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Beach Cottage IKEA Ektorp…Corner of my Home Coastal Makeover

Fri 3rd, Jun, 2011

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Hellooo!

Hope all is well with you…now you wanna see some white love?  Come on down ;-)

This is the result of my trip to the little Nordic boutique of mine Iqkea to buy a rug the other day…yep go for a rug, come back with an armchair…

Can I tell you I have Armchair Love?  Well I have.

I must say this corner has been the bane of my life for oh such a very long time…you see this funny little corner is in the Sitting Room, it’s a very hard to fit stuff in room…small, with two doors and a window all across the front…which makes furniture placement tricky…

 

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I have had all manner of things here and nothing really has stuck…

This then I am hoping will work better…a seat just for me for when I plonk down at the end of the day with a pile of cooking books and a drink…

It seems to look really, really really white at the moment…there is not a single sign of life, a child, a pet or anything on it…YET…for sure in this old place that won’t last long…no doubt before long there will be pen, chocolate, sticky finger marks, any manner of drink spilled on it, biscuit crumbs…and that’s before I untie the kids from the tree out the front (thank you Kasey for that parenting tip, it’s working so well in helping to keep everything white)

 

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I can’t resist slip covered white furniture and so looking for this has been very easy, really I couldn’t even consider anything else, though I did look at, fleetingly, a gingham grey, which if I had a bigger room for another chair or two I would definitely add…

 

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So before I went to IKEA to buy the rug, I had looked at quite a lot of other slip-covered white chairs and not many of them really floated my boat…most stuff at the moment is too sleek and modern for me with very plain lines…but this Ektorp is a little more traditional, bit more classic, at least that’s how I see it..you may well thing that it just looks old-fashioned..

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My criteria were

puffiness

whiteness

comfiness

washableness

and this met them in one fell swoop

plus it was seriously more budget friendly than any of the others that I looked at…

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Now considering there are three male brains in this house and one very impatient female one it is surprising that it took as long as it did to get it put together…yeah yeah I could have done it myself, but you know what, I like to let those men think they are in charge, they are the superior ones…when really we all know who wears the trousers ;-)

I had to promise a few things though…it seems the partaking in the watching of sport in the weekday evenings is the fore runner to the partaking in sport at the weekend for those three…and not much else gets done…

 

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There was quite a lot of mumbling and eyebrows about the chair…

…and I hadn’t yet mentioned the clock-putting-up…(no purrrlease I’d rather you didn’t email me about the ease of usage of the power tool..right now that is one boy thing I don’t want or need to learn…that may well change in the future but for now, leaving it to the boys for me is kewl)

but ladies in the DIY-Clock-Putting-Up-Department and as you will know if you have been in BC Land for very long I had a very good card up my sleeve…do I need to tell you which one I played ;-)

 

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I am assuming that if you too are an IKEA aficionado you too will have lusted over this clock….

I don’t know how long they have been carrying it, but I am pretty sure I was giving it the eye back in England…I love it…rather more over-sized when I got it home that I thought it was…it was ear-marked for the Breakfast Room but didn’t quite fit in there once I got it out of the packaging…so it ended up in the Sitting Room for now, which really is not perfect because I want to be able to see this when I am running late, and tucked in here that won’t happen…

 

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I did enjoy putting all this together…and taking photos of it…sometimes it’s a great thing to have this blog…’cos this sure won’t look quite like this by the end of a weekend in this place…

 

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I imagine that you wouldn’t have wanted me to wait until Sunday night to show you when this corner, will more than likely, have about it’s person the addition of at least two sport bags, possibly one or more pairs of soccer boots, the odd AFL jersey thrown around for good measure, and just the general clutter from a family of 5…

 

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I thought you’d prefer to see it like this :-)

Most of these bits are from vintage treasure hunting…the crochet you already know about, same with the unit which is an old meat safe I painted white and is absolutely rammed right now with books and stuff…I really need to have a clear out…

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I love layering up mirrors…these have been with me for ages now….

