Tuesday, March 1, 2016

{ Leather vs. IKEA Ektorp Sectional Review...}

Welcome back guys & happy Tuesday to you!! Today I'm here to bust some peoples' bubble hahah just kidding, well kinda{ but only to help & inform }! I'm here to do a review on the ever so popular Ektorp sectional from IKEA! I'm comparing it to a leather couch/ sofa so you can get a better picture at what I personally do & don't like about both etc.. I know there's been a million of these reviews done on these couches for the past year because lets face it they're SUPER popular right now! Now if you follow me I'm not one to really "chase" the trends..however I broke down & did this one time & well..Yea about that..! We've always had leather in our home. We had leather from the start & not because we have kids or had animals at the time, but because my style was more modern. When my styled changed in 2012/2013 when we moved into our second home I knew I wanted something other than leather, because it didn't portray that comfy casual/ warm feel that the vintage cottage style I was going after. When our once expensive leather couch took a turn after 6 years we decided we would go with the IKEA Ektorp. It was much less expensive than another leather couch & you could wash it etc..Here is where I should  have done my homework & stuck with my gut feeling..Now with two large dogs, I should have went with the leather. Keep reading below for the pros & cons of each couch & why!!!!



  • Cozier looking
  • Nicer on the skin
  • Less money than most leather
  • Easier to decorate with


  • Time consuming to wash
  • Slipcovers get dirty easier than leather
  • The fabric tore in each corner
  • Cushions are difficult to put back on
  • Cushions wrinkle easy
  • Cushions are medium to poor quality
  • Covers are mostly $100 & up..

We aren't rough on this sectional & the cushions & backs are still losing the structure to them..

I must admit I do LOVE the overall appeal/style/look!

Don't mind that rug { Upper Level Living Room Makeover Coming }..but anyways as you can see they wrinkle & have began to sag after just under 2 years..

If you look at the bottom left you can see the dingy dirty stains on the arms..That is from one of our dogs on a mishap & it constantly still is dinging even after bleaching..Yes, it gets cleaner, but still is dingy looking, not to mention the annoyance. 

Side Note: We also have the brown slipcover & it's pilling so bad we had to remove it until I can treat it.

Corner tear..

Okay, so with that all being said above you can see I'm not a fan of these couches! I'm sorry, but I'm not one to sugarcoat things via my blog & these couches are NOT what they are cracked up to be. Yes, I LOVE the look, but the maintenance is just flat out annoying. Washing the covers separately, only drying them halfway, putting them back on & not being able to just wipe something up instantly..Yea, not for this clean freak right here. Those who say they're durable, that may be the case for you, but that is not the case for us. No, we do not have children, but we do have 2 large dogs who do get their paws wiped before entering the house, & I clean just about everyday & they still become dirty & dingy. I guess I just like the idea of leather & the fact that you can instantly sanitize the spot or what not. Yes, they can be washed, but in 2-3 loads { that's with us having the largest washers on the market } & that's just not something I want to spend my time on... We have purchased to different slipcovers & each time the covers have ripped in the corners..They aren't a fortune to replace, but aren't cheap either... The sectional itself was $800 & beige Lofallet runs $100 &amp up; with the matching ottoman cover it's $220 + tax. The ottoman cover is super hard to get back on & the knobs on ours are currently off due to that issue . This then causes the ottoman to slip & slide constantly....

I would NOT recommend these particular slipcover couches/ sofas! 

- L E A T H E R -


  • Easy to clean
  • Cushions keep their structure
  • Cooler on the skin
  • Hassle free sanitizing
  • Harder to rip
  • No pilling


  • Ethical reasons for authentic leather
  • Less cozy look/ feel
  • Price
Although I can not say I will never get another leather couch, at this point for ethical/personal reasons I don't believe we will. We may go with a different slipcover or maybe even a faux leather { maybe a review on that too haha }.

