I Want it Now: Coat Rack

A Feteful Life: I want it now - Ikea Coat Stand

Fall is in the air and that means jackets and backpacks are becoming a part of our daily routine again. We don’t have a coat closet near our front door so all of those things tend to wind up cluttering our banister. But, I’m hoping that this year will be different because I’m getting a coat rack! I’ve been shopping around for them for a while and I think this simple birch one from Ikea is perfection! I want it now! A Feteful Life: I want it now - Ikea Coat Stand

DIY Watercolor Art

A Feteful Life: DIY WatercolorDuring the summer my son came home from camp with a simple scribbled drawing in crayon that was covered with watercolor paint. I adored it and it gave me some great inspiration for this easy DIY project. I always have a hard time finding art for my home. I’m well past the point in my life where I’m hanging movie posters on the wall but still can’t really afford a one of kind piece of art from a gallery. So, what’s a girl to do? Make her own art of course. And, it’s so simple that you should do it as well. Here’s how to do it.

A Feteful Life: DIY WatercolorI decided to keep my design simple and graphic so it was easy to sketch out on a piece of graph paper.

A Feteful Life: DIY WatercolorOnce I finalized my design, I went over with with a dark black pen so it would be easy to trace onto the watercolor paper.

A Feteful Life: DIY WatercolorNo light table? No problem. I just taped my graph paper to a glass door (or window would work) and placed the watercolor paper over it. Instant light table! I also used masking tape to tape a border for my painting. This isn’t necessary but helps create nice clean lines if you want them.

A Feteful Life: DIY WatercolorOnce I had the watercolor paper all taped up, I used a white crayon to trace over the design. Please do not use a washable crayon if you are using watercolors as the crayon will wash away as you start to add the color. You want a nice waxy crayon to repel the water.

A Feteful Life: DIY WatercolorIt’s a bit hard to see but you can see the white crayon lines on the paper.

A Feteful Life: DIY WatercolorYou don’t need fancy supplies to make art! I’m using the kid’s watercolor palate from IKEA along with their paintbrushes.

A Feteful Life: DIY Watercolor

A Feteful Life: DIY Watercolor

A Feteful Life: DIY WatercolorNow, just start painting… whatever colors your little heart desires. I usually do a wash of my base color first and then add some little variations of colors once that base is down.

A Feteful Life: DIY WatercolorOnce the paint has dried remove the masking tape boarders and then trim the paper down to whatever size you want. Voila. Easy DIY art that anyone can do. Fete on!

Summer Art Prints

I’ve been on a mission to change up our house a bit. We’ve lived here for about 7 years and haven’t changed much since we moved in (we did extensive decorating when we did, though). And pretty much all of a sudden, it started to annoy me. Between the kids and the dog, a lot of things have really been worked over (the most pricey things, of course). So I started in on changing little things — a new living room rug, coffee table, and an art print — none of it expensive, because with the kids still running roughshod around the house, I wasn’t making that mistake again. The art print is an IKEA one I’ve had my eye on for a while — a fun graphic motif of a girl swimming (see below) — which just totally reminds me of summer when I was young. And as I’ve started looking for more, I find myself drawn over and over to prints that remind me of my youthful summers in the midwest. Change + nostalgia works, I guess. I rounded up my other favorites below. What reminds you of your summers of youth?!

A Feteful Life: Summer Art Prints

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I Want It Now: New Everyday Dishes

A Feteful Life: IKEA 365+ dishes

I bought our everyday dishes ten years ago right after I graduated law school. I was obsessed with CB2 at the time. There was only one actual store and it was in Chicago, but I visited almost every time I went home to see my parents. So I was super excited and feeling all adult to order my first set of geometric dishes from there. They arrived at my little Philadelphia loft all individually wrapped and they’ve traveled all over with me since then. Sadly, there are only a handful left and we are in serious need of a new everyday set. I’ve been wanting a set of plain, reasonably-priced white dishes, which has proven annoyingly unexpectedly difficult to find. BUT, I think I’ve finally found what I wanted! At IKEA, of course. The 365+ set is a great shape, great price, and is microwaveable and dishwasher safe. Now what do I do with my few remaining CB2 set with which I can’t bear to part?

Favorite DIY IKEA Hacks

I have a love/hate relationship with IKEA. I vacillate between nightmares of my early-20’s self putting an entire apartment worth of furniture together with 8,000 small wooden pegs and the dreaded IKEA allen wrench and the great leaps IKEA has made in design recently (I particularly love the new PS 2014 Collection, which should hit your IKEA this month, and the TRENDIG 2013 Collection, especially the geometric dishes). And just in case I ever get enough time, tools, and space to do so {or convince Suzanne’s super DIY savvy husband Jim to help me}, I’ve been running up a pretty serious tab of IKEA hacks to undertake. Here’s what’s currently topping my list:

A Feteful Life: Favorite IKEA Hacks

1. Dream Green DIY’s easy paint hack of LINNMON tables.

2. This hack of IKEA plywood drawers looks easy enough for me.

3. I’ve really been loving poufs lately and if I suddenly acquire mad sewing skills, maybe I can whip this hack of an IKEA ottoman up.

4. Sugar & Cloth’s hack of the MALM headboard using Stikwood looks super awesome.

5. Hither & Thither’s quick spraypaint hack of the PATRIK Swivel Chair (which I actually used to own).

6. It’s no secret how we feel about bar carts and I love this hack from Style Me Pretty.

7. Petite Apartment did a great mid-century mod hack on the IKEA BESTA cabinet.

8. Another great Style Me Pretty gold and gilded hack.

9. A mid-century modern hack of the prolific LACK coffee table.