Here’s the IKEA Malm Hack We’re Stealing From Our Summer Issue
And three more we’re ready to try.
Updated Oct 12, 2018 5:50 AM
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Truth: We love an IKEA hack around here. From transforming Pax shelves into a Parisian-looking closet to coating Billy and Sektion bookcases in paint, we thought we’d seen it all—until we put out our Summer issue, which is chock-full of brand-new ideas for using the beloved Swedish brand’s wares. Here are our four favorite IKEA hacks from the magazine.
In Goop senior beauty editor Megan O’Neill and her husband Jesse Bull’s kitchen, fuchsia IKEA cabinets with Semihandmade fronts—painted Hot Lips by Benjamin Moore—aren’t just a focal point, they’re a conversation starter. “It’s funny, my friend asked me, ‘How did you get your husband on board with a hot pink kitchen?’ And I said, ‘It was literally his idea!’” says O’Neill. The hue is actually Bull’s favorite color; his late father had a 1959 candy-apple magenta Cadillac when he was a kid.
In Julia Sherman’s Pasadena, California, home, leafy trees envelop the living room, thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows. If you’re lucky enough to get an invite, you can take in the entire view from a Söderhamn sofa that Sherman upgraded with wood legs.
Pretty in Pink
In Danish creative Céline Hallas’s Copenhagen house, even bubblegum pink is a neutral. “I always want to communicate in my home that you do not need to be scared of living with color,” says Hallas. That even goes for the less-than-$200 IKEA Malm bed that she gave a lick of a bright rosy paint called I Never Promised You a Pink Garden by File Under Pop.
Though you’d never guess, Susan Woo’s kitchen in her Clinton Corners, New York, home was actually a budget affair. The La Cornue range is a floor sample that Woo picked up at 40 percent off retail. And the bespoke cabinets are actually IKEA frames with Semihandmade beaded fronts. The result is a fresh farmhouse feel—without the hefty price tag.
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