Wednesday, June 29, 2011

My Finished Cork Board and Sitting Room Decor, Decor, Decor!!!

Hip-hip-hooray!  My lovely Sitting Room is feeling complete! There's a whole-lotta decor chatter in this post (hence the triple 'Decor' in the title).  Here's a look at the final product!

In my last post I showed the DIY steps for this distressed vintage styled cork board (my sister corrected me today, I called it a bulletin board in the last post, thanks Holly).  Check out how I decorated it!  I used the maps I had talked about along with a few other fun things!
Let's have an up close look at some of them...
I had these antique fashion ads from an old newspaper that I picked up at an antique shop in Stillwater and never knew where to use them.  I think they look right at home here on the board. The goofy little cards on the bottom right side are actually little Hanna Barbara playing cards from the 1960's that we found stuck in the radiator in our Guest Room when we did tornado clean up.  They are a little crispy, but I think they were a really fun discovery.  Makes me think that room was most likely a child's room at some point in time. 
In this photo you can see more of the distressed finish on the board as well.  I added a fun photo booth picture of Alex and I that makes me smile.  I also have 2 old Vogue covers prints on the board, I think they are a fun glamorous touch!  That was a suggestion some of you gave me in the comments- thank you, great idea!
Another fun thing to note in this 'Gratuitous Rocco Photo' are the wood crates used as a side table.  I picked those up a while back on an antiquing trip in St. Paul (you can see that post here). They were a total score.....both for just $4.50 each! 
Also, do you see that grate on the right side of the photo on the wall?
Here is a closer look...
I got this grate from Bauer Brother Salvage in North Minneapolis.  I thought it was perfect for this room with it's olive green color, great match for the hanging antique window and throw blanket.  I got the idea for placing photos on an antique grate from Bachman's Spring Idea House.  I thought it was a really unique way to display photos.  Definitely check out the link to see how they did it, they had a variety of grates too, it was very cool!
A photo from our first trip to Chicago and on our wedding day on a Pedi Cab
Oh, and does this lamp look familiar?  It is the one I talked about in my Head Over Heels post a few weeks back.  It is the Barometer lamp from Ikea for $59.99.  It has such a nice vintage feel to it, and it is pretty study- I was impressed by the quality! 

I am really happy with how sweet and charming this little sitting space turned out to be!  In fact, I am currently cuddled up in my big cuddly Ektorp chair (which was a Craigslist steal for only $80) while I finish writing up this blog post.  It is a perfect little spot for blogging :)  The room really has come a long way since back in January when we pulled out the icky carpet and Alex installed wood flooring.
Before all that we NEVER used this room at all.  Now I have my Dressing Room and this lovely sitting space!
Whew!  What do you think?  I'm really loving it, although now sitting and looking over at my Dressing Room I am afraid I might need to do a few changes in there too, hmmm....
Oh dear, this Spare Room space may never be officially finished!  Darn awkward layout!  Decisions, decisions.  Does anyone else struggle to design a particular space in their house?  Or change up a room alot?  Maybe it's just me?!?

***6.30.11 Update: I realized I assembled the lamp wrong, there is an extension of the arm that is missing, I went to throw away the box this morning and found another part in it!  Oops!  Guess that is what I get for not following the stick figure Ikea instructions! I will try and get another photo of the fully assembled lamp!***  


  1. Oh! It is gorgeous..gorgeous..! Love the makeover. Stunning space you got here. Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  2. Carla, it is beautiful and cozy! The perfect place to curl up and blog or read! Those playing cards are such a fun little find! LOVE it so much!

  3. It looks great!!! You're making such good use of that space.

  4. Its beautiful I love the whole room. I want one in my house. Maybe someday. I change things up a lot in my house. In about 8 months I get a whole new house to do it too. Looking forward to that.

  5. Beautiful! Great find with the chair! Did you have to put a slip cover on it?

  6. Yes the chair actually came with 2 slip covers. It is from Ikea and they sell all sort of covers in different patterns, so it might be fun to change it up once I get sick of the plain white, but for now it it just fine! Glad I can wash them too, Rocco loves to sit on the ottoman- oh, Katrina, I missed your question, yes we kept the ottoman, Rocco is sitting on it in one of the pictures. We moved it by the window, but when I am using it I push it back by the chair. Rocco likes to sit on it and look out the window :)

  7. I love your makeover. That sitting area looks so cozy!

  8. looks like a space that reflects your individual sense of style plus your little furry assistant is the cutest thing ever. look at that big smile :) great job all around! ~diane

  9. The Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop became the coolest party on the block because of your participation. Thank you :)

  10. Looks all the fun details. Little bit jealous of your dressing room though!!! Stopping by from WWC...I'm a MN girl too :)
    Take care, Laurel@chippingwithcharm

  11. Love your cozy new room; your chair, stacked crates and especially the new bulletin board. Great style.

  12. Everything about this space is fabulous! As is the dressing room!! You definitely have an authentic style. Thanks so much for linking up at WWC! :)

  13. OMG Carla! When you said this was the same blanket that I bought for my white chair, I had to come check it out! I KNEW I had seen that blanket before but couldn't remember where! LOL!!!! I love it, too! That is hilarious! BTW, welcome back! I hope you're going to do a post about your amazing trip. I want to hear all about it! :)


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