A Simple Ikea Chair Hack

As part of my office makeover I decided my trusty office chair needed a makeover.

chair beforeMy husband purchased the chair from Ikea years ago and its original red fabric was in terrible shape when I inherited her.  So, I recovered it in this floral and gray fabric, but as you can see the fabric was done with a capital D, plus it didn’t fit in with my new color scheme!

I knew I wanted blue in my new room and had some blue and white stripe fabric left over from a previous project. And, since blue and white stripes are a classic pattern that almost always works, I went for it.

Office Chair Makeover | www.theanatomyofdesign.comTa-da!  Much improved. And, a little side by side…because that’s always fun to see!

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Pinterest is full of similar office-chair makeovers…no one likes those standard black and gray fabrics!  Here are some of my favorites:

A cheap thrift store find turned into a sleek and stylish new office chair! See the transformation at LoveGrowsWild.com

Make over an old vinyl chair with only spray paint! photo IMG_3280.jpg


So, no need to settle for that boring office chair…a staple gun and your favorite fabric (or mod podge for a chair similar to that floral beauty) and you have a chair that suits your style!

I’m signing off for the week to finish up my office makeover and hopefully the sun breaks through these Seattle clouds so I can photograph everything for next week!  See you back here on Monday.

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A Red Moroccan-Inspired Bedroom: Before & After

Early last year one of my clients referred her sister to me, and we started working together first on her master bedroom and then expanded into the rest of her home.  She came with very specific color palette and pattern preferences and really wanted her bedroom to be red/brown and romantic and use a damask pattern, and loved the idea of some kind of canopy above the bed.  We don’t share the same design style so I really had to work my creative muscle with this project.

Here is the before picture of the bedroom…don’t mind the mess and lumpy pillows…it just makes for an even better after photo!

masterbedroombeforeAnd, the after photos!

A Glam Red Moroccan- Inspired Bedroom | www.emilywignalldesign.com  A Glam Red Moroccan- Inspired Bedroom | www.emilywignalldesign.com

A Glam Red Moroccan- Inspired Bedroom | www.emilywignalldesign.com

A Glam Red Moroccan- Inspired Bedroom | www.emilywignalldesign.com

A Glam Red Moroccan- Inspired Bedroom | www.emilywignalldesign.comAs soon as I edit the photos of the rest of the house, I will show you more!

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A Bathroom Renovation: Before & After Photos

I am slowly adjusting to my new days as all my kids go to school. I’m so excited to begin working with more clients here in Seattle.  As I ramp up my business here I thought I would share some projects I have completed recently that are back on the East Coast.

I showed you the floor plan and the moodboard for this complete bathroom renovation I helped some Maryland clients (and really great friends) with.  My client really likes a mix of traditional and modern touches and earth-tones.  And though the budget was moderate we pulled off a pretty new space for my client’s 5 kids to share! Here’s a quick visual recap.

Modern Traditional Bathroom Renovation | www.emilywignalldesign.com

Everything got taken down to the studs. The floor near the shower was completely rotten so even that got replaced.  But everything has been replaced and it’s better than ever!

Modern Traditional Bathroom Renovation | www.emilywignalldesign.comThis old cabinet was mostly unused, so we replaced it with much needed counter space.  With a matching counter and double sinks on the other side.

Modern Traditional Bathroom Renovation | www.emilywignalldesign.comWe moved the toilet from next to the shower to the unused space on the other wall.  Modern Traditional Bathroom Renovation | www.emilywignalldesign.com The only thing that did stay was the original tub, which was in great shape.  We just had it re-coated in crisp white and it looks brand new!Modern Traditional Bathroom Renovation | www.emilywignalldesign.com

New tile with a built-in shelf, new hardware and new paint and this space looks completely brand new and ready to work hard!Modern Traditional Bathroom Renovation | www.emilywignalldesign.comI’m grateful for my client taking these photos so I could see the end result…I moved before it was finished!  I’ll be back tomorrow to share another project.

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A New Textile Line

Last week my sister Lauren came up and visited me here in Seattle.  We had the best time traipsing around the city, but we had the most fun playing with the all the fabrics she designed!

Lauren Andersen Design fabrics | http://wwwspoonflower.com/profile/laurenandersenShe sewed them into pillows and we fluffed and styled and re-styled to our hearts content.  Here’s just a little peek at some of the pretty options!

Lauren Andersen Design fabrics | http://wwwspoonflower.com/profile/laurenandersenWe even moved a bed to my dining room to get the best light! Lauren Andersen Design fabrics | http://wwwspoonflower.com/profile/laurenandersenWe’re working together on a fun project this fall with her fabrics, which I’ll show you when it’s done!  Lauren Andersen Design fabrics | http://wwwspoonflower.com/profile/laurenandersenBut in the meantime, if you would like to see all the fabrics, including several we didn’t photograph…head to Spoonflower where you can also purchase them in several different types of fabrics!Lauren Andersen Design fabrics | http://wwwspoonflower.com/profile/laurenandersenI love the bright color palette she used and the great mix of geometric and organic prints!   Which fabric is your favorite?

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Add A Touch of Red For Fall

I just love the color of that red sofa in the Room of the Week.  It’s bold and warm and looks so great with the blues and yellows in the room.  That particular shade of deep red is HOT this season.  So, even if you aren’t quite ready to invest in a red sofa (not many people are!) just a touch of this color will go a long way this fall season.

I scoured the internet looking for the prettiest red accessories available right now!

Add A Touch of Red For Fall | www.theanatomyofdesign.com

What’s your favorite color to add for fall?

I hope you have a great weekend! I’ll be back next week showing you the progress on my office…my kids finally went to a full week of school so I am finally making some headway into getting it organized!

SOURCES (from top to bottom):Flannel Pillow | Red Upholstered Bench | Red Taper Candlesticks | Red Striped Handtowels | Red Flowers | Red Rug | Red Velvet Pillow | Red Patterned Box | Red Leather Catchall | Red Lamp | Red & Linen Throw Pillow | Red Glass Pendant | Red Candle | Red Floral Photo | Red Throw Blanket

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