For now, here are some side projects that I did this summer/fall.
First, I knew I was going to have a lot more kitchen stuff to store after the wedding. I bought a dresser off of craigslist for $40, then sanded, repainted, patterned, and poly-ed it. The stencil came from a metal radiator cover from Home Depot. It was kind of tricky, and some areas have some blobby parts, but that's ok. Overall I love it!
In the kitchen, I got some frames from Ikea to fill the end wall where the table is. I got a desk calendar with vintage dessert illustrations on sale at Sam Flax, a local art store, when I was in buying stationery for the wedding. I cut the picture up and framed a few, and the other vintagey drawn things are from the back cover of Cook's Illustrated, a bi-monthly magazine I get.
We also rearranged the office when I brought my old dining table from Elise's house. It's now my craft desk. The layout is more open, and leaves room for Hula's cat tree and a bookshelf to store my crafty things on the left wall (not shown).
In the corner of the picture above (between the computer and the TV) you see a framed thingy. That's another two desk calendars from Sam Flax, maps and vintage travel posters, that I put in a big multi-picture frame from Ikea. Sorry the picture is blurry; I was trying to avoid glare from the plastic. It's cute, and has old airliner posters and one from Hawaii (which was awesome, btw).
Finally, I got around to dyeing the Henriksdaal chair covers for the dining room table. I wanted them a teal color, so I bought 3 Royal Blue and 2 Emerald iDye packets at JoAnn's. Each packet dyes 2 covers, and I bought 2 extra chair covers (in case Hula destroys the current ones... she's been good about using her cardboard scratcher, though). I also had a white ottoman cover for an old Ikea ottoman ($6 for the basic white Klippan cover; I couldn't resist). Note: without the covers on, the chairs are pinkish. The picture isn't off-color, I promise.