 

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and I love hooks and pegs and the like…I am going to make some book bags and hang them on here…

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The greenery is Australian Gum/eucalyptus…LOVE LOVE LOVE…if you can get your hands on this stuff, do, you won’t be disappointed…it smells divine…I love having this in this old cottage….talk about knock your socks off…wowza, the fragrance is da bomb

..I used all the bottom leaves too to float in little glass bowls and popped them here and there….

…and you know about the Wellies…Hunter’s

 

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I guess then that is it from my new little corner, I hope you like it…

 

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think of me this evening…when it’s chilly Down Under and I will be curled up here, no doubt there will be soccer or sport being played somewhere in the depths of this place, but I will be here…with a cookery book, perhaps a Limoncello, definitely a Curly Wurly and ready with a bottle of bleach…

See you next time

 

oh p.s. …Target Winner will be up soon :-)

 

shared at White Wednesday at Faded Charm, thanks

 

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102 Responses to “Beach Cottage IKEA Ektorp…Corner of my Home Coastal Makeover”

  1. dramaqueen says:

    I too love an Ektorp. I have a three seater and two armchairs in my lounge room. With three kids (one a fifteen year old boy) I sadly bypassed the white and have a pale green slip cover set on them.

    I have had this sofa for 8 years now – it is still squishy, comfy and the covers wash up beautifully.

    I will be taking one of the single chairs up to my room and getting two squishy leather chairs for sitting by the fireplace.

    When the chair goes to my room i think I will get a white cover for it – looks divine

  2. Alice says:

    NIIIIICCCEEEEE! I think that is the nicest cosiest coner I have ever seen and that is saying something (if you only knew how I sometimes spend hours just viewing image after image)….

    I love the ektorp range. My sofa (of 6 years now) is an ektorp 3 seater (but with only 2 huge cushions – no longer being made :(). It is the most comfortable sofa ever! I have people who as soon as they sink in to the cushiness haven that is our sofa they don’t want to leave and always end up staying over chatting ’till the wee hours of the morning without even realising it! I LOOOVVEE that my sofa can do that! I have people who have “bagged” my sofa (and other assorted pieces of furniture) if I were to ever get rid of it! I have to say they will be waiting a veeeerrrryyy long time….

    Really loving it Sarah, that’s made my evening!

    • sarah says:

      oooh thanks Alice, too kind!

      i am so glad to hear that the ektorp range holds up…I was a little worried about that
      x

  3. Kat says:

    Gorgeous simplicity!
    Can I just ask though WHERE is all the clutter and STUFF that accumulates with three (or in my case four) children?!!
    Please tell me your secret for hiding clutter and general stuff!!!!!

  4. Kat says:

    Ps Wish we had an Ikea in Tassie :(

  5. Love, love, love this post!! I would love a corner just like this. I did buy a ‘bridge’ chair with a moveable back at the op shop yesterday. It’s in the guest room for now.

  6. silvia says:

    your corner is simply stunning!
    You used just what I like more: simply things, bright and sober colors: sand and white.
    It’s an example you can make beautiful things with a little fantasy and good taste (as you suuuurely have!)
    Have a nice day
    Silvia

  7. Rachel says:

    Such a gorgeous cozy corner! The perfect spot for a Curly Wurly!

  8. CURLY WURLY!! OMG I loved those as a kid in Ireland!!! (Are we talking about the same thing??)
    The chair is lovely..I have 4 Ekthorp sofas in the house..two white (well they used to be) and 2 chocolate brown (I think I got the last two covers available)
    I plan on washing the white ones next week. My friend who had them for years says the best thing to do is to not let them get completely dry and put the seats back on while they are damp. I’ll let you know how it goes.

    • sarah says:

      yes we are!!!!!!!!

