a few of my favourite things at IKEA

Ikea seems to have a place in almost every home I visit. Whether it is leftover from college days, new purchases for the practical little items Ikea has, or all out Ikea decor, perhaps with a few 'Ikea Hacks'* involved. But then there are some that are anti Ikea, and that's OK too of course. Me? I'm an Ikea junkie! I actually have little furniture in my home that is Ikea, but I'm often at the store checking out new items, considering how that new chair, area rug or toss cushion might fit into my own home... or more importantly, for my clients' homes.

Today I was driving by Ikea from a morning appointment so I went in for my $1 coffee and a stroll around the store to see what's new. And there are lots of things! Here are a few I noticed and wanted to share with you.


*Ikea Hacks - Taking an Ikea item and adding something different to make it look less like an Ikea piece. The simplest one - switching up the knobs.

not so matchy matchy

If you're thinking of adding some pillows, a throw blanket or new drapes to a room, think outside the box of matchy matchy, even considering what once was considered clashing. It's the way to go these days, but there is one important rule: You have to love the fabric. Check out these whimsical fabric pairings and let me know what you think.

teal leather sofa
curvy sofa

update with brightly coloured pillows

If you have an old sofa and want to update its look, just toss on some really great pillows! It's as easy as that. And with colourful pillows such a hot trend right now, you'll find them almost everywhere. Don't forget, the trend calls for pillows that don't necessarily match. Just be sure to love what you buy.