IKEA is an indispensable source for recent movers looking to easily, stylishly, and affordably furnish a new room from scratch. To show how it's done, we challenged three blogger-designers to start with a blank slate and each create a bedroom, living room, and dining room in a particular style using only products from IKEA. It's stunning how different their rooms are, even when they ended up using some of the same products, showing just how versatile our Scandinavian superstore really is! Which fits your personal style?
Global Eclectic by Patrick J. Hamilton
Interesting patterns, rich textures, and natural materials characterize Patrick's Global Eclectic rooms. Each space is designed to be the perfect place to display souvenirs and trinkets picked up while visiting distant locales.
New Traditional by Kayne Rourke
Kayne's rooms bring traditional design into a modern setting by seamlessly aligning style influences both old and new. Classic forms and modern motifs commingle with aplomb in her New Traditional rooms.
Scandinavian Modern by Timothy Minerd
Scandinavian design may be all about simple forms and pure functionality, but that doesn't mean it can't be a little fun, too. Timothy's designs bring whimsy and color into rooms that show off beautiful modernist forms.
Meet the designers:Patrick J. Hamilton
is an interior designer, blogger, and writer living in Manhattan, in a studio designated “Smallest, Coolest” in Apartment Therapy’s first ever Small Cool Apartment contest. He is a Miami native, Rhode Island School of Design alum, and runs Ask Patrick.
Drawing upon her studies of both landscape and interior design, Kayne Rourke
developed a unique approach to space and lifestyle planning that
results in comfortable and functional spaces for her clients.
is based in Brooklyn, NY.
Originally from Williamsburg, VA, Timothy Minerd
started trading comic books for the latest IKEA catalog at an early age. He now works in hospitality and marketing, and enjoys impulsive redecorating, DIY design, and long walks through furniture showrooms.