Inspired by Bestå

One of IKEA’s standard and most adaptable storage units is Bestå but it’s still surprising to see it being used here looking so chic and stylish! Photo via Livet Hemma.

Bestå Gets a New Look with Norse Interiors

Seems that there isn’t anyone who doesn’t enjoy a good IKEA hack that’s probably easier than most you’ll find online. Without the need for tools or hardware, Norse Interiors offers a range of custom fronts and colors as well as cabinet knobs so you can…

Have a Look at our New and Bigger Family Sofa!

If you didn’t already know, we are a family of four! Obviously that isn’t a large family but it’s still important to me that I make sure everyone has room enough around the house. Each of the kids have their own bedrooms and places to sit at the table …

Cecilie Manz creates kitchen with Reform

Danish industrial designer Cecilie Manz has created this new kitchen design in partnership with Reform, an oak and grey version. I love the subtle corner cut outs that eliminate the need for a handle!

Superfront releases a new colored front, Silent Greige

“It’s a mature and timeless colour that you see more if you look outside Sweden’s borders,” says founder and designer Monica Born. And since our customers are largely international, Silent Greige complements our palette in a very natural way.”Swedish c…

The Studio of Swedish Stylist, Lotta Agaton

It’s hard to know where to start with a place like this, especially for someone like me who has been an avid fan of Lotta’s for no less than 5 years now. Her style is amazing and her new studio is, to no one’s surprise, as chic and stylish as she is. O…

Dezeen Hot List 2017: IKEA is the most newsworthy force in design, ahead of Muji and Peter Zumthor

Furniture and homewares brand IKEA has topped the 2017 Dezeen Hot List of the 500 people, brands and organisations our readers most wanted to read about this year. Retailer Muji takes second place while Peter Zumthor is the highest placed architect. Donald Trump has crashed into the top five of the list, which is compiled

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A gallery corner

New inspiration from IKEA’s Livet Hemma, a gallery wall, or rather corner, with a variety of different sized artwork, frame, transparent shelving and a glass keepsake box. A stylish and artistic corner created by Linnéa Salmén using black, white and nu…

The home of interior stylist Susanna Vento

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Susanna was one of the first bloggers I ever followed, years ago when I first began blogging myself. Her daughter and my son are just months apart in age so I remember seeing her baby while holding my own baby in my arms and feeling connected by this new experience with motherhood. Since then I’ve continued to follow her work, her books, and her incredible sense of style and her ability to make everything look so good. She also throws the best birthday parties for her girls, so is there anything she can’t do well?

Pella tipped me off to this by posting the Livet Hemma feature of Susanna’s home last night on Facebook as I was dozing off. Funnily enough I ended up dreaming that Elin and I were at her house for a birthday party! Everyone was speaking Finnish except for me but I didn’t really care, I was just happy to be hanging with her cute family at a party. And that’s how my Monday morning began!
The feature was a partnership with IKEA so the tour is heavy with IKEA product but you can still see Susann’s touch on everything and has created a unique example of how to personalize furniture easily accessible to all.








Photos courtesy of Susanna Vento.

IKEA’s creative offices in Malmö cater 15 unique workspaces for individuals and group workshops

The interior of the offices for the creative team of Sweden’s IKEA was designed by Nanna Lagerman and Nina Warnolf to serve employees who need to work alone or collaboratively. Located on the fourth floor of a building that was once a bank, the creator…

IKEA lab Space10 creates algae-producing pavilion in Copenhagen

IKEA’s external innovation lab Space10 has worked in collaboration with three young architects to create a four-metre-high bioreactor dome for growing microalgae. Described by Space10 as a “food-producing architecture pavilion”, the futuristic dome houses a photo-bioreactor — a closed system that enables the high productivity of green microalgae. The dome was installed at Copenhagen’s CHART Art Fair last

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Autumn trend / Formex

IKEA’s projections for Autumn’s Formex event are centered around “Nordic Space”. This theme is meant to defy the darkness of the approaching months by using natural and durable materials, contrasted by textured and shiny surfaces. As people will soon tend to spend more and more time indoors, the home becomes our place to retreat and reload. Creating areas of softness with pillows and other textiles the body can get comfortable while the brain takes a break. By pulling together natural colors like clay and sand, a warm yet monochrome atmosphere appears to complement the high shine of metal or glossy accessories and the sleekness of home technologies.

