Monday, July 24, 2006

Switch to handsfree psp viewing

holding your psp for hours on end is a drag. and tired hands fuels invention. ck [via make] posts a cool diy psp stand. his prototype was a crappy cardboard version but since then, he has engineered it to this alien form below.

ck writes, "well, I attached it to what used to be a cheap ikea desk lamp and ran the charger cord through the thing, so now I have a fully positional desk stand for hands free movie viewing on my PSP." link.

other hacks you may be interested in:
- zieak's wierd cam creature
- jwrl's hip mobile music console
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Friday, July 21, 2006

sound of silence

i had second thoughts about posting this hack, because, well, it's ugly. but then, i thought perhaps some other hacker out there may have a better solution to this piece of conversation stopper. isn't there a way to hide those horrid wads of sponge?

in case you're still wondering "what the ... ?", they are deflector/absorbing panels - made from ikea shelves. the hacker writes: "i'm thinking of a way to make them look a bit more pro, but the idea works acoustically." link.

other audio visual hacks:
> hip ikea music machine
> make an audio cabinet from lack tables
> fixing gaje speaker stands
> make your own cam creature

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Thursday, July 20, 2006

ikea fado lookalike at half the price

this is another budget saving hack from greg of ecoroofs everywhere. "i wanted a plastic globe instead of the glass version from ikea so i could hang it pretty low over my bed and not worry about it shattering when someone hits it or in an earthquake or whatever. it's also lots cheaper than the ikea fado."

you'll need:
  1. an ikea hemma cord set
  2. a 10" white acrylic replacement globe. (i ordered it online from azpartsmaster for $13.00 plus shipping.)
and here's how:
  1. drill the top "belly button" from the center of the lamp; that's the little nubbin from the mold -- I think they all have this. it's opposite the 3 1/2" hole where the "fitter" usually holds the globe on the lamp.
  2. tap the nubbin with an awl or nail if you have one handy, just to keep the drill from wandering away from the center.
  3. unwire the hemma cordset, and thread it through the hole.
  4. hook up the electric wires exactly the way it came apart (pay close attention because it's really important to do it correctly so it's safe!). remember black wire to copper colored connector (on mine at least).
  5. and you're done.
i'd only attempt this if you're really good with electric stuff. if you aren't sure right away how to take it apart, then you should have an electrician friend do it for you. this is a super easy hack if you're handy with electrical stuff."

other lighting hacks:
> make your own ikea dna lamp
> cheap yet chic stair lighting

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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

make your own ikea cam creature

i love weird looking creatures and this one, by make flickr photo pool member, zieak, [via make] seemed to have walked right out of a tim burton movie. he writes - "this little guy (ikea unicef brum bear) i bought at the thrift store for 25 cents. i could feel an articulated skeleton within." after some surgery, zieak attached his webcam to the "head" portion of the skeleton. he adds, "now my cam can hang on my laptop monitor, stand on my desk."

way cute. link.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Cheap yet chic stair lighting

i call this one hack of a sexy stair lighting. simon says "putting lighting into our entry stairs has proven rather, err, problematic. I haven't managed to electrocute myself trying to fit traditional lights, but it can only be a matter of time...

... it was sale time, and they [ikea] were clearing out some of the christmas lighting. that's when we saw it. several metres of electroluminescent wire (with mains transformer) for a crazy price - only £1.99." and after some tinkering ... "we now have a rather attractive and rather different lighting source for the stairs. not so bright as to dazzle, but more than enough to stop people from killing themselves on their way out of the house."

love it. love it. love it. link

other lighting hacks:
- make your own ikea dna lamp
- ikea fado lookalike at half price

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Monday, July 17, 2006

assemble a colouring book

it's cute overload when i found mike tsao's entry in he gives us a great tip, "recycle and parent in one step: ikea assembly instructions make great coloring books." my! indeed.

