DIY: Ikea Hack Inspiration

I have found an AMAZING “Ikea Hack” for our home, and I have been diligently working on it all weekend (don’t worry and DIY post is to come) I think everyone in their twenties has at least one piece of Ikea furniture. It is cheap, easy, and often extremely stylish. Now I REALLY don’t recommended having a whole house full of Ikea furniture, a couple of pieces is wonderful and great, but it won’t last you forever so it is always nice to invest in lifelong classics. However, there is a great little website called www.IKEAHACKERS.net that has sparked a trend of taking basic Ikea furniture, using all of its pieces and parts, and created something wonderful, unique and specific to your space. Here are some great home-spiration images (ALL of these are Ikea pieces reused and repurposed) to inspire you to DIY your own Ikea hack.

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HOME-SPIRATION: Coffee Tables

With my Starbucks in hand, how appropriate that I am writing about coffee tables. These little tables can be so much more than extra storage, or a place to rest your beverage, and I have found some amazing and unique coffee tables. I guess you really are an interior decorating nerd when you get this excited about a table, but I know you all do too! Here are some of my favorite coffee table home-spiration images!

unique, natural, and a total statement. Love.

unique, natural, and a total statement. Love.

a great way to add a touch of metallic to any living space

a great way to add a touch of metallic to any living space

Sturdy and solid. And I just love the way this coffee table is styled!

Sturdy and solid. And I just love the way this coffee table is styled!

Love Love Love. But imagine the fingerprints!

Love Love Love. But imagine the fingerprints!

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I love how petite this is! Perfect for a small living room or even a bedside table! Gorgeous!

I love how petite this is! Perfect for a small living room or even a bedside table! Gorgeous!

Upholstered coffee table. Perfect for those casual living spaces where you can put your feet up!

Upholstered coffee table. Perfect for those casual living spaces where you can put your feet up!

 

Love this industrial look, and the perfect storage for family photo albums!

Love this industrial look, and the perfect storage for family photo albums!

 

Bold Bold approach to a coffee table. But I just love it!

Bold Bold approach to a coffee table. But I just love it!

 

For the antique lover this is perfect. And still has a great industrial look.

For the antique lover this is perfect. And still has a great industrial look.

 

 

 

 

 

REINCARNATION: Bar Scene

If you have read previous posts you know that my boyfriend and I are huge wine drinkers. I have recently been OBSESSED with trying to find us a beautiful bar, capable of holding tons of wine and that goes with the style of our downstairs. We have a perfect spot, it is just finding the perfect piece of furniture to go there! Here are some of my favorite inspiration images for the bar, and a few great options we have been looking at.

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Here are some of my favorite pieces to create your own home bar, and a few that are on my own wish list!

The Saxon Entertaining Double Bar Tower from Pottery Barn for $1,499 (*currently on sale*)

The Saxon Entertaining Double Bar Tower from Pottery Barn for $1,499 (*currently on sale*)

If you have a larger space I love the Saxton Entertaining Bar Suite from Pottery Barn for $3499 (*currently on sale*)

If you have a larger space I love the Saxton Entertaining Bar Suite from Pottery Barn for $3499         (*currently on sale*)

If you are wine obsessed like we are here is the Modular Bar Cabinet with 1 Wine Hutch and 2 Open Hutch from Pottery  Barn for only $2169

If you are wine obsessed like we are here is the Modular Bar Cabinet with 1 Wine Hutch and 2 Open Hutch from Pottery Barn for only $2169

 

For a less expensive option there is the Paula Deen Home Captain Mike's Bar in Tobacco from Wayfair.com for only $1820 inexpensive but high quality and a gorgeous color! Great for those smaller entertaining rooms!

For a less expensive option there is the Paula Deen Home Captain Mike’s Bar in Tobacco from Wayfair.com for only $1820 inexpensive but high quality and a gorgeous color! Great for those smaller entertaining rooms!

 

THE CROWN JEWEL! This piece of furniture inspired this whole post, and it is my current OBSESSION! The Restoration Hardware Salvaged Wood Winter's Hutch. All together coming in around $4000 for the hutch and bottom buffet cabinet. LOVE LOVE LOVE. And I can not wait until it is mine (one day...!)

THE CROWN JEWEL! This piece of furniture inspired this whole post, and it is my current OBSESSION! The Restoration Hardware Salvaged Wood Winter’s Hutch. All together coming in around $4000 for the hutch and bottom buffet cabinet. LOVE LOVE LOVE. And I can not wait until it is mine (one day…!)