Styled by Sundling/Kickén for IKEA Livet Hemma



IKEA’s renewable shelving system, Svalnäs

Currently at home we have become more and more concerned about the environment. I should stop here and make sure you know I am no poster child for being eco friendly! Sometimes we use plastic bottles and sometimes we buy unnecessary things and sometimes we create too much waster. However! The environment and our impact on it has moved more and more to the forefront of our mind and it slowly changing the way to make decisions. Recently I purchased a set of glass water bottles for us to reuse. They are very similar in the to the plastic disposable versions we used to drink from but now we simply wash and refill.
This has also become a dialogue we involve the kids in. Talking often about how we can do more with less and consider the impact of our choices is really good for all of us, no matter our age.


And so, we gladly welcome IKEA’s Svalnäs shelving into our home, which is made from renewable bamboo. It’s not going to single handedly save the planet but it is a step in the right direction to put our efforts and support towards material that can be easily replenished. The system is composed of shelf components of various widths and depths, a desk and drawer with recessed dividers. The entire unit is very light weight and best of all, fully cusotmizable. The tracks the shelves hang from come in differing lengths so each section can be customized vertically and horizontally.

At home this storage system is used to hold overflow kitchen items, books and a paper lamp Storuman, also from IKEA. I chose low profile shelves with a shallow depth because our funny angled wall leads into the living room and I didn’t want to obstruct the view. These can easily accommodate a single vertical sets of shelves or continue on across a very wide wall. It’s also nice to add some warmth from this Svalnäs unit to our monochrome kitchen via this adjacent wall.


*this post was created in partnership with IKEA, all words, views and photos are my own!

Ten thousand IKEA refugee shelters left unused over fire fears, United Nations admits

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees has mothballed 10,000 of IKEA’s award-winning refugee shelters over concerns about the product’s vulnerability to fire. Only 5,000 of the 15,000 shelters that UNHCR bought in 2015 have been deployed, meaning that two thirds of them, worth a total of $12,5 million, have yet to be used. The rest have remained in

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IKEA refugee shelter to be redesigned following safety fears and design flaws

Deployment of IKEA’s award-winning refugee shelter was put on hold due to concerns over a range of design issues including accessibility and fire risk, Dezeen has learned. Better Shelter, the social enterprise that produces the product, said a new version of the shelter was under development to address the issues and would be launched later this year. “Following

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How’s It Hanging?

A home never feels quite finished without artwork on the walls, like the books on your shelves, there’s something so personal about what you hang on your walls, and what it says about you.

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Reform crosses the Atlantic, now US and Canadian residents can easily access their designs

Danish company Reform makes cabinet fronts and tops for IKEA kitchen, bathrooms and cabinets. They’ve worked with Norm Architects and Bjarke Ingels design firm BIG but their latest venture has them taking over the world. Almost. To help spread the news…

The difference textiles can make / new rug & sofa cover



Earlier in the month I talked about getting a new sofa look without buying a whole new sofa. I’m glad to share our own IKEA sofa that got a new look with a linen cover from Bemz. Possibly you may remember when we did the same for a, now discontinued, Karlstad chair. It had an entirely different look.


For the sofa we went for linen again, though I originally wanted velvet, ultimately I chose a light colored natural linen because the sofa, though near windows, sits just in the shady spot so that a dark color just gets lost. I know because we’ve tried it.
Our cover before this was sort of an ivory and while I liked that one too, the linen Bemz cover gives the sofa a much more unique look and very causal too. I also chose matching covers for our throw cushions, a feature I really love as well. Many times I’ve wanted to match the cushions to the sofa fabric and with Bemz it’s completely doable.



