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IKEA TORHAMN Kitchen Cabinet Door Fronts

TORHAMN Kitchen cabinet door fronts from IKEA

I’m a big fan of IKEA, especially when it comes to kitchens. I’m basing this purely on aesthetics and functionality as I have never had or experienced an IKEA kitchen myself. I just love the way they look and the way they are designed to make the very best use of every available bit of space. Living in the UK, where our homes have the smallest floor space of any European country at just 76m2 for the average new build, space is definitely at a premium. I’m always amazed by the genius space saving designs that I see at IKEA and I’d love to replicate some of them in my own home, especially in my tiny kitchen. Anyway, I’m getting off track here, this isn’t a post about tiny kitchens or space saving designs. It’s a post about how fricking gorgeous the TORHAMN kitchen cabinet door fronts from IKEA are. I’ve had these on file since this time last year so I thought it was about time I shared the gorgeousness with you lovely lot.  Read More…

IKEA Satsumas Plant Stands

IKEA SATSUMAS Plant Stand range in bamboo and white

As you all know I love plants and I would love more of them in my home if I could only keep them alive. But sadly I’m in no way green fingered. But I often swoon over greenery in other people’s homes and the beautiful ways they choose to display their planty friends. This new range from IKEA ticks all the buttons for me. The IKEA SATSUMAS series features three different plant stands made from bamboo with white accents. They are a really great way to show off your greenery indoors and if I had the space I would definitely be purchasing myself these pieces (although I would need to get some artificial plants to put on them). I love the ladder style plant stand as it adds some height to the display but I also like the different levels in the tiered plant stand and the minimal footprint of the rectangular plant stand which has a lower shelf ideal for smaller pots, or to store your gardening books and magazines. Of course, being from IKEA they are also very affordable so I’m also a big fan of the price! What do you guys think of this range? Would it convince you to have more plants in your home? Read More…

IKEA Launches Wireless Charging Furniture

IKEA Wireless Charging Lighting Collection

I can’t even begin to tell you all how excited I am about this huge news! IKEA has launched a range of furniture that is designed with integrated wireless charging points in it. Granted this is not the newest technology around, but what makes this announcement so exciting is the fact that the majority of us will actually be able to afford it. I don’t know about you but I absolutely hate cable mess and I dream of the day when wireless electricity is something that is commonplace in our homes. All appliances should just work without the need to be plugged in at all times. It would look so much nicer in our homes if we didn’t have that cluttered mass of cables trailing all over the place and presenting dangerous trip hazards. And phone chargers are some of the most annoying I find because we use them so often. I have mine plugged in beside my bed so that I can recharge my phone overnight. But sometimes the battery runs low before I go to bed and it’s a bit of a hassle to start moving the charger round the house. That’s how things get misplaced, right? But now with this amazing new range from IKEA relocating chargers will be a thing of the past! Read More…

Ilse Crawford’s Collection for IKEA

IKEA & Ilse Crawford Sinnerlig

I have been a big fan of the work of Ilse Crawford ever since I interviewed her back in 2011. It was her humanist approach to interior design and architecture that really inspired me. I love the way that she puts human beings at the centre of her work in order to create spaces that address our basic human needs and that act as platforms for social connections. So when I heard that Studio Ilse has partnered with IKEA, one of my favourite interior brands, I could not have been more excited. The SINNERLIG collection will be launched in all IKEA stores this August, which seems like a lifetime away, but I’m sure the wait will be worth it. After all, the new collection will offer top of the line design at typical IKEA prices. What more could we ask for? It’s a match made in heaven if you ask me.

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IKEA PS 2014 Collection

IKEA PS 2014 Balancing Bench £40

I discovered the IKEA PS Collections two years ago when I featured the PS 2012 collection here on the blog. The PS 2014 collection, which launched in stores on 01st April 2014, reflects the growing trend for compact, changeable spaces that feature furniture that is flexible, moveable and affordable and that helps us to maximise every available space. It is aimed at young urbanites, who live in small spaces and are constantly on the move and it is designed to help them live more simply and do more with what little space they have.

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The BRÅKIG Collection from IKEA

BRÅKIG collection from IKEA

There really are some fantastic new designs coming out of IKEA right now. You may remember the Metod kitchen that I featured last week and this week it’s the turn of the new limited edition BRÅKIG Collection. BRÅKIG means rebellious in Swedish and the collection is the result of IKEA’s collaboration with ArtRebels, a Danish creative collective that brings together designers, film-makers and other artists from around the world. There are over 30 products in the new collection which is designed for people who have limited spaces and small budgets. The design features, materials and techniques used in the collection are heavily influenced by Danish design and a love of Copenhagen. What I love most about the BRÅKIG collection is the fact that it combines a number of key interior trends: geometrics, pastels and natural materials. What more could you ask for? But if you’re interested in investing in this bright and cheerful collection you’d better be quick as the limited editions collection is only available while stocks last. And if you need further convincing there is a great video about the collection below. Read More…

New Metod Kitchen from IKEA

Black Metod Kitchen by Ikea

Now who doesn’t love IKEA? I know I do and following recent news that a new store has now been approved for Exeter I couldn’t be more excited. But I was really interested to hear about the new kitchen that the Scandinavian retail giant has launched this month. The METOD kitchen from IKEA replaces the existing FAKTUM kitchen that has proved so popular over the past 20 years and IKEA believes that this revolutionary new system will change the way that we design, plan and install our kitchens. These are bold claims indeed and the reason behind the decision to introduce this new kitchen system is the evolution of customer needs which sees us increasingly wanting to personalise our kitchens and at the same time store more in less space.

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IKEA Catalogue 2014 Preview

Ikea Catalogue 2014 preview pastel living room

As many of you will already know I have been a big fan of IKEA since my student days when the Swedish giant provided the only affordable way to kit out my home with style. Since my student days I have continued to enjoy the offerings of Ikea and marvel at the clever and extremely well-designed and made products. Each year I look forward to the release of the new catalogue to see what exciting new products are being launched. The IKEA catalogue 2014 is particularly interesting, not only because of the great variety of products that it features but also due to the new augmented reality app. So I wanted to give you a peek at the catalogue before it is available in stores tomorrow.

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Customize Your IKEA Furniture with Pretty Pegs

Jana&Mikael Founders of Pretty Pegs

Ever since I first moved out of my parents when I went to uni all those many years ago (thinking about it really is quite frightening) I have had a fair amount of Ikea furniture in my house. As a student, Ikea is obviously a great choice as it’s well made, hard-wearing,  and reasonably priced. Then as the years passed and I didn’t get any more wealthy it remained a great place to shop. Whilst I have relied on Ikea for a good few years now, there is one issue that I have with it. So many other people also shop there making it particularly hard to feel like your home is unique. People do tend to recognize Ikea products as soon as they see them and sometimes this is not really what you want.

However, there are plenty of products out there now allowing you to customize your Ikea furniture. One of my favourite products on the market is Pretty Pegs, like shiny new shoes for your Ikea sofas, chairs and beds. Allowing us to add colour, elegance and character to our furniture, Pretty Pegs are produced in Sweden by Jana & Mikael according to Swedish Design Heritage. They’ve won me over that’s for sure! What do you guys think?

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