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Thursday, July 13, 2006

through the ikea 2007 peep hole

following my entries here and here on the ikea 2007 range, i've found more pictures. i'm happy to see that the new range carries the usual ikea clean lines, strong colours and playfulness. i like!

to look through the peep hole, click here for a slideshow on ikea 2007 sofas, audio visual cabinets, lighting, bookcases, fabrics, and accessories.

here takes you to a slideshow on ikea 2007 children's range, bedroom furniture and wardrobes.

and here are some yummy ikea 2007 kitchen units, dining room furniture, bathroom, storage and organisers. happy viewing! and let me know what you think of the new range.

related entries on ikea 2007:
> more to hack in 2007
> more pixs on the 2007 range

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hate the fabric colour? just paint it!

nothing like new colour to bring an old piece of furniture back to life. but when you have non-removable fabric covers ... bummer? maybe not.

greg of ecoroofs everywhere shows us on his ikea skruvsta how you can paint the fabric and even make it look like vinyl.

this is greg's skruvsta. in its previous life, it had prints and a pedestal with castors. 
he painted it honey yellow and added in a retro looking pedestal he scavenged.

"i used acrylic paint and added fabric medium, sometimes called textile medium. that turns the paint into fabric paint.

tip! most people use 'art store paint' you buy in expensive little bottles, but a little known fact is that you can use regular old house paint, as long as it's acrylic. I think it might have to be latex too but I'm not sure.

i then did a test patch on the bottom of the cushions.

but the old print/colour showed through the yellow paint. i got kilz primer and had it tinted yellow at home depot. you'll have to make sure that the primer is water based latex as the oil based version has chemicals in it that would eat the foam that the chairs are made out of.

next, i washed the fabric to remove any sizing stain blocker that interferes with paint adhesion. i didn't wait for it to dry, just painted on the kilz with a brush after adding a little (few ounces) of fabric medium.

tip! i bought the biocolor brand from earlychildhood as it was by far the cheapest and easiest to use, as no heat set is required and costs around $10 for a 16 oz bottle, (with shipping).

i sunned the chairs for a couple of hours till they were dry, then painted two additional coats. i bought a gallon of paint for two chairs, but could have gotten away with just one quart, i think.

i'd say you can probably paint any fabric this way. acrylic paint is by nature extremely flexible and there's no cracking at all. the texture is more like vinyl than the original cotton. the colour doesn't seem to fade in the sun. so far no problems at all after 4 months."

sounds complicated to me. but i'm sure you diy pros out there dig this.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

pimp my boj

help! my boj is so boring!

marion from sydney writes me asking for ideas how she can spice up her boj drawers, and cover the flaking bits. (boj is no longer produced by ikea, i think.)

"i've been wanting to hack my tired looking white boj drawers for years but haven't worked out a good way to attack the white laminate. mostly, i am wanting to change the colour and cover the flaking top. i figure i can change the handles easily enough and find some funky alternatives to white plastic, but i'm over the white laminate. i was wondering if you or any of the readers might have any ideas on how to hack it?" - marion

this is a picture i found, not marion's actual boj drawers.
but you get the idea why marion desperately wants to hack it.

right on, marion. i have 2 ideas for you.

#1. masking tape magic
the first is inspired by jonathan fong's walls that wow where he uses masking tape to dress up a wall (see pix from ivillage). i thought the same neat trick could add a lot of sizzle to marion's boj.
  1. think of your colour scheme and how you want the stripes laid out.
  2. buy coloured masking tape in your scheme.
  3. stretch it across the top of your boj from one end to the other, and if you like, down the sides in unequal (or equal) lengths.
tip! if after sticking the tapes, you want to re-arrange the stripes, squirt some lighter fluid on the tapes for easy removal. but first, test the fluid to see if it leaves an oil stain on the laminate.

pro: no mess. cheap. and will mask the flaking beautifully.
con: you might not get masking tapes in the colours you want.

#2. blik it beautiful
if you have a bit of cash to spare, you can turn up the sex appeal of your boj with blik. this paisley decal will set you back $45 for a set of 10. let's assume that you're feeling generous and you do get the decals:
  1. arrange them on your boj till you are satisfied with the layout
  2. stick them on
  3. sit back and admire
pro: no mess. lots of design options.
con: pricey (to me, at least).

these are my 2 cents. any other takers? please click on the comment link to leave your ideas and save marion from boredom.

and yes, marion, if you do hack your boj, pretty please send us a picture. we would love to see what you made out of it.

