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Yellow bedroom part2 / Zolta sypialnia-czesc2

Budget yellow bedroom - IKEA, Leroy Merlin and Allegro.pl
Budget yellow bedroom - IKEA, Leroy Merlin and Allegro.pl

Another design for the yellow bedroom – all in all (together will wallpaper not shown) I managed to keep cost down to minimum, not compromising on looks or comfort. We’ll see what the clients will say (after getting a cleaner version). I used the ‘Meduza’ lamp I wrote about after my trip to Poland.
Since I’m dead and really need some sleep, that’s it for now 🙂

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Kolejna wersja zoltej sypialni – z uzyciem lampy Meduza o ktorej juz pisalam. Poniewaz padam ze zmeczenia, na dzis tyle, chetnie uslysze komentarze 🙂

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Room of the Day / Pokoj dnia

NY Maximes living room from Apartment Therapy
NY Maxime's living room from Apartment Therapy

Absolutely stunning, this place is the perfect compromise between budget IKEA buys and a bit of splashing out on accessories or a few designer classics. There is no reason whatsoever why any one of us (well almost anyone – see below) could not have a place like this with some ingenuity and patience; the classics can be bought on auctions (or perhaps you can get a knock-off for a fraction of original’s price?), IKEA is – well, IKEA, no need to explain 🙂 The rest is thrift shops.

Importantly, though, there is a feeling of controlled nonchalance about this place – and it is achieved by rigorous approach to putting things to their place as soon as you’ve used them, and generally uncluttering it. Yes, it might look random, but it is in fact a well calculated space with place for everything. Too easy to make such place feel untidy – so only for the disciplined!

See the rest of the place here.

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Coz za salon! Jest on przykladem doskonalego kompromisu miedzy oszczednymi zakupami w IKEA i szalenstwem designerskich dodatkow, ktorych jest tylko kilka i czesc z nich jest z drugiej reki. Kazdy (prawie, o czym ponizej) z nas moze miec takie wnetrze, o ile ma troche fantazji i cierpliwosci. Nawet te klasyki mozna znalezc na aukcjach, albo trafic na podrobki za maly procent oryginalnej ceny.

Jednakze, jest to miejsce dla bardzo zorganizowanych osob. Moze wyglada na przypadkowo urzadzone, ale w rzeczywistosci jest efektem precyzyjnej kalkulacji. Nie ma tam nic zbednego, ani tez nic czego wlasnie wlasciciel uzywal – wszystko natychmiast wraca na miejsce. W tak eklektycznej przestrzeni jest to bardzo istotne – inaczej pokoj moze wydac sie zagracony i nieuporzadkowany. Czyli – tylko dla zdyscyplinowanych!

Obejrzyj cale wnetrze tutaj.

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DIY IKEA, or how to make the standard – unique

I can’t believe what some people are able to do with some of IKEA classics. If you’re up to it, try this out; some of the projects aren’t that difficult (more time-consuming and nerve-racking) but SO amazing! All of them have been found on the IKEA hacker blog.

  • Malma mirrors made into wall art

From this:

IKEA Malma mirror
IKEA Malma mirror

To this:

Malma mirrors made into wall art
Malma mirrors made into wall art
  • (Broken) Emmabo rocking chair into stylish deck lounge chair

From this:

(Broken) IKEA Emmabo chair
(Broken) IKEA Emmabo chair

To this:

Stylish Emmabo deck chairs
Stylish Emmabo deck chairs
  • Now this is really simple but so stylish! Lack / Vika Fintorp chic entry way / hall table

From this:

IKEA Lack wall shelf
IKEA Lack wall shelf

To this:

Chic and sexy entry way table
Chic and sexy entry way table
  • How ’bout this really simple but prettily customized set of Malm tables aka TV bench?

From this:

IKEA malm bedside table
IKEA malm bedside table

To this:

Malm twin TV bench with grass :)
Malm twin TV bench with grass 🙂
  • And one for the arty types out there: A heavenly wall art / tree mural done with scrappings of IKEA fabrics:

From this:

IKEA fabric scrappings
IKEA fabric scrappings

To this:

Tree mural made from IKEA fabrics
Tree mural made from IKEA fabrics
  • Finally, the best in my opinion: Retro FIRA jewelry cabinet …AND… a shabby chic bedside table

From this:

IKEA Fira mini chest of drawers
IKEA Fira mini chest of drawers

To this…

Fira retro jewelry cabinet
Fira retro jewelry cabinet

To this!! The Absolutely Gorgeous shabby chic bedside or side table is a smashing HIT! Congratulatins on imagination and craftiness!

Shabby chic Fira bedside table
Shabby chic Fira bedside table

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Repurposing and alternative use, or breathing new life into old things

Ever wondered how to give new use to old things, or in other words, repurpose? Well, here are some ingenious ideas! Some of them are being transformed into new objects, whereas others show new approaches to home chores or DIY.

