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Take Control of Your TV and Tech

Take Control of Your TV and Tech

Where’s the remote?! We hear that all the time, too. Same goes for tablets, game controllers and head phones. So we came up with some low-tech tips to organize and hide all those high-tech living room things. 1. Your TV doesn’t hide from you, but you can hide it. Put curtain rails above it and hang fabric panels. Depending on the look you want, go for fabric that pops or blends in. Your remotes? Store them in closed drawers by the TV. They’re out of sight but not playing hide and seek!

2. Smart furniture is your friend—big or small. Choose a storage unit with mesh doors that blur consoles from view and let signals through. An open back helps arrange cables, too. Store most-used tech stuff in a basket on top. Put the rest in boxes. The bag? It’s designed to hide power strips and cords. 3. Stuff all over your sofa? Leave it there, sort of. Drape pocket organizers on the back and the arm—one for each person and their tech accessories. Glue or iron on fun fabric to personalize. The catch?

You still have to remember what each remote does! (Markers or labels might help.) We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial warranties and your right to return the products will be lost. Shelf unit, hanging organizer for accessories for TV and tech and to organize and hide all those high-tech living room things.

Kitchen

Super Smart Ways to Store Your Food

Super Smart Ways to Store Your FoodWe all love to eat, and cooking for fun has become bigger than ever. On the flip side, that can mean an overabundance of food and, unfortunately, a lot of waste. If you need some help streamlining your food storage (and thus cutting down on waste), we’ve got you covered! 1. KEEP IT FRESH, KEEP IT LABELLED. One of the easiest ways to store your food and cut down on waste is to freeze it in serving sizes. Airtight bags make it simple to find what you’re looking for in an over-stuffed freezer and are easy to mark with a use-by date.

2. TAKE A CUE FROM YOUR GRANDMA AND EMBRACE THE PANTRY. Veggies like potatoes and onions stay freshest in a cool, dark place, so keep them stored in the cabinet. Stock up on glass and plastic containers for your dry ingredients. Everything will be easy to spot and look really organized. 3. NOT ALL VEGGIES LOVE THE FRIDGE. In fact, many thrive just fine on a well-lit counter space. Consider a self-watering pot for herbs (they’ll last so much longer) and a hanging tray (to make the most of your space).

The added bonus, of course is that your kitchen will instantly look gorgeous! Here are our best tips. 4. IS THERE ANYTHING MORE BEAUTIFUL than an organized refrigerator? Hardly. It’s all about clear, stackable containers, labels, and knowing what goes where to maintain maximum freshness. Keep in mind that when it comes to fruits and vegetables, like likes like. Put similar ones in the same produce drawer and set it to the correct humidity level.

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A Minimalist Family Hallway

A Minimalist Family HallwayKeeping a small hall calm and tidy when you have kids can be a big challenge. Check out how to organize a family-friendly, functional space and stay true to your minimalist soul. In this hallway we use all the walls to maximize function. You’ve got closed storage for things you want to hide and an easy to reach open unit for stuff you want to show off. (Don’t worry, we show you how to make open storage look tidy). A smart shoe storage cabinet doubles as seating for the adults.

For the little ones, help them help themselves with racks they can reach. For heavier things higher up a parent can help. Keep the dirt out with a big dirt-resistant door mat (we sewed four together to make a giant one). When the kids’ side gets too messy, just close the curtain and ta-da — instant order. How do you keep open storage looking tidy? Smart selection! Keep stuff you use every day where you can see it. Drawers and storage boxes with lids provide flexibility and keep your hall looking ordered.

Trays and baskets make it easy to find what you’re looking for. In a hurry? Put beauty essentials in a cutlery stand by the mirror for a quick fix. Attach a swivel hook next to the door for guests to hang their coats. Keep your footwear inside a cabinet with space-saving sliding doors. Then you’ll also have a welcoming place where you can sit down and take off your shoes. The shelves can be mounted flat or angled, so you can adapt their depth. Display your personal photos on a pegboard and add a shelf.

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5 Ways to Extend Summer on Your Balcony

Maximize your outside space so you can enjoy the last of summer in the city even when it gets darker and chillier. Check out our five best tips on how to get your outdoor space autumn-ready.

1. Stay warm (and enjoy some privacy too). Want to spend time outdoors even when the weather turns? Attach a canopy to the walls to protect against wind and rain. Cozy up with cushions and keep throws in a basket with handles that you can use to carry them back inside.

2. Get organized with smart storage. Create a cozy reading spot in the late summer sun! Curl up under a soft throw and sink down on a couple of comfortable cushions on the bench. When you’re ready to go indoors, put them in a waterproof storage bag under the seat to keep them protected.

