Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Ikea Kitchens

I love this Ikea kitchen commercial where the son comes home to find his parents have taken space from his old bedroom to make a bigger kitchen.  The commercial is hilarious, especially when the son notices his room is basically non existent.  What you can't help but notice is how beautiful the kitchen is.  The large kitchen boasts gray cabinets with a built in eating nook.  It is absolutely stunning.



 
Right now Ikea has their kitchens 20% off.  I keep saying to myself if we were to ever get new kitchen cabinets, I would definitely check into Ikea.  Their other products are cost efficient so I wouldn't expect anything less about their kitchen cabinets.  They have lots of mix and match finishes and styles.

 

I decided to take a look around and see real life kitchens of others that have opted for Ikea cabinets.  From reading about their kitchens, it looks as though they are very affordable.

I think my favorite is from Housetweaking.  I love the contrast of dark lowers with white uppers.


Here's an all white kitchen from Cape 27.

 
Check out the huge island in this kitchen from The Kitchn.

 

Another all white kitchen from Little House Blog.

  

Love this modern kitchen with color.
  
What are your thoughts on an Ikea kitchen?  Would you consider them?

 
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Flip or Flop

One of my favorite shows on HGTV is Flip or Flop.  It centers around a husband and wife team, Tarek and Christina, that flips houses.  They buy vacant, run down homes, usually at auctions sight unseen, and renovate them into beautiful homes.  Each episode takes you from the purchase of the home, through renovations, and finally to the finished, remodeled product.  They have built a successful business by flipping houses.

My husband and I have talked about flipping homes for a few years now.  Tarek and Christina have created a Flip Advantage team and they are traveling across the US to teach workshops about house flipping and making money in real estate.  I have signed us up for a workshop this weekend.  I am so excited to learn more about this side of real estate!  House flipping is a way we can both work together and start our own business doing what we like to do.  With my new found love of design, I get giddy over seeing transformed spaces.  What better way to get our hands dirty and make spaces prettier than house flipping?  Real Estate has always interested me too.

Here are some of Tarek and Christina's recent flips.

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Anybody else like to watch Flip or Flop?

 
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Friday, July 25, 2014

A Colorful Office and Chairish

I was recently contacted by Chairish, to style one of their chairs in a design board.  The idea is to take the room from white to bright using a fun chair.

Chairish is an online shopping site where design lovers can buy and sell pre-loved home decor.  It's online consignment.  This site was founded by a husband and wife team who was re-locating and didn't know how to get rid of their perfectly good furniture that would not fit into their new space.  What a neat concept huh!

I designed a fun office space using a bright green Eames style plastic chair.  I used a basic white desk but added other bright colors for this office.  To keep the space more adult and less juvenile, I paired the colors with a classic black and white rug.


Besides fun accent chairs, Chairish also has great lighting...

Beaded Ball Floor Lamp

Headboards...


and tables.

Brass Swivel 3-Tier Cocktail Table

What piece in your home have you used to brighten up the room?

 
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Industrial Pendants

Seems like I see industrial lighting everywhere.  They are very trendy right now.  Trendy or not, I love them.  Something about them draws me in.  Maybe it's the metal caging and exposed Edison bulbs.

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They look so good hanging above dining tables or kitchen islands.

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What's your take on the industrial lighting craze?  Are you in or out?

 
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Monday, July 21, 2014

2015 Ikea Catalog Preview

The Ikea 2015 catalog is set to come out soon.  The digital version will be available for download starting June 24.  They will also introduce a catalog app for smartphones and tablets where you can scan a product in the catalog and virtually see how an item will look in your home.  Ikea is one of my go to stores for trendy, affordable home decor.  I wanted to give you a sneak preview of what to look forward to.

 
ARKELSTORP coffee table

ARKELSTORP sideboard

 
NORDLI chest of drawers

RANDERUP rug

PAX handles

DRIFTIG dinnerware

HURDAL bedside table

LILLSKAR shower curtain

I can't wait to get my new catalog so I can start marking the pages of things I want.


 
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Friday, July 18, 2014

Organizing Cords with Washi Tape

With all the electronic devices in our home, it's hard to keep up with the cords.  You see a cord on the counter and kind of know what device it goes to but sometimes you don't know until you try it.  A lot of the plugs are similar.  My husband's phone cord looks a lot like my daughter's tablet cord.  No more guessing now.


This is where we started, a tangled mess of cords.  Many of them were on the kitchen counter or stuffed in a drawer.

 
I pulled out my washi tape and got to labeling.  


I simply wrapped a piece of tape around the cords and labeled them with a Sharpie.



Now when we grab a cord, we know if it's really the one we need.

What do you use to organize your electronic cords?

 
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Floor Mirrors

I love the look of a leaning floor mirror.  It adds a design element to the room but also bounces the light across the room.  This deflected light makes the room appear larger and brighter.  It adds depth and dimension.

Here are a few affordable options I found.

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