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Customize Your IKEA Furniture

I am constantly in awe of the things people do to “hack” their IKEA furniture, with the endless creative ways they transform a mass produced product into something uniquely theirs. If you are like me who just can’t seem to find a free weekend to attempt such a project, then there are a few new products out there that are specifically for customizing IKEA items.

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Pretty Pegs IKEA hacker

Swap out the legs on your IKEA sofas, chairs, bed frames, night stands, and dressers with the colorful and playful ones from prettypegs. With a simple swap, Voila! your IKEA furniture gets updated and no more boring legs. This is a Swedish company and all items are produced in Sweden, but shipping for US customers is a flat rate of $26.

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Bemz slipcovers for IKEA furniture

You can also bring new life to IKEA upholstered pieces with new slipcovers. Bemz specializes in making slipcovers that fit both old and new IKEA furniture models. They have 180 classic and modern fabrics to choose from. This is truly an easy transformation for your tired looking IKEA sofas, chairs, and headboards, allowing you to tailor each piece to suit you personal decorating style.

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PANYL custom finishes for IKEA furniture

The very popular EKBY wall shelf and EXPEDIT bookcase door and drawer inserts can now have a new facelift as well. PANYL offers a variety of architectural vinyl panels available in finishes such as wood grains, stones, solid colors, and metals. All you need to do is pick from a range of vinyl samples and PANYL will send you the shelf ready to assemble. But don’t forget to purchase the EKBY BJÄRNUM bracket from IKEA to hold the shelf up.

 

Favorite Children’s Roadsters

Maybe it’s because I have a little boy, but lately I am drawn to vintage looking roadsters for children. Here are two of my absolute favorites.

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Images via (Playsam Saab roadster, Vilac car carrier)

Deer Head on the Wall

Truth be told, I have always found the hunting lodge style to be too masculine for my taste, and my eyes can never stop staring (back) at the taxidermy displayed on the wall.  But for some reason when I saw this deer head on Sebastian’s lovely white nursery wall, I no longer feel goose bumps creeping on my arms.  Instead it brings a sense of whimsy and playfulness to the room.

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Here are some other cute options.Too overwhelming in your nursery?  Try these little hooks; they are adorable.

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Images via (Anthropologie, Tamar Mogendorff, La Factoria Plastica, French Melody, Rock Paper Scissors, Planet Fur)

Reusable Shopping Bags

I think it is beyond great that grocery stores no longer give out plastic bags to their customers (at least in California).  This is a really big help for our environment since most plastic bags end up as litter on city streets, clog storm drains, harm wildlife, and pollute  the ocean.  I found these reusable shopping bags that are cute enough that you will want to make daily trips to the grocery store.

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Doggie bookends

I am a huge dog person.  As far back as I can remember, I have always had a dog in the house.  Right now we have the cutest beagle named Charlie, and I just couldn’t resist when I saw these bookends.

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Images via (no.1, no.2, no.3, no.4, no.5, no.6)

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