      I will bring you some next time we meet up….for a tbag trade haha…I am into Yorkshire Tea right now :-)

      oooh that is such a good tip, why didn’t I think of that? I am washing my sofa next week…will try it

    • melissa says:

      Sarah, I too have Ektorp sofas. I also advise putting them back on your sofa frames, damp. They are much easier to maneuver, dry without wrinkles, and they don’t shrink that way! I’ve had mine for 2 years and the “skirt” is still nice and long. Just put the pleats back in place when they’re damp and they dry perfectly! I would suggest a sticky lint roller for in between washes. It can make it look like new again and save you some laundry! :)

  9. Christine says:

    You know Sarah, I was sitting here wondering why your posts resonate so much with me .. and I think I have worked it out! You take the time to delight in what you have, to give each thing its due measure of respect and love. I sometimes think that as we are all so busy it becomes so easy to take for granted the things we found so very beautiful when we first discovered them.. We just grab a scarf, flop on a lounge, slip on some shoes and take showers instead of baths. I love that your blogs can bring my my mind back to where it loves to be, appreciating absolutley everything around me for the pure beaty and purpose that was intended. It reminds me of my darling Dad. I gave him a beautiful watch many years ago, when it breaks he doesn’t throw it away, he has it repaired. We are such a “throw away society ” and I love that you can bring it back to basics.. Did I say that I love that??

  10. Mary says:

    I wish I could cosy up in that corner! I don’t think I would ever get off that chair. I want a white house…I love how you get so much decorating done my hubby has been home for 8 weeks and all he has done is fill and undercoat one bathroom. I must say though he is spending lots of time with our kids so I can not complain. Enjoy your weekend Sarah.

  11. samantha says:

    wow it looks fabulous, I’m almost tempted to go coastal in my living room after seeing your lovely home, just painted the living room white, its such a great canvas to work with, don’t know why its taken me so long to do it. i like the layering of the mirrors, very originally.

    And how do you get your photos to move like that, love it! please spill the beans…:)

  12. cherrie says:

    I love your chair. A girlfriend with 4 busy children and a concreting husband had a white slipcover lounge from IKEA and it generally looked white though a little wrinkly from washing. If you can cope with that it is definitely a gorgeous investment. Looks like you may have to go shopping again for clock too. hehe.

  13. Simply Devine!!!! So wish I has an Ikea store near me!!!!! Absolutely LOVE your home!!!!!

    Michelle Torres
    decorater4life@aol.com

  14. Kymmie says:

    Just gorgeous Sara. As usual. I haven’t stopped by in the longest time. But I missed you. And your beautiful taste. xx

  15. Tammi says:

    This corner has my name written all over it, yep I think I could easily while away many hours sitting there.

    We are moving into a bigger home over the weekend and I so plan on making a few cosy nooks for myself….maybe while you are in Perth you could swing by mine and I’ll let you do some styling for me ;)

    Oh and I spied that coffee sack cushion in a previous post….did you make it? It is fantabulous!!!

    • sarah says:

      Tammi I would love to when we are over your way…but I don’t think I will have the time…family holiday that I am looking fwd to a lot xx

  16. Heaven says:

    I have that same clock and LOVE it!! Ikea is awesome!! :)

  17. Peggy says:

    OH THANK YOU! You and a few of your “friends” have just answered questions we have been mulling over in our house for some time. You see we really (read “I”) want to get the Ektorp loveseat but it is a 3 hour drive to closest Ikea. I love the thought of having slipcovers which we can change. See as much as I love the beach cottage look I have very little white in our home. We do have some of the blues and greens and lots of shades of brown… think dark chocolate brown leather sofa. Long story short our built on addition to our little home is almost finished but is furniture-less. So in a week or two we will be off for a two day journey which will definitely include a trip by Ikea!
    (Yes we will be getting it in white with an extra slip cover!! I need a little more beachy love going on in our land locked midwest home!)

    • sarah says:

      oh Peggy you won’t be disappointed!

      and you know i love brown leather together with shells and oars and brown natural bits for a rustic coastal look xo it/s not all about white I don’t think, that just works for me in this light and this climate :-)

      xx

  18. Heather says:

    LOVE that I can always count on you to rock that white!! Ah yeah we all have our own crud to look at ah-GREED! Move the crap around to show us the good stuff ;) I can so relate!!