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ikea flatpacks rearranged into art

found these beautiful pieces at mocoloco. the humble bumerang clothes hanger is reborn as a stag's head. with a few more hangers, you can form a crossbow to shoot ikea pencils at the stag, with no animals harmed in the process. how neat is that? it gets even better - take ikea's bestselling poang armchair, add a few some twists, and out comes a sled. wow.

these were university of brighton (uk) kieren jones' brilliant design concepts for the the british council’s annual student design competition - a diy ikea project called 'flat-pack re-arranged'. perhaps the more ingenious part of it is that kieren has created do-it-yourself manuals that guide the user through the creation of the new products - suped up versions of ikea assembly instructions, i reckon.

i hope he sells the manuals, cause i'd be first in line. link.

you may also be interested in:
- vince's sliding door room divider in apartment therapy's smallest coolest 2006 contest
- ragnheiður's benjamin stool with motif in design*sponge/fred flare's spring spruce up contest"

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Monday, July 10, 2006

an ikea bookcase for a swede by and by

i may be an ikea fan but being buried in a billy? it gives new meaning to flatpack.

anyways, diehards (no pun intended) among you may want to check out joe scanlan's 112-page-perfect-bound-tome - diy, or how to kill yourself anywhere in the world for under $399. he'll show you how to hack a coffin out of two billies and some odds and ends from the hardware department. "it is a great choice for anyone who prefers that their funeral be a modest but stylish affair." remember to serve swedish meatballs at the wake.

it's $27.50 shipped. read more here.

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Saturday, July 8, 2006

make your own ikea dna lamp

seeing this hopf & wortmann dna lamp, available from next [via design*sponge and reluct], i had an "aha" moment. i remembered seeing a similar lamp hack at boingboing - the fractal chandelier from sean michael ragan. with a few adapters and energy saving bulbs from ikea, you can stamp your very own dna on this lamp. except, maybe, you can't get it in pretty pink.

sean explains, "this is a suspended light fixture 'grown' from 31 nested twin-lamp socket adapters. 32 7.5 watt bulbs draw a total of 240 watts. all the adapters and fixtures are rated for 660 watts, so this figure is well within the safety range. 15 watt bulbs would also be acceptable, and would generate more light. as it is, the fixture puts off very little heat. you can put your finger on the surface of one of these tiny bulbs for an indefinite period of time without experiencing any serious discomfort.

the chandelier is essentially a binary tree in 3-space. it is symmetrical, with each adapter, except the top one, being positioned at a 90-degree angle relative to the axis of its parent. after assembly, a drop of cyanoacrylate glue was applied to the junction of each pair of adapters to keep the structure from deforming if the chandelier is moved or jostled."

simply electrifying. for full instructions, click here.

(update! and so it seems there is a little hoo-ha going on about who first designed the dna lamp. michael silverberg from metropolis wrote to apartment therapy to clear the haze. as much a hacker as i am, i think it is important to know the origins of a design and give due credit. so, it's irving harper, people. link.)
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how to submit your ikea hack

after days sweating over an ikea hack, you deserve your moment of glory here.

just write me at ikeahacker[at]gmail[dot]com

in your mail, you should include the following info:
1. a short description of the hack
2. the link to the hack (if any)
3. attach photos or the link (videos are welcome too)
4. your name and site link (if you want to be credited)

the only rule is that the hack must involve at least an ikea item, however it is used. easy. peasy.

if you didn't hack it but came across an interesting one, you can also get in the game. i'll even credit you for your find.

update! upload your ikea hack instructables
you can also now submit your hack via instructables. just create an instructable on the ikea hacks group and it will be published on the projects page instantly. (please do not email me if you've uploaded it to the group to avoid duplicates.)

so turn your allen keys. i'll be waiting to hear from you.

one happy hacker,

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Friday, July 7, 2006

a cool cuppa

when i saw this i almost scalded my lips with hot coffee. what brilliant use of ikea items. can you spot the cabinet door handles masquerading as coffee cup rails?

cgfan's coffee contraption is the "brewtus with two simple accessories added: cabinet door handles as cup rails and a timer, both courtesy of ikea. the timer works particularily well as a shot timer, as it has a strong magnet that keeps it parked securely enough right on top of the E-61 grouphead. a nice feature is that it works as both a countup or a countdown timer, the latter providing an alarm when it reaches 0. it also recalls the last countdown time used at the moment you silence the alarm, ready to go again for timing the next shot." read more here.

