Wishlist Wednesday: December 17, 2014

I’ve been thinking about rearranging our living room lately, and one thing that bugs me is our bookcase. Our apartment is pretty decent-sized, but it’s astonishing how much real estate a 2×8 Ikea bookcase can take up.

There are definitely some gorgeous bookcase designs out there, but many of them still take up more space than might be ideal. Martina Carpelan, a Finnish designer, has a cool storage solution that I love.

martina carpelan corner bookcase storage shelfSource: Martina Carpelan

The design could just as easily be used in the kitchen or other rooms. What I like most is that you could use it both a positive or negative corner of the room. The downside is, one shelf wouldn’t hold too many books, and at 95 euros a pop, that’s quite a bit to spend. Even so, it’d be cute as a bedside bookshelf – if your room has weird proportions – and it’s also inspiration for a DIY version of your own.

Something else that I’ve been thinking of lately, is the large wall in our staircase landing. It’s pretty high, and it’s a lot of blank space to look at, which is rather uninteresting.

Eazywallz has a pretty awesome collection of removable wall murals, and you can customize the size, as well as create one with your own photos. I’m in love with this one (I couldn’t get a larger size):

SF pier 7  Source: Eazywallz

That’s a shot I’ve been wanting to get for a while now, and I’m considering attempting to DIY a photographic mural if I get the perfect shot. The biggest challenge would be covering a large wall, as well as figuring out a way to make sure it’s removable. The more I think about it, the more excited I am to try this out – so this is going on the project list for sure!

xo Rucha

Wishlist Wednesday: October 29th, 2014

It finally feels like fall is here in San Francisco. Temperatures are dipping, I’m going to track my scarves down soon, and I actually feel like decorating for the season.

Fall is my 2nd favorite season after winter, even though California doesn’t exactly have much of a winter. I love the serenity of snow and the transformed wintry landscapes, and the latter half of the year definitely makes me itch for a place of my own to decorate and change as I see fit. I dream of gorgeous stone fireplaces and cozy baths that I could design according to our tastes.

And if I really had my way, I’d have a ridiculously over the top bath. Say, one that included this bathtub from Fancy.com:

Golf leaf bathtub fancy.com 24k gold bath paris skyline
Source: Fancy.com

Of course, in my head, that (gigantic, of course) bathroom has natural lighting and creamy grey marble, with that tub as a focal point, maybe with a skylight over it. Clearly, in my head, I’ve also won the lottery.

That thing is a whopping $22,310, so this is definitely a wishlist item that’ll stay on the list. But a girl can dream right? It’s beautiful. Maybe one day I’ll have a bathtub that I need to replace and I’ll use it as a guinea pig for an ambitious DIY attempt. I’ll keep you posted – probably via a “What on earth was I thinking?” post.

Meanwhile, on the more realistic end of things, I’ve apparently been hiding under a rock because I didn’t realize that Darby Smart existed. I think I might have briefly seen an ad on Facebook – it’s a DIY monthly subscription box – and dismissed it because I wasn’t sure I wanted a prepackaged DIY project coming in the mail every month. I think it’s a really cool idea though, especially if you’re really busy, but like being crafty and making things regularly. What I also realized today is that they also sell supplies and project kits outside of monthly subscriptions – due to which I promptly bought their wood burning set.

Darby Smart wood burning set woodburning pen

Source: Darby Smart

What I liked about the set is that I could customize to fit my needs, so I eliminated the box in favor of just the pen, stain, brush and letters. I have a couple ideas in mind already, you’ll just have to wait and see!

In a similar vein, I’ve been obsessing over the 3Doodler for months. It’s a 3D printing pen that you can use to make sculptures and 3D drawings. The only thing stopping me is that I don’t want it to be a toy that I get and set aside after a gleeful three days, but the more I read their blog, the more I think that with practice, it would be a useful tool to have.

3Doodler 3DTotal Publishing bird kickstarter book master-your-3D pen

Source: 3Doodler

Imagine a world where doodling doesn’t waste time, but brings your ideas to life. That bird is made from doodles. Doodles, you guys. It’s like my bored-10-year-old-doodling-in-class’ ultimate dream come true.

(Hey Matt, if you’re reading this, Christmas is only 2 months away!)

