All About the Satsumas Plant Stand

If you follow my Insta account (if  you don’t already, you should!) you probably know by now that I’ve become a bit of a plant hoarder.

At a certain point this summer, I was telling Ramin I’d bought one new plant when I’d really brought home three, hoping he wouldn’t notice how crazy my patio garden had become. Luckily, he loves the greenery and benefitted from all the cucumbers, strawberries, and tomatoes I kept bringing inside for him to eat.

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A plant hoarder’s dream.

We’ve had a bit of a heat wave lately, and I planted super early this year, so I’ve been waiting for my remaining plants to wane. I’m just about ready to bring in some new green babies and get a fall garden going. And that brings me to the Satsumas stand from Ikea.

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Simple but chic.

I was reading a site and saw an image of the stand, not realizing it was a whole package kind of thing. I have some small containers I’d hung over the edge of my homemade planter box at the beginning of the summer, and actually went to the Ikea site to find a ladder to recreate the look from the site.

Lucky for me, it’s a set!

Now I can get 5 more plants… they count as one if they’re all on one stand, right?!

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*This is not an ad. Roadside Rehab not affiliated with Ikea, other than being a fan of their cheap and chic products!

 

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Makeover Madness: Dining Area

I’ve been thinking about refreshing my dining area but haven’t been able to bite the bullet because I just love my current table and chairs.

Thing is, my current stuff doesn’t fit the space. I live in an apartment that was built in the fifties and my table is very contemporary. It’s rectangular and the space looks like it was made for a round table.

Because of some silly mint green tile in the kitchen with a light green strip, I painted a wall in the kitchen lime green and the attached dining area hot pink. (“Hey, maybe with all the bright colors, people won’t notice the puke-y tile,” I thought.)

So, long story long, the wall colors aren’t gonna change but I think I’m finally ready to part ways with my old table and make way for some new energy in my space.

Here’s what I’m thinkin’:

Here's what I'm thinking: a white tulip table. Mid century modern in a mid century space. Not very original, but stay with me here...
Here’s what I’m thinking: a white tulip table. Mid century modern in a mid century space. Not very original, but stay with me here…
I think this rug would bring the area up to date.
I think this rug would bring the area up to date.
Add chairs like these babies from Chairloom/ the cover of Anthology Magazine.
Add chairs like these babies from Chairloom/ the cover of Anthology Magazine and the main stuff is set!

Now for the details…

Add this pretty bar cart.
This pretty bar cart…
And some other gold details...
And some other gold details…

And, Voila! I’ve got an awesome space that pays homage to my apartment’s mid-century roots while staying up to date and a little funky!

Here is where the idea started brewing: staging a Ritts Co. table we re-did for Flea Market Flip to get photos of the details. Notice the gold-y yellow chandelier and the black and white art, which will be staying. The gold cart and details will complement the original lighting, and the rug will bring out the art.
Here is where the idea started brewing: staging a Ritts Co. table we re-did for Flea Market Flip to get photos of the details. Notice the gold-y yellow chandelier and the black and white art, which will be staying. The gold cart and details will complement the original lighting, and the rug will bring out the art.

The Great Rug Debate

So I’ve been on a hunt, no, more like a quest for the perfect rug.

I’ve been wanting to re-do my living room for quite some time, and for some reason a rug just feels like a big commitment. 

I’ve decided that a woven rug is the look I’m going for– breezy, casual, but with a touch of elegance. Easy to dress up or dress down (though it sounds like I’m talking about clothes, I’m still on rugs.)

After pulling photos from Pottery Barn and my favorite discount sites Joss and Main and One Kings Lane, I found some reasonable rugs at Ikea. Yeah, still the devil, but you can order online and avoid the store all together.

Here are my top two choices:

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They’re pretty similar, but it is all about the border for me. I think it looks classy, a friend I emailed the options to thought the border made it look like an outdoor rug. A couple of days later we were walking through Ralph Lauren Home (my happy place) and I noticed bordered rugs scattered throughout.

The non-border rug is thicker, which I like to absorb noise, but the thinner rug just feels more luxe for some reason.  Maybe I’m off base– what do you think?

Updates!

Lots of them going on…

I’ve been re-tooling and repainting the table trays. Adding accents, changing around the colors, etc. More pictures up soon, I promise!

I’ve been stenciling away on my side table. Wow- stenciling is WAY harder than I expected. Mainly because it requires a lot of patience, which I am short on! But it is going to be so gratifying to finally finish, and I’m already OBSESSED with the direction the side table is headed.

I have a table and set of six chairs that I’ve been working on between projects for about five months. Wow, I can’t believe it’s been so long. These suckers have to get outta my house– they’re positively taking over my living room! 

Speaking of living room…

I’ve been obsessed re-doing the whole thing. Yeah, I may be moving anytime now since school is about to start, but who cares? I’ve been looking for a slipcover for my couch (which sounds a lot easier than it is.) If you have any suggestions, please, please, please let me know!

I ended up finding one at Ikea (the devil!) that matched the measurements of my couch, but once I lugged it home, the arms were too short (rats!) Returning the thing was much harder than actually buying it. Has anyone else noticed that there are so many people “working” at Ikea, but there are only ever 1-2 that seem to actually be doing much?

Jeffan Tatum Entertainment Stand

Jeffan Tatum Entertainment Stand

This entertainment stand was in a curator’s collection on Joss and Main today. I love it- perfect for a space that’s put together or laid back and beachy. At $799 on sale, it is far too expensive for any sensible rehabber to justify purchasing.

I mean, this would be an easy piece to replicate using Ikea finds and fabric or a textured wallpaper. You could just add doors on a shelf (hey, you could probably even find a shelf or old entertainment center with good bones at your local thrift shop), then cover the doors with the textured wallpaper, and glue or nail wood pieces on top. I bet you could even lacquer trellis for a simple solution.

Voila! You’ll have a lovely piece, a story to tell, and the satisfaction of major savings. Why not give it a shot?