Besides wonderful inspiration and smart solutions, the new IKEA Catalog 2013 welcomes mobile augmented-reality making IKEA fans one of the most lavished people. The most recent annual IKEA catalog offers inspiration for better everyday life at home transposed into the digital world with the help of an interactive mobile app that unveils hidden details in the catalogs. Available starting with the week of July 30, the catalog will be followed by the release of the free IKEA Catalog App on July 31st. Some products captured within 324 pages will have the smartphone symbol guiding you through dynamic inspiration films and features and even “behind the scenes” footage of their motivating work on the project. Just a small glimpse into the new world of IKEA leaves us wanting more: “For instance, we’ve stopped dividing life at home into rooms. Bedrooms, for example – they’re as varied as the ways people sleep. We’ve taken away our notions of what defined a ‘bedroom’ and replaced them with the idea ‘sleeping.’ We know that some homes don’t have ‘bedrooms’ – they have one 24-hour room where people live and sleep. Life is about activities; not the walls that define where they unfold.” Can’t wait to unlock this new world of IKEA possibilities!
Now it’s my turn to share some Decoist design advice with you! First up, we see a grouping of small items displayed on the DIY Round Shelf I created for a previous Decoist post. When deciding what to display, avoid overcrowding your shelf in terms of weight and height. For a small round shelf like the one displayed in the two images below, lightweight items are essential. Plus, smaller items allow the shape of the shelf to truly shine. Also consider what’s on display near the shelf you’re styling. An example is the open shelving featured in my kitchen tour. I’ve filled it with an array of teapots, coffee pots, cake stands, serving trays and more. So when it came time to style the shelving of the nearby garden window, I kept it simple. Just a few items did the trick, preventing the kitchen from being overwhelmed by “stuff”.
Sunken living rooms were all the rage in the 60s and 70s, but they can still be just as comfy and stylish in the aughts. With so many of us opting for open plan spaces these days, creating a casual but defined “conversation pit” is a fun way to break up your living room into manageable zones. Read on for some of our favorite inspiration rooms featuring cozy sunken living areas that we’d love to nestle up in.