The rug that was here before was also nice however this natural fibered rug from Armadillo & Co seems to work much better with the natural linen and the paler color makes this corner feel even brighter. It’s also large enough to anchor our table, pouf and daybed together with more purpose. One of my favorite features of this rug is it’s surprising texture. Most natural fiber rugs I’ve felt are rough and course, shedding fibers, especially when I think of jute and sometimes wool. Even though it might not look it, this one is very soft and perfect for walking on bare foot!


The difference a new sofa cover and rug make are subtle yet impactful. I like the natural materials together and also think it will carry us easily into Summer when sometimes heavy fabrics feel uncomfortable. Be sure to check out Bemz’s wide range of covers, the looks you can create are nearly endless and they will cost you much less than buying a new sofa altogether.


How to get a new sofa without buying a new sofa…

Not sure at this point if I’ve talked about this on the blog or if it was to a friend but when it comes to sofas I have my favorites! Pretty much all would need to be imported and are all what I like to call investment pieces, not budget friendly but certainly within the buy less, buy well school of thought. I like sofas with cushions built in or somewhat discreet, for example one long seat cushion rather than 2 or 3. My reality does not cease to remind me that as long as the kids are young and use the sofa for fort building and as a trampoline, my priority when it comes to sofas is not aesthetics first but primarily how washable and low maintenance the sofa is. We’ve had an IKEA Nockeby since Elin was just a few months old, somewhere around 2.5 yrs. It was a budget buy, large enough for several people to sit on or for one person to sleep on with generous cushions that aren’t too stiff but also don’t feel like sofa quicksand. You know the kind, the new sofa that looks deceivingly firm but as soon as you lean in sit down the sofa has tried to inhale you and regaining a standing position could not be achieved without the help or a friend. Well our Nockeby isn’t one of those either. Beyond the comfort and price we also like the Nockeby because it is from IKEA which means besides a warrantee you can also easily find custom covers from Bemz.

Two years ago our chair got a new look, and since then Bemz has made me a believer that being stuck with an IKEA sofa is not as uninspired as it sounds. In the last few years we’ve had multiple covers for the sofa, all from IKEA and all were less than thrilling. The colors were not quite right or the weave of another held onto crumbs or yet another pilled like crazy! Bemz has a much larger variety including velvet, cotton, canvas and linen. Bemz sent over some samples and I was happy to see that new velvet covers were available for the Nockeby! Ultimately I chose a different fabric because we have a velvet ottoman and our area rug has a very velvet-y texture. Trying to avoid velvet overkill I chose a linen blend, because I do love linen so.

Before & after photos coming soon!

Create Your Own Art Gallery Wall

This is a clever and easy idea courtesy of IKEA’s Livet Hemma using small floating shelves (called LACK) in an arrangement that mimics a gallery wall. A nice way to display decorative vessels or souvenirs in a super inexpensive but minimal way.

Styled by Alicia Sjöström
Photogrpahy by Ragnar Omarsson

News from IKEA

New coming next month to IKEA, styled by the wonderful Amanda Rodriguez.

muted mustard

Such a beautiful, rich color and you may recognize the chair from this wishlist earlier in the year! Styling by the wonderful Pella Hedeby for IKEA

4 minimal shelving systems

Birthed from my own personal need for storage, here are 4 options for minimal storage systems. We have a great low profile shelf in our living room from Menu (which you can see here) but in our bedroom I’m looking for a taller and broader shelf unit to…

a simple upgrade for IKEA’s BESTÅ

Superfront gives IKEA owners many options for updating their favorite pieces, enough that you can completely transform your piece into something new with doors and cabinet tops or if you want something more subtle you can add handles and legs. It’s the best of both worlds, budget friendly and easily accessible IKEA blended with elevated pieces that make your furniture look custom.
We went for something more subtle, changing out the boring legs on the BESTÅ I inherited from my mom for these Slender Low legs from Superfront’s bathroom collection. Beyond upgrading cabinets and credenza’s the range also includes custom sinks and taps for your bathroom! We have the Holy Wafers in our kitchen, btw, and I love their low profile on all our bottom cabinets.

Below are a few favorites including the brass Balance legs, Mini Reflection, Parallels front kitchen panel.