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Thursday, July 6, 2006

ikea hack of the month - june

i survived a month of this blog. and we did alright with a pretty neat crop of hacks. thanks, everyone, who sent me their hacks. i really get a kick out of reading your mails.

and *drumroll* for the month of June, these are my favourites - vince's sliding door room divider, the benjamin stool with motif, the lack table audio cabinet and the ikea bag hack. which is yours? click the poll and let me know.

{The poll has ended}

Wednesday, July 5, 2006

a little more fabulous

hey, i just found some photos promoting the ikea everyday fabulous exhibition. i know, i know, it's a done deal but i couldn't pass over these clever new york city hacking ideas. i wonder, though, didn't anyone haul off the sofas?

see more here.

Tuesday, July 4, 2006

custom cabinet

this hack is a dated. but i've just stumbled across it and i am a sucker for awesome mood shots. love the different hues on the frosted doors - how did you do that? and david, where did you get that chic clock? anyways, he says that "the frame is from the ikea bathroom selection, the sliding doors are from the kitchen collection and the feet, plinth and lights are from various other collections. ... by combining furniture parts from different areas, she (his wife) was able to come up with a combination of units that fitted our measures. the total sum of shopping was around £500 and this included all kinds of ikea goodies like plants, carpets, baskets, swedish food and more boxes." read more here.

you may also be interested in these cabinet hacks:
> magiker shoe cabinet
> enetri display cabinet

Monday, July 3, 2006

can't stand it

i don't have audio speakers so i'm not sure whether these gaje speaker stands are as bad as this hacker makes them out to be. nonetheless, fluffy rants gives a nifty solution to the problem: "yeah, the gaje stands are kind of dumb... normally to mount a speaker on it, you either have to attach it using some velcro (which it comes with), or drill holes into the speakers themselves. my old rear surrounds I used the velcro on, but my fronts were too heavy/big for that and so I just had the other pair taking up space.

i'd planned on doing a modification like this for a while, and since my rear speakers developed a bit of a rattle a while ago (which i was unable to fix; i think the driver itself went bad) and i finally had enough of it and decided to buy a proper 5-channel matched setup, and the new speakers were definitely too big, since the rears are bigger/heavier than my old fronts.

so, this way I have some pretty nice stands (with cable routing) which can actually support decent speakers and have great isolation, but didn't cost much at all (basically $62 for all four, plus a bit of time for assembly)."

click here for fluffy rant's step-by-step pictures.

other audio visual hacks:
> a hip mobile music console
> the very clever audioasylum lack table music cabinet

Friday, June 30, 2006

shoe shine

shoes! buying them is a pleasure but housing them gives me a headache. i've toyed with the idea of a pax shoe cabinet but i hate its inelegance. flimsy trones also does not cut it for me. but here's an idea from avid hacker, pk shiu, which may just fit like a sock.

"we bought two ikea magiker short shelves with doors for our entry hall. the original idea was to use those cabinets as secondary storage, while giving us a display space for the entry hall. once we put them up we realized that they are perfect for shoes. the only trouble is that we could use double the shelves. today i found a new shoes rack that is not in their catalog called fran. they fit perfectly in the cabinet, but you need to take one of the doors off temporarily to put them inside." read more here.

related hacks:
> a winning enetri display cabinet
> david's mix and match console

Thursday, June 29, 2006

vika wonderful

they say you can tell a lot from a person's workstation. from this you can divine that matt jalbert's a classy, musician/designer type, no nonsence bloke willing to blow big bucks on music and gadgets. okay, so that's a no-brainer.

pseudo divinations aside, this is how matt hacked it, "i like the same legs paired with ikea's vika lauri table top at 46" x 30". the legs attach with one allen bolt; everything is stock ikea. plenty solid, and a perfect match for apple computer's aluminium product designs." read more here. check out his music too.

here's another study table top hack with versatile vika legs.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

endearing enetri

when pinky sent me her hack for the enetri unit, i was so distracted by all the cool stuff (the cameras, the tray!) on her display as well as the chic coffee table. while the enetri never caught my eye, it made me do a double take in here. it never looked so good.

