Ikea Limited-Edition Collections for Fall

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I’m an Ikea superfan. As a DIYer, builder and design hacker, Ikea is sort of the foundation for the handmade home. Mixing and matching well-built affordable products, hand-built furniture, high street designer items and antique collectibles helps to create a homey, functional and well-layered home. I’m proud to be able to find affordable pieces that are beautiful, thoughtful and functional. If you haven’t already, check out the new Ikea catalog HERE!

Ikea Limited-Edition Collections for Fall | Ikea Hemsmak Collection | Ikea Skogsta Collection | Ikea Sittning Collection | Ikea  Sinnerlig Collection | Ikea  USA || House. Food. Baby.

This fall is an exciting time for the Ikea buyer with a handful of unique and limited-edition collections hitting the shelves. I’ve been particularly excited about the highly anticipated SINNERLIG line {glass + cork jars and bottles pictured above} with its beautiful stoneware, cork and glass offerings on everything from furniture to plateware. Opening a restaurant with high end modernist taste on a shoestring budget isn’t easy, but this collection promises some great possibility for our space.

Ikea Limited-Edition Collections for Fall | Ikea Hemsmak Collection | Ikea Skogsta Collection | Ikea Sittning Collection | Ikea  Sinnerlig Collection | Ikea  USA || House. Food. Baby.

I’ve been keeping my eye on other August/September releases as well. The HEMSMAK, SKOGSKA and SITTNING Collections all have pieces that I’ll definitely be grabbing {like these stoneware plates from the SINNERLIG collection…in bulk} for our restaurant.

Here are a few of my favorite items from the new collections:

Ikea Limited-Edition Collections for Fall | Ikea Hemsmak Collection | Ikea Skogsta Collection | Ikea Sittning Collection | Ikea  Sinnerlig Collection | Ikea  USA || House. Food. Baby.

Ikea Limited-Edition Collections for Fall | Ikea Hemsmak Collection | Ikea Skogsta Collection | Ikea Sittning Collection | Ikea  Sinnerlig Collection | Ikea  USA || House. Food. Baby.

Ikea Limited-Edition Collections for Fall | Ikea Hemsmak Collection | Ikea Skogsta Collection | Ikea Sittning Collection | Ikea  Sinnerlig Collection | Ikea  USA || House. Food. Baby.

Ikea Limited-Edition Collections for Fall | Ikea Hemsmak Collection | Ikea Skogsta Collection | Ikea Sittning Collection | Ikea  Sinnerlig Collection | Ikea  USA || House. Food. Baby.

Ikea Limited-Edition Collections for Fall | Ikea Hemsmak Collection | Ikea Skogsta Collection | Ikea Sittning Collection | Ikea  Sinnerlig Collection | Ikea  USA || House. Food. Baby.

Ikea Limited-Edition Collections for Fall | Ikea Hemsmak Collection | Ikea Skogsta Collection | Ikea Sittning Collection | Ikea  Sinnerlig Collection | Ikea  USA || House. Food. Baby.

Ikea SKOGSTA Chopping Boards | Ikea SITTNING  Handblown Glassware | Ikea SINNERLIG Stoneware Plant Pots | Ikea SINNERLIG Lanterns | Ikea SKOGSTA Wood Boards | Ikea SITTNING Acacia Chopping Boards

Many of these new collection will be available in store ONLY and for a limited time, so keep your ears to the ground. August/September are the “release” dates for all, which means US stores could be getting them anytime between now and December. Check out the full press kits HERE.

We’ll be taking a trip up to the Charlotte, NC and Atlanta, GA stores in the next few weeks, so I’ll be sure to update you as soon as we know anything/have items in hand!

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Laundry Closet Curtain Dilemma + An {Itsy Bitsy} Baby Swing Update

Laundry Closet Curtain Dilemma + An {Itsy Bitsy} Baby Swing Update | Curtains | Curtain Update | Laundry Room Design | laundry closet design | laundry room | easy upgrades | design || House. Food. Baby.

I have a super cute new update to my laundry closet!

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When we moved into this house, our laundry closet had a proper closet door. When we purchased and installed our new washer and dryer, we had to remove the doors in order to get the units into the closet…and then we lost the hardware. The hardware could easily be replaced, but I decided to put a curtain up to see how I liked it. We built a wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling built-in on this wall and that, along with the 3 doors {1 bedroom door and 2 closets}, there is a lot of white painted wood and trim. I like how curtains add a soft, casual layer to a space and thought it might break up all the white wood and trim.

