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working girl - stuva vignette

Aside from designing roomsettings and non-sales areas, another responsibility I have as an interior designer at IKEA is to create and maintain vignettes. A vignette is essentially a wall that looks as if it could have been taken right from a roomsetting. They are usually done to break up the monotony of a furniture compact (a surprise wall, if you will, amongst a sea of furniture). They usually feature one main product (in this case it's Stuva) and shows the customer how that particular product could be used in their home. These areas are usually briefed, but more often than not we have to make changes on the fly due to product availability and space allowance.

This was our first time experimenting with wallpaper on a vignette wall which actually worked out great (although you do only have one shot to make any holes). This "Lemon Ribbon Transportation" motif from Graham and Brown is pretty adorable.  I was pleased with how it added a touch of whimsy, but still looked v…

spring chic

One of my absolute favorite stores on the planet in CB2. Not only because it speaks to my design aesthetic, but because no matter what's going on outside the store, whenever you step inside, you're immediately transported to a space where the colors are so amazing that you seriously can't help but smile. When I received their recent catalog in the mail, my mind went bonkers - so. much. color! It makes me excited for spring, AND makes me wanna spend some money.  I visited them on Friday with one of my design divas (shout out to Keidre at 726) and did my best to resist the urge to spend my pennies. I really need to clear out some things at home before I add to the madness. And in case you didn't know,  interior designers are predisposed to hoarding, and the struggle is real! Anyhoo, here are a few of my favorite pieces that are oh, so spring chic!



1. Dot candy runner 
This runner would be a perfect contrast to our black brown table.

2. Hedgehog candle holder
We have a b…

working girl - R92

Next up on the Children's IKEA remodel - R92. The idea, children go through lots of phases when it comes to their hobbies, interests, and style. How do you appease them while still leaving it flexible enough to for them to change their minds? How do you combine their interests so that it doesn't look like a hodge-podge? Welcome to room 92, home of a little 5 year-old who love soccer, but still loves toys and his favorite characters.

The stars of this show are the Kura Bed, and of course Stuva with Malad fronts. To make it work, every piece had its own color complement. Lime green fronts + a lime green tent, blue bed accents + blue chair, dark curtains + dark bedding, pine bed frame + pine storage, and lots of white throughout made this room feel cohesive. We even "took it there" and used carpet tiles reminiscent of a soccer field. It's fun, but it's focused. 

This Stuva unit is a beast! Can you believe that Marianne and I installed it by ourselves? And the …

working girl - R91

Remember that Children's IKEA remodel that I working on? Well, here's the next room we completed! Can you really fit a complete bedroom in a space small enough to be closet? Skeptical?  Let's call this an attic space conversion, and for kicks let's start with the closet.


Did you know that Stuva can make slanted ceilings look chic?


Add some integrated lighting (Komplement or Inreda) and you have yourself a fancy piece of storage or in our case, a closet. 


Then you bring the room together! To say I was challenged to create a floor plan for this space is a understatement. It's barely above 100 square feet, and a mouse hole (for our little customers) runs right into the space! Thank goodness the Minnen bed could be placed in its lowest position. Aside from sleeping, I wanted to incorporate a spot for clothes storage, reading, storing toys, and doing crafts.

The reading nook is adorable, but super practical. Deep sliding drawers a great for toys, and cabinets above c…

new year

Happy New Years everyone! Hope you guys enjoyed / are still enjoying your holiday! Today I thought I would drop in before it was too late and share some holiday cheer! This Christmas I let Brandon choose the color scheme. This holiday's color was lime green!

Up close was sparkly and sweet.


I also added a couple of CB2 whirly candle holders with some curled pieces of cardstock.


Another new addition this year was a tree skirt that I made with two yards of fabric, and by "made" I mean wrapped around the tree. :)


Here it is all lit up.


When it came to gift wrapping, I brown-bagged it. Then I dressed each bag up a little bit of yarn and a gift tag left over over from our wedding.


But there weren't too many gifts under the tree this year because Brandon and I decided to do something a little different - a Christmas stay-cation of sorts.


The weekend before Christmas we gifted ourselves a wonderful, relaxing weekend retreat downtown at the Glen Hotel...


...complete with c…