We  marvel at the ingenuity of the Ikea hackers! Turning the simple, spare Swedish tables, dressers and chairs into doppelgangers of high end home furnishings. Upscaling drapery panels and transforming book cases into window seats. Here’s a handful of some recent favorites spotted on the web…

There is a tutorial on how to transform this $69 Ingo Table into this chic lacquered desk:

fretwork desk

This trendy campaign chest started as a $34.99 Rast dresser:
For Chics Sake Ikea Rast

A little obsessed these days with the transformative potential of a can of gold spray paint! We love how Just Bella employed this method on the legs of this Vika Amon desk:

Vika Amon Desk

Love the color and brass accents on this Malm dresser hack:

Malm Dresser

Here is another Rast dresser hack. The result is a piece reminiscent of a Bungalow 5 piece we love:

Rast Hack B5

Some simple hacked Merete panels, banded with black ribbon:
Drapery Panels

The addition of a stainless countertop converts this Hemnes dresser into a kitchen island:

Kitchen Island

The potential of Expedit shelving units knows no end! Here they are turned on their side and used as bench seating with storage:. We love the addition of the graphic cushions and pillows

expedit benches

Have any of your own favorite Ikea hacks? We’d love to see them so share a link in our comments!





Above & Beyond; Wallpapered Ceilings

PDC Showhouse

Often a design afterthought, painted a neutral color or the standard white, the ceiling is an often overlooked design opportunity. Adding wallpaper to a ceiling is just one of the many ways to bring life to this typically overlooked area. Bold and graphic to subtle and textured; the variety of papers available today can provide […]


The Scout Guide

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If you haven’t already had the pleasure of flipping through your area’s Scout Guide, you must find a copy ASAP.  The Scout Guide is a compilation of your area’s finest vendors & services and is put together so beautifully that you’ll want to place it on your coffee table and leave it there for good :)

We had […]


I want to be here….

The Viceroy Hotel - Anguilla

The Viceroy Hotel – Anguilla


Etsy Art

Cabana by Clara Elsaesser

Gone are the days when we had to go searching for unique & affordable art.   I am blown away by some of the artists on Etsy.  For example…

Clare Elsaesser – Her etsy shop is called tastesorangey and can be found here.  Her work is amazing…IMO.


Mad About Maxis


The weather is warming up and hemlines are dropping. Maxi dresses and skirts are becoming all the rage for spring and summer. And rightfully so: when worn correctly, maxis can be just as flattering as they are fashionable. The look of maxis is very effortless and a perfect transition from spring into summer. But with […]


The Show House Opens Today!


By: Breanne

It has finally arrived: the opening day of the Stately Homes By-The-Sea Designer Show House in Little Silver, NJ! From today until June 9, guests are welcome to visit the Hartshorne Mansion and tour the rooms, landscaped grounds, and enjoy the show house cafe and boutique.

Show House hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 10AM-4PM. […]


Color Crush: Chartreuse


By: Breanne

A hot color popping up all over is Chartreuse; this mix of lime green and yellow green is perfection in my book. From nails to shoes, the citrusy color adds a fun pop to any outfit. The hue is a great addition to a nuetral outfit but it can also be fun to […]


Spring Style Essentials


By: Breanne

It is finally looking like spring outside with the sun shining and the weather progressing into warmer temperatures. As the last of the winter weather starts to disappear, I am looking forward to the warmer temperatures that will soon become more consistent. In celebration of finally shedding our loads of layers in […]