The Apartment

A year ago, when I managed to keep this blog somewhat frequently updated, my apartment was very different from what it is now. The percentage of IKEA has shrunk dramatically and my original plan to stick with smaller sized furniture went right out the window as soon as I inherited some (more) antique furniture. I had to banish my DIY storage ottoman to the basement and my drawer had to move to the entry to make room for an art nouveau oak cabinet. I call it the cabinet OF DREAMS because I love it so much.

antique art nouveau oak cabinet

It’s the perfect type of art nouveau (or jugend in this case). The curved organic lines and ornaments are at a bare minimum with a carved apple and leaf design on the doors. The brass handles almost wanders into art deco territory with their geometric shape. It’s over 100 years old and to me it still looks modern with its clean lines and simple design. In my imaginary life where I live in a early 20th century house with big ass windows this cabinet sits in the dining room looking awesome with some blue and white pottery on top of it.

art nouveau apple brass handle detail

And this antique chest/trunk is pretty cool. It’s from the early 1800’s and the table cloth on top of it is probably 100 years younger or so.

antique brown orange black wool thread embroidered table cloth

I really love the embroidery, especially the black flower stems. Would love to copy them on a sewing project.

antique embroidered table cloth

The entry is no longer pink, I decided to paint it white, lay down some floor and hang some grey drapes in front of my storage. I made this change a while back when I found the perfect bigger apartment, lost the bidding war that ensued and realized I needed to make my own place more sellable. The prices are kinda crazy though so I will probably just stay forever in my little studio.

Even tough I’ve been given so much old stuff lately, I couldn’t resist buying this amazing Edwardian leather jewelry box. It could just be a new obsession developing, but I’ve been eyeing a lot of old leather and wood boxes lately. Luckily, most of them are quite expensive, so I will not be starting up a collection of them any time soon…

antique jewelry box

It feels nice to finally have somewhere to store my antique jewelry.

antique jewelry box inside

I recently got these choker(?) charms that once belonged to my great great grandmother. After doing some research I’m not 100% sure these are actually made to be use on chokers, but I feel they are at least made to be used as some type of decoration on ribbons?

antique choker charms

antique choker charms back

My life has changed a lot in a year too. I went back to school and became a nurse assistant (I think that’s the title in English) and I now work in group homes for people with different types of disabilities, mostly downs syndrome and autism. I really like it, but would of course love to be able to also use my art degree in some way in the future. Combining the two fields would be pretty cool… We’ll see what happens, right now I’m just so happy to have my life somewhat in order for the first time EVER.

Strappy Leather Seat Cover

19th century chair with leather seat cover diy

Back in 2013 I painted and upholstered this late 1800’s chair. Earlier this year I decided to make a seat cover for it using some old leather. Could be my weird fetish for everything black, shiny, leathery and strappy, but I’m completely in love with this chair now.

I only had smaller pieces of leather so I patched up a bunch of them with my sewing machine to make the cover.

19th century chair with leather seat cover diy

19th century chair with leather seat cover diy

I added straps that I tied around the legs of the chair to fasten the cover over the seat.

19th century chair with leather seat cover diy

Free Form Crochet Scarf

free form crochet diy tutorial

Free form crochet is great for all of us that are just too stupid to follow even the most basic crochet patterns. After looking at a number of beginner (yeah, right) patterns online for scarves, I gave up and decided to just improvise and follow absolutely no rules with my scarf. If you google “free form crochet” you get a lot of colorful and creative results, but for me using lots of colors in my scarf would’ve just been too cheerful and artistic and that does not suit my usual all-black outfits at all. Using one solid color, would make it wearable and not too crazy looking.

free form crochet

I started out by making a chain about as long as I wanted my scarf to be.

free form crochet

My initial plan was to crochet normal stitches on the first few rows to make a good base for the scarf. I scrapped that plan pretty quickly and just free-formed the crap out everything from the first row and on to the end.

free form crochet

I’m not sure how others do free form, but for me it was a lot of chain 4- skip 10, chain 10 -skip 3 and lots of completely made up stitches, but as you can see there are a couple of normal stitches in there for a more varied look.

free form crochet

I didn’t even finish the first row before I begun on the second. NO RUUUULEEESSS!!!!!

free form crochet

After a while of total craziness, ended up with this.

free form crochet

I like how the finished scarf has this waterfall quality to it. It’s warm too!

free form crochet

How to Turn a Bed into a Sofa

bed to sofa diy
I bought a new bed and decided to throw out my old sofa (that was almost new but seriously killed my neck and back, so screw that) and make my old bed into a new sofa. Not completely logical, but I’m so happy with the result and this DIY is definitely one of my favorites of all time.

So, what do you need to re-upholster a single bed?

  • A shitload of fabric (just over 8 meters in my case).
  • Strong arms (I have super weak arms but a strong will, and that works too).
  • A damn good staple gun.
  • Thread and needles. And preferably a thimble – your fingers will thank you.

I found this cheap mustard/gold/greenish fabric at a sale and decided it was super-beautiful mostly because it cost almost nothing. I had some doubts about the color in the beginning, but it really turned out great in the end.

So this is what I had to work with.

bed to sofa diy

bed to sofa diy

I was quite pleased to find out that the fabric I bought was wide enough to actually cover the entire mattress.

bed to sofa diy

I stapled it on.

bed to sofa diy

bed to sofa diy

I bought some new legs for the bed to make it lower and give it that bohemian feel that I wanted.

bed to sofa diy

bed to sofa diy

bed to sofa diy

I made some large pillows covered with the same fabric for the backrest.

bed to sofa diy

bed to sofa diy