10 x DIY IKEA Hacks

Hi! It’s the first day of August and my last two weeks at work before I can finally fully focus on the new house and the little one that we can hopefully welcome next month! July went by so fast, spending lots of my spare time at IKEA. As you can guess, my new house will be full of IKEA pieces combined with some vintage items I stumbled upon by accident. On top of that I collected a few designer items because every house needs a few eyecatchers. These are actually my favorites. I wish I could furnish my whole house with designer pieces but unfortunately my bank account doesn’t allow me to. Luckily there are  a million of IKEA hacks ideas on the internet, that can make these simple items look like a million bucks. Here are my ten favorite ones:

1. The prettiest IKEA hack ever (via Babble). 

IKEA HACK HOME DECOR

2. The IKEA Rast 3 Drawer Chest never looked so chic before due to this IKEA rast campaign hack (via Almost makes perfect). 

IKEA HACK HOME DECOR

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Sunday swooning over walkin closets

Today is a lazy Sunday, staying at home most of the day working on my new home project. One of the things I am most excited about is my future walkin closet. I’ve been dreaming about a walkin closet for ages and that dream is finally coming true. My own ultimate women’s cave where I can finally have a clear overview of my shoes, dresses, bags and more. I’ve been swooning over these closets all day:

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Walkin Closet

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Walkin Closet

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Makeover needed + Kitchen love part 1

The kitchen is the second room after the bathroom that need a huge restyle. Don’t you think this current kitchen looks…old? Dirty? Just anything but nice? 

I am everything but a kitchen princess so there’s no need for a complete design kitchen with all of the newest appliances but still… I can’t cook in something like this day in day out. 

Kitchen Moodboard

We’re going to replace the whole for something more appealing that hopefully motivates me to become a better cook. 

Whereas I am still very indecisive about what to do with the bathroom, I have a much better idea about how I want the kitchen to look like.

Kitchen Moodboard1

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My Full house in Amsterdam

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We moved to our current home 7 years ago, when J and I were both still in college and the only thing we by then were able to buy was a lick of paint and some of the cheapest Ikea hacks. A light-dark contrast was the upcoming trend at that time so we painted everything white and (dark) grey. 

7 Years later, we still didn’t do any construction and still have our Ikea furniture but still love our home. It really feels like our home but it’s getting too tiny. As a shoppaholic having a hard things getting rid of stuff, over the past years I collected a lot; Clothes, accessories, home deco, table wear, pictures, stuffed animals… Right now there isn’t any room for my clothes, big dinner parties let alone buying new things.  There is stuff everywhere, mountain climbing on a daily basis.

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Makeover needed + bathroom love part 2

This is the bathroom that needs a serious makeover. A huge challenge for me because: (1) It’s hell ugly; (2) There isn’t much space and we can’t make it a lot bigger. What you see on the picture is all there is, no hidden corners or anything; (3) I have less than 3 months to collect all necessary materials and transform the whole space into something more appealing; (4) I can’t afford an architect or any designer items; (5) I therefore have to design and renovate it myself, on a budget with zero construction knowledge. 

Bathroom makeover

So let’s make the best out of it . I started with digging into my memory, thinking about bathrooms I came across over the past few years. In my previous post I talked about different bathroom styles I love; (1) the Classic marble bathroom, the more (2) Bohemian industrial bathroom with a French/ Italian feel, (3) the Rustic bathroom, (4) the Earthy bathroom but also (5) an (all) White timeless and airy bathroom. 

Based on this inspiration, I started strolling over the internet looking for similar bathrooms and I am currently looking for bathroom suppliers that supply the necessary materials to create the bathroom I love. Here some moodboards I created for each differen style of bathroom:

1. The Elegant Marble Bathroom.The kind of bathroom you see in many classic luxury hotels, with lots of glamorous marble. Elements of this type of bathroom are silver cranes, grey/white marble walls and glass doors. 

Marble Bathroom

2 . The Bohemian industrial bathroom with a French/ Italian feel.  I don’t know how to exactly define this type of bathroom because to me it has a bit of verything. It’s rustic, industrial, modern, bohemian but also has a very Europen charm. But it was in Brooklyn and Manhatten where I noticed this style for the first time in trendy restaurants, bars and hotels. Up to date I I noticed that also many public spaces in Amsterdam copied (where inspired by) this style. Typical characteristics of this type of bathroom are black French doors, copper pipes and subway tiles. I haven’t discovered any shop in the Netherlands yet that sells these type of pipes and doors at a reasonable price. So if you have some tips, please help me out! 

Eclectic bathroom

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Moving out + Bathroom love part 1

Hello! It’s been a while because I’ve been busy working on some exciting upcoming new things. Yay As you might know we have been planning to move to a bigger house for a while. When we bought our first house, the initial plan was to live here for just a couple of years which turned into over seven years right now. Yes, it’s high time to move out, and it’s finally coming a bit more together. I am currently designing the rooms for our future house and spending most of my spare time into strolling on the internet looking for inspiration and the right materials within our budget. 

I started with the most necessary thing, which is the bathroom. You can sleep in any room, takeout food everyday but you can’t without a proper shower or toilet. 

When it comes to interiors, there are so many different styles I like. When still living in the States, I loved my (1) Classic Marble bathroom. I never had such chic bathroom before and compared to my student dorm, to me it felt very glamorous. 

