Tips to Make Entertaining at Home Easy with IKEA

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The most recent challenge posed by IKEA was for me to revamp my living space with some of their products. As CNY was around the corner, I wanted my living area to be more conducive for hosting guests.

I’m someone who likes minimalism, so the fewer things, the better. I also pay attention to detail and functionality. Since my space is not huge, I try to keep it light and airy.

As you can tell from the pictures, my living space harbours a monochromatic theme — generally lacking colour except for some wooden accents and green plants. We also transformed one side of the wall into a mirror to create the illusion of more space.

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Picked out these lovely geometric printed pillows (STOCKHOLM; $29.90, 55x55cm each) that adds a nice contrast to my black couch. They make the seating more comfortable for guests too. The wooden bowl (BLANDA MATT; $15.90) on the coffee table is great for serving light snacks and fruit.

I love food and entertaining so I invest the most in my kitchen and dining area. Needless to say, my favourite part of the kitchen is the island table that is perfect for me to make pastries, do food photography and host my guests.

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I snapped up a few pieces of tableware as well. My favourite buy has to be the round plates (used to serve the cookies in the pictures below)! They are part of the STOCKHOLM collection which explains why, at $29.90 for a set of two, it costs considerably more than the usual collection. However, it’s a small price to pay for its timeless design and fantastic quality. Its beautiful design will command praises from your guests!

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Round serving plates, dinner plates, wooden bowl, tea strainer, table cloth and Lazy Susan are all from IKEA.

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I have been into small potted plants lately and these succulents ($2.90) are perfect. They also add some colour to my otherwise monochromatic space. The 70% dark chocolate (CHOKLAD MÖRK) and cookies (KAKOR ÄPPLE & SINGOALLA) are from IKEA and they are really delicious too!

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I also purchased a set of outdoor acacia table and chairs (TARNO; $59.90 for two chairs and a table) for the balcony area. They are foldable, making it very convenient for storage. I placed the artificial potted plant (FEKJA; $3.90) into a galvanised plant pot (SOCKER; $1.90) that is protected against corrosion and also adds a nice contrast to the plant. Now my guests can lounge comfortably at the balcony for some fresh air.

Thank you IKEA for the gift card so that I could transform my living space. Now I’m looking forward to hosting more guests!

Note: Prices are in $SGD and are accurate as of 20 Feb 2015.

This is a sponsored post by IKEA.