5 Ways to Extend Summer on Your Balcony3. Weatherproof your urban garden. Outsmart Mother Nature by using plants that can withstand a bit of frost. Put them in durable pots — steel ones withstand corrosion and terracotta holds excess water. Keep bigger tubs on plant stands with castors so you can move them into the sun.

4. Prolong your outdoor cooking habit. You don’t need to fire up the barbecue to enjoy an alfresco meal. Bring out a portable induction stovetop and warm up some ready-made soup. Then sit back and sip away! (A heat resistant mug with a girdle will keep your fingers happy too.)

5. Dine under the moon and stars. When the days get shorter, brighten up your dining area with lights. Hang LED bulbs over the table. Use a lantern so a candle stays lit even if it’s windy. Make your own deco too! Put a battery-operated light chain inside a glass vase for instant coziness.

Want to browse the outdoor furniture? Check it out.

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8 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Herbs and Spices

8 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Herbs and Spices

Have you ever done a search through your cabinets and found a dusty jar of spices, somewhere near the back, out of scent and looking vaguely like crumbly dirt? Err, us too. Here’s 8 ways to rescue your herbs and spices and help them bring big flavors and herby savoriness to your dishes. 1. Whole spices like nutmeg, cardamom and cinnamon keep their freshness (and flavor) longer than ground up spices. 2. Bulbs like onions and garlic, store better in the dark. Just make sure they’re away from heat and moisture.

3. Herbs can be kept longer (while keeping their flavor) by drying them out. Just hang them in bundles upside down somewhere warm and dry. 4. Spices hate moisture, so keep them airtight and dry in sealable jars. 5. Herbs and spices with a high water content (like chilli’s, lemongrass, and lime leaves) store best in the freezer. 6. Spices give lots more flavor if your grind up whole ones right when you want to use them. 7. Wrap aromatic herbs like parsley, rosemary, and thyme with some cooking string and toss them in a pot when making soups, stews, and curries.

8. Heating up herbs before grinding them helps release their oils. Alternatively, fry ground spices in a little oil for more flavor. Food is always better when properly seasoned. You’ll enjoy cooking a lot more once you’ve learned the herb and spice basics. The food will taste better, smell better, and impress your friends/family/coworkers/pets. Hooray! Most herbs can be found dried or fresh and can be used either way with ease. Herbs are considered to be the leaves and greener parts of the plant – the seeds, bark, roots, etc. are normally considered a spice. Some plants are both.

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Exotic African Home Decor

Exotic African Home Decor

We invite you to explore African home decor, handcrafted by artisans worldwide. Safari and African home decor will unleash your wild streak! Feisty animal prints, tribal motifs and tawny neutrals combine for a fierce decorating theme. Safari themed wall decor, furniture and more. A beautiful home is all about balance. If you love this part of the world but can’t go there, you can always bring this flavor to your home creating African inspired interiors. Inspiration for African home decorating ideas for houses.

The architecture of Africa, like other aspects of the culture of Africa, is exceptionally diverse. Throughout the history of Africa, Africans have had their own architectural traditions. One common theme in much traditional African architecture is the use of fractal scaling: small parts of the structure tend to look similar to larger parts, such as a circular village made of circular houses. As with most architectural traditions elsewhere, African architecture has been subject to numerous external influences from the earliest periods for which evidence is available.

Western architecture has also influenced coastal areas since the late 15th century, and is now an important source for many larger buildings, particularly in major cities. African architecture uses a wide range of materials. One finds structures in thatch, stick/wood, mud, mudbrick, rammed earth, and stone, with the preference for materials varying by region: North Africa for stone and rammed earth, Horn of Africa for drystone and mortar, West Africa for mud/adobe, Central Africa for thatch/wood and more perishable materials, Southeast and Southern Africa for stone and thatch/wood. Anthropologie, Aldalora Throw Blanket.

Living Room

A Stunning Modern Home

A Stunning Modern HomeDesign is not about adding intricacies, it is about taking away layers! Use these gorgeous living room ideas​ as a starting point. Here are some interesting ideas for living room in a modern style, that you can find them a place in your home. The living room is at the heart of the house in most cases. The views from this spacious and lavish living room are extraordinary thanks to the exposure to the terrace and the floor to ceiling windows. The living room gives the next impression for the whole house design after looking at its exterior.