Laundry Closet Curtain Dilemma + An {Itsy Bitsy} Baby Swing Update | Curtains | Curtain Update | Laundry Room Design | laundry closet design | laundry room | easy upgrades | design || House. Food. Baby.

Of course, with many a stopgap project amongst larger projects going on here, it became a throw-it-up-and-leave-it kind of thing. The curtain needed to have its hem mended, the hardware was…cheap and it was just hanging, like a sad sack of potatoes.

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So, when I finally got around to finishing Phase II of the Built-In, I decided it was time to do something about that laundry closet curtain.

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I bought a nicer rod and some curtain clips and made a few modifications to the original Ikea LENDA curtain panel, like cutting off the curtain rod tabs and fixing the hem.

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But, when I stood back and looked at it, it just made me feel sad. I’m usually all about simple linen curtains, but for some reason this guy just wasn’t doing it for me anymore.

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So, I dug through my craft closet and found this striped upholstery fabric. It has that same linen look with the addition of navy stripes. I tucked the corners and hung it up to see how it looked and I think it’s just the right amount of pizazz.

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See how the two look in a side-by-side comparison. I love the navy against the orange walls and even though it’s bordering on “Halloweeny”, I still love how it adds another pop to this part of the house. This wall is such a big feature in our home and I’m happy to bold it up as much as possible.

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What do you think? Too much? I still need to sew a seam and hem this panel, so there’s still time to change my mind, but I got the thumbs up from Jeremiah {he’s very opinionated about design}, so I think this might be a keeper. Plus, see how I inadvertently matched a throw pillow on my couch!

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And…here’s a quick update to the DIY Baby Swing. Getting the girls into the swings was a bit crazy, because the movable seatbelt bar didn’t stay up. I had to get pretty creative balancing it on my head while situating a baby. It just wasn’t safe and I had nightmares about the girls getting whacked in the head. Luckily my mom came up with a super easy solution.

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I clipped a clothespin onto the rope.

Laundry Closet Curtain Dilemma + An {Itsy Bitsy} Baby Swing Update | Curtains | Curtain Update | Laundry Room Design | laundry closet design | laundry room | easy upgrades | design || House. Food. Baby.

Now, when we’re ready to get into the swings, I simply slide the bar up, clip the rope underneath and easily get the girls in before unclipped and sliding the bar back down. Phew! Gotta love the wisdom of moms {grandmas}.

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The Best DIY Kids Toys

I have the itch to redecorate my daughters’ nursery. All my toddler transition ideas are burning a hole through my patience. I swore I’d wait until we transitioned them to toddler beds, but it’s getting very difficult to wait. I’ve already rearranged their cribs…

and am planning to do a few small things to organize their toys and books.

But in order to calm the urges, I’ve decided to build toys instead. So here’s a little roundup of the best DIY kids toys I’ve seen. Play kitchens, play grills and play tools, OH MY!!

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Modified Play Kitchen – There are a ton of cute DIY Play Kitchens out there, but I’m partial to this modified play kitchen from House Tweaking. Ikea’s play kitchen is another great foundation for some fun designs.

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Kid’s Charcoal Grill – YES! I love, love, love this. Living in the South with 9 months of outdoor weather, this is such a fun idea.

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DIY No-Sew Teepee – I already made a-frame tents for friends and nephews and a reading canopy nook for the little ladies, but a teepee will be making an appearance in the updated toddler room. This one is so sweet.

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Kid’s Workbench – An obvious DIY for the DIY family. A family that builds together, stays together.

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Make Believe Station – Oh the possibilities with this little make believe station. A hardware store, grocery store, restaurant, food truck, salon, doctors office. Your kids can use this little storefront for just about ANYTHING!!

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DIY Wood Swing – And my favorite recent DIY from yours truly. This has been the best addition to our outdoor space this summer. The girls LOVE to swing!

Photo Credit: Play Kitchen: House Tweaking | Charcoal Grill: Apartment Therapy | DIY Teepee: Julie Blenner | Kid’s Workbench: HoneyBear Lane | Make Believe Station: Rambling Renovators | DIY Wood Swing: House. Food. Baby.

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