pinky writes, "just saw your amazing website and thought i would send my own ikea project. when I moved to an apartment with much higher ceilings all of my stuff seemed ill-proportioned (plus that enetri shelving is rickety and generally irritating!). this is a media center of sorts courtesy of my (i think) discontinued console with the legs removed and the enetri unit screwed to the top. i took out one of the shelves to fit the electronics and covered the remaining ones with drawer liner. i'm pretty happy with it! oh and the sofas visible are also ikea, recovered with cotton duck and ikea curtain."

related hacks:
you may also want to check out this magiker shoe cabinet hack and david's dining room console.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

no blues for your greens

pk shiu sent me his plant pot hack that may just rescue your greens from drowning in the rain. it's a neat little physics trick. i do the same to clean my fish tank but never thought of putting it to use with plants. nice one, shiu.

shiu demonstrates his physics with the ikea ps fejo self watering plant pot. "because the pot is self watering, meaning there is a water reservoir in the bottom, there is no drain hole. with a few days of non stop rain, the pot of soil turned into slush. what to do? physics to the rescue. i bought four feet of aquarium pvc flexible tubing/air hose from a pet store. filling it with water first (or you can suck the water into it after insertion), i dug down into the mush/soil and inserted the tube under the top plate of the water reservoir. as long as you keep the outside end of the tube below the pot, gravity from the outside end of the tube will draw the water out."

and there you have it - anti-flood measures. read more here.

this other pot hack involves turning trash cans into planters.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

more pixs on 2007 range

after my previous post on ikea's new range, holly of decor8 tipped me on more pixs of the ikea newbies. and what a droolfest it turns out to be. ikea seems to be getting it right this season, after what i personally thought was a rather lacklustre 2006. read more here.

commitment-phobic me loves this modular tylosand sofa. and the hot, hot colour!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

more to hack in 2007

caught a sneak peek of ikea's 2007 range in design*sponge. lovely lovely. and that means we hackers can look forward to more hacking options.

frosting my billy cabinet doors was one of the things i've always had in mind to hack. well, guess ikea beat me to that. i can't wait. read more here.

one for the music

when i saw this in audioasylum's forum, it reminded me so much of my dad. and the many afternoons i spent helping him saw and drill to make his audio cabinets. now, it's as easy as driving to ikea.

"just buy an ikea lack side table and screw in some spikes where the legs would have otherwise gone (you can use spike cups if you are concerned about your floor). the table's dimension is just shy of 22x22. these tables are wood veneer over fiberboard and particle board, which sandwich a fiber lattice honeycomb core. as such, the design is that of a rigid, low mass, rapid energy dissipation support & isolation platform. this is a cheap but outstanding tweak. place your favorite cones between your cdp and platform."

sounds good to me. read more here.

other audio visual cabinet hacks:
> a hip mobile music console
> fixing the gaje speaker stand

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

don't give this the slip

okay, this isn't exactly a hack, it's a business. still, i love the idea of providing ikea customers with options. bemz does beautiful slipcovers made to ikea armchairs, sofas and cushion specifications. the site is a virtual changing room for sexy sofas. click on the swatches and before you can say "klippan!" your ikea sofa gets dressed in different hues and patterns.

hmm ... i hope they soon do quilt covers, bed trims and the like as well.

other living room hacks:
> vince's sliding door turned room divider

Friday, June 16, 2006

going potty

it's surprising where ikea hacks turn up. just goes to show how much the big blue and yellow has infiltrated our lives. anyways, trawling through the www, i found this little gem from gardenweb's forum. it is so simple that i almost want to slap my forehead and say "why didn't i think of that?"

our pot hacker writes, "i bought several small trash buckets from ikea a few years back. they cost 99cents each. i don't remember if i drilled in holes with a makita or stabbed them in with a hot knife--anyway, do add drainage. " ooh, i like the stabbing bit. read more here.

another pot hack:
> pk shiu's anti flood device

Thursday, June 15, 2006

a hold up

some of the most useful hacks are the most obvious. eric sent this to apartment therapy, a neat trick to store his electric razor. "i found a simple and cheap solution to free up some bathroom counter space if you have an electric razor. using two baren wall pegs from ikea, i created a simple wall holster for my electric razor."

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

hack project for under $50

holly becker of decor8 is a crafty one. she recently posted a neat ikea diy. finally, i’ll dust off my old postcards and bring life to my white walls.

