Creating Your Dream Home with IKEA

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I have to admit that I am a HUGE fan of IKEA.  In fact, many of my favorite pieces of furniture have come from there.  One thing that I have noticed is that people seem to think that IKEA furniture is not the same quality as others, but I think that they are dead wrong.  Yes, I have purchased inexpensive furnishings in the past from other retailers that was cheap made and did not have a lot of quality to it, but when it comes to my purchases from IKEA…I have been nothing but pleased.

Simple Tips to Create Your Dream Home Without Breaking the Bank….Thanks IKEA

Look for Pieces that Match Your Natural Style


Do you have a preference for style?  Most of us do and one of the things that I love most about IKEA is that you can find items from a wide range of styles.  I have a bit of an obsession with mid-century modern furnishings and there are definitely some pieces that I will be picking up in the near future.  I am currently obsessing over this Regissor Coffee Table ($149).  It reminds me of all of my favorite mid century modern pieces.  The best part for me is that it looks like something that I would be spending quite a bit of money on but it is reasonably priced which is always nice when you live on a budget.

Look for Small Ways to Add Big Style to Your Room


Another thing that I love is color but I prefer just splashes of color with overall muted tones.  I love this IKEA PS 2014 Storage Table ($69).  I plan on purchasing two of these for our living room and I love the added bonus that it provides some basic storage.

Look for Comfortable and Fun Seating


When it comes to living room seating, comfort is important.  The Strandmon Wing Chair ($279) is not only comfortable but it is another piece that will make a big statement in your space.  Another great thing about this chair is that it has a ten year warranty.  You won’t have to worry about it no longer working for you in just a few years.  Instead you are going to be able to have it for years to come.

Find Pieces That Fit Your Needs


We don’t have a separate toy room for our kid’s toys.  This is so frustrating!  So I have had to try to maximize style and storage with the shelving units that I choose.  The fact that these Kallax Shelving Units ($199) are so high in quality makes them even better!  We have had some for over two years now and they continue to look new even with the abuse my children put them through.

So when it comes to shopping you do not have to break the bank.  You can have a creative fun space that is completely your own on a budget.

6 Ideas To Change Your Living Room Without Moving Furniture

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People often rearrange their home or rooms when they want to feel change or have a fresh start.  Whether you’re looking to rearrange your house because you want to completely change everything about your life, or because you want to experience a clean home.  Many of us have been in that situation, we want to completely change everything in our life to help us from thinking about something.  Maybe it’s an ex-boyfriend, old job, etc.  Either way, rearranging a room can change your life.

Growing up my brother and I would always rearrange my parents living room.  My mom loved it, she would always tell her it make her feel fresh.  I always thought she was a little strange, lol.  Until I became an adult, and needed to change my life.  There’s nothing better when we need change, than walking into a “new room.”  Maybe it’s not new, but everything is moved and it feels new.  Somewhat of a fresh start.

Have your ever started to rearrange your room only to find out there’s no room to move anything, or it just doesn’t look right?  The home I live in now, doesn’t allow us to move furniture around.  It seriously, what’s the word – SUCKS!  Sorry about the poor use of grammar, but I really don’t know how else to say it, and you get how I feel about it.  Needless to say, I’ve had to get a little creative when I need a little change.  Here’s some great tips on how to deal with the awkward living room that doesn’t allow you to move furniture, lol.

Working with a small or awkward shaped living room can be a challenge, to say the least.  However, if you are creative there’s still a few things you can do to create a fresh look in your living room.  Before you begin your search for ideas to change you’re living room, choose the color and designs you’re planning to use.  Keep in mind, if you’re dealing with a small living room, lighter colors and contemporary furniture tend to make the room look and feel open.


If you’re living on a budget, good news.  Paining is an inexpensive way to change any room in your home.  If you’re looking for some real change, and a fresh start.  It doesn’t get better than painting your walls.  If you’re dealing with a small living room, light colors do wonders on making the room appear more open and welcoming.

Start Small 

Normally, I would suggest starting big.  Since we’ve already determined there’s nowhere else for your large furniture to go.  Start small, it’s possible you’re able to move your table, rugs, lamps, vases, etc.   You’ll be surprises how much change moving the small things can offer.  Be sure to completely clean everything, it’s really help bring back the new feeling.

Creativity on a Budget

Be creative, stop and look at your living room.  What is it missing?  What would you like to add?  Is there something that will really make it pop?  Something as simple as adding or replacing pillows on your couches can add to your living room.  If you’re on a budget, hit the dollar stores, flea-markets, or garage sales.  You can often find wonderful items to spice up your living room on a budget.  Maybe a basket on a vase would look nice on a table.  I’ve found amazing items for my home without spending tons of money.

Think Green 

No, I don’t mean grab green paint for your living room.  Unless you want a green living room.  Plants are a great way to bring life to your living room.  There’s some fabulous plants available for a reasonable price.  Simply water, feed, and give them some sun.


If you’re budget allows, look for a new lamp for your living room.  If you’re paining, planting and adding pillows – why not get a lamp to match you’re newly designed living room.  Keep it simple, if you’re on a budget you can find great lamps at flea-markets or garage sales.


This has to be one of my favorites.  Adding or moving pictures in your living room can really spice things up and provide you with that new, fresh feeling you’re looking for.  Changing pictures or frames can update or change the look of your living room.  Frames come in all different sizes, shapes and colors.  Pictures really allow you to show off you’re style, what you like and get creative.

This is what’s going to give you’re living room the final touch.  You can also grab that picture you’ve had put up for a while and find a frame for it.  If you’re not able to find a frame that fits, there’s always poster frame depot, to help you get a custom frame.  Get creative with your pictures, show off who you are and what you love.  When you walk into you’re living room, the first thing you normally look at is your walls.

Jump online and search for great ideas to spice up your picture frames.  There’s so much you can do to your picture frames to add style to your living room.

Don’t let a small or awkward shaped living room keep you from the clean, new, or fresh start you’re looking for.  There’s so much you can do to change any room in your home.  What are some things you’ve done to change a room, without moving furniture?