Apr 16, 2013

Cheap and Cheerful design links

Hi friends,

Today I thought I'd share some cheap and cheerful design links. These are some go-to sources for DIY projects and affordable (but still stylish) home decor.

First up is customizing ikea furniture so it doesn't look look like it came from Ikea.  Apartment Therapy posted this amazing list of online retailers that provide products to customize Ikea furniture so that it looks high end.

In particular, I thought these ideas were great:

Decorative fretwork for furniture (the raised, and often painted, decorative finishings on dressors and hutches) Source

I also like these decals that are made specifically for Ikea furniture (super cute for kids rooms)  Source

This company makes all kinds of knobs and add-ons for Ikea. Like this magazine display rack for the Billy bookcase. Source

Full disclosure - our kitchen is Ikea. We had a finish carpenter install crown moulding and trim work but I wish I had read up more on it online first. This blog post on Things learned while buying an Ikea kitchen had an excellent idea to get custom cupboard doors made rather than the standard Ikea ones which can be a tell-tale sign of Ikea and are often off-white rather than the bright white I prefer.
This company offers them (and they ship to Canada) and I bet there are a lot of other cabinetry places that would be willing to sell custom doors to fit Ikea cabinets.

Okay so far most of this post is about Ikea! I should have just called it an Ikea how to post.

Other good sources include Tonic Living  for pillows and Avril Loreti on Etsy.  Although not super cheap, these sources provide high quality fabric and custom sewing at more accessible prices. I am a fan.

Fabric.com is also good if you are able to sew.

Ebay, Craig's List, and Kiji can also be sources for decor bargains. It is amazing what one can find. Especially if you setup alerts for certain items that you are willing to wait for (credenzas, mid century modern furniture, and dining tables are all great used finds).

Oh and I like Lee Valley for knobs and cabinet hardware.

I think that covers it for now. Have I missed any good sources? Do let me know :)

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. There are sooo many good ideas in this post! I own lots of ikea stuff. The billy magazine shelves are awesome!

    Hope you are well!


    1. Thanks Jenny! I love finding good sources for decor stuff (especially ones that ship to Canada).

  2. Thanks Jenny! I love finding good sources for decor stuff (especially ones that ship to Canada).


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