  19. JoAnne says:

    Hi Sarah – you can’t beat Ikea for the style and value. Your chair is not old fashioned at all – it’s a very classic style and I love how you cozied up your corner. I’m thinking I need a little corner like this especially now that school is almost out for the summer. I love the little tip about tying the kids to a tree – even if just for a few minutes after I have picked up and cleaned up – we know it doesn’t stay that way for long!! : }

  20. molly says:

    I am too a fan…sofa and loveseat in basement, sofa and two chairs in family room. Do not ask how many covers I have….embarrassing!

  21. Angie says:

    Sarah ! You have outdone yourself this time! I think this is really my fav setting on your entire blog ! I also have a “corner” that just totally puts me in a tail spin as what to put there. I love everything the chair, the chest, the flowers are to die for ! Job well done girl !
    Hope it stays white for a long time!

  22. Chrissy says:

    What a lovely and inviting corner, I love it! I too have a white Ektorp sofa, loveseat, and two of the Tullsta chairs. I love them! I have extra slipcovers so I don’t have to rush to get the laundry done with kids and pets. They are so comfy and I dare say that they get more comfy the longer you have them. They do get wrinkles (I air dry mine and then fold the clean ones away). Putting them on after washing may help keep wrinkles away, but I just live with the lived in look. Enjoy your lovely corner!

  23. diane marie southard says:

    love, love, love this corner usage !!! you have quite an eye for just the right amount of what is needed to create what you want : ))
    i have white denim slipcovers on my couch & loveseat and they are quite worn with washings and bleach : )) bought years ago from shabby chic but no longer able to find , so until i can get new ones i stitch and tuck what i have ( the slipcovers that is : ))
    enjoy this fabulous day and thank you for sharing !!

  24. Carol says:

    I do envy you so…Living by the beach and shopping @ Ikea…my kinda life!! I don’t live near either…sniff, sniff…

  25. Zoe Feast says:

    What a wonderful corner but beware with the curly wurly…remember how the chocolate cracks off those things. Your lovely chair will be wearing chocy before you know it.
    I am glad I am not the only one who goes into Ikea for one thing and comes out with something completely different!

  26. Seriously beautiful corner. I think I would never leave. My favorite part of the whole vignette is that lovely old oar above the door with the fabric draping off one end. Perfect touch!!!

  27. catherine says:

    i absolutely love!!! it! i am waiting right now for white slip for my sofa to arrive. one tip i have heard is dont use bleach, it will yellow the fabric. has anyone else heard that? seems oxiclean is best to use on whites. would love any other tips.
    love seeing your tablescapes but love the sofa and/or chair scapes, too!

    • Peggy says:

      We do not use bleach as we are on well water. The reaction between the two causes our whites to turn yellow, gray, or even an rusty orangish color. We have found oxiclean and sometimes even plain white vinegar seem to do the trick! I also lay my white linens out on the grass to dry and they come out beautifully white.

  28. beth anderson says:

    Love,love love the new chair and your wonderful corner.
    Curling up on the chair with a quilt,a book and a drink sounds absolutely
    heavenly!!! However….
    I have to ask…what is a “curly wurly”?

    Snuggle in and enjoy…..I have to admit I am VERY jealous-it’s gonna be 90 degrees
    here today!!!!

    Beth
    XO

  29. tami says:

    Sarah, I love this corner, you did a wonderful job. These are actually the chairs I picked up for when we change up our chairs. Not getting rid of them just moving them around. And I feel the same way, they’re plumpy, cozy, and the perfect shape too. I had wondered if we have to put them together, as the nearest Ikea is a few hours away from us. Do they come boxed up or wrapped in plastic? Just wondering as we are going to have to know which car to bring depending on the size etc. But to me after looking and looking they’re the best fit for us. And I see they’re perfect in your spot. Love the pillows you chose and flowers. Clock is awesome.

