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4 Ways to Maximize That Unorganized Corner

Every other week, Chris and I head over to the studio in Preston’s home to record our podcast. He’s done an amazing job giving it a cool vibe, but there was one corner that has been hard to ignore: His studio is his office and he has been using these two carts to house a lot of the paperwork and equipment he accesses daily. We even grab our microphones off the carts before recording. I had some ideas on how we could help as a part of our IKEA’s ambassadorship, but I wasn’t sure how to approach the situation in a way that was, indeed helpful, and not judgmental or stepping on toes. Fortunately! He could not have been more excited about the idea, saying it has been a dream of his to whip that corner into shape. And that we did: Here are 4 ways we maximized this corner organizationally and…

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A Half-bath refresh

Earlier this year, I was asked to be a part of IKEA’s Ambassador program, which was the easiest “yes!” If you’ve been reading for any amount of time, you probably have caught on, we’re long-time IKEA fans. Not only did we use their cabinets for our kitchen (and the Pittsburgh kitchen), there is an IKEA piece or DIY in almost every room in our home, and our last home. I went through some training when I first came into the Ambassadorship and I learned so much about the brand (like, did you know IKEA is an acronym?), but one thing I loved most was their focus on Democratic Design for the home.  IKEA focuses on combining the right mix of form, function, quality, and sustainability at a low price so it can bring good design to the most people. It’s not something that they just check one or two off—they are committed…

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One Room Challenge: Week 4 | Those Wardrobes

This week, we finished facing the book nook,  installed 4 can lights in the room, and ordered a pretty light for the middle (can’t wait to show you!) and we also started on installing the wardrobes–week 4 was a busy one. That same angle used to look like this: A few weeks ago, we talked about how we were going to tear out those closets in favor of Ikea Pax wardrobes and we loved reading all of your positive experiences with Pax! It made it even easier to swing the hammer and get the closet out. The room looks twice as big and so much taller without the header board. Then we got to building. We knew we would have to take the carpet out of the closet because we got the taller Pax–for that dramatic floor-to-ceiling look–and we were about 1/4″ too short in here with the carpet. Although…

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Tearing Out The Bedroom Closets!

A friend of mine was picking my brain earlier this week about how she could add more storage to her home. Closets and storage solutions make such huge difference in the quality of life in a home and it’s not always something we think about when looking at a home. While that’s all true, sometimes traditional closets aren’t the most functional answer for the space. The room that we’re turning into the girls’ room has a wall of double closets and we’re tearing them out–Eek! The truth is, although these look like two separate closets, they are actually one big space inside, meaning there’s a lot of dead space in the middle where the wall appears to be and there’s no real organizational features inside either–just some rods with shelves positioned below them in a way that you couldn’t really hang anything on one of the rods anyway. We decided to demo it all…

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Our Experience Designing, Ordering and Picking Up Our Ikea Kitchen

Progress is happening so fast in the kitchen, I can’t wait to show you how things are looking there later this week. But, today I wanted to share about our experience designing and buying an Ikea kitchen since we picked up our cabinets over the weekend. We started designing our kitchen when we moved into our home two years ago really, but only started working things out on paper late last fall and into the winter. Initially, we just used good ol’ fashioned paper and pencil to get a visual on how we wanted to rearrange our walls and layout. We knew Ikea was coming out with their new Sektion cabinet line (and discontinuing their old one) in February 2015 so we were holding out on using their kitchen planner until then. When Ikea came out with their new line, their kitchen planner was also simultaneously updated so we dove…

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How To Trim Out IKEA Cabinets

Last time we showed you the laundry room, it looked something like this: We had just installed our new Ikea cabinets and hardware, as well as lighting, too. (I could not find a pulled back photo of the cabinets with hardware before we trimmed it out–hence the lack of pretty gold pulls in the photo above.) While the room was/is definitely taking shape, floating cabinets isn’t a great look in such a tight space. It creates a lot of dark shadows and just feels unfinished. Fortunately, Ikea sells cover panels to fill in the gaps. It really is just a big sheet of, what looks like, a completely flat cabinet door that matches the finish of the cabinets. It’s up to you (err…us) to cut it and install it. And this weekend, we did just that. We started with a few spare 2x3s we had in the garage. The filler piece was…

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A Paint Color Match to Ikea Bodbyn Off-White Cabinet!

Update: See the finished laundry room, with the Ikea cabinets in place right here! Oh Ikea, just when we had you all figured out, you go and change everything! The previous AKRUM line of cabinets, bloggers everywhere had pretty much pin-pointed exact color matches which is essential if you plan on adding any trim, like crown molding. This year, Ikea completely updated all of their cabinets, did away with the old AKRUM line and introduced a new set of cabinets called the SEKTION line. (Here’s a great write up about it.) You saw in our last post, we picked up their Bodbyn off-white cabinets for our laundry room and I wasted no time trying to get an exact color match for us and for you, too. There are a few concerns that there are no bright white cabinet options anymore. When we were there, the whitest option I saw had a…

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