With all that being said, I want to mention I absolutely LOVE IKEA otherwise..actually I'm kind of obsessed! I just wanted to blog this review for all the people out there contemplating this sofa/couch. I wish we would have done our homework more, but for now we will just try to love it & be thankful. I hope you got  a better understanding of the differences I pointed out & this helps you make the BEST decision for yourself or family. Thanks so much for stopping by.


Monday, February 29, 2016

{ Simple Detox Bath Recipe ]

Happy Monday!! Boy today has been a busy one already & I'm loving it!!! We started this early day with a business meeting, calls & getting some papers in order for my husband's new business ,and I had the nicest chat with my ever so enlightening mom { she was on vacation for 2 weeks }! I thought what the heck since the sun is out I would photograph two posts for this week that I've been meaning to blog... So before I start I'm stating I'm in NO WAY A DOCTOR OR AFFILIATED WITH THE MEDICAL FIELD! This little detox recipe is my own with some knowledge from others, Internet readings & books. I posted a few days ago about my dry skin remedy & it was quite popular.. --> Lotion Buffing, so today I decided to step out of my comfort zone again & share this little detox bath I've come to like... So, long story short.. I've got a back of a 90 year old. I got slight scoliosis in my upper back, I have hip discrepancy & who knows what else?! I love soaking in these baths to help loosen me up as well as my husband too. He has old car accident injuries, so he loves to soak & detox after a long laborious day on the job..Like I said before this recipe may not be for everyone, and I'm not saying do it without talking to your medical practitioner before hand, but they're so soothing, so why not share. I know I will get E-mail after E-mail about people, so I had to put this out there :/. I hope you enjoy this detox bath consisting of Epsom salt, peroxide & coconut oil.  


. Epsom Salt - 1 cup
. Peroxide { I used 3% } 1- 2 cups
. Pure Coconut Oil 2- 3 tablespoons

- E p s o m  S a l t -

Epsom salt is one of those staple items most people keep in their home. It comes in handy for so many things from cleaning to medical uses. 


  • Soothes Muscles
  •  Delivers Magnesium Through Skin Absorption
  • Aids in Constipation Relief
  • Can help with High Blood Pressure
  • Natural Antiseptic

** Be sure to ask your health provider if you suffer from low blood pressure, diabetes, heart issues or any other major medical condition. 

- P e r o x i d e -


  • Oxygen Supplement
  • Removes Toxins
  • Provides Energy
  • Kills Germs in Bath Water

** Start out with small doses of peroxide and work your way up if you're not showing irritation. Some interactions can occur with the skin, headaches or GI tract issues. I have had zero reactions so far. I read that since it provides oxygen rejuvenation it can cause energy to spike late at night in some people. Watch your hair while using peroxide as well.

- C o c o n u t  O i l -


  •  Nourish Skin
  • Moisturizer 
  • Natural Cleanser
  • Helps Fight Fungi
  • Gentle Skin Exfoliate & the list goes on!

** Be sure you have no allergies to coconut before hand. Rinse tub well after.

After using this combo my skin is soo smooth, the redness is lighter { I have keratosis Pilaris } & dry skin is lesser. I felt refreshed & I will say it does flush the toxins from within if you will..Be sure to drink plenty of water after! I hope this helps you feel refreshed, rejuvenated & brighter while winter takes its toll on us internally & externally! 

Happy Monday night & thank you so much for helping me grow this little practical blog of mine!!


Monday, February 22, 2016

{ DIY Indoor Spring Potting Table }

Happy Tuesday! Hoping Monday was good to you guys..I spent the whole day cleaning, finishing laundry { Random fact about me, I hate stagnant laundry in the house soo it's constant } & decorating / photographing this cute little spring DIY! If you're from the north then you know it's dropped in temps again & we all got a bit teased with the possibility of an early spring..but come on lets be real IT'S MICHIGAN haha! I've been craving spring & have been feeling a bit bored with some stuff in our living room { makeover coming soon } so I added a little DIY faux potting table :)! Another random fact, but I'm obsessed with potting benches! I just love the look of them, even though ironically I'm the worst gardener ever...Ask my mom she pops over every summer to pull my weeds " I missed..#ocd ha" & water my plants that I've either under-watered or soaked..poor little guys don't stand a chance with me :/. I've had this table that we found for free & I kind of love it in it's rustic worn ways.. I've had it for a few months & thought I'd give it one last hurrah moment in it's natural state before I sell, paint or move it. Come take a peek at this super simple faux spring potting bench look & how to make one yourself with some simple garden supplies..

