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?

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?

fashion // carbon38

I just came across an amazing fitness fashion store!! Let me introduce Carbon38… gym clothes that get you exited about getting your sweat on. I don’t know about you but I am much more motivated to go for a run when I’m sporting a rad new workout top.

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ALSO, if any of you readers out there live close to Langley, BC I highly suggest joining The Bootcamp Effect… best gym around!!

Who else is working out this Saturday morning?  

product love // nate berkus for target

Hello friends. How many of you from the Great White North are as excited as I am about Target coming our way? One popped up close to our place a few months ago and I love stopping by to browse. I especially love all the Nate Berkus home products! Black & Gold… Can’t go wrong!! Here are my favourites…

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I hear there’s a new Target in my home town (Kanata, WHAT?!) that opened just yesterday! Who is headed there this week?