At the beginning of last year I was contacted by Ikea about the possibility of our house being included in their Live magazine. To anyone that has visited the house, or seen images of it in other magazines or here on the blog, it probably wouldn't be a shock that Ikea would get in touch.
I love homes with personality, homes that don't look exactly like everyone elses. And I would love to have a home that was full of one off design pieces or amazing junk shop finds. But the truth is, a combination of lack of space and needing to watch the pennies, means that nine times out of ten, when we need something for the home, we head to Ikea. A fact that can not be missed as soon as you enter the house.
But although every room is furnished mainly by ikea, to stop it all looking too mass produced I mix it up with different textiles, art work and vintage pieces, creating a look that I feel reflects who Jim and I are. Although I do use some Ikea textiles, I buy almost all my artwork from Etsy (its the one thing I won't buy from Ikea) and I tend not to buy Ikea cushions. As much as I would love to buy all the Orla, Lisa Stickley etc bedding, most of the time it's just not in my price bracket, so instead I buy Ikea bedding and treat myself to just the pillowcases from the designer sets and mix the two.
It's lovely to see the house in the magazine, although it doesn't mean that we get free ikea furniture as Lily had hoped. Not that we could fit anymore in. Apart from the shoe cabinets we need and the new bedside tables of course.....