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A Stylist Takes On IKEA

An interesting story hit my inbox a few weeks ago and I had not a moment to examine it further until today. I am so glad I did! Wow! I think this may inspire those of you who either have a lot of IKEA things in your home and feel bored with it or for others who see IKEA as only a place for the budget-conscious or college crowd. In these images below, stylist Lo Bjurulf, who is represented by Agent Bauer, takes everyday IKEA objects and styles them in a way that gives them a whole new look and feel. Take a look and leave your thoughts below, I’d love to hear from you and see what you think of these styled shots.

IKEA style

IKEA style

IKEA style

IKEA style

IKEA style

See what a little creativity can do to budget items?

(images: agent bauer)

Posted by decor8 in Inspiration on July 21, 2010

Your comments...

  1. Tricia - Avolli commented
    July 21st, 2010 at 3:00pm

    Soooo pretty!!

    Tricia – Avolli´s last blog post ..Marvelous Monday

  2. patricia commented
    July 21st, 2010 at 3:01pm

    What beautiful photos. So dreamy.

    And call me narrow minded but I want to learn how to make those paper flowers!

  3. Jamie commented
    July 21st, 2010 at 3:06pm

    Love, love, love, love, love! Makes me want to jump in the car and head to IKEA NOW!

  4. Ludmila {} commented
    July 21st, 2010 at 3:07pm

    Amazing idea! It can be used for a wedding or another party! very inspiring!
    Ludmila {}´s last blog post ..Alexandra Grablewski Photography

  5. Lex commented
    July 21st, 2010 at 3:08pm

    I love the styling in these photos! I can’t even choose a favorite, I need to save all of them in my inspiration folder. Super gorgeous, thanks for sharing ?

  6. Jena commented
    July 21st, 2010 at 3:09pm

    Oooooh, I looooove it!

  7. MeanMillies commented
    July 21st, 2010 at 3:10pm

    I really enjoy the soft color palette, with pops of color. I never would have imagined this was Ikea merchandise. The use of repetition in the product, to drive the look home, is completely inspiring.
    MeanMillies´s last blog post ..MeanMillies Online Store

  8. Melissa de la Fuente commented
    July 21st, 2010 at 3:17pm

    So beautiful….I adore that image of all of the lights over the long table….beautiful. I feel like I am always more impressed when someone takes less expensive items and makes them fresh or works them in with pricier items and creates something beautiful than when they are working with only designer pieces. I love seeing folks imagination at work when they are creating a beautiful space. So great…
    Melissa de la Fuente´s last blog post ..Cheap &amp Chic- Inspired by a dress

  9. ClarityK commented
    July 21st, 2010 at 3:18pm

    The stuff is OK – the space is magnificent. I wouldn’t worry about my Ikea furnishings if I lived there!

  10. Jorid commented
    July 21st, 2010 at 3:27pm

    I think I saw some of these in the paper as an ad for IKEA in assosiation with the Swedish Princess Wedding. :)

    Gorgeous photos and styling.

  11. Staci Edwards Design commented
    July 21st, 2010 at 3:56pm

    Super! Looks so great! This makes me happy because I am about to redo my office, but don’t want to spend much so was considering Ikea… Now I’m feeling even better about it! :)
    Staci Edwards Design´s last blog post ..Stellar Wine Cellars

  12. Swiftrev commented
    July 21st, 2010 at 3:58pm

    Style just ain’t about having cash to splash, is it? Brilliant inspiration!

  13. shellie commented
    July 21st, 2010 at 4:03pm

    how gorgeous…but then i have no shame in saying i love ikea…
    shellie´s last blog post ..Sketches

  14. Gina commented
    July 21st, 2010 at 4:03pm

    i really like the vases, i bet they are under 10 bucks!

  15. Renata commented
    July 21st, 2010 at 4:04pm

    Uau! What a great stylist! You really forget this is Ikea furniture!

  16. my spatula commented
    July 21st, 2010 at 4:12pm

    wow! so inspiring!

  17. Flavia commented
    July 21st, 2010 at 4:16pm

    This is a perfect example to show that creativity, not money, is key in designing a beautiful space. These are such stunning shots!
    Flavia´s last blog post ..Color Series Charcoal &amp Peachy Pink

  18. Michael - Innkeeper commented
    July 21st, 2010 at 4:26pm

    i’ve always had a love/hate relationship with ikea. i always felt their stuff did the trick, but it always felt cheap to me. or that it needed something. it has is place/need in the world obviously.

    anyway. these images are beautiful.
    …if i only knew when i was a senior in high school that i could be a ‘stylist’ … that would be my dream job.

    i think it takes a great skill to be able to take something so ordinary and turn it into something beautiful. while it may not be a persons desired ‘style’, you must admit its super pretty and very well done.

    thank you soo much for sharing this!!
    Michael – Innkeeper´s last blog post ..gratitude

  19. laura trevey commented
    July 21st, 2010 at 4:27pm

    Very creative… and beautiful photos!
    laura trevey´s last blog post ..Joy of Summer

  20. Laura Blaylock commented
    July 21st, 2010 at 5:30pm

    This is so refreshing! Not only am I inspired to learn oragami, I’m inspired to take a second look at all my favorite IKEA products that have become a little bland and restyle them for something a little more unique. Love it!

