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Ikea Hack: Leather Lounge Chair

Guess what? We have another Ikea hack and it’s equally as lust worthy. Meet the Leather Lounge; a DIY project that will take this impossibly bright Ikea chair and transform it into a vintage inspired lounge number. It’s all part of our Operation Abby’s Office Redo. That beauty, in all its bright eclectic goodness is coming up next! And for even more Ikea hacks, click here!

Materials

Ikea chair
1 1/4 yards thin bonded leather fabric
Sewing machine
Leather sewing machine needle
Heavy duty thread
Scissors
Sharpie
1” wide velcro strip at least 20” long
Gold spray paint
Seam ripper

instructions

step-1 Assemble the chair frame according to the instructions. Spray paint the frame gold. You’ll want to do this outside or in a well-ventilated area, and on some cardboard or a plastic dropcloth. Spray it from all angles, in 2-3 light coats, to prevent drips. Let it dry 1 hour.

step-2Use the seam ripper to open up the Ikea seat cover and separate each main piece (the top and bottom shape for the front and back, 4 pieces total). You won’t need the long skinny piece that runs the along the side of the chair, between the front and back of the cover. Make sure to rip up the seams of the hem, too, so you get the full width of the fabric.

step-3Label each of the four pieces with a letter and label a picture of the finished chair with the same letters so you can remember how it goes together later.

step-4Lay out the leather fabric (backside up) on the floor and trace each piece of the Ikea seat cover in sharpie. Write the corresponding letter on each piece.

step-5Cut out each piece. Sew velcro strips onto the bottom pieces (in the same spot they are on the original covers).

step-6Sew the top & bottom pieces together for the front and back of the chair.

step-7Layer the front and back pieces, backsides facing out. Sew together along the outer edge leaving a ½” border. Flip the cover inside out.

step-8Slide the chair cover on the frame and velcro the bottom.

Photography: Nicole Baas | Design and Styling: SMP Living

Ikea Hack: Cobalt Office Chair

You know we love ourselves a good Ikea hack. Love might not even be strong enough a word. And this one is practically unrecognizable from the standard store bought offerings with a pop of glossy cobalt and some leopard for good measure. This office chair is not shy but that’s why we love it so. Give an Ikea piece an oh-so glam update with this fab project. And for even more Ikea hacks, click here!

Materials

Ikea chair
Chair wheels
Gloss cobalt blue spraypaint
Gold spraypaint
7/16” drill bit
Drill
Super glue
Hammer or mallet
Leopard fabric
2” thick foam sheet large enough for the seat diameter (we found ours at Joann’s)
Hot glue gun & sticks
Scissors
Sharpie
Pencil
String
Ruler
Fabric measuring tape
Bread knife

instructions

step-1Drill a hole with the ⅜” bit, long enough for the wheel insert, into each chair leg. Dab some super glue onto each wheel insert, then tap into place with a hammer.

step-2Spray the chair cobalt blue. You’ll want to do this outside or in a well-ventilated area, and on some cardboard or a plastic dropcloth. Spray it from all angles, in 2-3 light coats, to prevent drips. Let the chair dry 1 hour.

step-3 Spray the wheels gold from every angle, and let dry 1 hour.

step-4Measure the diameter of the seat, then use a pencil, a sharpie, and some string to trace a circle of the same size on the foam.

step-5 Use a bread knife to cut out the foam circle. Make sure to hold it perpendicular to the sheet as you go around so the circle doesn’t come out with angled edges.

step-6Trace a circle 1” larger in diameter on the backside of the fabric. Cut two out two circles of fabric (you can stack two layers of fabric and cut them both out together). Measure the length around the circle, then cut a strip of fabric that long and 2 ½” wide.

step-7 Hot glue foam circle to the two fabric circles, one on either side. Fold down the extra fabric around the rim on each side and glue in place.

step-8Fold down the sides of the strip of fabric to create a faux seam and hot glue around the side of the foam circle.

step-9 Place the wheels into each insert and pop the cushion onto the chair seat, and you’re ready to work!

Photography: Nicole Baas | Design and Styling: SMP Living

Girls Weekend Getaway in Palm Springs

Is there anything better than a girls getaway? It easily ranks up at the top of my favorite things list, and this fun and fabulous look into Gal Meets Glam and Packed Party‘s time in Palm Springs from Vero Suh Photography has me aching to plan just such a weekend for my girlfriends. Stylish as all get out, these girls know how to have a good time and look fabulous doing it. We want in on the next trip!

From Julia and Jordan…San Francisco is full of movers and shakers. There’s no shortage of female entrepreneurs trying to make their brands and businesses run. Julia Engel of Gal Meets Glam and Jordan Jones of Packed Party are two of them. As most entrepreneurs know, running a business at times can be quite lonely. Insert solo lunching, which is exactly how Jordan and Julia met a year ago. Bonding over their similar interest and stories of making their way to the city, the two were fast friends, or Best Bebs if you will. Jones’ company Packed Party defines a “Beb” as a better version of a babe and the word has quickly grown with her business in the last 18 months.

