Over the years I have learned that comfort sometimes comes before beauty. Now don’t get a big fright, I am not saying that I will only be walking around in a track suit or never will wear heels again. I am saying that a comfortable place for couch surfing was missing in my previous home and I was desperate for a change.
You might know this name from client installations.Bemz makes custom sewn covers for IKEA sofa’s and armchairs in hundreds of high end fabrics. They recently also launched their furniture legs to be able to completely reflect your own personal style when it comes to your sofa. The process is easy. Wether you already have an IKEA sofa in your house or you are shopping for a new one, you simply just look up the sofa name and check what covers Bemz offers for it. You can order free fabric samples if you are a ‘touchy-feely’ kind of person like we are.
A new home was a clean slate so when we were deciding on a sofa for the house, I went a bit out on a limb. I chose a kids & couch potato friendly sofa at IKEA and because brown is back (it is very on trend at the moment) I decided to get on board, making our new sofa a warm and welcoming place to chill out.
You might have seen it in my home tour and on my Instagram feed already, it is a winner. This sofa is the perfect example of combining comfort, affordability and beauty.
It is someones 40th birthday and we are so happy to be part of the celebration!
Growing up, ‘BILLY’ was a household name as almost everyone had an IKEA’s BILLY somewhere in their house. The name, for once being not a typical unpronounceable Swedish one, allowed us all to refer to our shelving unit as a family member.
Already forty years ago, IKEA launched this set of flat packed shelves. Although officially named ‘Billy the Bookcase’, these shelves have been used for much more then just books.
The BILLY is a blank canvas for creativity. You can style it as you want and use it where you need it. Where 40 years ago it was a standard white version, BILLY now comes in a range of finishes and different sizes. Doors can be added, giving it a whole other look and feel. Even after all this time, the minimalist design allows it to fit in with every style.
We have chosen to celebrate BILLY’s 40th birthday by focusing on it’s versatility. A ‘who wore it best’ competition where we worked with two differently styled BILLY cabinets. For both set ups we first created one cabinet from different units. As you can see, they have different widths and sizes. We deliberately choose to put the shelves on different heights to create a playful effect.
The first BILLY shelf is an arty eye catcher in a living room. As the wall was already in a soft pink, we used the same color on the BILLY. By leaving out the back side of the cabinet you get a sleek tone on tone effect. Some contrasting black, brown and burgendy accessories give the pink tones a bit more edge. Furthermore you can pick and choose exactly which products you want to display. Our advise: Less is more.
The second cabinet is in a kids room. Again, we painted the BILLY in the same teal blue as the wall, leaving out the back side and playing around with the shelf hight. This blue goes so beautifully with natural colors and a rusty red. Add some storage basket, display some of their books and beautiful toys and you are ready to go
As you can see you can easily change the look and feel of the same BILLY by merely changing the color and playing around with the accessories. So now it is up to you to decide: Who wore it best?
Are you inspired to turn your BILLY into something unique? Play around with color and make a #shelfie. Tag @ikeauae for a chance to win an IKEA voucher of AED 350. The winner will be announced mid April on the @ikeauae Instagram page. Good luck!
Although time flies by so fast that we are practically thinking about our Christmas decorations again, we kicked off this year with a room for a young adult. We absolutely love doing adult spaces and have been working on quite a few lately. Due to the fact that we once started with kids rooms sometimes gives the impression that that’s all we do yet we love mixing it up now.
The space we styled last week is for a 17 year old gentleman. We begun with a beautiful dark yet warm grey on the walls. As we have mentioned before, painting a wall (or if you really want to be bold: all walls) will instantly change the vibe of the room. For a young adult, this Elegant Grey (Jotun 1434) is a versatile, strong and steady color.
We are very eager to show you the custom made cabinet in this room. We are developing a few furniture pieces with the Live Loud Girl signature in collaboration with a local carpenter. Goal is to be selling theses furniture pieces and to use them in our room designs as often as we can. The cabinet is made a high quality plywood. Basic yet sleek making sure this storage space and one of the key elements in the room.
The wall color, the natural wood and the deep red Rozenkelim rug for us is a winning combination. With the two loungers which were already part of the original room design, this side of the room will be very popular.
On the opposite side you can find the large bed with 3 prints. The great thing about prints is that it is one of the best ways to update a room. Whenever kids or adults grow out of something you can change prints without touching anything else. And with so many great designers out there, it is a matter of choosing your favorites.
With the use of just one leg of the Ikea FROSTA stool we created a holder for the burgendy &Tradition light which is in the same color as the custom made cabinet. The light is quit big for a wall light so we needed a holder on the wall to give it space to hang.
How? Just drill two small holes in the FROSTA leg, pull through the cable and reconnect the plug. This can obviously be done with other lights as well.
Are you inspired? Please show us your result on instagram and add #LLGHacksIkea
What a great start of the year we had with installing this beautiful space. The room is ready and we are fired up for the next installation…
I have had a profound love for any Eames design for as long as I can remember. That explains how my Eames Lounge Chair , the first piece of design furniture I bought for myself, always takes up the best place in our living room. After quite some years of also happily using Vitra products in our styling, we were invited to come to the source: The Vitra Campus so in Weil am Rhein, Switzerland.
The Vitra Campus is simultaneously a fully operational production site and a field of experimentation for architecture and design. For design and architecture enthusiast like me, it is a place where you can drool all day. The architecture of every single building and sculpture is out of this world, making it one of the most creative and inspirational places I have ever seen.
It is a special time to visit this unique place as is reintroducing the Eames chair in it’s original material of Fibre glass. A truly unique design that has resisted going out of style. Fashion is quick, styles change yet a with good design you can grasp a moment and keep it for ever. It becomes timeless.
The fibre glass gives this piece the perfect touch of vintage. The irregular surface and functional form makes this chair charming. It is a piece with real character and one of my old time favorite pieces. It’s been launched in 6 original colors of which the elephant grey is on my wishlist.
Another highlight in a long range of them was the Furniture Archive. A space that is normally closed for the public yet was now open for the launch with Vitra Chairman Rolf Fehlbaum. To see so many valuable, treasured and relevant design in one room is a dream come true for us after almost five years of Live Loud Girl.
This is officially Design Heaven…
The content of this post is created in collaboration with Vitra who kindly invited me to visit the Vitra Campus. The words, experiences and photos are by Live Loud Girl.