Where would you like to live if you could choose? I bet you'll choose a Scandinavian country:P
If I think just about the houses I would like to live in and what I know from the city, London would probably be it because I love Victorian houses and gardens (and now I’m gonna go crazy and say Harvist Road in Queen’s Park would be ideal!). But to have the sun and an amazing victorian house maybe I should go to Sydney and live in Paddington ^_^
i dislike ikea because, here in scotland, most apartments are furnished and most of these are entirely from ikea. every flat i’ve had looks the same on the inside. there is so much free and cheap vintage furniture out there…to me, it’s a waste.”
I understand what you say but that’s not Ikea’s fault. You are talking about furnished houses normally rented and with owners who don’t really care about decorating, so anything is good from their point of view and Ikea is an easy choice. And vintage for them is the hideous bookshelf from the 70’s that exists in that house since they can remember and the ugly carpet that matches the curtains (I’ve seen a few like these too). You have as a reference bad examples of how to use Ikea’s furniture, still I would prefer Ikea to their kind of vintage.
And you don’t have to buy everything there, unless you want to live in an Ikea showroom. I’ve seen amazing houses - and many already posted here - with LOTS of Ikea items and maybe you don’t notice it because they blend with the non Ikea ones.
And cheap and vintage furniture is a really great solution which ads character to a house but doesn’t have to be one or the other. I’ve “saved” furniture from the garbage that I’ll bring with me wherever I’ll live in the future that works really well with my Malm drawers.
Ikea is not the problem, the issue is how people use its products. So I think you hate this store for the wrong reasons.
Hope all this Ikea thing didn’t bore you too much and instead, maybe gave you a new perspective on how to shop there:)
you handled the ikea situation so gracefully, bravo. I completely agree with you!
Btw, I just wished anons would send me messages without being anons (some of you probably have a tumblr) because if you send me a message I’ll always answer privately. Sometimes I don’t answer anonymous messages at all just to avoid a crowded dashboard. In doubt send me an email :)*
I gave my opinion and I think I’ve defended it with valid arguments so don’t tell me I don’t know what I’m talking about. And honestly, if you hate Ikea maybe that’s because you can afford better quality brands and high-end stores and that’s great! But exactly because of that you probably never felt the need to be creative and open about interior design, you didn’t have to.
I’m not saying big budgets don’t end up in creative projects but they tend to look down to what’s affordable. But interior design shouldn’t have anything to do with status, like unfortunately seems to.
So don’t think there’s only one way to do interior design because better and creative solutions appear when we feel restricted and challenged in some way (lack of money, small house, rented house…) and any help is welcome, like Ikea’s.
Stop being so pretentious about it, it’s just furniture.
I’m glad someone asked me this so I can clarify a few things about Ikea, because there are a lot of misconceptions about it.
You can get a €300 bookcase or a €30 one over there; not everything is cheap and disposable. But for the ones who can’t afford better quality items this store brought solutions and made it possible to have more comfortable houses without having to ask for a loan. You can be creative and experiment without feeling you are compromising too much. Before Ikea there was no choice and only a minority could live in great houses because design and decoration are an investment, and a huge one. Ikea changed the market. And even houses that appear in Dwell (magazine) for example have Ikea items sometimes used in a creative and unexpected way. Do you think people would play with €500 cabinets? Of course not. So yes, I love Ikea because it allows us to have fun with interior design and to brake some rules and that’s really important in my opinion.
I do like some brands and I recognize them in some pictures in magazines and online, but I’m much more focused in specific pieces of furniture and stores. But in general I like Swedese and Hay and in terms of stores I’m a fan of Habitat and Ikea. And I definitely love the sofas from Roche Bobois.
What's the common mistake people make when decorating?
The more eclectic our taste is, bigger is also the risk of having too many things that don’t work well together in a space. This happens because we don’t edit and are very emotional and impulsive about decorating. Normally we don’t have an initial budget, we just add stuff as time passes and the problem with this is the lack of a plan or mental image of how we want the space to feel and look like. This will result of often changing our minds and buying things without much thought: we’ll constantly be in the middle of an interior decorating process (guilty:P).
Spaces are not crystallized, they also grow and change with us, but having a good base to work with let us experiment without having to redecorate from scratch. I believe no one should have everything at once (even the ones who could afford it) because it takes time for us to know how we feel about a space and what we really need. So just start with the basic (like a mattress for a bedroom) and be rational about your choices specially when thinking about bigger pieces of furniture. Think about saving for the things you really love.
Designers of any sort try to find solutions and that takes time and effort. If there’s a huge misconception is that creative solutions appear just trough inspiration.
Thinking and planning demand focus and that’s something quite challenging when dealing with our own house and budget. But that’s exactly from where we should start. But take your time, don’t hurry:)
(I won’t write about design versus decorating now, but before someone messages me about it: design and decorate are not the same. In a future post I’ll explain the difference).
Don't you thing your blog can seem a bit offensive because of its name?
No, I don’t. It is provocative but not offensive. In the context of this blog the word “porn” is related to the addiction of looking at images of interiors and if you read this tumblr’s description I believe you’ll understand the metaphor. This is not any different from the “fuck yeah” blogs, where the word fuck in an informal context is not obscene or vulgar.
Who doesn’t like the name doesn’t have to visit this tumblr. (You can always visit and then erase your browser history:P)