  • Get any of the big vases which you can now buy everywhere (or perhaps you have one in your home collection?), and use it to store toilet paper. Depending on your level of quirkiness, choose either a transparent, or more discreet opaque version.
Vase as toilet roll holder
Vase as toilet roll holder
  • Want to get rid of old bubblegum stickers of Kevin from Backstreet Boys you taped onto your mirror as a teenager? (OK, was that only me??) – try the good old mayonnaise… who’d guess!
Mayo as adhesive cleaner
Mayo as adhesive cleaner
  • OMG! Can this be true?? Just last night I had to soak my new IKEA side plates for a few hours before those stubborn stickers graciously decided to allow me to scrape them off and now – this! You’ve got to try this out – just heat the labels and…
Hairdryer heat softens label glue
Hairdryer heat softens label glue
  • OK, I’d now say: ‘Enough of those useful ideas! Let’s see something impractical!’ And yet, even this use seems very relevant now, as we all have our photos on our drives rathen than in albums (unfortunately). Be honest, when was the last time you developed (gosh even this word sounds strange already) your holiday photos? So, here is what you do with the spare albums – use them as business cards holders! Or, even better for design maniacs, you could use them for wallpaper scrappings, pieces of fabric, etc etc…
Photo album as business cards holder
Photo album as business cards holder
  • …and this DIY project will add interest to your hall – simply cut off part of your hangers, and either use industrial glue, or nails. If you don’t have such strong glue, you can still use it e.g. as jewelry rack.
Hanger as ... hanger :)
Hanger as ... hanger 🙂
  • OMG once more – this is ingenious 🙂 Run a sticky side of a post-it note between keys of your keyboard (if you are me, if will be full of tea, coffee, cookies’ crumbs, nail polish chippings and other ‘items’) to clean it.
Post-it notes as keyboard cleaners
Post-it notes as keyboard cleaners
  • And finally – the bizarre.  Check out this amazing bench 🙂
Ski bench
Ski bench

Gosh, I absolutely love such practical ideas (…perhaps apart from the bench!). Putting one or two into practice make me cheat myself that I am not as disorganized and inefficient as I am 🙂

If you liked these, check out AltUse which claims to be the ultimate website for alternative uses (DYI related).

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New season in IKEA Part 2

OK – so I’m finally back from my day of window-shopping (well, not exactly – I actually bought some side plates, two books on design and color, and hand cream!). First, let me share with you the furniture side of my IKEA findings.

– a space-saving solution for small kitchens. Also, table top is bought separately so one can get a bigger one if space permits:

Ikea Billsta table and Sebastian bar stools
Ikea Billsta table and Sebastian bar stools

– one of the more stylish double desks I have seen on the high street (and it is not easy to find a desk for two…)

Ikea BESTA BURS double desk
Ikea BESTA BURS double desk

– an interesting dining table ‘for surfers’ as my husband called it :). Not sure what the name is though…

Ikea oval dining table
Ikea oval dining table

– …and that’s how the Bernhard chair looks in reality – was very comfy as well!

Ikea Bernhard leather chair
Ikea Bernhard leather chair

– nice idea for kitchen fronts – in wide-and-glossy units-dominated kitchens, this vertical beech set provides a welcome change:

Ikea Solar kitchen units
Ikea Solar kitchen units

– Now the tricky part – what the hell is this wallpaper / material on the wall? I thought I’ll find it in the online catalogue but there are no matches to ‘wallpaper’ and I am pretty sure it is one, as it reflected light when photographed with flash. Really pretty French country style, with roses and birds… anyone knows?? I attach a magnified view of the design as well. HELP! I see it in my mother’s bedroom and I need it desperately and why oh why have I not asked anyone of the staff?!

Ikea wallpaper / fabric?
Ikea wallpaper / fabric?
Ikea wallpaper closer look
Ikea wallpaper closer look

– …and finally to lamps / shades. I have chosen three of the new designs that seemed most interesting:

Ikea Knubbig table lamp
Ikea Knubbig table lamp
Ikea Tallvik table lamp
Ikea Tallvik table lamp
Ikea Klavsta lamp shade
Ikea Klavsta lamp shade

That’s it for now. To follow – some nice fabrics I found, as well as a few finds from another shop 🙂

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New season in IKEA

Got an e-mail last night that IKEA has just issued their new catalogue which you can see here.

Here are the first of my personal favorites among the new additions:

– lovely hand-made glasses which will add a wow factor to any kitchen for little money:

Ikea PS Kalla glasses. Designer: Gunnel Sahlin.
Ikea PS Kalla glasses. Designer: Gunnel Sahlin.

– sleek and modern leather chairs which emulate the designer look very well, costing under a hundred pounds! Also it seems they are stackable…

Bernhard leather chair. Designer: Ola Wihlborg.
Bernhard leather chair. Designer: Ola Wihlborg.

– amazing design adds glamour to this very cute crown-like basket:

Ikea PS Krona basket. Designer: Maria Vinka.
Ikea PS Krona basket. Designer: Maria Vinka.

…more to follow (probably) as I am just on my way to IKEA to check out other new items.

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