  21. Christine commented
    July 21st, 2010 at 5:31pm

    BEAUTIFUL. That wide shot with all the lights!!

  22. Laura Blaylock commented
    July 21st, 2010 at 5:36pm

    This is so refreshing! Not only am I inspired to learn some fabulous paper folding techniques, I’m inspired to take a second look at all my favorite IKEA products that have become a little bland and restyle them for something a little more unique. Love it! Maybe he could help them put together a new look for their catalog?

  23. Punctuation Mark commented
    July 21st, 2010 at 5:45pm

    creative people can do anything no matter what the budget is…love it!
    Punctuation Mark´s last blog post ..Retro Office

  24. Jacqueline commented
    July 21st, 2010 at 6:47pm

    All I can say is I LOVE IT! I made my first visit to an IKEA store last month, and came home with a bunch of goodies. The trip made me realize how much I love IKEA, and now I am seeing IKEA everywhere!
    Jacqueline´s last blog post ..Finding My New Normal

  25. Stacey commented
    July 21st, 2010 at 7:58pm

    These images are amazing!!! The fact that inexpensive Ikea items were used to create such a fantastic scene, makes it all the more sweeter!

  26. Holly commented
    July 21st, 2010 at 8:29pm

    What a great idea! These photos are fabulous!
    Holly´s last blog post ..Erin Reynolds Photography

  27. Joselyn commented
    July 21st, 2010 at 8:51pm

    I would have never guessed IKEA. Phenomenal styling!
    Joselyn´s last blog post ..Paint-a-Stain Finish

  28. Jasmine commented
    July 21st, 2010 at 9:07pm

    absolutely stunning! it just shows that you don’t need a huge budget to have a beautifully decorated home/event! love it!

  29. lauren lanza osias commented
    July 21st, 2010 at 9:08pm

    this is genius!!!!! i am loving this so much. it doesn’t hurt that the photos are all brilliantly taken. they add to the allure. but it definitely proves ikea can be genius when used properly.

    lauren lanza osias´s last blog post ..pretty- pretty princess

  30. Jeanine commented
    July 21st, 2010 at 9:58pm

    My husband and I were just walking through the many vignettes at our local Ikea in Frisco, TX. I was commenting to him that most of their displays had a contemporary look to them….but many of the items could be used in different style settings. This article is exactly what I was thinking. Can you imagine what Lo could do with the entire Ikea store?

  31. Marya commented
    July 22nd, 2010 at 1:44am

    Love it!
    PS – what’s the name of this chest?

  32. diana strinati baur commented
    July 22nd, 2010 at 1:55am

    I am with Clarity K about this one. The furnishings could be just about any simple Scandinavian pieces. The settings make the photos. I was one of the first nine people hired by IKEA in the United States for the first store. My relationship with the place, is as Michael the Innkeeper says, love-hate. Conflicted. Dubious. Adoring. I just realized that I have now officially had IKEA as part of my life for 25 years. I remember how disappointed I was when I brought all my new Ikea stuff home for the first time and it DID NOT look like the vignettes into the store. A tremendous amount of work and design go into IKEA store vignettes. These photos prove it again — it’s not about the furnishings (alone), it’s about everything else that goes into the ambience.
    diana strinati baur´s last blog post ..The Collective Lives of Bees and Men

  33. Simone Walsh commented
    July 22nd, 2010 at 3:37am

    The photos look great, but I’ve made a decision to boycott Ikea when it comes to purchasing furniture I need to use from now on – and most smaller things too.

    So many items I’ve purchased over the last 2-4 years have barely stood up to 12 months of very ordinary (or even less than ordinary) use – some haven’t survived 6 months. This makes Ikea very expensive rather than cheap!

    I even wrote to the local CEO about this, outlining multiple examples. He expressed surprise at what I was saying, which I felt couldn’t possibly be true!

    I can’t see anything will change unless people’s buying habits change in a big way. So I’ve decided that from now on I’ll be spending more on things that are going to work out cheaper for my pocket and the planet in the long run, no matter how nice Ikea things might look before you use them.
    Simone Walsh´s last blog post ..Shiny and new handmade jewellery!

  34. chicgirldesigns commented
    July 22nd, 2010 at 4:22am

    I love Ikea! Great design does not have to cost a pile of money. Beautiful photography too.
    chicgirldesigns´s last blog post ..Etsy Wednesday

  35. Die Frau im Haus commented
    July 22nd, 2010 at 5:00am

    There is a making of (also with interviews) of all the different themes Lo styled for IKEA:

  36. LWJ commented
    July 22nd, 2010 at 6:46am

    Inexpensive, my eye. Each of those dandelion lampshades over the table is £85 apiece.

