Secret Steals at IKEA

We’re all aware that IKEA is the place we go when we want to buy new cheap furniture. We even go there for the foundation of our DIY projects a good majority of the time. What people don’t know though, is that there is more in IKEA than just cheap furniture to redo yourself. They have nice versions of most everything they carry. (Cute versions too!) You might have to do a little digging, but you can surely find these crazy steals. From sofa tables to rugs, kitchen sinks to shower curtains, there is something for everyone in this large store. Don’t forget to check out the clearance section too, because you might find an item that is a huge bang for your buck! Don’t want to miss that!

Side tip: when you’re there, go to their food section/cafeteria. The food they sell is to die for. They have a food court, and it will most definitely blow your mind!

Anyway, we have put together a few items we found from IKEA that are simple but far from ordinary and definitely belong in your home. They have so much more to offer. Just check out the store, and you’ll see what we mean.

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A new look for Unity Nails and Skincare

Last November, Jeany at Unity Nails and Skincare in Lake Mary, Florida asked if I could help with a new look for 2013. We were happy to oblige!

Like most of our clients, Jeany knew exactly what she wanted the space to look and feel. What she needed was the help to pull it all together and execute a complete design, in steps A.Clore Interiors!

We just completed phase 1 of the design, which is the front end of the shop and includes the waiting area, retail display, beauty bar and reception desk. We are thrilled to show you how the process went!

Here is a look at some before shots of the reception area:




The 3D renderings and floor plans really helped Jeany gain perspective for how all the parts and pieces would fit together. Due to time and budge restraints, we specified items that could be found locally.

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And here is the final product:



The waiting area becomes a focal feature by adding visual interest and reflection to the space. Not only does the mirrored wall elude to the sense of a larger space, the honeycomb pattern and variegated tones add a touch of glamour. The custom nail polish holder is a fabulous way to display the endless nail color possibilities – and super easy to make and install!




Through the curtain is where the magic happens!!


One of Jeany’s requests was for a beauty bar. To achieve this look, we found a remnant piece of granite and had it polished and installed over wood corbels. This was super easy and really makes a statement! The display unit was a perfect fit for the window size! Proof that some times the Design God’s are in our favor! This was a genius solution for product display from the outside-in!!


Designer Dish: We got the mirrors at IKEA and spray painted them white!!


A bright pop of color is a must!!



There you have it!! This project is a true example of getting a high end look on a low end budget!! We loved working with Jeany and the girls at Unity Nails and Skincare. What a great team and an honor to help support local small business!!! I hope that 2013 brings all the best!!