Bathroom Townsend New York

However, the most luxurious marble bathroom I could ever make use of was my bathroom in Bali, at the Komaneka hotel in Ubud.

(2) But then I absolutely adored the bathroom at the Bowery hotel, where I stayed during my last week in New York City. To me, this bathroom had a very French/Italian feel but also a bit bohemian, industrial yet chic and modern at the same time. 

bathroom Bowery hôtel New York

(3) Then last summer, I visited Asia and was blown away by the view of my Rustic bathroom at the Sea House in Borneo where we stayed during the first half of our trip. 

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Decorating my tiny living room with little budget

It was actually my boyfriend who picked out our apartment at the time I was still living in Amsterdam. Because I did not really trust his furniture taste I did not want him to furnish the apartment. But unfortunately, I did not have the time to fly to New York by the time he moved in. Hence, I had to order most of the necessary furniture online and  being delivered to an apartment I hadn’t even seen yet which was a bit of a challenge and risk. The other challenge was our budget; we only had about $3000 to furnish the 2 bedrooms and living room. Giving the fact that all the rooms are very small and it would only be a temporary rental, I could and would not buy a lot of furniture anyway. Eventually I ended up ordering most of the basic furniture pieces online at IKEA Elizabeth (New Jersey), some at Shabby Chic Couture (Soho) and got everything else at local flea markets and home furnishing stores by the time I arrived in New York 6 months later. Here’s how I decorated my living room over the past 12 months to make it feel homey:  

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Het was mijn vriendje die ons appartement uit heeft gezocht in de tijd dat ik nog in Amsterdam woonde. Omdat ik niet veel vertrouwen had in zijn smaak voor meubels durfde ik het niet aan om hem de meubels te laten kopen. Dus was ik noodgedwongen om de noodzakelijke meubels online te bestellen en te laten bezorgen naar een appartement welke ik nog nooit gezien gehad. Best een uitdaging en risico vond ikzelf. Een bijkomende uitdaging was ons budget van slechts $3000 voor het meubileren van twee slaapkamers en een woonkamer. Gezien de beperkte ruimte en de tijdelijke aard kon en wou ik sowieso niet veel meubels bestellen. Uiteindelijke zijn de meeste basis meubelstukken online bij IKEA Elizabeth (New Jersey) besteld, een deel bij Shabby Chic Couture (Soho, New York) en de overige spullen zijn na mijn aankomst in New York 6 maanden later gekocht bij locale vlooienmarkten en meubelzaken. Hieronder wat foto’s van mijn woonkamer van de afgelopen 12 maanden: 

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Decorating the guest room

In New York I was so lucky to have a second room with an amazing view on bustling Midtown and the Hudson River. Since we expected lots of visitors I decided to turn the second room into a guest room. and yes, the guest room was occupied almost every week.

Like the livingroom, there was only limited space and little budget available. Basically there was only room for a single bed and small desk ˆˆ. Since I had to order everything online before moving in and did not know which were the best places to buy furniture yet (see my previous post for my favorite addresses) also the guest room was mostly furnished with IKEA stuff. Here are some before and after pictures I took from the guest room over the months.

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In New York had ik het geluk in het bezit te zijn van een tweede kamer met een geweldig uitzicht op het levende Midtown en de Hudson Rivier. Omdat we op veel bezoekers (en ja die waren er bijna elke week) rekenden besloot ik deze kamer te bombarderen tot logeerkamer.

Net zoals bij de woonkamer besloeg ook de logeerkamer slechts een klein oppervlak, net genoeg voor een klein bed en bureau. De meeste spullen waren al online besteld voordat ik naar NYC verhuisde en de leuke woonwinkel adresjes kende dus de meeste spullen zijn gewoon IKEA. Hier enkele foto’s die ik door de maanden heen heb gemaakt:

Bedroom New York

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5 Pretty simple things to be made (for the storage and the house)

1. Pretty simple fruit baskets. All you need is a paper plate and piece of tape, ribbon or wire. (dumpaday.com) / Eenvoudig te maken fruitmandjes. Alles wat je nodig hebt is een wegwerp bord, stukje tape, lint of touw. 

2. Turn your old books into a little hidden storage. / tover je oude boeken om tot een kleine verborgen opbergdoos

3. Make your tray sparkly with some glitter tape. / Pimp je plateau met glitter tape.

4. Such an awesome way to pack little presents with these letter shaped boxes. / Pak kleine cadeautjes gaaf in met deze letter dozen.  

5. Laundry rooms aren’t no longer boring with this washer and dryer makeover.  /Washokken zijn niet langer saai met met deze washok- makeover

1. FRUIT BASKETS

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Turning my chaise into a love seat

This Chaise lounge is one out of the many bad purchases I made. I made the mistake by ordering it online at IKEA before actually seeing my the living room of my new apartment. Regardless where I placed it, it just looked odd and too big for the tiny space.

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Deze Chaise Longue van IKEA is een van mijn vele miskopen het afgelopen jaar. Ik maakte de fout de stoel online te bestellen nog voordat ik mijn nieuwe huur appartement had gezien. Eenmaal bezorgd bleek de chaise te groot voor mijn kleine woonkamer. Waar ik het ook neerzette, het zag er gewoon raar uit in de kleine ruimte.  Continue Reading →