200 Words From LA: things from IKEA that don't suck

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When designing a room from scratch, a trip to IKEA is a necessity. Luckily, there are a few things from IKEA that don't suck.

I'm a big fan of the BEKVAM kitchen trolly/cart with casters ($50). It's built well, once you put it together(you definitely are going to be building so be prepared).

Clients love the price and best of all, no one thinks it looks "IKEA", which is the point, after all. You can also funk it up a little by attaching a silver(or brass?!) towel rack. A quick linseed oil* over at least the butcher block top and you are good to go.

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I Also love the LACK floating shelves ($15-$25) They are cheap, nice and chunky, and they look as good as most higher end versions(Crate and Barrel, et al). Be warned that they have a 15 pound limit so I'd be wary of stacking too many of those hard bound picture books. AH

*DO BELIEVE THE HYPE! Linseed oil on a rag really will spontaneously combust!! Although it's cool to witness in a "Mr. Science" sort of way, it's really dangerous, so be safe and soak the rag in water before you toss it!

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.