Modern Slipper Chairs

I’m a big fan of HGTV and the DIY network. I love home decorating. There are some fascinating renovation shows on the air, but let’s be honest: for most of us, we can’t do a whole room or a whole house in one go. It’s more of an organic process; we take one or two items at a time, trade out and trade up, and do things bit by bit. If you can keep the vision of what you want to achieve and keep your eyes open for the right pieces, your can design your perfect room. Plus, you’re never truly “done”, which for me is a good thing. A perfect house with nothing to do is boring!

My bedroom is my next project. Right now, I want a slipper chair. A slipper chair is a low, armless upholstered chair. It is meant for things like putting on shoes in the morning. There are a lot of slipper chairs with an embellished or Victorian look, which doesn’t suit my decor. I’m a fan of a more mid-century modern style. I would love a chair in a bright color or pattern, too–this is an accent chair, and can be slightly less practical than your sofa, for instance.

Modern Slipper Chairs

Surprisingly, Target has a LOT of interesting slipper chairs for reasonable prices. I think there’s a wide variety, whatever your decor.

Does anyone have a slipper chair? What do you think of it? If not, would you have one in your house? Are you looking for a special piece for your home right now?

Let the Sunshine In

I have a slight obsession with checking Zillow. I know I’m a year or two away from being in a position to buy real estate, but I want to see what’s out there right now. Unfortunately, my budget is limiting (do you think I write a budget style blog because I’m rich?), and I find that my options are a little older. Since I love a quirky vintage style, I am okay with that, as long the property is in good shape and a decent neighborhood. Everything else can be redone, redecorated, or refurbished.

One thing I’m noticing in the listings is something that I’m not accustomed to: a sunroom. They aren’t common in the Pacific Northwest (too little sun) or the Southwest (too much sun). But here it seems to be a popular option. So I’ve been thinking about sun room options. I would want a place where I could sit and read, relax with friends, have a cup of coffee. I would want a place that is bright and sunshiney, even when it’s not outside. I am attracted to the idea of a yellow and purple room, almost pansy-inspired. Texture and pattern will abound, and it will tend toward floral. So of course, I went to Polyvore to whip up an inspiration board.

Let the Sunshine In--Sunroom

KIVIK Chaise – Blekinge white – IKEA, $349
IKEA Klippan, $319
IKEA Isala, $179
Vintage Floor Lamp, $119
North Wales Floral Decor Pillow, $37
IKEA Vårlikt, $15
Felt Flower Decorative Pillow – contemporary – pillows -, $15
ROXÖ Stool – yellow/pink – IKEA, $13
IKEA Blygsam, $9.99
IKEA Solstråle, $7.99
Arteriors Home Plum Flannel 17″ Square Accent Pillow | LampsPlus.com, $205
Purple Fontella 16″ Square Hand Sewn Felt Rose Pillow | LampsPlus.com, $56
Boston Intellectual Art Print | Print Shop, $15

Does anybody have experience with owning a house with a sunroom? Do you have any problem with dampness in the room or things molding? That’s my big concern. Interested to know what your sunroom is like!