Quick & Inexpensive Updates

At this time of year I am always looking for fast decor fixes before the holiday crush starts and my money is earmarked for gifts and entertaining. I found these items on recent Ikea visit: they add a little décor lift and won’t empty out the Christmas coffer.

This super fun and colourful steel number has an almost futuristic vibe. It will lend a playful energy to your kitchen and it’s much more interesting to look at than your standard wood bowl.

This clamping spotlight is a very cool mix of modern and industrial. The matte white shade perfectly contrasts the metal accents, and the light itself is really versatile, so it can adjust it to suit your needs.


Get the kiddies started early on their appreciation of good design. This simple wood stool is just the right height for a proper dining table, but because it’s simple and black, it doesn’t scream “childrens’ furniture!”.

Who doesn’t love a good woven basket? This striped one has a cute nautical look to it. It’s also big enough to store a load of toys, laundry or fresh towels.

Photo credits:
1-4. Ikea

Stacey Smithers