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!
Believe it or not, I am the worst Christmas decorator ever! Yes, I pretend to be an interior stylist and don’t get me wrong: I love the cozy vibe, I’m a s*cker for all Xmas songs so Mariah Carey is always welcomed with open arms and I know the lyrics to ‘Last Christmas’. I love spending these days with the family and appreciate some good food that goes with the festive season.
But when it comes to Christmas styling I feel very far off and feel a bit left out seeing others doing the decorating as they do it soooo much better. My Instagram feed is filled with the most gorgeous trees, wreaths, dinner table settings and happy snuggly families.
Originals. The real deal. A statement piece. That is what sums up design for us.
Investing in design is something most people don’t do overnight. It is is a process.
You might fall in love with a piece of design furniture when you are young and save up for it to finally call it your own many years after your first encounter. Or maybe you inherit a statement piece from a family member because you were always eying it. Whatever the story is, it is about surrounding yourself with furniture that you will love for the rest of your life.