{Ikea} | a love hate relationship

Ikea. We love the design and affordability, but hate giving credit to the big store when asked, "I love this! Where did you get it"? Why should we care though? Mixing Ikea pieces throughout a room can give you more room in your budget. Instead of spending $1000 on dresser, spend the money on a fantastic wallpaper installation, which instantly transforms and personalizes a room. More bang for your buck. In addition, it's a perfect solution for young families or parents-to-be who know all too well those little buggers are good at destroying things.

Bryan Patrick Flynn, of HGTV, has some great inspirational photos of how Ikea furnishings helped transform spaces on a budget in his Ikea Incognito post. Funny enough, the majority of his finds I've used in my own home or have specified on projects. Oh Ikea, what would we do without you. Thanks to Emily Henderson, winner of Design Star, for posting!

Also, check out the first issue of Rue magazine. My friend Crystal's home was featured on page 165 . Her place looks amazing. Check out all the Ikea furnishings.  There's even a sofa!