IKEA Foundation CEO says adapting refugee shelter is “like playing with Lego”

Better Shelter is the latest IKEA product to be hacked, according to the head of the company’s charitable foundation, who told Dezeen the modular refugee cabin is now being used to create doctors’ surgeries and schools. The IKEA Foundation launched its flat-pack emergency shelter back in 2013 to offer an alternative to the tents often used to house refugees

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IKEA cabinets get a dark, sleek update by Reform

Reform makes custom door fronts for IKEA kitchens to make them look like, well, NOT IKEA kitchens. I’ve seen these guys before so I assume this isn’t breaking news for most of you, though I don’t know that I’ve ever blogged about them though. They crea…

my saturday view

My morning view before we spend the most of the day outside. Hoping it’s beautiful and sunny wherever you are.Happy weekend!

favorites from the week

Yesterday was my 9 year wedding anniversary. Of course I didn’t Instagram any of it, so did it really happen? ;) Actually we spent the day alone without the kids and my husband planned the day with breakfast then paddle boarding and later a movie. We saw The Lobster, which I liked except that there was a man sitting directly in front of us with a laughing problem and he would laugh at every little thing and very loudly. There were a few tragic scenes and the entire theater would be hushed and he would just belly lough so loudly. Other than that it was a really nice day.

/I thought I’d share a few favorite newish things floating around the house this week. The dress I wore last night is a micro pleated metallic dress from Zara.
/I have also been searching for a good make up remover/cleanser for a while and a friend recommended this cleansing water by Korean brand Dr. Jart and so far I love it. Even after I washed my face this removed more dirt/makeup so my skin feels super clean!
/Ikea’s Viktig collection, a collab with Swedish artist Ingegerd Råman, is selling out but I really like these glass bowls. They’re sort of a soup or cereal sized bowl but I’ve been using them for fresh berries with breakfast. Their shape is so nice and the glass is thick and crystal clear, not at all tinted like some glass.
/A couple days ago I also picked up the latest copy of OAK magazine and to be entirely honest I haven’t managed to get through the whole thing yet but from what I’ve seen so far it’s full of great material. You can find the previous issue #4 here.
/Lastly, I’ve started yoga & barre classes and needed a new yoga mat so I ordered this extra long white one, though I’m already second guessing my ability to keep it clean! Also, now I need a good strap for it. I’m thinking I might DIY one from leather…?

bedroom of a stylist / Amanda Rodriguez

A calm refuge from chaotic city life, styled by Amanda Rodriguez for Ikea.

Superfront bathroom series

New bathroom series from Superfront with sides, doors and tops that fit with Ikea’s Metod line are set to debut October 1st. “For a complete solution – we designed our own brass and copper basins. These have been left untreated to form a beautiful pati…

natural Summer | a nomination


I’m sure this never happens to you but sometimes I draft a post and then walk away or get distracted by my toddler who is climbing on my lap, or the table or other danger-to-toddler objects and then forget (am not allowed) to finish.
I intended to share this like a week ago but oh, you know, I got distracted.
Still, I love it. Fresh outdoor styling that makes me wish for my own outdoor room like this, styled by the ever stylish Josefin Hååg for Livet Hemma.

Also, and entirely unrelated I just found out that I was nominated for a 2015 Bloglovin Award. Honestly I’m quite taken aback with this because I know I haven’t been able to take care of my blog very well since I had Elin. 18 months later and I still find it hard to carve out a moment, alone, to look for inspiration that is quality enough for you all to look at. I try to only post things I truly love and even when I’m working in a sponsored situation it’s still a property for me to retain some honesty and taste with who/what I work with. If I had more time I’d love to craft something more flawless, more frequent for you all to read but in spite of my shortcomings with the blog I am terribly grateful to be nominated.
If you’d like to take a look at the list (I’m in excellent company btw) and to vote, go here.

Thank you to everyone who reads my quick captions and visual collection of inspiring and work. I sincerely appreciate it.

