That's IKEA? Inspiration from the Chain's Swedish Blog

My sister said one of the biggest fights she ever had with her husband was while they were assembling an IKEA crib. You probably have a similar story. You bring home that flat box with its cryptic instructions only to find yourself at war with your own sanity. Where does that extra screw go? Where is that allen wrench? It is tedious at best and tantrum-inducing at worst. But it is the price you pay for inexpensive and (often) stylish furniture.

Well, none of that flat-box frustration shines through on IKEA's Swedish blog, Livet hemma ("Life at Home"). The site is full of gorgeous photos of IKEA furniture, accessories and kitchens stylishly brought to life in real (and brilliantly decorated) homes abroad. I stumbled across Livet Hemma while browsing the US blog Splendid Willow.

IKEA's US-based website, IKEA Family Live, was profiled on Apartment Therapy in April 2010. LIke Livet Hemma, IKEA Family Live offers inspirational examples of ways that real people have creatively and beautifully incorporated IKEA products into their home decor.

Images: IKEA