IKEA hacks on Ohdeedoh, but when Swede Isabella Waldenmaier shared her daughter Ella's room with us, we were totally impressed and inspired by her unique IKEA furniture makeover. Full of bold colors and patterns, she has created a room for Ella that is nothing short of magical.
(an equally inspiring room with a castle built inside!) but common to both rooms is the lack of closets and storage areas. We solved this problem in this room by building the house cabinets. Each house has its own function. In the white house, Ella's clothing is organized by color in cubbies originally meant for CDs. The bright pink house you can find everything from cuddly toys to piggy banks. The hot pink house is what Ella uses most. It houses such items as beads to create with and legos to play with. I have started to restore my old dollhouse and the plan is that it will be a miniature of our home. So far Ella is too small to have taken interest in it, but she will probably appreciate it in the future. Barbie dolls, horses and babies, as Ella calls them, live in the red house. Along the window wall is a round table and two chairs for playing and crafting. The table is covered with graphic roads for imaginative car chases, and a self-built radiator cover makes room for favorite toys. In the corner stands a black forged lantern that doubles as a night light. The third and final wall acts as a resting area. On the floor are pillows and the wall shelves are filled with colorful books. Most of the toys and books are inherited from me when I was little, which makes Ella reading and playing with them even more meaningful. I love how you have organized various items by color. Is it a challenge to keep things organized in this way? Does Ella help and enjoy sorting things by color? We believe it is important that children have a room that encourages a growing imagination and creativity. Creative chaos, as I call it, creates curiosity, and it helps with child development in big and small ways. Here at home, we place great emphasis on the word sort After hours of mischief-making, we help Ella sort her toys and put them back in the right place. Legos are organized by color and we see this as a playful learning. When Ella plays and then cleans up, she is learning colors at the same time.
Rusta. I love the graphic table with the track extending up and over the shelf. Did you do it? If yes, how? We used decorative masking tape from here. What is your favorite piece or element? Definitely the house cabinets! If money were no object, what would you buy for this room? I'd buy two new chairs by Charles Eames. Resources: - Shelves: IKEA Billy Shelves - Table and chairs: Mio - Bookshelves: Mio - Lantern: Rusta - Pillows: Rusta - Piggy Pank: Favoritsake blog where she shares interior inspiration, adorable DIY's and more. And if you missed it, we shared Ella's amazing DIY backyard playground last week here. (Images: Isabella Waldenmaier)
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