  30. Fab corner. Have had my fair share of Ektorp over the years but have never been brave enough to try the white (always red for me). If it’s not too cheeky, can I ask if you’ve thought about a lamp? Light for all those recipe books… C.

  31. Kim says:

    I too have the same chair and love it! Great idea to place the slipcover back on while still damp, it does get very tight if you dry it to long.I wish I had a place for one of those fabulous clocks.I may take a trip to my IKEA soon too …… I always buy things I don’t really need though and I must learn self control Ugh! I always enjoy my visits here with you Sarah, so fresh and fun makes for a happy day~Cheers Kim xox

  32. GREAT BLOG!! I’m a new follower now and just lovin’ what I see. Lookin’ forward to reading future posts.

    Have a beautiful weekend!! xo

  33. marylou says:

    Love it all and how you casually let the lace curtain hang loose;-)

    Your rack caught my attention right away, now, did you make that one?? If so it is gorgeous and if not it is gorgeous so I would call that a win..win ((*_*))

    Another lovely spot in the bc home…you have so many wonderfully decorated areas I don’t think I could pick a fave but if I could only pick one it would be your study, no….your kitchen, no……your family room, no…..your bedroom, no…….I give up;-)

    **smiles**

  34. kerrie says:

    Your corner looks perfect to me! I have two Ektorp sofas in white and four teenagers (and their friends) and they have held up beautifully. Weve had them four years (the sofas!) and did buy new slipcover sets for them last year because the first set just got too dirty and the dirt wasn’t washin out, even with a gallon of bleach. But one set is only $50 so its the way to go. I have a corner waiting…and waiting for that Ektorp chair….where a white wicker lounger is now. I have drooled over that clock forever too. But since it is summer here I am planning on buying somemore bistro chairs on my next trip to Ikea. ox

  35. Jules says:

    Love the cushion … where is it from? x

  36. Your corner is divine :-) So cozy-a perfect place to curl up at the end of the day. Thank you for sharing such beautiful and inspiring images and mixing them up with bits of humor ;-) Love it!!!

    Cristine

  37. Christie says:

    I like the wood contrast of the oar over the door.

  38. I think the ektorp really fits your home.. being a bit brocante.. Lots of IKEA going on on your blog lately ;)
    PS Did you ever saw my home in the booklet , what did you think?

  39. Megan Malkin says:

    Looks like a great place to relax and have a good read! I just featured a few of your lovely pics on my blog. (www.renewinghome.blogspot.com) Thanks for the inspiration Sarah!

  40. lynn says:

    Just found your blog and love it. Wish I had the nerve for white decor in my house, but with 2 teens and a big dog-no way! The only things that are white are things that know one can touch. So, I’ll enjoy viewing your decor instead!
    -Lynn

  41. Martina says:

    Gotta love Ektorp, our current sofa is our second Ektorp, this is a 2 seat with an chaise lounge, making it a 3 seat and of course we picked the white fabric aswell (- which actully, here in sweden at least is called Blekinge, and thats the “state” where we live!) We also have the Ektorp footstool, (also Blekinge white of course!) which currently hides all our boardgames! Love Ektorp, and have wanted your arm chair a long time, but don´t have enough room for it… but someday…

  42. Leslie Anne says:

    Just have to say it’s pure delight reading your blog and looking over your pictures! I did have to google ‘Curly Wurly’! ;o)

  43. Oh wow, can you ever get up & leave that area, it’s so incredibly inviting, love Posie

  44. Miss A@arcana + candora says:

    I ADORE the coffee sack pillow. Do you remember where it came from?

  45. Deanne says:

    I much prefer classic style sofas to anything else and I love my two Ektorp 3 seaters we bought at in January. Looks great, love that pillow, where did you get it?

  46. Lori-Anne says:

    I think you should call this The Awesome Nook. Because that’s what it is. That’s what it is.

  47. kath says:

    Thank you for this post! We have been talking about buying an Ektorp sofa and chairs, but we were wondering if they’re comfortable. Now that I know they are, we’ll have to schedule the 1 1/2 hour trip to go and get them! Thanks for the help!

