Idid some rearranging of chairs at my house (yes, again) and as a result, there was an awkward and sad chairless gap right next to the fireplace. I KNOW! That makes me nervous. It is one of our main places to sit in the house (especially in the fall and winter!) so I actually needed to find something to fill the space. My dream was to either find an amazing new chair or maybe even better, have someone recover a chair I already had.
When I finally make up my mind that I want to do something, I want to be able to do it NOW. But finding a chair you LOVE that you can bring home NOW is not always as easy as I wish it was. I don’t like to wait 8 weeks for it to be custom made! And so many chairs are so darn expensive and that too makes it hard for me to commit to the purchase even if they are cute.
So being as impatient and indecisive as I am, I didn’t want to wait to order a chair — but I also couldn’t make up my mind on what chair I could recover, who to have do it, what fabric I would want. Too many options. WHY do I have such a hard time making decisions? I don’t know. I wish I could make up my mind more easily. I think I have trouble when there is more than one right answer to any question, especially when I am feeling like I need to make a decision right away. The pressure paralyzes me.
Any hooooo…sometimes when I can’t decide what to do but I know I want to make progress, I make a simple decision I can live with until a better solution comes along.
And in this case, I decided the IKEA Ektorp white slipcovered chair would fill in this spot and I could set that “perfect” decision aside for awhile.
I haven’t really ever bought furniture at IKEA so I had no idea I would have to put the whole chair together (gah) but it really wasn’t hard at all. I did it all by myself. While I will say I don’t find it as comfortable as my Pottery Barn Basic sofa, it’s probably just because my sofa has down cushions. Otherwise it’s a great chair and just what I needed for the time being!
I’ll let you know how I like it after I wash the slipcover and sit in it for a few months. After living with my white PB sofa for years and years I STILL prefer the white slipcovers over any other upholstery for furniture in the family room. Yep, they get dirty but so does ANY chair in our family room. The only difference is I can wash and bleach slipcovers and make them look good again!
PS. I found that cute little throw at Target (it is actually a poncho from the clothing and accessories aisle, but I loved it so much I am letting it stand in as a throw!) and the outdoor pillow is from West Elm.
Do you have any IKEA Ektorp chairs or sofas? Do you like them?
And am I the only one who has such a hard time making decisions or are you sometimes as indecisive as I am when it comes to what to buy for your home? Please, tell me I am not alone!