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I must admit, work as an IKEA interior designer has been pretty awesome thus far. Last week I got the opportunity to help out with a project  that my co-worker, Activities Specialist, Michelle  had been diligently working on before I joined the team. Our store was asked to create some cost-efficient solutions for giving your home a facelift for the new year, and the vignette Michelle designed was featured on CBS's Better Mornings Atlanta! 

As you know, no other place on earth takes cost efficiency more serious than IKEA, so you know we rose to the occasion. I delighted to lend a helping hand with executing the build-up and breakdown of the design AND I got to check out the behind the scenes shenanigans! 

The raw space was really cool. It had curved walls and of course, super bright lights. Michelle said that the challenge was creating the vignette within an 8x8 space, and not being able to place anything on the walls. Here are some of the items being brought in and set up.

Here's the finished space. I love fabric in the glass doors and the color pallet is something that is so unexpected, but it looks great - and of course screams IKEA. Besta media storage and the Ektorp sofa were the main players here, followed by Kassett organization boxes, an Isala coffee table, and a Lantliv plant stand, which is shown here as a side table.

So to recap what this vignette teaches us about giving your space a facelift:
  • Adding fabric behind glass doors can freshen up your storage
  • Adding or changing hardware can breathe new life into any unit
  • Storage boxes are great for controlling the clutter
  • Coordinating frames can take a sea of pictures and turn them into a gallery 
  • Fabric sofas with washable, removable slipcovers gives you lots of options
  • If you don't have a slipcover, pillows allow you to change color schemes and add texture
  • Don't be afraid to re-purpose your existing pieces (Michelle turned this plant stand into a side table)

And because I couldn't resist myself, here are some cool shots of the camera guy doin' his thang.

I was really grateful for the opportunity to help with a project outside of the store so early on in my position! Here's a link to the clip on CBS if you want to check it out!


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