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My Five Favorite Ikea Products In Our Home

I swear every single month I think the newest topic is the best yet, but this seriously might be the one!

I’m back with another edition of My Five Favorites, the monthly series I host along with three of my dearest blogging friends, Pam of Simple Details, Kris of Driven By Decor and Jennifer of Dimples & Tangles.

We are SO happy to have the lovely Rhoda of Southern Hospitality guest hosting with us today!! Rhoda blogs about fashion, decor and home improvements and it was one of her tutorials that inspired me to stain my stairs dark and install my own runner. Aren’t these stairs from Rhoda’s current house just gorgeous??

DIY Stairs Renovation by Rhoda at Southern Hospitality


I’m so glad Rhoda is joining us for today’s subject because she has some really good projects involving Ikea to share with you, so make sure you hop over and pay her a visit!

 At first I wasn’t sure I’d have enough Ikea things in my home to share with you, and then I took a look around and realized I have integrated some affordable Ikea things in almost every room of my house!

Without further ado…..

Favorite IKEA products I use in my own home.


Ikea sconces that are given an antique brass finish.

The $295 wall sconces I loved were not in my budget, so I hacked the Ikea Arstids for our master bedroom for $272 less!
Benjamin Moore Gentleman's Gray 2062-20 | Shine Your Light |

Bonus – since my first Ikea Arstid hack, a bronze version has come out.

I used the same Arstid lights, along with a metal Ikea planter, to make lights for over my daughter’s bed.

Ikea wall lights transformed with spray paint and shades made out of metal planters



The Hyllis utility shelves are a great base to work off of, so affordable at $14.99. I used 2 Hyllis units to create rustic-industrial display and book shelves in my teenage son’s room.

Ikea's Hyllis utility shelves are made into rustic-industrial style display shelves for a teen roomCustom sized metal and wood bookshelves using Ikea's Hyllis utility shelves.


3 Billys mixed in with a custom-sized bookcase create an entire wall of built-ins for our living room. With some trim and paint, you’d never know their humble beginnings!

Ikea Billy bookcases are built into a living room.


This unassuming, slim desk makes the perfect vanity table in our master bedroom.

A simple metal and glass desk becomes a vanity table

Ikea Vittsjo is utilized as a vanity table.


I love the Aina linen curtains so much I wrote an entire post about how they compare to more expensive ready made linen curtains.

I have these in my living room, family room, and on the kitchen slider and have used them in several client projects because they are super long so the length is customizable, and they are affordable if you have a lot of windows to dress.

 Hannah’s room has the heavier Merete curtains. Check out my tricks for making these look a little more custom and see more of Hannah’s room here.

Honorable mention to my discontinued Henriksdal armchairs which have been moved around my house more than anything else!! (and that green pillow is Ikea’s linen-like Vigdis which I also have in blue!)

Discontinued Henriksdal armchair with slipcover.

The Henriksdal side chairs must be one of Ikea’s most popular products, so versatile for desk or dining!

I know my stylish friends have incorporated Ikea into their house in some beautiful ways.

Let’s go visit them and see!

Pam of Simple Details

Kris of Driven By Decor

Jennifer of Dimples & Tangles

and our special guest host,

Rhoda of Southern Hospitality

Thanks for visiting! Wishing you a wonderful day.

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Friday 7th of April 2017

Love all the IKEA items you have in your home! The shelving and bookcase hacks you did are awesome.

Debbie - Mountain Mama

Friday 7th of April 2017

Your home is so lovely, Lisa! Those bookcases are to die for....I am such a book hoarder, always have been. Especially cookbooks!


Wednesday 12th of April 2017

Debbie! Thank you so much, you're the sweetest!! I used to have a ton of cookbooks too, and gave them away when we moved because I didn't have a place for them. Now I wish I kept them!


Thursday 6th of April 2017

I love how you made the curtains look in your daughter's room! How did you hide the grommet top? Did you fold that part over? I love that the Merete are heavier than the Aina, but both options look like ones I should check out!


Thursday 6th of April 2017

Carrie, I "lined" the Meretes with another white curtain panel I had been using on these windows and just clipped the two together so they would keep the light out a little better. The Merete is supposed to be room-darkening on it's own but it wasn't enough for my sleep-loving daughter. I cut off the grommets and folded over the's a quick post on hiding the clips on the ring clips :)


Thursday 6th of April 2017

Who doesn't love Ikea. We have lots of their products. We have also hacked the Vitssjo laptop table and now use it as home office-sewing table-nightstand. Your sconces hack is one of the most chic Ikea hacks out there!


Thursday 6th of April 2017

Oh sewing table...great idea! I love how slim that little desk is, perfect for my smallish bedroom. We have a tiny bathroom so I desperately needed another spot to put on makeup and it's worked out great. Sometimes I even use it as a desk :) Thank you on my sconces....they were a fun hack.


Wednesday 5th of April 2017

I'm so glad that I found your blog! Any of your mood boards would fit into my home perfectly. And your kind heart and sparkling smile is always a blessing of encouragment. I do believe I'll have to catch up reading some of your back posts, too! :-) Susie from The Chelsea Project


Thursday 6th of April 2017

Hi Susie! Thanks for stopping by, I'm so looking forward to taking on the ORC along side you this season! Your room is going to be beautiful when you're done with it - that high ceiling, fireplace, so much drama! Can't wait to see.