diy // the 5 most stylish ikea hacks on the net

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Every time we move (I think we’ve moved about a 100 times in the past 5 years) I dream about how our next place will look filled with beautiful furniture and the radest decor I’ve always wanted to buy but never pulled the trigger. Of course this has never happened because, well, we’d need about $10,000 to make my dream decorated house come true (okay, a lot more than $10K). So, we end up with a house filled with Ikea furniture that 80% of the population our age also owns. But that’s okay, because there are so many ways to update Ikea products so that they are just as nice (sometimes nicer) as those pieces you’ve always wanted! Here are the 5 most stylish Ikea hacks on the internet today:

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These plain white $5 cushions are super easy to add a design or some colour. I’ve seem similar shams go for $50 plus!! Sarah M Dorsey uses stencils, fabric paint, and fabric to update her Ikea cusions in this tutorial.  Shannon shows how she used acrylic paint to update her cushions on Burlap and Lace. I’m excited to try this out and I even have some different and rad ideas for these (sharpie? tie dye?)… I’ll keep you updated!

Screen shot 2014-09-09 at 8.26.58 PMReal Mongolian Lamb Stools can cost in the thousands so these are a super fun alternative. Super easy to DIY and a great way to get the look!! Check out Albertina’s step by step on Mimosa Lane.

Screen shot 2014-09-09 at 8.27.21 PMAnother super easy DIY, Meagan sews tassel trim onto her plain white curtains. I can’t wait to try this with pompom trim!!

Screen shot 2014-09-10 at 7.35.05 AMThere are TONS of Rast Chest updates on the net today but this is my favourite! There are tons of tutorials showing how to update these boring dressers simply using paint and some brass hardware. Naomi from Design Manifest went for an Asian inspired look!Screen shot 2014-09-09 at 8.28.02 PMI might be obsessed with how this last project turned out. Jessica from The Aestate took a pair of Besta Storage units and made them into this amazing Gaultier inspired console. This one is a little more complicated than the others, but so worth her effort. Yes, I’m in love!

Which is your fave?

glitter guide // party skirts & shop by monika

Something exciting is happening today… Lampshade Bash party decor is in a Partyskirts & SHOP by Monika feature in THE GLITTER GUIDE!!!!! (jumping on couch and screaming like a little girl ensues) Check out these amazing photos by Jamie Lauren Photography

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All images via The Glitter Guide

‘KISS ME’ banner, ‘SUGAR’ cake topper, custom confetti place cards, confetti, and drink tags all handmade by me!! And all available at Lampshade Bash

Head on over to The Glitter Guide to check out all the pictures and links to all the talented ladies that made it happen!!

valentines day // black and gold hearts

Boys, let’s talk about the v-word for a moment… yep, Valentine’s Day is a month away. Let’s jazz it up a little this year. Don’t get me wrong, we gals love us some flowers and chocolates but it’s nice to know you’re going a little more out of your way to make this day special than just heading to your local grocer… come on, you can do it!

stylekoo // black & gold hearts for valentines day

1. Lampshade Bash Jumbo LOVE balloons; 2. Mini Heart; 3. SS Print Shop Heart of Gold Print; 4. Shopbop Gold Heart Studs; 5. Forever 21 Metallic Heart Cosmetic Bag; 6. Love Star Gold Glitter Heart Vase ; 7. Sugar Paper Black Hearts Coaster; 8. Jayson Home Black Heart Bowl; 9. SHOP by Monika BKR Water Bottle

Don’t forget to check my shop for more Valentine’s Day decorations!! 

gift guide // christmas wish list

Hello party people… everyone all set for this holiday season? We are getting there… still a little shopping to do but who doesn’t love shopping? Here are some things I would NOT be mad at Santa for leaving under our tree…

stylekoo // christmas wish list

1. Meg Biram // Gold Handcuff Pendant Necklace; 2. Shop by Monika // Glitter Serving Set; 3. Chapters // Vintage Cocktails; 4. Forever21 // Makeup Brush Set; 5. Shop HDB // Pyrite Bottle Stopper; 6. J Crew // Universal Charger; 7. Starbucks // Rose Gold Cold Cup; 8. Target // Philip Lim Pyjamas; 9. Furbish Studio // Elephant Key Chain; 10. Target // Brass Wine Rack; 11. Waiting On Martha // Little Helpers Container; 12. Gramercy and Co // Quartz Platter

What’s on the top of your Christmas list?

Don’t forget to stop by my new store, Lampshade Bash… I’ll be adding many more products over the next few weeks. There’s only a few more days to purchase the New Years Bash in a Box in order to get it before the count down!!

my store // lampshade bash

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I wanted to introduce my new etsy shop, Lampshade Bash, where I sell fun handmade party decorations. Anyone who knows me is aware I love a good bash, particularly planning and decorating parties… of course, I don’t mind a nice cocktail or dance session either!! I’ll be adding more and more items over the next few weeks, but here are a few items available in the shop now:

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I also love to do custom decorations so if you or anyone you know is looking to throw a party, I would love to chat and come up with something fun with you!! Please check out my shop and let me know what you think.


Alia xo