Mix & Match


I have officially hacked, closeted, arranged or stored every piece of Drexel that is practical for our current apartment. Now I’m having fun looking for fresh ways to mix in pieces that can travel with us, to bring individuality and make the Drexel look intentional (gasp!) Here’s how I reworked my kitchen table and chairs last week for a more personal and contemporary feel.



Above left, Dar saddle chair in white, $59 at target.com. I successfully mailed this through pouch, and 10% off right now with code FALL10! Right, Ikea URBAN Junior chair in white, $31.99 at ikea.com. According to the package measurements and weight listed online, this chair should just squeak by in pouch shipping (I picked it up stateside before moving).


I also took one of the provided chairs – not Drexel, just some random furnished blah set – and created a custom slipcover in white. This way the whole table is an eclectic mix of seating, which pushes my simple kitchen furnishings away from an institutional feel. I found some great instructions on HGTV.com to follow for “pin-fitting” and sewing a basic custom slipcover (here.)


Mine didn’t come out perfect, but it’s a vast improvement – and the first time I completed a sewing project in one day! I used the single leftover Ikea Ritva panel I had lying around, but any simple canvas, linen, or cotton would work. I love the look of a more rough, visible weave fabric for something with clean lines like this. Don’t forget to wash the fabric first in HOT water and tumble dry, so that whenever you need to wash it in the future (and you will, if you’re using it in the kitchen like me!) it won’t shrink and be too small to cover the chair again.



Everything is working together much better now. And yay, its full-swing pomegranate season here! No pumpkin centerpieces for me this Fall, Baku is all about the Nar.

Of course I still miss my own table, but for now I’m happy with how this look reflects my style – and functions better for our family here in Baku. What did you get stuck with for kitchen furniture, and how have you made it your own?

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