Waiting for Christmas brings even more joy, when you know that your home is ready to welcome the guests. This is why Jurgita, our hero of this week, decided to renew her living room for the upcoming Christmas, and IKEA interior designer Raimonda was happy to help her. Check the result and browse the IKEA digital catalogue for even more ideas and practical tips.


 
Before: living space vs. storage space
When Jurgita started the renovation at home, the living room and the balcony were not on the priority list and due to the limited budget remained untouched. Eventually, both turned into one large storage room filled with a variety of no longer used items and old furniture that came from other spaces at home. As you can see, the dark room with a bulky sofa-bed and a small table is not the most suitable option for family celebrations.
After: more room for both a host and her guests
Raimonda decided to divide the 16-square-meter room into two areas: she left one side of the room for relaxation and set up a dining table on the other one. The latter will not only serve for family celebrations, but also for writing poems, which is the hobby of Jurgita, or spending time with her younger son. The elder son and his wife, who visit Jurgita on weekends, will also be able to stay here for longer. The GRUNNARP 3-seat sofa-bed is much more comfortable than the old one, so it is suitable not only to sit on while watching TV, but also to accommodate the overnight guests.


“When the space is small, use furniture and items that have more than one function. For example, a sofa-bed with under bed storage can replace a chest of drawers, a storage bench on the balcony might also serve for a coffee table, while the mirrors have a double duty of both decorating the room and making it look bigger.”

Raimonda Ziniūtė, IKEA interior designer
 
Adjustable dining room
To save space in the dining area, Raimonda decided to choose the EKEDALEN extendable table and some additional TERJE folding chairs that can be hung on the wall when not in use. The table provides enough space for four to six or even seven persons when extended. Another convenient solution in the dining area is the NISSAFORS trolley suitable for storing extra tableware at the table or bringing dishes from the kitchen.
Having everything quite near
Raimonda has designed a small sideboard at the dining table to avoid going back and forth to the kitchen during the celebrations or dinner. The combination of BESTÅ wall cabinets with glass doors and lighting makes it easy to reach the needed tableware and protects all items from dust. The BESTÅ cabinets come in a variety of colours and sizes, so you feel free to create the combination that best suits your own needs.
 

 
Light brings the festive mood
Thanks to the white walls and bright furniture, the new living room looks more spacious, while the functional lighting - a floor/reading lamp next to the sofa and a wall lamp above the dining table - provides even more cosiness. The mood lighting also plays an equally important role, so the interior designer hung some lighting chains on the balcony ceiling, and decorated the windows with STRÅLA decorative lamps to make the joy of Christmas come a little bit faster.
 

 
A private spot
Jurgita’s living room is connected to her balcony, so the interior designer made some changes there either. She set up a cosy private corner on the balcony where Jurgita might spend the time sipping coffee or looking for inspiration for her poems. Besides the two ÄPPLARÖ folding chairs, the balcony now features wooden storage furniture with boxes that allow hiding the clutter and simply enjoying the view through the window.


 


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EKEDALEN

extendable table

120/180x80 cm white

169 €

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KNAGGLIG

box

23x31x15 cm

Old Price 6,99

5,99

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ROTERA

lantern for tealight

21 cm white

2,49

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IKEA 365+

mug

9 cm

1,29

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KNAGGLIG

box

46x31x25 cm

9,99

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ODGER

chair

45x51x81 cm white-beige

59,99

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IKEA 365+

coaster

Ø10 cm

1,29 / 2 pack

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BLANDA MATT

serving bowl

9x Ø20 cm

12,99

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MUSKOT

plant pot

14 cm white

2,49

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ROMANTISK

tray

39x52 cm white

7,99

LUGGA

scented block candle

Set beige

4,99 / 3 pack

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GURLI

cushion cover

50x50 cm beige

2,49

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MUSKOT

plant pot

17 cm white

3,49

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SINNESRO

candle dish, set of 3

7,99

GURLI

cushion cover

50x50 cm light pink

2,49

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VARDAGEN

jar with lid

8.5x Ø11.4 cm

1,99

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BLÖTSNÖ

LED lighting chain with 24 lights

black

24,99

LISABO

coffee table

118x50x50 cm

99 €

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STRÅLA

table lamp base

48 cm white

4,99

MÄRIT

table-runner

35x130 cm natural

3,49

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ÄPPLARÖ

chair, outdoor

42x56x86 cm brown stained

30 €

NISSAFORS

trolley

30x83 cm white

29,99

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LASSBYN

mirror

Ø25 cm gold-colour

12,99

ÄPPLARÖ

storage bench, outdoor

80x41x44 cm brown stained

49,99

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TERTIAL

work lamp

white

9,99

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KAVELDUN

throw

130x180 cm off-white-grey

14,99

BITTERGURKA

watering can

30 cm white

10,99

BÖJA

table lamp

40x Ø20 cm

34,99

BRÖNDEN

rug, low pile

170x240 cm beige

279 €

LAUTERS

floor lamp

white

49,99

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VÄNDEROT

cushion

50x50 cm white

14,99




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