Monday, June 12, 2006

have legs will combo

apartment therapy's featured best product is a hack of a countertop-table legs combo. it's sturdier than the fiberboard tabletops. this uses "the vika inge legs by olle lundberg which will only run you $40 and, rather than fiberboard and laminate, skip over to the kitchen section and get the pronomen solid wood countertops which will only run you about $49 and come in multiple lengths and widths." read more here.

Friday, June 9, 2006

ikea everyday fabulous

my bad. i didn't start this blog till june, so i completely missed out on the ikea everyday fabulous exhibit which happened from may 19-23 in new york.

insta-reporter christine capulong reports at apartment therapy, "the exhibit was not about introducing the latest designs ikea had to offer, but rather to show how 'good design could transform the most ordinary day into something spectacular'. it was all about unleashing your creativity and making every day fabulous.

this was Ikea's first exhibit during new york's design week producing an event that was completely inclusive and totally 'unconventional'. according to anders dahlvig, ceo of ikea, the purpose of the exhibit was to showcases 'eye-opening ideas' of products that customers from all over the world love and buy."

way to go, anders. read article and see more pixs here.

ingenious colander water fountain
20' x 30' of billy and books. it's a love affair.

bag this hack

i'll not look at those big ikea yellow (or blue) bags the same again, after this hack from funk-station. two nifty cuts, some sewing and voila, you have a shoulder bag - big and sturdy enough to hold 2 laptops.

"the basic idea behind this hack is to transform a huge inconvenient bag into a small fashionable bag." and who would have thought those big blue plastics could ever be this chic.

driller thriller

i should have paid better attention at home economics class in my schooling days. alas. ragnheiður osp sigurðardóttir stitches up a first prize in the d*s/fred flare spring spruce up contest. it's almost a pity to have to sit on the lovely motif. but if i do, i'm sure my butt would feel a million bucks. the winner says, "i chose the benjamin stool designed by lisa norinder. it is mass produced and i wanted to make it unique. by drilling holes in it and decorating it with embroidery, each and every stool becomes different and more valuable."

gotta get my drill out now. whirr. whirr. whirr.

Tuesday, June 6, 2006

hip ikea music machine

jwrl created a mobile music console i would love to hack. the ikea music hacker writes, "it's an ikea cabinet, a tft arm, a neovo f15 monitor, custom built mobo tray and cooling, wireless keyboard & mouse from labtec but mostly operated with the remote that came with the soundblaster live usb (better looks). intended use: playing mp3's in the kitchen while cooking ;)"

i can already hear steak sizzling to beautiful day. read more here.

other audio visual hacks you may want to hear about:
> how to fix the gaje speaker stand
> audioasylum's clever lack table audio cabinet

Monday, June 5, 2006

divide and conquer

hats off to vince's entry in apartment therapy's smallest coolest apartment 2006 contest. it's ingenious, using ikea's sliding wardrobe doors as an ultra cool room divider. very chic. and so livable that i almost want to move in.

vince writes, "the room divider was created by utilizing aluminum and glass wardrobe doors from an ikea wardrobe system. they slide open to access the sleeping and gym areas. the doors are held in place by tension poles from an ikea shelving system." Brilliant. read more here.

other ways to spruce up your living room:
> custom sofa slipcover from bemz

Friday, June 2, 2006

my top 5 hacks

this is a difficult one. because there are so many nifty hacks.
so, i'll stir the list at the end of every month. and, hopefully, i'll lick the cream.

#5 ikea cam creature
what i like about this is that you'll never know it is ikea. and that it probably took a slightly deranged mind to think of ripping a brum bear apart and harvesting its skeleton for a webcam holder. but did i tell you i like weird?

#4 lack table audio cabinet
a solid audio solution. i should write some blah-blah about form following function, but you know it already.

#3 benjamin stool with motif
here, my girly-ness kicks in. i'm a sucker for motifs. and though this hack is not brilliant, the pretty purples brings me to my knees.

#2 cheap yet chic stair lighting
i like the "out-of-the-christmas-box-thinking". taking electroluminescent wires and lining your stairway with them is way cool. an otherwise drab stairway get an uber cool clubby look.

#1 vince's sliding door room dividers
this blog was part inspired by vince's hi-tech hideout. it was also the first hack i posted. well, you know what they say about first loves. yes, that divider is a thing of beauty.

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