House Tour: IKEA Dream Home

080108housetour01.jpgName: IKEA Dream Home
Location:IKEA Southern California Home and Garden Show, Anaheim Convention Center
Size: 1,700 square feet
Our style: Contemporary

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Okay, so we've talked up the IKEA Dream Home for days and days and now we're finally ready to show it off to you. While it's not the Mid Century Modern style we go wild for at Apartment Therapy, we love the fact that it doesn't look like it was decorated in head to toe IKEA--but it is. In order to decorate this Silvercrest Home presented by 5 Star Homes, it cost just under $50,000 to outfit every drawer, linen closet and entertainment center in IKEA's new pad. That price tag also includes all large appliances like the stove, fridge and microwave.

The Dream Home was designed by a team headed by Nicoletta Schaeffer. She mentioned that it took her only about a week to pull it all together--amazing! In order to accomplish this feat, the team envisioned a family that lived in the space. The Entertainer, The Organizer and The Teenager. We zeroed in on everything organizing which was pretty much the entire house. Our favorite device in the space was a series of battery operated lights for drawers called DIODER. Working on a sensor, the lights showcased the organization of each drawer and made each task of opening the cabinets feel similar to opening a present. It was the surprise touch that will have every house guest saying, "where did you get that?"

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Walking through the house, we noticed that many IKEA pieces were items that we have owned and are still in our possession. Take the BILLY bookcase for example. In college it's just a bookcase but as you get older you might add doors to give it an entirely different vibe. One of IKEA's strong points is making furniture that can grow with you. Let's see what IKEA designed for us in their Dream Home...

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AT Survey:

Inspiration: A family that enjoys entertaining but is also big on organization

Favorite Element: Being able to entertain in the living room and still hear what's going on in the kitchen. Having these two areas be open to make hosting guests a breeze--and the organizing solutions that make it easy.

Biggest Challenge: Only had a week to decorate

What Friends Say: "This is awesome!"

Biggest Embarrassment: Dream Home is in the Anaheim Convention Center

Proudest DIY: Positioning the MALM Occasional Table (on casters) over the bed with the VIKA AMON/VIKA CURRY desk perpendicular resulting in a desk that is multi-functional. When you want to use the lap-top in bed, the MALM table then moves towards the head of the bed to make typing effortless.

Biggest Indulgence: The Whirlpool Appliances for IKEA

Motto: "Home is the most important place in the world"

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(Thanks IKEA!)

[Images from Gregory]

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