  48. Oh what a pretty corner! I love the pillow and the peg/hook rack. White would not stand a chance in my house, even with a gallon of bleach! Wouldn’t it be lovely if our homes ALWAYS looked like the pictures we shoot without the clutter of LIFE? Oh I can dream:)
    I am deprived as we have no IKEA in the Boondocks of Coastal North Carolina!

  49. Manda says:

    thanks sarah, that was a great read..very inspirational. But you must tell me, where did you find the ever so gorgeous rattan heart, would love to get myself one.

  50. LUV LUV LUV, Sarah! I’ve been eying various Ektorp deliciousness for a long time, and someday – I will have them living in my house! So soft and cushy! Your little corner turned out just fabulous! I could spend all day there curled up with a great book and a cup of tea…. :)

    xoox laurie

  51. Deborah says:

    Sarah dear,
    I love the ektorp couches and chairs!
    I adore this one and this little corner and what you’ve done with it…what a cozy spot.
    My dream is for a 3 seater or a loveseat the same as this with removable cushion covers of course!
    I am so glad to hear how comfy they are!
    Love your style, and the ecalyptus must smell fabulous!!
    Loved your post..you are so refreshing!!
    have a great weekend!!

    Deborah xoxo

  52. gabrielle says:

    I love what you have done with your corner..I love my ektorp sofa! and yes..it has kitty and puppy prints all over it right now..I really like that clock..i was just saying to myself…we need a big schoolhouse looking clock in our kitchen…we just moved and there are no clocks anywhere except the TV…I never know what time it is when I put something in the oven. How big is your guy? I wonder if I have room….great corner…so soothing..

  53. alison says:

    Sarah

    I love your style and your sense of fun with making your home a special place.

    My husband thinks I’m crazy when I arrange and rearrange furniture and ornaments. I find it so satisfying and soothing. It brings me such joy.

    I continue to be surprised at how many things you and I both like.

  54. Susan says:

    very cute, love the chair & also love that eucalyptus smell….mmmmm

    have a great weekend Sarah!

  55. Marcia says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE is right. Is the coat hook from Ikea too? I missed where that came from. The closest store I have is over by San Francisco in a town called Emmeryville. It’s the town right before you cross the Bay Bridge to go into the city. San Francisco is about 1 1/2 hours from my home. I need to take a drive over there. So many people are sharing some really, really cool buys from Ikea lately!

  56. Sharon Forward says:

    Hi Sarah, one word – DIVINE!x

  57. Robyn says:

    Stunning corner. Such a shame the kids will soon be taking it over. You need a “secret reading room” like Layla’s with a big sign at the entrance saying “NO KIDS ALLOWED”!

    ps – found how to animate the pics ;-)

  58. Tiff says:

    Love it!
    And yep, been eyeing off that clock for a while now!

  59. Lovely corner…everyone needs one even if a day later things are thrown every which way.

  60. The crner looks great with this chair! The chair looks like you could just curl up in it with a cup of tea and a good book! Have a wonderful day!

  61. Lana says:

    You are just fabulous! I love your blog!!! I just recently did a post on visiting IKEA here in Italy while we’re living here this year. I got the exact same pitcher you have in the background of these pics!!! (and some other white lovelies!)

    Hugs/have an awesome day/I can’t believe it’s fall there around the world,
    Lana In Italy

  62. Laura says:

    This looks like the absolute perfect corner to sit and have a drink and a flick through a book or two. Any chance you can pop over Stateside and work your magic here in this old place??? Lx

  63. Robynne says:

    Love your new corner Sarah, especially the photo with you in the mirror…looks really cool….however, the moving photo, although very clever and quite fascinating…is doin my head in…it’s Saturday night and I’ve had a couple of champas (after, I might add, helping at the village church fair all day)….love ektorp…great value and washable!!! Robx
    p.s. I think I spied some blue gum at a local florist recently…my Mum hated getting an arrangement of flowers with blue gum in it…her generation just doesn’t get the idea of gum leaves in their floral arrangements!!