This potting bench could be done by anyone!! You can use just about any table..taller the better. Add some faux or real greenery, wire baskets, pots, gloves or anything garden-ish & boom done! :) I would try the Dollar Tree for the above things ;).

This was the simplest DIY ever..well actually basically like all of my post. You guys know I love a good practical & on the cheap DIY. The runner is from +Target  for $3 & pots are from the dollar store. That mason jar lamp is a DIY  if you're interested --->  Mason Jar Lamp Makeover & the wire baskets were both free finds.

You guys probably already know this about me, but I loveeee these vintage crocks! This is my whole collection with the exception of two others I'm using in other spots in the house. They were ALL free finds. I obviously used faux greenery from +IKEA USA  & +Michaels Stores . This table sits really high up, so I wanted something to fill the bottom & these just happen to work. This whole faux potting bench cost a whole $3 for the runner..everything else I had! I'm serious when I say I shuffle goods constantly in the house. Don't get me wrong there are times I have toooo, or just want to buy new decor goods & do, but  nothing that's insanely priced etc..

I switched out the ladder in our dining room a few weeks back for this -->DIY Farmhouse Tea Towel Art & just stuck the little ladder on this chippy frame gallery wall. I went to move it today to photograph & ended up loving it actually!! P.S. that wire basket is one of my absolute favorite free finds!!!

Yummiest smelling candle ever from +T.J.Maxx  . I wish it had a name on it though.. It was on sale for $8..I think I mentioned this in another post.


What do you think about having a faux little potting bench inside until the real spring arrives? I love the idea of the cheer it brings for spring & Easter!!! Wishing you all the best Tuesday wherever you are. Thanks again for stopping by my little practical blog.


Sunday, February 21, 2016

{ Simple & Bright Easter Centerpiece Idea... }

Hey guys! I hope you all had a lovely weekend, ours was pretty uneventful & that's actually kind of refreshing in itself. I was just thinking about Easter last  night randomly & then got the itch to decorate..at like 11pm haha typical me...Anyways today I'm sharing this quick little tablescape I through together for some Easter cheer in our dining room! Everything I used for this table I had with the exception of the wood bunnies ;)!! It's no secret that I'm not really into decorating for the holidays unless it's Christmas related, but I thought this was something fresh until I break fully into spring { I've got big plans } , so stay tuned! 

Tulips & sparkly eggs..Is there anything better for Easter?

Okay, this tablecloth...What a NIGHTMARE!!! So I'm decorating last night & decide it needs ironing..This thing WOULD NOT iron for the life of me..I wanted to use it so bad..so I just took what I had haha. It was my great grandpa's & I love the gold striping etc.!  

The huge glass drink dispenser was a free find, and the wood bunny banner I got from the target dollar section. 

I'm not digging the wall art -->Tea Towel Art Tutorial   paired with this tablescape, so that will be coming down soon once I start spring decor! P.S. that table will be getting some major TLC soon..:) :)!

I hope you guys liked this super cheery & bright table for Easter! I know it's kind of a short spur of the moment post, but If we're being honest I'm tired, my back/ hip are killer right now & it's been a heck of a last two weeks getting my husband's new business going/ managing the blog etc.. Okay, I'm done ranting hehe! Have a happy & healthy week everyone!

Thanks so much for popping in!


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

{ My FAVORITE Blogs & why... }

Hey everyone! I'm so glad you're back for another post with me hehe! Today I'm not sharing anything from me, but some of the most talented ladies in this little "blogland" business!! Anyone who has their own business { we both do } can tell you how  intensive both mentally &  physically it can be!! It's nice to be able to learn from others in your field & actually not only learn, but spotlight those who have exceeded in their business & these 6 ladies sure have! I have certain blogs I like to frequent for certain things..Not that I don't like to spread out or read other newer blogs { like myself }, but sometimes you like to stick with what you know & I know these 6 bloggers never disappoint in these areas I go to them specifically for! Sit back & join me for some major inspiration & highlights on these 6 creative blogs!! 