Påskris & Easter

We don’t do many festive activities for Easter but this year I was thinking of incorporating a Swedish tradition of decorating branches with eggs, feathers and even witches. I’m not going to get into all the deeper meanings of these, if you’d like to k…

Ikea’s flat-pack refugee shelters go into production

Ikea is producing 10,000 of its flat-pack temporary shelters designed for refugees made homeless by conflict and natural disasters (+ slideshow). The Ikea Foundation will supply the Better Shelter units to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), which will distribute them globally to displaced families and communities later this year. “Putting refugee families and their […]

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this morning’s living room

The title just about sums it up, need I say more? Ok.I was taking advantage of Israel’s playdate at a friend’s house to clean the floors and noticed the light flooding in from the windows. Also, the living room wasn’t littered with stuffed animals and …

new Kinfolk / bedside

The newest issue of Kinfolk is out, being the wife of a great husband who knows I like magazines, he brought home a copy early last week and I’ve thumbed through it twice. This by far is my favorite article, a brief description of what mornings and the space nearest his bed, Hans Ulrich Obrist gives us a peek at his personal rituals.(remember that lamp?) photo by Anders Schønnemann | styling by Nathalie Schwer

Ikea February

This is a busy time for Ikea, after debuting a preview of the Ilse Crawford collection there is also a new batch of items coming out this month that include dining tables, bedding and kitchen organizational units just to name a few. Early Spring is alw…

Sinnerlig

The internet is abuzz with the new photos of Studio Ilse’s new collaboration with Ikea, set to release in August of this year, and rightfully so. Sinnerlig is incredible with it’s natural elements and cork materials. It really is such an elevated collection for Ikea, set against the beautiful backdrop of Ett Hem hotel, which was also designed with Studio Ilse. Else Crawford herself describes it this way, “It is quite low key but we deliberately designed it like that, we see it as background, it’s not trying to compete with these fantastic icons of design – it’s a different thing. But we all need a number of lights that aren’t supposed to be waving at you.”

valje

Nice details from Ikea’s new storage, Valje.

INSPIRED BY / INTERIOR

Currently re-decorating a big corner of our livingroom, so I have been browsing a lot through my Pinterest account for inspiration. Here are some of my current favourites!
Photos via Pinterest and Mydubio

old photos of our home

I found a few random shots from our home sometime earlier this year in my archives. I miss this Summer light!

INTERIOR / THE (NEW) DINING AREA

Not so long ago I’ve showed you photos of my kitchen area (you can see it here), just before we’ve changed the dining area. With a kid on the way we wanted to have a ‘normal’ dining table. So we’ve did some shopping and this is the result. I’m very happy with how it turned out, especially since we didn’t had a lot of space to use. Squeezed in a little outfit as well. Love this oversized knitted sweater, but definitely don’t love how big it make me look on the photo. Haha. O well, I guess these sweaters are not the best option when you’re 31 weeks pregnant. Only 9 weeks left, guys! PS: Enjoy the holidays!!!

Ikea’s refugee housing is “unusually sensitive and intelligent” says Alice Rawsthorn

News: Ikea’s flat-pack refugee shelters, which have now been tested in Ethiopia and Iraq, have been described by design critic Alice Rawsthorn as being part of “one of the most important design developments of the past decade” (+ slideshow). The lightweight prototype shelter, developed by the Ikea Foundation alongside the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), was among the projects […]
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mood

Usually I’m drawn to simpler scenes, open spaces and minimal accessories when it comes to interiors but this recent work by Pella Hedeby for Livet Hemma (Ikea’s blog) is really attractive to me. I think she did a great job elevating Ikea pieces into so…

INTERIOR / MY KITCHEN AREA

A little glimpse in to my home again. This time the kitchen area, a place that I’ve be meaning to decorate ever since we got our new kitchen (which was in February this year). Still didn’t got to it, but just used random things that we already had in the house. Still can’t wait to style it completely like I’ve envisioned it. Not that it will change dramatically, though, just a few touches. But first we’re going to replace the bar tables for a normal dining table (probably the Hay Loop stand table), which is happening today. So excited! Enjoy your weekend too.

janinge

Nice styling of Ikea‘s new chair.
“…JANINGE is a chair made ​​to last long. They are durable, even for the eye.” Jonas Pettersson of Form Us With Love