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Copycat $1500 Gold/Fur Chair DIY for $215

30 Jun

I wanted to share a quick DIY I recently did…that may be the easiest DIY you’ll ever do in your entire life.  (Maybe this is more of a hack? That’s trendy to say right now. Decor Hack! Chair Hack!)

I was recently staying at the Hotel Allegro in Chicago, and I fell in love with the most beautiful chair of my entire life.

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See those guys on the right? The white fur and gold metal arm chairs?

I. Was. Obsessed. (Well, legit, I was obsessed with this entire hotel. It was the perfect mix of Art Deco and Hollywood Regency that dominates my Pinterest boards…and my home….and my life. And, no, this isn’t a sponsored post. I JUST LIKE PRETTY THINGS. I’ll actually share a bunch of pictures of the gorgeous decor here at the end of my post because they’re THAT inspiring.)

I’ve been slowly redoing my living room, since the last time I decorated, I was a new baby, fresh out of college and too excited to make design choices that would last me a lifetime. (I literally picked the first couch I saw in RoomStore. It was super comfy, but it wasn’t winning any design awards. I tend to get excited and make quick choices.)

Anyway, I picked out a baller couch and gorgeous paint, but I couldn’t stop thinking about those white fur and gold chairs.  I mean. Let’s look at more pictures and drool a bit.

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So I emailed the hotel to ask where they were purchased, and someone emailed me back within the day.

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Introducing the Ansel Brass Chair with Tibetian Fur. And it could be mine for the low low price of $1520!

….yeah.  That wasn’t happening. So, my hunt began. I was sure I could find a gold chair with white fur. Positive.

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And I did!  This guy from TOV Furniture was a bit cheaper, coming in at $725.  But still…I was already dropping serious  money on a new couch, and I didn’t want to spend that much.

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I also found this Shag Puff chair from Anthropologie, but that was $750. Still a bit more than I wanted to spend.

So, I figured I’d get a little creative.

I found a great gold metal chair with cool details here for only $190.

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What I liked about this chair is that it was a reproduction of a design by Harry Bertoia, who was an Italian designer who did a beautiful series of metallic furniture in the 1950’s. (The real version of these chairs can go over $500.)

I took that chair and ordered a sheepskin off of Amazon. (I picked this one from Ikea. It’s not the kind of fur that will make you die of happiness, but it looks nice and full.)

Combine the two and…voila!  A $1500 chair created for about $215.indy chair

Ignore the cat who has decided this is her new throne. Mine looks a little different–no side arms, and I liked the design of the back of the chair so much that I didn’t want to cover it up. (Although, I learned that the back of the inspiration chair is just a big pillow, so it’d be easy to add in at some point.)

It’s also not as full at the base as the original, BUT I love the juxtaposition of architectural metal with the luxe-looking fur.

My truest confession is that I still might save my pennies and buy the real version one day.  But I think this is a great substitution while I wait for that day to come.

So there you go. I just saved you like $1200 AND you go to see a picture of a spoiled kitten. (insert heart eyes emojiis)

And before I leave you, here are a few more pictures of the Hotel Allegro. I took a thousand pictures on my phone, but obviously, the real promo pictures are WAY better.

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Creating an Office/Dressing Room

9 Jan

One of my favorite things about going to college was all the assignments I had that forced me to write (and write…and write…)  Maybe this is weird (but indicative of what I love), but I really enjoyed crafting fifty page papers or writing about the feminism scale that can be found in both Buffy and the Power Puff Girls.

I’ve found myself writing a lot more recently, but it’s always cross-legged on my couch with my laptop on my knees.  Needless to say, it’s not the most comfortable position in the world.

I’ve been wanting to create a little nook where I can write (and that also can function as a vanity), but I’m torn on whether or not I want to convert a guest bedroom into a closet/office or just create a little nook in my bedroom.

I saw this picture from West Elm, and I thought it was an incredible idea.

A blogger took the doors off her closet and used a desk to create a little writing nook.  This is such an adorable idea!  I have three closets in my room, and I feel like this wouldn’t be that hard to recreate.

Besides writing, I also want to use my desk as a vanity.  Right now, I keep all my makeup/hair stuff in a basket near my kitchen island.  I used to always sit on the floor in front of my bedroom mirror to get ready, but now that I’m old and creaky, my back gets mad at me if I sit uncomfortably for too long.  I figured with the right kind of storage, I could make a space that functions as both!

The same adorable closet/office blogger also created a dressing room!  At this point, I feel like I should just probably hire her to do this for me.

The only real room makeover I’ve ever done was my dining room.  I like how it turned out!  You can check the post out here, but excuse the weird formatting.  I’m not sure why it does that, and it won’t change to be normal no matter what I do!