  64. Now that looks quite cozy! I love my big comfy white chair in my master~paris hotel suite…I want another for my den and one for my studio!!
    Armchair love…yeah…I have it too!!!

  65. janita says:

    yum yum……..no need to say anything more :)

  66. Hi Sarah, I have loved the ektorp too and contemplated it for our family room but I have a french styled couch with thin cushions needing a revamp to thicker and squishier cushions but I dont know where to start. Your corner looks great and I hope you can enjoy it as per your plan. Have a great weekend, Fiona

  67. Suzanne says:

    Beautiful Sarah!! That ektorp looks amazing, with all your other fab finds!! Very Very cozy!!

  68. Leisa says:

    I so love Ektorp too! It is what I hope to have one day soon in our family room. Just love your little corner. what fun you must have had putting that together!

  69. joanne says:

    soooooo cute!
    gotta love the hooks – I don’t know why, but I really love hooks!!
    I just found your blog – I’m a Canadian with kids getting education down-under.
    Love your site!

  70. Kerry Rossow says:

    I LOVE IT! My house is white, white and more white! I sometimes argue the “linen” “cotton” and “sand” labels, but it is what it is- white. Our family room (aka the mancave) is the one spot that has a cowhide rug, dark tables and gasp! a big screen tv! Eeew, is it ugly. but it keeps the menfolk busy while I bask in the sea of white!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Kerry at housetalkn.blogspot.com

  71. sharon says:

    hey been thinking about getting a 3 seater ektorp for yonks!! loved all the reviews about it….australian gum/eculyptus is divine!! We do all our cleaning with eculyptus oil…smells gorgeous!! Your corner looks insanely comfortable….so jealous

  72. teres says:

    ektorp = squishy!

    love ektorp!!!

    love that striped grey scarf you have on the hook too! ;o)

    i have a question for you while i am here…have your ever posted a floorplan of your house? if not, would you? could you? i love navigating my way through spaces and a floorplan makes it easy to visualize!

    love from winnipeg, manitoba canada where summer is here and the temps are rising – you all think it’s cold in canada but you are all very sadly mistaken – sure, minus 30 degrees celsius in winter from november to february but we’re plus 30 degrees celsius in summer.

    teres :o)

  73. Deb says:

    Looks great and when reality strikes and it becomes kiddoed you will always have these gorgeous pics.

  74. Susan says:

    seriously gorgeous……. just pop that chair in the post for me lovey… that’s the girl ;)

    I have two seriously divine chairs from France that are a scrumptious duck egg blue…… my small boys have completely trashed the fabric and my heart is broken….. but your story has made me think I could get them seriously steam cleaned and then have some slip covers made for them during this dreadful phase of incessant sticky fingers

    thanks xx

  75. Jan says:

    I do love the chair and everything about your corner spot, but I can’t seem to wrap my head around using white chairs. One day with my grandson eating chocolate donuts or my pets deciding to take a nap on a such an inviting chair …well, I’d be covering all that white up. I guess some people do cover up the fabric until company comes by and that’s their answer. Don’t you worry about getting all that white dirty beyond cleaning just a spot or two?

  76. Barefoot Liz says:

    Ooh, that chair looks so cozy! And I love the hooks. Ok, I’m off to browse the Ikea website.

  77. Sarah says:

    I love the Ektorp chair and it looks just like it belongs in your little corner! Enjoy! Looks like a great place for Sunday morning tea and reading too…:0

  78. Jennifer ( Qld) says:

    Seriously the Ektorp covers wash up like brand new everytime and become much softer with age as they crease and wear and look shabby all the more. Love mine, I have two x 2 seaters in white with Kids and pets and never had a problem in the last 6 years or so. Have two sets of covers, one in the wash and one on the sofas and change them about every 6 weeks or so depending on when they are no longer white looking. Some basic food rules apply but nothing more and everyone is happy! I hope you love your armchair as much as I love my sofas Sarah, gorgeously stunning corner. Love it!

