Friday, November 18, 2011

Holiday decorating collection

So the holidays are creeping upon us once again. If you will be having an abundance of friends and family visiting over the coming weeks, now is a great time to spruce up your home for the festivities. Slipcovers are a simple and inexpensive way to transform a room quickly with a limited budget. Right now we have many popular fabric options available in stock and ready to ship. Our in stock slipcovers ship within 2 business days...just in time for your next party or family gathering.

I've pulled together a collection of great slipcovers as well as some other accessories that are sure to warm up your home for the holidays.

Collection Items

1. Slipcover for IKEA Ektorp Sofa Bed in Oatmeal Linen   $251 - This is our most popular selling fabric and it works wonderfully with just about everything. The Oatmeal Linen is a 55% cotton and 45% linen blend with a beautiful texture to it. It's truly a great neutral fabric to build a room around.

2. Slipcover for IKEA Ektorp Chair in Crimson Twill    $136 - This crimson red or brick red color is perfect for the holidays
3. Thomas Paul Perch Pillow Cover    $34 - Thomas Paul is an incredible designer with a great line of fabrics. Pillow covers are a fun way to change things up with the seasons.

Shop and enjoy!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Here a LACK, there a LACK, everywhere a LACK LACK

IKEA is known for it's functional, stylish and inexpensive furniture and I think the LACK Series is a quintessential example. Sorrry EXPEDIT I will get to you on another day. For a whopping $7.99 you can buy a simple LACK side table that with just a spark of creativity...or good inspiration photos from the can transform into your very own masterpiece.

I recently wrote about a great company called O'verlays who makes fun decorative panels that fit popular IKEA models including the Lack. So with their greek key kit you can turn a white lack into this unique piece of furniture.

Apartment Therapy has also done a post recently on hacking the Lack that included these interesting ideas. The easiest way to change up with lack is with paint, stencils or other decorative elements.
I love this creative idea of using two of them in combination.

Who doesn't love Legos? This idea is great if you are trying to corral your kids' Legos into one area.
This is probably my favorite since I copied this one and stacked two Lacks to create a standing laptop station in our shipping area complete with printer on the bottom shelf. This version has a butcher block top that helps it fit right in this kitchen.
Now that IKEA has introduced the high gloss series of Lacks in red, white and gray, there are even more fun options out there!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The IKEA China catalog - can you spot the differences?

Back in August, my dear friend Taowen was visiting from Shanghai when she noticed my shiny new 2012 IKEA catalog. I asked if it looked like her version, but she wasn't sure since it hadn't been released yet. I commented that it would be interesting to compare the two and asked if she would mind sending me a copy when they became available.

Fast forward a couple of months and on Saturday I got a note from my mail carrier that I had registered mail I needed to sign for at the post office. Maybe I'm a bit of a pessimist, but I got worried...I mean who gets a registered letter these days unless it's something bad??? So I was pleasantly surprised today to discover the notice was actually for an oddly marked package from China containing their new IKEA catalog. Yeahhhhh!

I know my brain functions differently than most, but I've always wondered if the 175 million catalogs IKEA prints each year (more than 3 times the printings of the Bible according to Wikipedia) are all the same, other than the obvious language differences. Well now I have a definitive answer to my they are not! Check out the two covers and see how many differences you can find.
It's so odd because they used the exact same room right down to the same plants but styled it differently. The biggest difference is the color palettes. China's room is done with a black and white theme and pale gray walls. The U.S. room has a mint green paint color, light brown colored sofa and black table with chairs. I really would love to see how they stage the rooms and decide which looks work best for which regions.

Honestly, 90% of the rest of the catalog is almost identical as you can OBVIOUSLY read from the index pages.
The most notable areas of difference are the kitchen and living room sections. Our kitchen appliances vary dramatically from the rest of the world so I expected to see some differences there. The China kitchen brings back memories of when I was living in Spain and had a difficult time finding anyone who owned an oven large enough for a Thanksgiving turkey.
And the US catalog living room complete with multiple pieces of the same Tidafors sofa plus an adorable Golden Retriever...

For the most part there aren't too many people shown in IKEA catalogs, so I did find the difference below interesting, but honestly it's because I kept staring at the two Pax wardrobes to the left of the bed wondering if the US version is wider.
But my favorite difference between the two catalogs...
the metric versus imperial rulers on the spines of the catalogs! Thanks Taowen for remembering my odd request and for the nice note tucked inside.