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:


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.


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.


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.




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:


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.


Color Story: Objects

This is a continuation of my previous post, “Color Story: Home“:


1. A gorgeous display made out of sponges and scrubs. (If you are the creator, please contact me to credit you!)
2. A Wes Anderson quote in The Royal Tenenbaums. You can find the print here.
3. I am swept away by Clare Rojas‘s compositional goodness.
4. Object styling by Laura Redburn. Check out her lovely blog, Cardboard Cities.


Color Story: Home

I tend to use a very limited color palette in my personal life. I have a tough time identifying my clothes because they come in mostly shades of gray and black. I am also currently painting my walls grey— you get the gist. But the truth is, I love color. I love using colors in my graphic design work. A great color palette definitely requires very good eye and skill. Here are some interior color inspiration that I absolutely love:


1. Color Stories by Photographer Jonas von der Hude.
2. I am obsessed with this painted yellow dot behind a matching floating shelf. The flowers and vases complements it perfectly.
3. The white kitchen tiles gives the living room a really cool vibe. The futuristic sofa is to die for!
4. This house is owned by DJ Pil Marques in Sao Paulo, Brazil. It is stunning and unique. You need to see it for yourself here.



Spring Inspiration

Even though I wouldn’t consider myself as a girly girl, one cannot help but fall in love with spring flowers. I have gotten into the habit of buying a fresh bouquet for my home every 2 weeks or so. I present you a spring inspired board:

1. Oh Joy Chalkboard Printable from my shop.
2. I can only dream of having this beautiful floral arrangement of romulus? and peonies in my mason jars.
3. I love this ethereal photography of flowers floating on a bathtub.
4. This floral wallpaper (yes, wallpaper!) is to die for. There is so much depth that it almost looks 3-dimensional. This amazing wallpaper is created by Ellie Cashman.


Chalkboard Inspiration

There has been a chalkboard trend for quite a while now. I have been waiting for it to pass, but chalkboard is so classic that it never seems to get old. In fact, I am planning to dress up my dirty white kitchen cabinets with chalkboard contact paper (the building doesn’t allow tenants to paint over the cabinets). Here is my chalkboard inspiration board:


1. I am crazy about everything in this setup, found in the Best Plants in 2013 from Home & Delicious Blog.
2. This quirky monochrome Ampersand printable poster is one of my favorites from myshop.
3. This Never Regret Anything Printable can be found here.
4. This gorgeous zen inspired space is found in Emma’s Design Blogg. I am so in love with the black and white painting that I am tempted to create one myself. If you love breathtaking minimalistic interiors, her blog is worth a visit.