Making it Yours 13C: Möckelby Dining Table

Time for the last of three looks around IKEA’s new Möckelby dining table! The first let wallpaper be the star with everything else playing supporting roles. The second room had plenty of pink and gold, with neon for wit. And now, nothing says “welcome, we’re glad you’re here” like four busts of bald women — distressed and aged for that extra special touch. They go perfectly with the $80 length of dyed-blue rope. (Get a pair and hang them like sconces! I’m joking, but I’m also not. It would look awesome.)

Don’t worry. I tempered the crazy by including more traditional silverware, because gold or a more modern shape would just be too much.

Making it Yours 13C: IKEA Mockelby Dining Table

  1. Meredith 4-Door Natural Grasscloth Cabinet, Bungalow 5

  2. Barbara Barry White Enameled Chandelier, Circa Lighting

  3. Bullet Glass Arctic Blue Table Lamp, Wisteria

  4. Färgrik Turquoise Dinnerware, IKEA

  5. Ainsley Flatware, Crate & Barrel

  6. Sura Black and White Mirror, Anthropologie

  7. Indigo Tassel Wall Hanging, Handmade by WKND LA, Anthropologie

  8. Parma Gray Paint, Farrow & Ball

  9. Mia Dining Armchair with Brass Nailheads in Ellie Indigo, Ballard Designs

  10. Mia Dining Side Chair with Brass Nailheads in Ellie Indigo, Ballard Designs

  11. Möckelby Dining Table, IKEA

  12. Asst. Set of Mannequins, One Kings Lane

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Making it Yours 13: Möckelby Dining TableMaking it Yours 13A
Making it Yours 13BMaking it Yours 13C

Do you have a favorite from this edition of Making it Yours? I’m torn between the first two, I think. All of that pink is very ‘me’ but that wallpaper is SO good.

A Colorful Pain-in-the…

A new rug has once again entered our house. It’s cute and colorful! August likes it! Tiny Lego pieces get lost where the baby can crawl over and find/eat them or you step on them, ouch! I did not realize what a pain it would be to make sure there aren’t little tiny toys hidden, lying in wait. It’s not an impossible task but it is worth mentioning in case you’re looking for something similar. I imagine this would be a problem with most of the colorful options I was looking at, or with any heavily patterned rug.

Colorful Rag Rug

The bigger problem is that it’s a cheap rug, and that’s evident in the quality. Basically, it’s just a big 8×10 cotton rag rug, but even among rag rugs, quality varies. The little loops are continuously popping up and I have to tuck them back in or trim them. And of course I can’t use the vacuum’s beater brush, which may or may not be a problem in the long run. Returning a rug by mail is a pain, but the shipping both ways is free and I’m going to replace it with either this one or this one instead. The flat weave should last longer and be easier to keep clean, which is worth the hassle of swapping them out. It’s a disappointment and a minor setback, but it’s easily fixable.

Little Loops Sticking Out in a Rag Rug

A new desk is here too. (I sold the armchair to make room for it.) August requested red and the one I was going to order (#20 in the roundup) sold out before I grab one, so I went with one of the other options. It’s sturdy and solid and will stand up to little boy wear and tear, and the castors have locks on the front wheels. Plus, obscenely large pet cages fit beneath it, so bonus!

Guinea Pigs Take Up a LOT of Room

Eventually a chair and some sort of drawers/storage will go where the cage is, but August is happy to have the boy guinea pigs in his room right now and that’s the best place for them.

The new layout with the bed in front of the windows means we couldn’t use the sconce we had again as a bedside light. I spotted the windsor task floor lamp on clearance and I bought the store’s floor model, figuring it would work well as a replacement. The cord is part of its design, but the floor switch is annoying because you have to get out of bed to turn the light on or off. A plug-in dimmer switch will solve the problem.

Windsor Task Floor Lamp

How’s that old “to do” list shaping up?

To do:

  • paint the bed frame

  • upholster the headboard

  • no more bed rail

  • new rug return and replace the new rug

  • rearrange the furniture

  • repaint (maybe) (definitely)

  • add shelves above the radiator

  • more art

  • organize (and pare down) the toys

  • replace the light with a ceiling fan

Making it Yours 13B: Möckelby Dining Table

Sometimes I have a good idea of where I’m going with these Making it Yours looks, and sometimes the design shifts and changes along the way.

This is the second of three rooms put together around IKEA’s Möckelby table. We saw it paired with some amazing wallpaper last time, so I didn’t want to fall back to another wallpaper design this time. I knew I wanted to bring in that light (isn’t it fantastic?), but beyond that, I wasn’t sure where things would end up. Chairs were the next piece of the puzzle, and once I remembered the limited edition pink Arne Jacobsen chairs, everything fell into place.

Pink and gold! Modern, but with a nod to the past! Neon lights! Yes.

Making it Yours 13B: IKEA Mockelby Dining Table (Pink and Gold)

  1. Custom Neon Signs, Endeavor Neon

  2. Pelle Chandelier — Gooseneck, West Elm

  3. Futura Circles Vase, Jonathan Adler

  4. Dang 1 Door / 3 Drawer Console (White), Blu Dot

  5. Handmade Porcelain Plates, Mud Australia {Photo}

  6. Marta Light Pink Glasses, CB2

  7. Malmo Rose Gold Flatware, Kate Spade

  8. Romantic Pink Paint, Glidden

  9. Möckelby Oak Dining Table, IKEA

  10. Lenox Bench (Coral), Schoolhouse Electric

  11. Imperial Collection Slate Rug, Loloi

  12. Series 7 Chair (Pink/Gold), Design Within Reach

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