Thursday, September 20, 2012

Passion for Purple

Purple, purple, purple. It was one of my favorite colors as a child and then last year I noticed it had made a major reappearance in my wardrobe. Then I started to notice it appearing everywhere included in the home decor market. IKEA even introduced their Tullinge Lilac, Hovby Lilac, and Dansbo Lilac slipcovers for the Ektorp and Kivik sofa lines. We have always offered a Knesting Purple Twill option for our IKEA slipcovers. But when recently launching the new Dove Linen fabric option, it just screamed out that it wanted to share the floor with the deep purple shade. The new Dove Linen fabric is a soft shade of gray with just a hint of lavender and wonderful linen fibers woven in for great texture.

Here are a few photos from Style Estate showing how to pair the two colors for dramatic effect in both contemporary and more traditional settings.

Purple, lavender, lilac - whatever lovely shades you prefer, here is a collection highlighting the look featuring our slipcovers for the IKEA Ektorp sofa and chair models in Purple Twill and Dove Linen. Enjoy and design on!

Buying Guide
  1. Klabb Table Lamp - IKEA
  2. Bergman Cabinet - Pier 1
  3. Mansard Scroll Mirror Natural - Restoration Hardware
  4. Dotted Trellis Dove Curtain Panel - Crate and Barrel
  5. Knesting slipcover for Ektorp Sofa in Purple Twill
  6. ISALA Coffee table - IKEA
  7. Jaipur Fables Glamourous Tufted Rug -
  8. Knesting slipcover for Ektorp chair in Dove Linen
  9. Basay Basket - Crate & Barrel
  10. Dwell Studio Bella Porte pillow cover in Charcoal -

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Yellow & gray room inspiration

Magazines and blogs have been flooded with trendy images of rooms awash in lovely yellows and peaceful grays. I love the color palette and think yellow is such an interesting contrast to the new mainstay of neutral decorating, the color gray.
This room from HGTV includes curtains in one of my favorite fabrics from designer Thomas Paul. The fabric pattern is Dahlia Dove, and you can now find it online at

And I am in lust with this yellow lamp and chair. What a way to brighten up a corner.

via Belle Maison
The color combo even works well in more traditional interiors.

Here's our fun twist on a yellow and gray room that includes the IKEA Karlstad series and one of our sunshine chevron slipcovers. How can a room this cheery not make you smile???

Shopping Guide
  1. Yellow floor lamp from Urban Outfitters
  2. Citrine Dwell Studio pillow cover from
  3. Custom slipcover for IKEA Karlstad Sofa in Graphite Twill from
  4. IKEA Stockholm coffee table in golden brown
  5. Amy Butler rug from Layla Grace
  6. Custom slipcover for IKEA Karlstad chair in Sunshine Chevron from
  7. IKEA Klubbo nesting tables
  8. Yellow vintage fan from Etsy
  9. What I Love Most print from VintageNotionsCrafts on Etsy

Thursday, February 2, 2012

A quick room redo with pillows

Got a case of the winter blahs? Been spending too much time inside and need to change up your living space? Nothing is easier than changing out a few throw pillows and a rug to refresh a room. Here's one sofa that takes on entirely different personalities by changing the pillow options.
You can choose a variety of colors and patterns that together create a sophisticated, classic collection.
Or stick with a single color family for a clean, serene, and uncluttered feel. Using different textures is the key to keeping this look interesting.
Bold colors choices are a great option if you want to instill energy into your room. 

Check out our new chevron pillow covers or my personal favorites, our Thomas Paul pillow covers if you are in need of a little inspiration. 
Sunshine Chevron pillow cover
Dwell Studio pillow cover in Twilight Bella Porte

Thomas Paul pillow cover in Tangerine Aviary

Waverly pillow cover in Ivory Pen Pal

These pillow covers make a room makeover even easier because there's no need to store a bunch of extra pillows. The covers fit over a standard pillow form or maybe even your existing pillows and with the simple pull of a zipper, ta-da you have a new look! All of these covers were photographed with the IKEA Inner pillow form that sells for the fabulous price of $2.99.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Old made new again

Ever since I moved out the Christmas tree at the beginning of the month, I've been in one of those clean and purge moods. Isn't it amazing how much STUFF can accumulate over time? Which then makes me wonder why I feel the need to shop for yet more stuff. After conducting some research on Pinterest...yes that's what we'll call it - research... scanning for unique ideas of how to reuse the items already in my possession, my creative juices began to flow.

Here's a roundup of some of the best ideas I came across for taking everyday items you already own and making them new again through ingenious displays. Not only new, but new and improved!

This super easy and inexpensive idea incorporates the IKEA Dignitet curtain hanging system to display your children's artwork. I think this idea would also work wonderfully with old postcards or black & white photographs.

I personally like my coffee cup to have a little flair when I'm trying to wake up in the morning, so I love this idea of using a coffee mug collection as an eye catching display. The IKEA Stripa shelving above has been discontinued, but the Ribba picture ledge can serve the same purpose.

via BHG

via ApartmentTherapy
Do you have a collection of small items that has somehow outgrown your space? How about selecting the cream of the crop and displaying them in lovely glass canisters. Another great idea is to rotate your collection regularly so that it always feel new and refreshed. 

And maybe the easiest way to make your old finds new again is by simply framing them. Inexpensive white frames like the IKEA Sondrum and Odby series below can make just about anything more interesting.