- Bedding -

Bedding is one of those areas where I'm still learning & need all the help I can get. I mean I have perfected the "messy" or casual/cozy bed, but not the crisp hotel look. Heidi on the other hand has it MASTERED!! Every time I need some bedding inspiration I go to her blog. She has the cutest bed linens, style & always so crisp, yet comfy! She definitely knows how to layer & use all the right patterns etc..

Visit Heidi's blog for more inspiration --> Home by Heidi

- Recipes -

Okay, I'm going to try my best not to eat everything in the pantry while typing this.. Julie from Redhead Can Decorate blog has the yummiest recipes ever!! I've told Julie this many of times, but every time I'm on her Instagram feed I get so hungry! Her recipes range from her Italian roots to healthy options, without sparing in the taste area! Julie's the sweetest & bonus she's a Michigan blogger ..P.S. Julie we need a meet up soon so I can stalk your gorgeous kitchen more hah ;). 

Are you guys drooling yet? I know delicious stuff right?! See more of Julie's recipes here --> Redhead Can Decorate

- Organization -

So organization unlike decorating are kind of difficult for me even though I love it. I find that I get too overwhelmed with being a perfectionist &  then get scattered{ My husband is the organizer in our abode }. I know when I need some help with organization I can always rely on Amy & Christy of 11 Magnolia Lane!! They're the most organized ladies & always with the greatest tips, affordability & glamorous style!! When I first started out blogging it was quite comical, but right away Christy was so welcoming & nice to me. They were one of the first blogs I started reading & continue to be one of my favorites for many reasons.  

I mean how's that for organization? They've mastered it for sure. Come see more of 11 Magnolia Lane & their gorgeous spaces  here --> Eleven Magnolia Lane

- Makeovers -

Makeovers are one of my most favorite post my other bloggers. I just love the before & the afters, and to see all the work put into a space that makes the owner so happy! Sarah from Thrifty Decor Chick is the queen of makeover/ renovations! Every time I'm on her blog she is up to something new & they always turn out stunning!! Her kitchen, fireplace & well I could go on forever with all her upgrades to her home. I love that she is so DIY oriented & takes you along for the whole process in steps too. Along with  11 Magnolia Lane she was one of my other first time blog reads. 

 I bet you guys are ready to start some makeovers now right?!!! I mean all her updates look so simple & fresh!! Be sure to check out more makeovers on her blog at --> Thrifty Decor Chick

- Furniture -

Okay, I'm sure you all have heard of Marian from Miss Mustard Seed by now! She's the most talented furniture re-doer out there!!! Every time I'm looking to add a new piece I go directly to her blog for inspiration. Her timeless farmhouse countryside style is literally STUNNING! All the blues, greys, green & whites are so soothing in her home . She constantly has new vintage / rustic pieces & paired with the colors, unique pieces & her photography  you literally could stare alll day in AHH!  

So simple, yet stunning. Come see more of her home, paint line & blog --> Miss Mustard Seed


You know that show "Open Concept" on HGTV? Ya, me too & I'm obsessed! The sisters Ashley & Whitney are so handy it's insane!!! They can make anything & it's seriously amazing. I wish I was that handy with power tools..The wood furniture they crank out is seriously art form. It's all so rustic & affordable & bonus they include plans if you're interested in making them yourself. They literally have the whole package going on from DIY to decor. 

Come check them out if you  haven't already -->Shanty - 2 - Chic

 I really hope you guys enjoyed this post highlighting the best of the best in this blogging world/business! Be sure to check all these ladies out for all your home needs! Have a lovely Wednesday. I'll be back soon with some exciting news etc..

Thanks so much for dropping in on my little growing dream, I mean blog ;) !