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Create a Posh Pad on the Cheap1

It’s insanely easy to create a posh-looking pad.  It just takes some time, planning, and an IKEA within driving distance.

Take a walk through any IKEA showroom, and you’ll find it really hard not to fill one of those giant blue bags they have strategically placed around the store. Even Inson Dubois Wood used the inexpensive international retailer to give a cheap-o makeover to a $3.5 million Manhattan penthouse. I guess that’s one way to save for the down payment!

Brides magazine came up with the Newlywed Nest concept for the New York designer. The idea was to show newly married couples how they could decorate on the cheap. Wood also tried to create an uncluttered, environmentally friendly space, organizing everything nicely, using a few recycled plastics and other materials.

Sadly, the demo dream home is no longer accepting visits, but here are a few of my favorite IKEA options that could make your home a little more hip . . .

PS Vava Pendant Light

Wood used this $70 item to show if you can’t cook a decent meal, at least you can have decent lighting.

Hemnes Mirror Chest

This simple $299 dresser has an old-school feel, with new-school craftsmanship. Look closely and you’ll see two tiny drawers at the base of the mirror, for those little extras you keep losing.

Odda Storage

The great thing about this $80 storage option is its versatility. Designed to hang on a wall or sit on the floor, it offers pretty, spacious storage, with sliding doors.

Stockholm Easy Chair

It’s hard to believe that this item is “easy to keep clean.” However, at $299, this chair does have a removable cover, which features strict “dry-clean-only” instructions.

Tripp Storage Containers

If you need to start small, this $4 set should be a nice conversation starter. They’re also pretty handy, holding tea, cookies, and other small kitchen items.

by Rachel Cericola

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Comments / Discussion

  1. Tiffany @ No Ordinary Homestead
    I love IKEA. We furnished a large part of our first apartment thanks to IKEA...and still have most of the stuff almost 10 years later!
    September 16, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Permalink
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