  37. Julia commented
    July 22nd, 2010 at 9:16am

    I think the point is not that Ikea objects are made in large quantities and sold cheap, but that they are versatile items and it’s up to the owner’s sensibility to “make them work”. The fact that they are so clean and minimalist shouldn’t be seen as a limitation; I think they’re perfect canvasses to highlight individuality and embrace imagination.

    I thought the pictures were pretty but chilly… a wedding setting without guests and bride and groom looks as if everyone had left in a rush. Just a personal feeling.

  38. Nat commented
    July 22nd, 2010 at 9:29am

    I always find that items look better in photos than real life. Don’t get me wrong, I love Ikea and have many items from there. But there’s Ikea–cheap-o stuff; and there’s Ikea – higher end stuff. Items the stylist used are NOT cheap by any means.
    I find that Ikea is great for a quick fix, their organizational items are amazing and, of course, the stylists know their job. Still you have to look at each individual item to judge the quality and durability.

  39. The Frugal Style commented
    July 22nd, 2010 at 9:52am

    WOW! That is just amazing… I love the paper flowers in the white vases. Such a creative and whimsical space… Marking this as total inspiration!
    Melissa :-)
    The Frugal Style´s last blog post ..Got to Have It! – Black and White Style for Less

  40. Brooke H commented
    July 22nd, 2010 at 10:47am

    Stunning and inspiring! . . . I’m due for an ikea outting.
    Brooke H´s last blog post ..Bridal Illustration Art Wall

  41. Emily commented
    July 22nd, 2010 at 12:21pm

    Interesting. I’m of the lovers group, more than the haters. The idea that everyone should have access to a functional, stylish home is one I really appreciate.

    I’m also wondering what the name of that wooden chest (2nd to last photo) is. Anyone know?
    Emily´s last blog post ..Julyhouseguest month

  42. Angela commented
    July 22nd, 2010 at 12:39pm

    It’s beautiful!!

  43. Sarah @ Maison Boheme commented
    July 22nd, 2010 at 2:02pm

    I love IKEA. The pieces are so versatile… you just have to have a little imagination to make them your own. Thanks for the post!

  44. Amber Kane commented
    July 22nd, 2010 at 4:22pm

    I love these photos, I recently have been very drawn to neutral colors and these are just so soothing.

  45. carina commented
    July 22nd, 2010 at 6:26pm

    these are beautiful! I wish we had IKEA in New Zealand…

  46. Alyson commented
    July 22nd, 2010 at 10:38pm

    I am a visual merchandiser at IKEA and I would love to decorate and display items this way.. but I have to stick to the book sometimes. :) I love it!! New inspiration…

  47. Emma commented
    July 23rd, 2010 at 12:24am

    these are lovely, I think my favorite is all the white jugs/vases etc on top of the pine wall-piece. (Wall-piece? What is that kind of thing called?!! My brain is numb).

    Can’t believe they don’t have IKEA in New Zealand. Learn something new every day…
    Emma´s last blog post ..Old-fashioned Handwriting On the Wall

  48. Jules @ Lovely Las Vegas commented
    July 23rd, 2010 at 4:15am

    I heard he did this as an ode to the upcoming (now recent past) Princess Victoria’s wedding.

    Whatever the inspiration – it is all so lovely!
    Jules @ Lovely Las Vegas´s last blog post ..Lovely Las Vegas- Mundo at World Market

  49. Ellie commented
    July 24th, 2010 at 8:36am

    Gorgeous styling! I especially love the lamp/chairs/shoes photo. Oh, and those delicious dandelion light fixtures… So dreamy!

  50. Katja Nina commented
    July 25th, 2010 at 8:31am

    Nice piece and great photos! Thanks for sharing.

  51. whorange commented
    July 25th, 2010 at 11:48pm

    Great use of the papery ball lamps. Yum!

  52. Jess commented
    July 27th, 2010 at 9:09am

    Ikea is great…. it’s just like making vintage or resale finds successful. I agree, if taken literally {i.e. all Ikea or all tag sale} it can look too budget-conscious. But when those items juxtaposed with a few beautiful pieces or inexpensive items are used in a ridiculously high quantity, it can produce a opulent effect.
    Jess´s last blog post ..Baby Kate

  53. Jen @ Opal Never Shouts commented
    July 27th, 2010 at 2:59pm

    Wow! This makes me want to take a trip to ikea, this is the best i have seen ikea product look! Fun!

  54. Kendra Jean Photography commented
    August 5th, 2010 at 8:42pm

    WoW! I love all the white! So pretty:)

  55. Beth commented
    August 8th, 2010 at 9:34am

    Beautiful – it’s amazing what talented people can do with such simple and inexpensive products!
    Beth´s last blog post ..Hello Avia

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