Seriously though, I think I might get the 3Doodler in the next year or so – I’ve seen some mixed media ideas that I feel could be incorporated into a decor project, but it would definitely be a really unique way to attempt home decor. It’s plastic, and it’ll be hard to make it look pretty, but half the fun is experimenting and facing a challenge.

If anything, I’ll have a way to make Halloween decorations next year.

xo Rucha

Coffee Table Ideas

Okay I lied. I wasn’t able to finish off the updates I mentioned. Can you tell I have some adjusting to do when it comes to my workout-cook-work-blog scheduling?

I went over some ideas I had in mind for the coffee table instead. I mentioned here that our coffee table needs some major sprucing up. The melamine is chipped and I’m not a fan of the brown-black, even though it does go pretty well with our Expedit.

This is just a clever photo

This is just a clever photo.

I want something that’s eye-catching but subtle. I know for sure that I want to paint the whole thing a off-white or ivory to begin with, and cover it with a wood tone top.

Source: Houzz

I mentioned in that post that I didn’t want to plank it, but I’m also not positive about just adding a new top and finishing it. By the way, I totally have a Jigsaw now, which may be the cause for my sudden ambition – my previous plan involved having Home Depot cut my plywood down to exactly what I needed. But with a Jigsaw, I can play around with ideas a little bit.

I spied Design Manifest’s gorgeous barn wood wall during the One Week Challenge, and loved how the staggered planks looked.

Source: Design Manifest

I’m not sure how great that will look with smaller pieces though. I can see a pattern like that looking great with narrower/shorter pieces – on a floor. Or even a wall. But while the staggered look and (hopefully) barely-there seams courtesy of my Jigsaw might get me the modern look, it doesn’t quite feel right.

Source: Design*Sponge

That, I found while going through old inspiration emails I’d saved. I saw that on Design*Sponge ages ago, and thought it was really cool. I don’t think  I can pull something like that off, but it’s certainly a fantastic source of inspiration (and maybe a project for 5 years down the road).

My finishing touch – which will really bring out the contrast between the creamy white and the dark wood top  – is going to be a bar top finish. I know Envirotex Lite has some good reviews, so that’s an option, though I’m concerned about getting a too-thick coating.

Source: Pinterest 

Look how glossy!

A less glossy but equally beautiful option is Tung oil, which I’ve heard is great for finishing wood. That idea is definitely a maybe because it depends on a) if I use real wood/plywood as opposed to veneer and b) if it’s safe for the cats.

Source: Pinterest

Considering how glossy the sheens are, maybe I should just worry less about the design of the top I end up deciding on.

I’m excited to tackle this one in the upcoming weeks!

xo Rucha

Fear and Inspiration

Source: Pinterest

That’s the headboard I want. In the near future. Note the use of the word “near”.

I’ve been terrible about posting lately. It’s not for a lack of ideas or projects, but somehow I haven’t been able to wrangle the time and energy to actually do them. Part of it is probably because a couple of weeks ago I started a new fitness club membership and I’ve been trying harder to cook at home for most of my meal. Which means I haven’t had too much time to blog, since I don’t intend to make this a fitness blog anytime soon (or ever).

But frankly, that’s a bit of an excuse. When I started this blog, I wanted a place to document not just projects that I worked on, but also inspiration and ideas. I certainly have a veritable laundry list of those, like that headboard above.

I spend enough time looking through other sources for inspiration, but I realize that instead of talking about it here, I save them to my email and don’t look at them until I decide I want to tackle them.

And with wanting to tackle those ideas comes fear. My first couple projects, I was more excited than anything else, and just wanted to get things done. A few months in, I know that every task and every project comes with some sort of screw up to learn from. I’m no pro, and sometimes its obvious. And lately that’s been stopping me from tackling the simplest things.

When else am I going to learn, though? Making mistakes while living in a rental where I can’t do (much) permanent damage is the best situation, right? Right here is where I learn and grow and all that jazz. So with that in mind, I’m going to start posting more often. I definitely haven’t been idle, so stay tuned tomorrow for a couple of updates that I’ll be putting the finishing touches on tonight.

Maybe the post after that will feature the headboard. Okay not really but it’s high on my list because it’s so pretty.

xo Rucha