Finding personal time is difficult for both women who dedicate so much of their lives to their brands, so they decided they wanted to have a Best Bebs Weekend to get away from the city hustle and take their talents to Palm Springs. Both women are self-confessed social media addicts, so they knew Palm Springs would set the perfect back drop for both brands while having no shortage of laughs with one another and their friend, photographer Vero Suh.

Engel, known for her feminine style, was in charge of styling the weekend’s attire with a little colorful 70s flair, while Jones was in charge of bringing props (cue flamingos and Packed Party Packages), and finding the most colorful doors to deliver to. The two had done quite a bit of research on Palm Springs ahead of time for inspiration and found a lack of information on what to wear, where to go on a girl’s trip, and sources of inspiration in the desert so the problem was simple. Creating a fun and inspiring hub for two friends to travel and showcase their styles and places they’d visit in a special city was how #BestBebsWeekend was created. Their hope is that other women are inspired to take time to travel with their Best Bebs even just for a quick weekend and can grab a few spots they want to visit from their series or by simply searching the hashtag.

Stay tuned for their next big trip!

Photography: Vero Suh Photography | Favors: Packed Party | Outfits And Styling: Gal Meets Glam

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Stylish Garden Planters with Pier 1 Imports

We’ve teamed up with Pier 1 Imports to bring you tips and tricks for crafting a summer filled with pretty entertaining and gorgeous outdoor spaces. And now we’re rolling up our sleeves and diving into three ways to gussy up planters. Meet our Ladylike Urns, a Tropical Tree, and an Herb Garden gone Fab. You’ll be the toast of the town once neighbors spot these beauties nestled in your yard.

Ladylike Urns

For a front door that leave a gorgeous first impression, we started with the Antiqued White Planter from Pier 1 Imports and filled it with a sea of colorful blooms. We wanted to add some timeless beauty to the front entry, and you can’t get more classically pretty than the beautiful shape of these urns. They give your door perfect symmetry, and when filled with delicate flowers, add instant curb appeal. To get the look try Dahlias, Ivy, Pansies, Sandwort Arenaria and Erica Carnea Heather.

A Tropical Tree

For an outdoor accent that pops, look no further than our favorite tropical tree. Sometimes you just need a touch of the Caribbean, and we think the patio is the perfect place to start. This aqua blue planter with shell-like handles looks as if it’s been washed in the ocean and pairs perfectly with a colorful tropical tree. To get the look combine a Hibiscus Tree with Pier 1 Imports’ beautiful Aqua Ceramic Planter available in stores.

Elegant Herb Garden

This perfect little herb garden is getting a lift with the help of the Oval Plant Stand from Pier 1 Imports. What could be nicer than having a garden you don’t have to bend and dig to cut from? Once we spotted this elegant stand, we knew it was the perfect height to keep a selection of fresh herbs to grab for summer meals. And it doesn’t hurt that the delicate wire detailing gives the whole setup a quaint, old-world European vibe. We added our favorite herbs into the mix including: Chives, Peas, Mesclun Lettuce, Dill, Parsley, Peppermint, Spearmint and Sage. 

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With all the pretty planter options at Pier 1 Imports, decorating the great outdoors has never been easier.  So grab your favorite planters, fill with lovely blooms and greenery and your outdoor space will be garden party ready just in time for summer.

Photography: Ruth Eileen

Pier 1 Imports Products: Antiqued White Planter | Aqua Ceramic Planter (available in stores) | Oval Plant Stand

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DIY Wanderlust Globe

For someone who has travel on the brain 24/7, this sweet little DIY from Jennifer of Pretty Little Details is one I need to add to my “must craft” list ASAP. Completely customizable and oh so cute, this globe will up your #shelfie (yep, that’s a thing) game in a jiffy.


I recently saw this amazing hand painted globe at Anthropologie and I thought it would be a fun and inexpensive project to diy myself! By purchasing an old globe off of Kijiji (Canada’s version of Craigslist), this entire project only cost me $25… A huge savings compared to the buying it in store for $198!

Materials

1 Globe
Black & Aqua acrylic paint
Gold spray paint
Gold paint pen

instructions

step-1

With the globe still on its axis, start by outlining the major land masses with black paint using a thin paint brush. Then use a larger paint brush to fill all of the oceans. Let dry and paint a second coat.

step-2

Now that the water is painted, you are ready to move onto painting all the land areas! Using an aqua coloured paint (or your colour of choice!) fill in the major land masses while staying inside the black outlines you already painted. If you mixed a few colours together to create the perfect hue (like I did), make sure to mix extra paint in case you need any touchups or another coat.

step-3

Remove the globe from it’s stand and paint Antarctica and the north pole. Balance the globe on a small bowl or plate to keep the globe from rolling away while you are working.

step-4

While, the globe is off of its axis, take this time to give the stand a fresh coat of paint (I used Rustolium specialty metallic in gold). Let the stand dry, then carefully reattach the globe to its axis.

step-5

Using a gold paint pen, write the names of all the continents (and a few bodies of water) on the globe!

step-6

Find a pretty spot to display your beautiful new decor piece!


Design & Styling: Jennifer Ashley Of Pretty Little Details