stuff, even to place my elbows when working.
So I came up with a solution: using a worktop to get a tidy and spacious workplace. What a great idea. But but reality is inspiration’s unmerciful enemy: the cheapest wooden worktop I could find was 75 euro at Ikea and I had to cut it to the right size. I wasn’t willing to spend that much and else, I didn’t know how and where to cut this worktop neatly to size.
A few weeks later, after getting over this disappointment, my father told me about cheap worktops at “Bauhaus” in Germany. So we combined a shopping day in Aachen on the international Record Store Day with taking a look around this shop.
And I wasn’t disappointed : I loaded my car with a 180cmx60cm birchwood worktop for less than 40 euro. With two legs cut to size on one end and the “Malm” dresser on the other end, I ended up with a desk like I wanted it to be.
With some “Faktum” wall-cabinets like a sideboard on the other wall to store all of my other stuff (they need still to be adjusted and a worktop too), I’m glad to see how my office tourned out.
This on is quite an easy hack, the “hardest” thing was finding a fitting top panel. I used three of 60x70x37 cm Faktum structure together and mounted them on one wall in my living room. (I had these cabinets before and used them as storage for clothing in my former apartment under the sloping roof). I added some Härlig door and a 180cm top panel from the Besta series in white. I measured the height based on the bench underneath, which I wanted to be able to store there and to easily get the bench out when we have friends over for dinner.
I did the same on the other wall, with 60x92x37 cm Faktum cabinets and a 120cm Besta top panel. Easy hack and for my part, it’s just the style I love, for not much money (all together must be around 200 euro).
I just recommend choosing very well how to mount the cabinets, as I use these cabinets to storage my dishes in it, it’s quite heavy.
(Also if you look closer, there is another Ikea hack: the frame with Ikea fabric ;))
I do not consider myself as a fashion fanatic and I’m not really interested in what’s “in” right now. But, I guess, like every one else, I want to fell good in my clothes and I’m everytime on the lookout for something new.
Here’s a piece I found last weekend in Maastricht, from Vero Moda (I really really like the collections of Vero Moda, Pieces, Vila and Only !). The cut at the bottom of this shirt is not simply straight, but goes a bit down on the back.
Paired with a simple black skirt from H&M and somme accessories (from Primark I think), I get an outfit, that is convenient for every occassion and soooo comfy !
When we moved in, we finally had place for every woman’s dream: a walk-in closet.
As we are renting the place, we don’t have a lot of possibilities for a walk in closet. We first bougt a wardrobe (Pax from Ikea) and as I didn’t want to go more than 1,80m into the room I needed 40cm depth cabinets.
That’s why I decided to use Faktum kitchen cabinets (Ikea). They are cheap, sturdy and with two cabinets on the top of each other, I was able to build it to the ceiling.
Here’s what I needed to complete this project:
- [3x] Faktum 60x70x37cm cabinet
- [3x] Faktum 60x195x37cm cabinet
- [6x] Härlig 30x70cm doors
- [2x] Härlig 60x195cm doors
- [As needed] Rationell 60×35 shelves
- [1x] Besta 180cm rail system
The DIY after I came up with this idea is pretty easy.
First , I mounted all the cabinets according to the manual and placed the bigger on next to each other.I attached the cabinets and the added an attachement between the last cabinet and the wall for safety.
Then, Imounted the smaller cabinets on the top and fixed them also to the other cabinets.Finally, the Besta rail was fixed on the bottom and the top of the 3 bigger cabinets.I attached wheels onto the doors, placed the smaller doors like usual and placed also the shelves.
As the back is not really pretty with Ikea’s classic brown compressed wood panels, I covered it up with wallpaper !
The weather is beautiful, the sun is smiling at us and I really enjoy leaving finally scarf and jacket at home.
We already ate barbecues at home and even went to a friends house to enjoy the sun, some wine and beer and well grilled meat. I have the feeling that this winter lasted a year long and I’m ready to embrace summer … so I went window shopping on the web. On asos.com I found finally some really great offers. I intended to buy something on this website for quite some time, but the charges for delivery changed my mind. Last weekend I learned that delivery is free now for europe and I was thrilled about it.
Here’s what I digged up in the outlet and sale section.