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Creating Storage for the Bedroom

Sometime last month, we decided that we were done with our old bed. It had a padded purple headboard that was quite comfy to lean against but not much good for anything else besides taking up a lot of space. We couldn’t even really put anything under the bed! We were also dealing with storage issues. We had towels and bedlinen taking up precious space in our wardrobe, my various tote bags and backpacks were strewn around the room, I usually had a pile of books on the floor next to me and ever so often, the books would come tumbling down, you get the idea.

So we got a new bed and that solved several problems at one go because the BRIMNES bed frame and headboard provide loads of storage! I loved that we could display stuff on the headboard (like Adam’s Van Gogh cat painting in a RIBBA frame that Anya refuses to let us put anywhere else in the house because she’s scared of it).

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our new bed

Let’s digress from talking about storage for just a bit to admire this lovely ALVINE KVIST quilt cover and pillow case set. The pattern was first created in the 1700’s and is now kept at Musée de l’Impression sur Etoffes in France. I’ve been eyeing it for the longest time! And since I’m the sort who needs to have a blanket on me even when it’s a warm night, we bought the cooler version of the RÖDTOPPA quilt to replace the one that we’ve been using for ages.

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love these sheets

Ok, back to storage now. The BRIMNES headboard has shelves at the side! Whee! So instead of a pile of books on the floor that I trip over every single morning, the books I’m reading can fit nicely into the shelves at the side. And I can even display some of the books that I bought simply because they were so pretty.

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storage at the side of the headboard

There are four large drawers underneath the BRIMNES bed frame so all our bedlinen and towels are now in one of the drawers, freeing up valuable wardrobe space. My tote bags and other similar things are also stowed away and less of an eyesore but still within easy reach.

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storage under the bed

Here’s another look at the side of the headboard. Each shelf is adjustable to 3 different positions and the top shelf has holes for cables to lamps or chargers so it helps to control the messy wire situation. There’s space for the random things that the kids like to leave behind in our room (like this DUKTIG toy cash register) and I have random odds and ends (like nail clippers, medicated oil, etc) in a GODMORGAN box.

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love having my books on display

We’re quite stoked that we managed to get our storage issues in the bedroom under control by getting the BRIMNES bed frame and headboard. Now to snuggle under my pretty quilt and read a book before I sleep!

Disclaimer: This is part of a series of posts from our collaboration with IKEA Singapore. All IKEA products seen in this post are sponsored by IKEA up to a certain amount. All ideas are mine.

Storage for Lived In Rooms

Let me be very honest with you: my home is not showroom-worthy and will never appear in any interior design or home decor magazine. I am in awe of people whose living rooms show no evidence of the mess that kids leave behind them as they tear around like mini tornadoes.

There is a general order to things in our home but we have so much stuff and the kids’ toys and clothes are everywhere. While we have quite a bit of storage built in, we don’t use it as much as we should because we need to have everything within reach, especially for the daily morning rush otherwise known as ‘getting the kids ready for school and out of the house on time without anyone going mad’.

Ok, the point I’m trying to make is that my living room is a lived in room and is very messy so I’m going to show you a wee corner of it, just part of the TV console area. Since our last IKEA post was a massive undertaking and we made over the entire kids’ room with new beds and tables and all, I wanted to focus on just a few of our living room storage items for this post.

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as a dollhouse

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in bookshelf mode

Presenting my favourite new item from the Children’s section: the FLISAT doll’s house that doubles up as a wall shelf. When I first saw this back in December, I was so excited because it’s such amazing value for a solid pine doll’s house. Sadly, it was sold out then and I had been eagerly waiting for it to be restocked. Of course, the HUSET bedroom and HUSET living room furniture are a must for the doll’s house.

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furniture packed away

The HUSET bedroom and living room furniture fit very nicely into a small SAMLA box and you can get the SAMLA lid to keep everything dust-free and to allow the SAMLA boxes to stack on top of one another. The SAMLA box is also perfect for the kids’ magnetic tiles that they play with every day. The transparent boxes help the kids to locate their favourite toys easily and without making a mess.

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love these boxes!

We are also rather fond of the TROFAST storage boxes (we talked about them in our last post as well) and have several of them all over the house. There are three under the TV console holding the kids’ uniforms so they can get dressed quickly in the morning without too much fuss. Before we implemented this, we used to have stacks of clothes on one side of the sofa. Ahem.

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kids’ uniforms and such

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altogether now

One final storage idea to share (although this is in our bathroom and not the living room) and I’m really just looking for an excuse to post a picture of my Gudetama beauty products peeking out from their GODMORGAN box. The GODMORGAN box comes in a set of 5 with lids. The 4 smaller boxes fit into the biggest one so you can either use them to create compartments in the big box (that’s what we do for our First Aid kit) or stack the smaller ones on the biggest.

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bonus storage tip

Disclaimer: This is part of a series of posts from our collaboration with IKEA Singapore. All IKEA products seen in this post are sponsored by IKEA up to a certain amount. All ideas are mine.

Fake it till You Make it – Festive Dining for the Undomestic Goddess

Hi, my name is Delphine and I have a confession: I am completely and utterly hopeless in the kitchen. I can’t cook to save my life and the thought of having friends over and having to feed them sends chills down my spine (and not the good sort of chills) and usually makes me reach desperately for the phone to call in a pizza.

It gets a wee bit embarassing during the festive season when friends talk about meeting up and I demur from offering my place as the venue for our gatherings. So I decided that it’s high time I do something about how pathetically un-domestic I am. Obviously we’re not about to have a holiday miracle where I turn into Martha Stewart overnight, so the only way to go about this is to fake it till I make it in 4 easy steps.

  1. COVER UP
    Get a pretty tablecloth and some matching napkins. This instantly makes everything look a lot more fancy and like you have put in a lot of effort. I love the ones from the VINTER 2016 range with a subtle pattern. My daughter was taken aback by how nice the table looked and demanded to know if it was Thanksgiving. LOL.
  2. STACK UP
    If you’re not great with colour coordination, always stick to classy neutrals like black, white, and grey. Honestly, you can never go wrong with white plates. We used white FÄRGRIK plates and side plates and grey ARV bowls on black place mats and everything went so well with the tablecloth and napkins. For serving the food, we used a VARDAGEN pie dish and oven dish.
  3. LIGHT UP
    To make the table look more festive, try some tealights in different sizes (but battery-operated ones if you have small children in the house). Don’t forget to pick up some batteries for the lights! Since my un-domestic nature extends to an inability to put together some flowers for a decent centrepiece, we used a festive garland, some twine, and red wicker balls (can reuse for CNY, yay…)
  4. SERVE UP
    You are probably wondering, ‘What about the food? Are you going to serve pizza when you have such a fancy set-up?’ Of course not! The final and most important step to faking it is to make a stop at the IKEA Swedish Food Market! We transformed frozen meatballs, multigrain bread mix, frozen marinated salmon, and frozen ready-to-bake cinnamon rolls into an EPIC meal. I also harassed my longsuffering sister to bake some cupcakes for the kids and they looked so yummy on the GARNERA serving stand!
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tones of grey and white

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essential meatballs that everybody loves

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multigrain bread and gravad lax

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festive cupcakes by my sister

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tealights

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time to eat

Disclaimer: This is part of a series of posts from our collaboration with IKEA Singapore. All IKEA products seen in this post are sponsored by IKEA. All ideas are mine (and my longsuffering sister’s).