The living room is where we spend most family time. Be inspired by our modern living rooms, allways warm, luxurious and functional at the same time. In Western architecture, a living room, also called a lounge room, lounge or sitting room, is a room in a residential house or apartment for relaxing and socializing. Such a room is sometimes called a front room when it is near the main entrance at the front of the house. In large formal homes, a sitting room is often a small private living area adjacent to a bedroom.

A perfect complement to any room. Comfort at first try. Harmony is our most comfortable sofa ever, thanks to its deep seat, plush, down-like cushions and special lumbar pillows. Made for sprawling out or curling up, its low, clean-lined frame is made with responsibly sourced wood while its filling is made from recycled plastic bottles. The slipcovers can be removed, which makes cleaning simple, and they’re available in different fabrics, so changing your living room look is easy. Harmony Slipcovered Apartment 76″ Sofa.

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Design Items for Modern Home

Perfect for any modern home. The Jelly vases and table centre plates are part of a new series of design items through which Kartell, in its continuous search for new tactile and aesthetic effects, once again demonstrates its technological know-how in experimenting with the textures of surfaces.

Ideal for any room in the home and adaptable to various uses, the special feature of this series lies in the conformation of the surface material which enhances the core that looks like jelly, just as the name suggests, evocative of the forms used in pastry-making and of the solidity of the plastic of which it is made.

Eye-catching metallic colors like gold, chrome and copper decorate this beautiful modern vase. Ideal for multiple uses or as an object. The Precious Jelly Vase, by Patricia Urquiola, is finished in rich metallic Copper, Gold or Silver and looks particularly chic paired with each other, or with natural flowers.

Design Items for Modern HomeConstructed from acrylic and finished in three metallic colors, the Jelly Vase features texture, aesthetic effects, function and design – perfect for any modern home that wants that shine! Made in Italy. Jelly Decor is a water-absorbent that can hold about 100 times their weight in water.

It is made of non-toxic and biodegradable polymer. Introducing the Jelly Vase; a recent addition to Kartell’s design series. The brand, which prides itself in its continuous search for new tactile and aesthetic effects, has once again demonstrated technological know-how and the successful experimentation of textural surfaces in this eye-catching range.

As the name suggests, the special feature of this range lies in the conformation of the surface material which enhances the core to look just like jelly, evocative of the forms used in pastry-making and of the solidity of the plastic from which its made. Jelly Vases are ideal for any room in the home and are extremely versatile.

Have fun finding the perfect settings for your Jelly Vases today! The Jelly vases and table center plates are part of a new series of design items through which Kartell in its continuous search for new tactile and aesthetic effects once again demonstrates its technological knowhow in experimenting with the texturization of surfaces.

Ideal for any room in the home and adaptable to various uses, the special feature of this series lies in the conformation of the surface material which enhances the core that looks like jelly, just as the name suggests, evocative of the forms used in pastrymaking and of the solidity of the plastic of which it is made. The Kartell Jelly Vases and Plates ships in packs of 2 for Vases and ships in packs of 4 for Plates.

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A Brighter Life at Home with LED

A Brighter Life at Home with LEDLighting is a vital part of life at home. It makes our homes safer, cozier and more welcoming. And it allows us to do things we couldn’t otherwise do. But around a quarter of the world’s energy consumption is used for lighting. That’s a lot of energy.

At IKEA, they want to help you live a more sustainable life at home. To reduce your energy consumption without making sacrifices. To make living a sustainable life at home easier, beautiful and more affordable. And tiny LEDs are an easy way to make a big difference.

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Product for a Better Everyday Life

Product for a Better Everyday LifeDeveloping IKEA products can take place almost anywhere around the world – on a factory floor in Asia or on the drawing board in Älmhult, Sweden. And everybody involved works together to create a product range that is simple and straightforward, with products that are hard-wearing, easy to live with and affordable. Democratic design… Good design should be available for the many, not the few. That’s why all IKEA designers design every IKEA product starting with a functional need and a price.

Then they use their creativity and knowledge and use low-cost raw materials and manufacturing processes to create functional products. Then large volumes are purchased to push prices down even further. Most IKEA products are also designed to be transported in flat packs and assembled at the customer’s home. This also lowers the price by minimising transportation and storage costs. By doing all this, the IKEA Concept uses design to make sure that IKEA products can be bought and enjoyed by as many people as possible.

Form follows function… IKEA designers constantly seek new ways to improve people’s lives – without emptying their wallets. But how can good design and function be combined with good quality, all at a low price? It starts with focusing on what’s important. Will an expensive finish on the back of a shelf or under a table-top improve the function? Of course not. So IKEA designers do not do it, because a product is of no use to the many people if it is not affordable. Maximising production possibilities.