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Best Ikea Hacks

I have been avoiding shopping at Ikea for a quite a while now, for fear of ending up with generic Ikea-ish looking designs. Ikea has proven me wrong by offering this new Ikea PS Collection, designed for people living in smaller urban spaces. In fact, I am heading down to the Ikea in Red Hook this afternoon to grab some odds and ends to furnish my apartment, while keeping in mind that I can think of creative ways to utilize them. Here are some of my favorite Ikea hacks:

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1. This is a modern and beautiful pouf made from an Ikea Footstool. You can find the DIY instructions at Kristi Murphy’s blog.
2. These (originally black) IKEA Vittsjo Shelves were given a luxe makeover simply by coating them with gold.
3. I am looking to build faux reclaimed wood shelves for my books. These gold-sprayed geometric Ikea brackets are taking it to the next 4. I am loving this vintage look and the blueish grey for this chest of drawers! You can check out more pictures at Almost Makes Perfect Blog.

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Food Styling: Desserts

I have always been very fascinated by food styling, but at the same time I know I won’t be able to deal with staring at delicious food for more than 5 minutes and not being able to gorge myself. Nevertheless, I have found some great food styling tips from the Simply Delicious Food Blog for all who are interested.

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1. There is something lethal about the combination of bright food styled on top of dark rustic backgrounds. These berry-colored popsicles have such depth of color, and the entire styling is just perfect! This picture is taken from Vintage Blue Blog.
2. Dairy Free Black Forest Popsicles, created by the very talented Gabriel Cabrera of The Artful Desperado.
3. It is tough to imagine how this Coconut Currant Ice Cream taste like, but I am definitely loving this ice-cream in-a-can look!
4. This imaginative and original food photograph is by the very talented Ian Blasshofer.

 

 

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Concrete Love

My obsession with grey extends to concrete. I love the industrial look contrasting with natural elements such as wood or plants. Here are some of my favorite looks:

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1. At first glance, this looks like a picture of black jelly blocks. They are actually mineral stones made to look like food. Check out the rest of the surrealistic Edible Earth series by Set Designer Katie Fotis here!
2. I find my current white bathtub boring and tiresome. What I would give to get a few slabs of concrete for my bath!
3. I am so tempted to get this adorable concrete planter for myself.
4. This is the bathroom of the Bluff House by Auhaus Architecture. I am loving the concrete walls and those insanely beautiful floor tiles! You can see the rest of the house here.

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Digital Prints Giveaway!

you can do this

I am currently doing a giveaway for my digital prints on The Little Treasures Blog! There are 3 $5 certificates up for grabs, and the winners will get to choose their favorite print from my shop. For instructions on how to enter the giveaway, click here. The giveaway ends on Wednesday, 18th June. Good luck— you can do this!

Thank you Maya for hosting the giveaway!