Ikea Field Trip
Today I had to go to Ikea because a client of mine wants rugs for his home but doesn’t want to spend much money. If you know anything about rugs, they can range from $50 up to $100,000! I know, as an interior designer, you hope your client wants the latter option and the last thing you want to hear is they want one from Ikea! if you’re working on a commission based structure, 30% of a rug at Ikea doesn’t even pay for the gas to get there! Luckily, I’m getting my hourly rate and sometimes you just have to do things to make the client happy so they end up coming back for more.
I always dread going to Ikea because without fail I can’t find my way around…even with the arrows marked on the floor, I still get lost. At least I’m going on a weekday afternoon when the crowds are a little easier to deal with…whatever you do, don’t go on the weekend unless you absolutely have to get something and have the entire day to spend.
The black & white throw pillow I love and it cost’s only $12.99…can’t beat that! (above left) I used this pillow in my loft and mixed with the other furnishings, you’d never know I got it from Ikea. (above right)
I went to the Ikea in Costa Mesa, CA and as usual I was actually inspired by some of the products and furnishings they offer. There are many things you can get there and if you choose your items selectively, you can incorporate them into your interiors where they don’t look cheap. I’ve purchased several items for my own place and below are a few pictures showing how I mixed them into my décor without looking like I went to Ikea.
Things I would recommend purchasing from Ikea are lighting, closet & organizational systems, office, kitchens, appliances, cabinet hardware, sinks & faucets and throw pillows. Things I wouldn’t recommend buying at Ikea are upholstered goods like chairs and sofas, most case goods and furniture. If you mix the recommended items with better quality furniture and upholstered goods, you’re going to get an overall better look and most likely no one will ever know you even have anything from Ikea. Check out some of my favorite Ikea finds below….
I’ve also found a blog and website called Ikea Hackers that I love and have used on a couple of occasions to turn some Ikea items into something better or more functional by painting, cutting & “hacking” the original item. This site gives a lot of great ideas on otherwise boring pieces, that with a little bit of time and effort will give you a more designer look in your home. It’s also a great source for all of you who are just getting into your first apartment and budget is key.
Christopher James Interiors is always ready to help you out with your interiors, even if you are on a limited budget. Our designers have answers and ideas that will give you the look you want in your home without breaking the bank. We have programs and design solutions for everyone, so please contact us.
Let us know of your Ikea finds and recommendations and if you have any good tips or items you’ve used in the interior design of yours or your clients’ homes. We’d love to hear from you!