One last photo! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

One last photo! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

 

 

 

 

 

SHOPPING TRIP: Ikea

So every recent graduate or young professional loves a little Ikea action. Its a great place to go to get inexpensive furniture and still feel like you have a stylish apartment. I wouldn’t recommend getting EVERYTHING at Ikea because then your place will look a little generic, but a few key items never hurt anyone! This week we went to Ikea to get a few key items for my boyfriends (barely decorated) house, and trust me… just a few things made a difference! Here is what we got…

LAPPLJUNG RUTA RUG. Its a low pile rug with a bold print! I have been obsessed with this rug since it came out in the Ikea catalogue!

LAPPLJUNG RUTA RUG. Its a low pile rug with a bold print! I have been obsessed with this rug since it came out in the Ikea catalogue!

ASKHOLMEN outdoor suite in gray-brown. Its the perfect little set for a patio. All the grilling and great weather for this summer you will definitely put this to good use!

ASKHOLMEN outdoor suite in gray-brown. Its the perfect little set for a patio. All the grilling and great weather for this summer you will definitely put this to good use!

 

INGOLF bar stool with backrest. Perfect for any type of bar or countertop space in a very neutral color.

INGOLF bar stool with backrest. Perfect for any type of bar or countertop space in a very neutral color.

STAVE MIRROR. The BEST full length mirror I have had! Love Love Love.

STAVE MIRROR. The BEST full length mirror I have had! Love Love Love.

 

Now if you are really unsure about Ikea and how generic it can be (trust me thats how I feel at times) you might want to check out IKEA HACKERS (www.IKEAHACKERS.net) Its this amazing website that takes Ikea items and shows how people have taken the parts and created something really unique for their space!

 

 

 

SPEND OR SAVE: Outdoor Living

I know that around this time of year we are all sick of winter and dreaming of days laying by the pool and nights filled with outdoor cocktail parties and BBQing on the patio. Especially being from Cincinnati, and living in Dallas for the time being, I know how long Winter can be!

 

Here are a few of my recent outdoor living inspirations, and a couple ways to splurge or save on your own outdoor space.

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OUTDOOR LOUNGING

SPEND: this is the wodden slat double lounger from West Elm for $549. This is an item I would definitely splurge on for my outdoor space!

SPEND: this is the wodden slat double lounger from West Elm for $549. This is an item I would definitely splurge on for my outdoor space!

SAVE: this is the AMMERO from Ikea for only $199

SAVE: this is the AMMERO from Ikea for only $199

SAVE: this is the APPLARO lounger for only $129 from Ikea. Add a cushion and you are good to go!

SAVE: this is the APPLARO lounger for only $129 from Ikea. Add a cushion and you are good to go!

OUTDOOR DINING

SPEND: this cute set for two is the Hoyte Dining Collection from West Elm. Its on sale right now for $319 (HUGE BARGAIN!) originally $799.

SPEND: this cute set for two is the Hoyte Dining Collection from West Elm. Its on sale right now for $319 (HUGE BARGAIN!) originally $799.

SAVE: if you're looking for more seating and less price... here is the BOLLO table and chair set from Ikea for only $125.99. This would be perfect for a petite patio where you want to entertain company!

SAVE: if you’re looking for more seating and less price… here is the BOLLO table and chair set from Ikea for only $125.99. This would be perfect for a petite patio where you want to entertain company!

OUTDOOR ACCESSORIES

SAVE: Here are two outdoor pillows (in Orange Flame Flower) from Essentials at Target. The set comes at &19.98. *Make sure you're pillows are OUTDOOR pillows/fabric before keeping them outside long term!

SAVE: Here are two outdoor pillows (in Orange Flame Flower) from Essentials at Target. The set comes at &19.98. *Make sure you’re pillows are OUTDOOR pillows/fabric before keeping them outside long term!

SAVE: yes this really should be a splurge but its SUCH a good deal I couldn't do it! This is the Izmir Outdoor Rug at West Elm on sale for $149.97! (originally $299)

SAVE: yes this really should be a splurge but its SUCH a good deal I couldn’t do it! This is the Izmir Outdoor Rug at West Elm on sale for $149.97! (originally $299)

SPLURGE: This is a festive tableware set from West Elm called the Potter's Workshop Tableware in Dot. Each piece ranges from $8-12 and is ceramic. A little bit more easily broken but would make such a splash on any outdoor table!

SPLURGE: This is a festive tableware set from West Elm called the Potter’s Workshop Tableware in Dot. Each piece ranges from $8-12 and is ceramic. A little bit more easily broken but would make such a splash on any outdoor table!

SAVE: This is the Scalloped Coral Collection from Target. Sets range from $14.99-34.99 and are ACRYLIC. Perfect for outdoor dining because they are plastic, easily clean, and perfect for around the pool.

