I think we all know I am a big fan of Ikea. There is no denying it’s place in the world of interiors. The brand epitomises the phrase ‘form follows function’ ensuring that everything they produce is both beautiful and functional, not to mention easy on your bank account. So you can imagine how thrilled I was when the furniture giant recently asked me to share some of my favourite Ikea pieces – the ones I #CantPartWith.
Whilst I’m a big advocate for Ikea, I’m certainly not out to make my home look like the store showroom. Not that there’s anything wrong with an Ikea showroom, on the contrary – it’s a place of immense inspiration for many of us, but for me personally, the magic formula relies on mixing things up so that your home becomes a unique reflection of you and your family, rather than a carbon copy of any store catalogue. I recently published a feature on what I call Ikea spotting, which perfectly summarises my theory on this.
For now, let’s do some Ikea spotting in my home.
GRAND CENTRAL STATION
Yes, we actually call it that because the headcount in here can fluctuate like a train station. If anyone has the magic formula for making kids stay in their own beds, please share. Like most of the rooms in our house, this one is undergoing changes. Most notably a shift from dark to white or light wood. I can’t seem to get enough lightness and brightness these days. Two things I love in here; the MALM chest of drawers that hides an assortment of the hubby’s ‘stuff’ that would otherwise be left out on display (no, thank you), and the NIPPRIG woven light shade that I’m sorry (but not so sorry) to say was a limited edition that is no longer available.
THE MAKINGS OF A BIG GIRL ROOM
A complete makeover of this room has been on the cards for some time. But, as is often the case when you turn your passion into your job, your own projects take a backseat whilst you focus on delivering work for your clients. It seems to have taken forever, but we are finally getting somewhere.
This space is still a work-in-progress, but it’s already taken on a whole new vibe. There were mixed emotions (not just from me, I might add) when she upgraded from a toddler bed to something far more ‘grown-up’, but we couldn’t part with that little Ikea KOPPANG chest of drawers. Call me sentimental, but it used to keep her baby clothes and I’m just not ready to let go! The HEMNES bookshelf has also managed to survive the makeover.
My son’s room got a fresh new look towards the end of summer 2015 and he adores his new space. A big feature in this makeover was the Ikea PS cabinet, which is known in our house as his ‘safe’ because the doors have keys (a very grown-up accessory) that keep his treasures locked away from the prying hands of his little sister. I am pretty certain it will adorn his bedside well into his teens! And with that in mind, I’m having a copy of that key made, as we speak. For now, his world is still filled with superheroes and dinosaurs that are comfortably housed in a KALLAX shelving unit which has also stood the test of time.
Living in Dubai, one thing is for sure: guests will come! Usually all crammed into the fleeting winter months, with the exception of my mum who’ll endure scorching temperatures to spend time with the smalls. Bless her. And thank heavens for all the visitors. It’s brilliant having family and friends stay, especially when they arrive with treats from home. The least we can do is offer a welcoming space. So I’ve tried to keep this one as neutral as possible – it needs to work for grandparents, young families and singles.
Say hello to another HEMNES classic – the bedside table. I pimped these tables with a some intricate gold knobs, instead of the regular black ones, with a rather lovely result, if I must say so myself.
AND NOW FOR A GIVEAWAY
If you follow me on Instagram, you may know that I just gave away an Ikea gift voucher worth AED 2000 over there. And let’s just say that love is in the air this month because I have another AED 2000 gift voucher up for grabs right here on the blog!
Entering this giveaway is very easy:
Take a look at IKEA UAE’s website and let us know in the comments section below what you would buy if you won the credit. It’s not a requirement to enter, but I would love it if you subscribed to my blog, using the ‘subscribe by email’ function under my profile in the sidebar 🙂
Giveaway Rules: Open to UAE residents. Entrants must register their email address when using the comment section. Giveaway ends on 28 February 2016. Winner will be randomly selected and informed via email.
A big thanks to IKEA UAE for sponsoring these giveaways.