Ikea Meets Yardsale Minimalist


Every Wednesday I help readers solve design dilemmas in my Just Ask category, one of my favorite categories on the blog. I woke up to over a hundred design questions from readers, wow. I was inspired by this question to share ideas for designing on a budget using lower price furniture and re-purposed yard sale pieces. Ikea came right to mind; great design, in stock and well priced. This table can be found at Ikea, The Docksta Dining Table ($199.00). Combine it with dining chairs found at yard sales or re-purposed chairs from Grandma’s old dining set for a chic eclectic look.

Q. I need inexpensive furniture for a temporary move, my apartment is amazing and I totally want it to be comfortable. I also have a six month old and I am a yardsale-minimalist. Amy


A. I decided to choose Ikea because I love keeping things simple, modern and functional,  this allows you to add a variety of yardsale treasures to your room and the overall cost will not break the bank. I’m going to share some of my favorite Ikea pieces that can be incorporated into any design. Paired with vintage finds they create a room filled with function and character. I love these pieces from Ikea’s Malm Collection, above three night stands are put together to create this one of a kind piece ($49.99 each), wow.


To the left is an Ikea’s Kitchen, yes I have used and really like the quality of their kitchens but the piece I just adore is their Raskog Cart ($49.99), it was recently introduced and is so cute. They call it a kitchen cart but my teenage daughter uses it for makeup and I have clients that use it in their nurseries and just love it.askikea






Below, Ikea’s Expedit Shelving with metal legs for use as a mini bar, storage for glassware or anywhere storage or a touch of style is needed ($69.00 plus the legs). I have also used the Expedit under flat screens and in kids rooms. Combined here with an antique table, birdhouse and glam sconces you can see how this piece would work with just about any style.


Time for some baby talk, our reader mentioned she has a six month old. My goal was to re-create this inspiration room for less. Achieve the same feel with the simplicity of Ikea’s crib collection, especially the Gulliver Crib $99.00. Pair this modern crib with a yardsale dresser painted in a fun color that can be used for a changing table or create your own for less than $40.00 (details below, Ikea Hack). Toss in a bold geometric accent wall and a hip lighting fixture to complete the look.

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose.

So there are my top five Ikea picks but I wanted to share a few more interesting facts I found while exploring the world of Ikea. I have been purchasing from Ikea since the first week they opened in the United States but I never knew there is a fabulous Ikea Family Live Magazine and really hip blog called Livet Hemma. Both are packed with fresh design ideas on how to incorporate Ikea pieces into your life. The term Ikea Hack has come into vogue, the definition of product hacking - modifying and customizing everyday products. There is also a blog called Ikea Hacker where creative people take ordinary Ikea pieces and transform them into one-of-a-kind creations that you might enjoy. Here is the perfect example of an Ikea Hack, using the Rast Chest ($34.99), DIY here. The dresser in the babies room is a Dorothy Draper about $3500.00 you can create it for less than $50.00 and use it anywhere. Share your favorite Ikea Finds and Hacks with us friends!

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  • http://twitter.com/180diy Vanessa

    These are great ideas. I do shop a lot at Ikea, it’s my favorite store. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • http://adoreyourplace.com/ Cathy from Adore Your Place

      Its so fun mixing Ikea pieces with vintage, so glad you liked the post Vanessa.

  • Connie

    I am out to buy that cart. Love it.

    • http://adoreyourplace.com/ Cathy from Adore Your Place

      You are going to love it Connie!

  • http://www.ourcozycubbyhole.com/ Erika @ Our Cozy Cubbyhole

    Cathy- you are the best! I have been trying to figure out a good storage solution for my school & art supplies in our small apartment without much luck for weeks now. I read this post and you reminded me about that amazing Ikea cart! I have been in love with that cart since the day it came out but never had a need for it. Now it will be absolutely perfect for my place. Thanks so much for the great idea! :)

    • http://adoreyourplace.com/ Cathy from Adore Your Place

      So glad you liked the ideas Erika, there is always something interesting to find at Ikea.

  • practicalgrasp@gmail.com

    Well, Well, Well, Cathy your suggestions are wonderful! I am so happy that I wrote in. Although Guatemala does not have an Ikea getting furniture made here is cheap. By the way the closest Ikea at home is over an hour away but when I do go I ALWAYS want to buy that cart….I hope they have it in June darn it!

    • http://adoreyourplace.com/ Cathy from Adore Your Place

      I have heard you can get things made there for next to nothing, maybe some ideas can work :) Email me if you need more specific ideas.

      • practicalgrasp@gmail.com

        you can but bargaining is the key….limited budget your ideas are swimming I will send photos

        • http://adoreyourplace.com/ Cathy from Adore Your Place

          That is intimidating for most but just the way it is I guess. So glad the ideas were inspiring :)

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  • Gabbi Zaccheria

    I am IN LOVE with that turquoise storage cart! It’s my favorite color…now I just need to come up with a home for it in my place. Hmmmmm. ;)

    • http://adoreyourplace.com/ Cathy from Adore Your Place

      Gabbi its one of those carts that can go anywhere. I bought it for my three year olds room and my teenager took it for her makeup LOL. Thanks for reading AYP!

  • http://twitter.com/theadoredhome theadoredhome

    Great ideas Cathy! I am in love with the birdcage!

  • Rebecca A. Cervantes

    I love the idea for the Malm nightstands. How did you mount them on the wall and did you add extra support at all underneath?