SAVE: This is the Scalloped Coral Collection from Target. Sets range from $14.99-34.99 and are ACRYLIC. Perfect for outdoor dining because they are plastic, easily clean, and perfect for around the pool.

In the midst of snow and sleet don’t forget that summer is just around the corner! Keep an eye out for great deals on acrylic tableware and outdoor textiles. Accessories can change any space!

REINCARNATION: Breakfast Nook

I really love the idea of a breakfast nook. It may stem from the fact that breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, and I can imagine nothing more luxurious than milling over the paper with breakfast and coffee in a gorgeously decorated nook. Hello? Doesn’t this sound delightful, people?!

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here are three options for your own breakfast nook:

Option One. White Out.

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Recreated with:

The DOKSTA table from Ikea for $199.

The DOKSTA table from Ikea for $199.

Two of the KLAPPASTA chairs in Nyarp White for $149 at Ikea.

Two of the KLAPPASTA chairs in Nyarp White for $149 at Ikea.

add some throw pillows and a small vase of flowers to this look and you have the perfect outfitted breakfast nook for a small home or apartment!

Option Two. Bold Pattern and Color.

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Recreated with:

Add a bold pop of color to your breakfast nook with the SLIPPAN Loveseat in Granan red for $299 at Ikea.

Add a bold pop of color to your breakfast spot with the                                                                   KLIPPAN Loveseat in Granan red for $299 at Ikea.

Add extra seating with these Sole Design Julia Chaz Dinning Chairs. A set of two from $234.99 from Overstock.com

Add extra seating with these Sole Design Julia Chaz Dinning Chairs. A set of two from $234.99 from Overstock.com

Finish it off with the LIATORP extendable table in white from Ikea for $279

Finish it off with the LIATORP extendable table in white from Ikea for $279

Add several eclectic table settings and mixed pattern throw pillows and you have yourself a nook!

Option Three. Vintage Classic.

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Recreated with:

This Wing Back Natural Linen Loveseat from Overstock.com for $464.99

This Wing Back Natural Linen Loveseat from Overstock.com for $464.99

With these Bintage Tabouret Stacking Chairs. They come as a set of four for $199.99 at Overstock.com

With these Bintage Tabouret Stacking Chairs. They come as a set of four for $199.99 at Overstock.com

Tying it all together with the Parker Expandable Dining Table from West Elm for $699

Tying it all together with the Parker Expandable Dining Table from West Elm for $699

Finish this look off with a few throw pillows for accents and some bone white china for a classic modern look.

REINCARNATION: Wooden Welcome

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I have loved this picture since I saw it on Facebook and I keep picturing what type of home I would have to have to recreate this look. I feel like bold design choices like wood on a wall are kind of like that favorite daring top we keep in our closet but never seem to wear because we don’t know if we can “pull it off.” Well here is my bold choice to try and recreate this look (digitally of course!) So here goes!

First to tackle the wooden aspect of the wall I looked in to laminate flooring and how you might be able to put it on your walls at home. So of course I had to do a little digging and found this great tutorial on how to install laminate flooring on your walls at HomeDepot.com (just click on the image and it will take you to the video if you’re interested)

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If you’re really unsure about the idea of a wooden wall check out magazine article on how hotels frequently use this technique!

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If you're interested try this Mohawk Antique Bark Oak Laminate Flooring for $2.95 per square foot at Home Depot! Would match the inspiration image pretty well!

If you’re interested try this Mohawk Antique Bark Oak Laminate Flooring for $2.95 per square foot at Home Depot! Would match the inspiration image pretty well!

Even if you’re not interested in a wooden wall near your entry way, you could paint it a bold color and still add these accessories:

This is the Ascend Taupe 55" Open Storage Unit from Crate and Barrel for $399. Love this mounted on the wall for shoe and bag storage at the entryway!

This is the Ascend Taupe 55″ Open Storage Unit from Crate and Barrel for $399. Love this mounted on the wall for shoe and bag storage at the entryway!

These are great wall hooks from Anthropologie (I have a mild obsession with their hardware) These are the Light Bulb Hook Wide for $7.95 each!

These are great wall hooks from Anthropologie (I have a mild obsession with their hardware) These are the Light Bulb Hook Wide for $7.95 each!

This is another Anthropologie hardware option! This is their Mudroom Hook for $8.00 each.

This is another Anthropologie hardware option! This is their Mudroom Hook for $8.00 each.

But if you're looking for something more like the inspiration image check out these BLECKA hooks from Ikea in stainless steel for only $5.99 for a 2 pack.

But if you’re looking for something more like the inspiration image check out these BLECKA hooks from Ikea in stainless steel for only $5.99 for a 2 pack.