  79. Heather says:

    LOVE that style from IKEA! I recently bought the white slipcover for the couch and it just happened to fit my old junker! I blogged about it here- http://postroadvintage.com/2011/02/my-living-room-ikea-country-style.html LOVE that corner of your home Sarah!

  80. That corner is such a perfect replica of heaven! Makes me want to grab a book and a mug of hot cocoa :) Really pretty!!! :)

  81. Rochelle says:

    Ah Sarah, you have lifted my spirits again. Feeling a little down today and what do I do, see what your blog and you of course has been up to. Love what you have done. Keep up the good work! Hugs

  82. FABBY says:

    What a heavenly and white corner! You do such soft colors and white is my fav.,specially by the beach in “Australia”!! Thanks for your visit and lovely comment! I love that I visit thru blog friendship, with great ladies, such as you, from a far away land!!… it keeps my spirit in life uppity!! Lots of hugs. FABBY

  83. Alicia says:

    I love love love your style. Are you a trained stylist or merchandiser? It looks like it because I love the way you can make ikea things look good! How do you pick things out on there, all I see is bright colors and loud prints???????????

    Also if you don’t mind how did you do the floors?

    Thanks sarah

  84. Thanks for playing along Sarah. I’ve admired your blog and home sor sometime now. This is a perfect little corner for you to get inspired in the evenings:-0

    xoxo
    Kathleen

  85. Michelle says:

    What a lovely little corner. You’ve got me thinking about that Ikea clock now!

  86. Liz sanderson says:

    Lovely sarah, could you tell me when your shop is re-opening? I bought one of your runners and it has pride of place on my table, I would love the pillows to go with it. Your shop was only open for a week or so, wondering why :-).

  87. deck builder says:

    Couches and chairs are very beautiful! They are comfortable and stylish. Thanks for sharing really very nice post.

  88. I absolutely LOVE your little sitting area!! I have a mostly white home out here in sunny Southern California and I love to see what other people have done with theirs. I’m really pretty new to blogging and I find it so exciting that after a couple of clicks I could end up in someones home on the other side of the world. Thanks so much for sharing. I guess I should post pics of my place too :0)

  89. Wow! The sitting room looks great. I love your use of accent items.

  90. Susan says:

    A few years back, we went to Ikea to look (did you read “look”) at some furniture, and came home with $2500 worth of the stuff. In our living room, we have the Ektorp sectional and ottoman, and in “my” room (part stitching room, part retreat), I have an Ektorp chair, just like yours, but not in white. We have a large german shepherd dog, which sheds everywhere, so I’m not sure that a white slipcover would work, but your room looks so gorgeous, that when I buy new slipcovers, I might have to buy the white ones.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  91. lilwhitelife says:

    Hi Sara I have been admiring your blog for a while now and love it . I’m new to the blog world… don’t have one of my own but love visiting all the great ones out there. Yours was the first I found after googling beach cottage styled rooms and the one I come back to

    the most. Your’e a funny lady and I always have to smile when I visit you. The one that made me lol tho was when you talked about
    stashing your findsunder the house and all over the place and bringing ‘em out a few at a time. Reminds me of me. Your corner is

    adorable, like the rest of your cottage.

  92. Lexie says:

    I love the style. I just found a chair like that for sale on a local ad website for 40.00 US dollars. It is fluffy and comfy, my requirements.
    I have shopped Ikea and enjoy it once or twice a year for kitchen items and decorating. I like the hook sequence you have over the chair,
    a great place to put a tote bag or sweater Am going to search my local Goodwill for a similar shell glass holder to incorporate my large shell collection into for display. My Mom collected shells since the 30′s and I have oodles of glass jars full of beauitful different shells from beaches all over the USA. .
    I to was a sport widow we call it here in the states, is when your husband chooses sports. Here is hoping you enjoy your quiet corner while the noisy games are on elsewhere.