The idea of collecting art can be a daunting one and when it comes to finding the perfect pieces to fill your walls it can feel like there are only two directions you can go in, mass produced cookie-cutter art or the intimidating, confusing and often expensive option of buying directly from a gallery.
When I first discovered IKEA, as a tender young college freshman, I was so psyched that there was beautiful modern furniture I could actually afford that I basically memorized their catalog. Whenever I went to a friend's home I would identify all the things they had purchased from the Swedish retailer. (It was a little obnoxious.) Funnily enough, years later, I'm still doing the same thing. Turns out college students aren't the only ones who love IKEA — legit designers, who still have to stick to a budget, often mix these pieces into high-end spaces. So I've made a little game, inspired by Jennifer's Find the Furniture. Can you spot the IKEA pieces in these grown-up interiors?
I've been trying to hack an IKEA chandelier into a serviceable, modern, Sputnik-style chandelier for over a year now. Successful IKEA chandelier hack tutorials abound on the Internet, but mine has been been pretty slow going between the spray paint, origami, and the fact that I ordered completely the wrong size chandelier. But apparently a really good IKEA Sputnik is easier than I ever thought.
Thank goodness for Anthropologie, and their constant influx of beautiful products that so many people drool over. Caitlin over at Desert Domicile loved their Mango Wood Slice Mirror and was inspired to try a DIY version for herself, without the $58 price tag. With some clever thrifting and a few craft supplies, she made a really cute (and colorful) mirror that rivals the original — for only $5.79.
When designer and blogger Joy Cho (of Oh Joy!) needed to renovate a new workspace in Hollywood, she called on her friend, HGTV Design Star winner Emily Henderson. If this sounds like a match made in design heaven, it was — and the resulting space makes use of a clever quick fix that anyone can do at home.
A design as sophisticated as this mid-century inspired dresser from West Elm doesn't need any tinkering. But sometimes, you want to inject a little of your own personality into the piece, as Sonja Rasula did here.
Floor cushions are hot items right now. They make great alternative seating to accommodate extra dinner party guests and they're perfect for back patio garden parties during the summer. Every shop from West Elm to Serena & Lily offers plenty of options, but depending on your budget they can be a little on the pricey side. For DIY types, I've put together a tutorial that will help make you the queen or king of your next party, and still leave you a little cash for a few extra cheese plates.