Favorites from IKEA’s 2014 Catalog

IKEA’s new 2014 digital catalog landed in my inbox this week and I had the perfect rainy day to sit down with a cup of coffee and my laptop and take a look. Most of their new furniture pieces are from the STOCKHOLM collection, which is inspired by home furnishings from the ’50s and ’60s.  This mid century modern collection was created with the intent of making timeless pieces with materials such as full grain leather, velvet, and walnut woods. Most of the upholstered and painted pieces are available in at least one neutral color but there are also options for going bright with yellows and greens: 

One of my favorite pieces is the STOCKHOLM sofa – while I couldn’t pull off using a mid century modern green sofa in my New England home, it doesn’t keep me from thinking that it’s pretty cool. It also comes in other fabric colors as well as leather.  

It coordinates beautifully with this high-back armchair:

Some of the other new STOCKHOLM pieces are this coffee table,

2-drawer cabinet,


swivel easy chairs,

table and chairs, 

glass cabinet (such a neat piece! It also comes in “beige” which looks more like a cream color),

sideboard and mirror,

and colorful flatwoven rugs.

There are also several new pieces outside of the STOCKHOLM line, including this KLIPPAN loveseat in a graphic black and white print:

IKEA always has the most ingenious furniture solutions for small spaces such as their new FRIHETEN corner sofa-bed. It can be used as a sofa with chaise, 

with a large storage space under the chaise lounge:

And the sofa easily converts into a bed. In this fun pink color, it would be perfect in a teen bedroom or hangout space!

IKEA has also revised their MICKE desk for 2014 – it now has integrated storage instead of a closed cabinet and is available in this fun pink and white color combo:

Some other new items that caught my eye are the FABIKOR glass door cabinet (which comes in three color options),

GULORT two-sided cushion cover,

ULLGUMP polka dot rugs,

and HJALMAREN wall shelf:

The 2014 items aren’t yet on IKEA’s website but they should all be in stores now or within the next few weeks. Did you see anything that you’re gonna add to your shopping list?

Dining Room Design Ideas: Mixed Seating


My sister has a brick colonial built in the early ’70s that she’s slowly been updating, room by room. The next room on her decorating to-do list is her dining room, where she’s starting completely from scratch after having already sold her old dining room set on Craigslist. While being able to start from scratch is a decorating dream for some, for others (including my sister) starting with nothing to work from is overwhelming. There are several dining room design ideas I’ve encouraged her to consider before deciding on the design of her space, one of which is using mixed seating around the dining room table. There are a couple of reasons why I love this idea for dining rooms – first of all, it gives the space a more collected, well designed feel rather than looking like the chairs and table were purchased without thought in a single trip to […]

New Finds at IKEA


So glad it’s the weekend – I have to say, this week was no fun at all. First of all, it was the week after getting back from our vacation, which always involves a lot of catching up, right?! Secondly, our house goes up for rental next week so I spent a good chunk of the week cleaning like a madwoman. I’ve got the chapped, red hands to prove it. Also, I lost hours and hours of time working on the paperwork to obtain the mortgage on our new house. It is unbelievable how many records of this and that they ask for. I’m convinced that they’re going to knock on our door this weekend and ask for vials of blood to perform DNA profiling before we get final approval. Enough complaining (but thanks for letting me get that out!). Let’s talk IKEA. I made a quick trip up there yesterday to make […]

Dress Up Your Dining Chairs: Corseted Slipcovers


After posting about our new home office last week, a few of you e-mailed asking where to find corseted slipcovers such as those on the pair of Parsons chairs that now sit at our office desk:  Slipcovers that tie or lace up on the back are a great way to add decorative interest to plain Parsons chairs: {in the fun lane} {I Heart Houses} {cote de Texas} {Country Living} {Houzz} {Houzz: Alan Mascord Design Associates} I lucked into my corseted chairs at Home Again Fine Consignments in Wilmington, N.C. when I was visiting my parents over Christmas. Home Again frequently gets in shipments of unused furniture from market showrooms, as was the case with these chairs.  I figured out that they are the Corseted Linen Side Chairs with Black Stripes by Furniture Classics. You can’t buy directly from Furniture Classics but if you’re interested in them, google the name of the chairs online and you’ll find […]

Putting Our Home Office Together (Finally!)


After having worked for weeks to finish off the walls and crown molding in our home office (way more hours went into filling the nail holes on the new crown molding and painting & caulking it than I had expected…), we’re finally starting to move the furniture in. As you may remember, after shopping around for several weeks for a large bookcase, we ended up buying this one from a local store called Merridian:  We knew that we wouldn’t have the office ready for another two months so the store agreed to hold the bookcase in their back room until we were ready for it. Perfect. Well, maybe not. Two weeks after we purchased it, they called to let us know that the store was closing in one week and that we needed to pick up the bookcase ASAP. Panic. WHERE in our house are we possibly going to store this […]

10 More Rule of Thumb Measurements for Decorating Your Home


Two decorating projects that I’ve been working on this month are selecting a ceiling fan for our home office and helping my sister find dining room chairs that work well with her new dining table. Once again, I’ve gathered together some measurement guidelines to help in making my decorating decisions and then compiled them here for easy future reference.   (For my previous post on 20 rule of thumb measurements for hanging artwork, selecting and hanging window treatments, and choosing light fixtures and rugs, go to: 20 Rule of Thumb Measurements for Decorating Your Home).  Ceiling Fans {BHG} It’s important to choose a ceiling fan that is proportional to the size of your room.  To determine the fan size that’s most appropriate for your space (fans are sized by the number of inches that their blades span), first determine the square feet of your room by multiplying the room’s length by its […]

Holiday Decorating: DIY Star Anise Wreaths


The Christmas decorations are up (finally!). I’m always a bit late to the game This year I decided to add a little something special to my dining room – small star anise wreaths hung on the back of each dining room side chair: Last winter I bought a large star anise wreath for our front door and loved not only how it looked but also its wonderful licorice scent. So once I decided to add some holiday decorations to the backs of our dining chairs, I was quick to come up the idea of creating small star anise wreaths hung on the chairs with decorative ribbon.  There’s not much to this DIY project – here’s the supply list: 8″ foam wreaths (I bought mine on sale at Jo-Ann’s) Brown burlap (I bought 2 yards, which is more than enough for 6 wreaths) Star anise, which can be found at Asian grocery stores. […]