IKEA’s Jassa Collection: A Colorful Bazaar

Ikea's latest collection, the Jassa collection, is fantastic. It's colorful, earthy, and bohemian. With all of its punch, it reminds me of a bazaar. Ikea's latest collection, the Jassa collection, is fantastic. It's colorful, earthy, and bohemian. With all of its punch, it reminds me of a bazaar.

As you all know, Ikea is one of my stylist’s secrets. It’s a great place to find funky, affordable, and chic items for your home and beyond. I’ve even been known to use Ikea items for photoshoots from time to time.

Ikea’s latest collection, the Jassa collection, is fantastic. It’s colorful, earthy, and bohemian. With all of its punch, it reminds me of a bazaar. It just screams outdoor entertaining and summer style.

Ikea's latest collection, the Jassa collection, is fantastic. It's colorful, earthy, and bohemian. With all of its punch, it reminds me of a bazaar. Ikea's latest collection, the Jassa collection, is fantastic. It's colorful, earthy, and bohemian. With all of its punch, it reminds me of a bazaar. Ikea's latest collection, the Jassa collection, is fantastic. It's colorful, earthy, and bohemian. With all of its punch, it reminds me of a bazaar.

The textiles are bold, and the furniture is so fun. It’s just a little bit vintage, but full of modernity. I just love it all.

Toss the oversized pillows on the floor for additional cozy seating, grab a large basket or two to hold blankets or beach towels around the pool, or plan an dinner party around the royal blue splattered serving wear. Most of all, plan some springtime fun!

xx Annette

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Ikea Vardagen Series:: Tradition meets Function

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As I’ve shared with you before, Ikea is always one of my go-to shopping destinations when sourcing props for styled shoots, workshops, and my own home. Just recently, Ikea released their latest collection, the VARDAGEN series, and I’m smitten.

This collection would be a great basis for any home because of the earthy tones, traditional shapes, and functional capabilities. It would be especially good for anyone you know who is starting their first home (i.e. new college grads and newlyweds), or anyone considering a kitchen overhaul on a budget. Even if you’re not on a budget I love these pieces because they work. In my own home I love the idea of high low. Just like you would put on an H&M blazer with Prada shoes. If it’s good design it’s good design no matter what the price point.

Inspired by traditional kitchenware, the Ikea VARDAGEN series was designed after traditional, sturdy kitchen knives. You’ll recognize their shape immediately, too.  The modest designs mean these knives can blend with current kitchen equipment and be used for years to come.

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Of course, as a photo stylist, I’m always looking for exquisite containers and linens for my photos. I would be remiss not to mention the VARDAGEN series table linens and glassware. The VARDAGEN jars would be great on your kitchen countertops. Fill the small one with salt or other spice and the larger one with cookies or even your kitchen utensils. I also love using jars like this in unexpected rooms like the laundry room.

As far as linens, you can never have too many neutral linens for entertaining.

Add these to your party pantry.

It’s all about elegant basics and this collection is just that.

What are you loving from the new VARDAGEN series?

Any good ideas for incorporating these items in your own home?

Please share them with me in the comments, I would love to hear from you creative darlings… xx

Photo credit: IKEA

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Make your holiday home beautiful with Ikea winter holidays

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Decorating for the holidays at IKEA means pretty and on trend decor. Since IKEA does not break the bank, you can change it up every year, add to your classics, and decorate all the rooms in your home.

I am obsessed with these whimsical garlands. They also work perfectly draped down a table for parties, or suspended over your party table. Think creatively when shopping for holiday decor.

I love using wrapping paper for table runners and every year IKEA comes out with the prettiest collection. As you know, I am a slave to great wrapping paper, tags, ribbon, and decorative tape.

I use some sort of IKEA holiday wrap all year long; the modern Scandinavian designs are always so delicious.

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If you crave something more traditional,  the traditional wrapping paper with Scandinavian influences are equally delightful. Red is laced throughout the collection along with classic patterns like evergreen trees and garland prints. IKEA offers a decorative array of holiday products that will inspire you. Ring in the holidays with style and affordable decor. Happy Holidays and let the decorating and wrapping begin. xx

photos courtesy of IKEA

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Entertaining with Ikea for the Holidays

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Ikea Sometimes holiday entertaining can feel stressful. The holiday season is hectic. All we want to do is spend some time with family and friends celebrating, but the idea of putting together a gathering can seem a little daunting. In my book Picture Perfect Parties, I teach you how to produce your own gatherings like a pro. By being prepared, organized, and thinking ahead, you can make party planning an easy and creative endeavor.

My friends at IKEA always have a great assortment of “Party Pantry” essentials making entertaining with IKEA easy. It’s one of my favorite go to places to prop shop and to stock my own “Party Pantry.” Basic yet festive is the key in putting together a fantastic assortment for your collection.

Check out these beautiful flutes; gathering them on a tray would be beautiful. Add a sprig of rosemary to some sparkling Rose with a few pomegranate seeds, and you have an instant holiday cocktail. Next, place a warm round of Brie cheese with french bread and fig spread on an IKEA sparkly tray, and you have a party just like that. Remember parties do not have to be complicated if you have the right essentials like flutes and trays.

Head over to IKEA and stock up for your holiday gatherings. Think ahead and parties will be a snap.

xx, Annette

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Creativity with Cooking:: Ikea Hemsmak Collection

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It’s no secret that I love Ikea. From their paper shop to their kitchens, I am a huge fan and shop there frequently for shoots as well as my own home. I love the shop’s Swedish roots and the fact that they really challenge themselves to bring even better items to the shelves time and time again. Most recently, they’ve blown me away with their Hemsmak Collection; a collection of beautiful jars, bottles, and containers.

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Ikea says that this collection was inspired by people using the resources around them. As home herb gardens become more prevalent and more and more people choose to can their own veggies and make their own jellies and jams, I can see this limited edition collection being a huge hit.There’s just something to be said for using your own garden to create a beautiful meal for friends and loved ones, and Ikea’s Hemsmak items will help you do this and so much more. I especially love their pickling jars because jars are just so versatile in the styling world (see my favorite uses for jars here).  I also have visions of adorable prop styling with their tin buckets and containers.

Head to your local Ikea now or find this collection on their site. I know you’ll find something you can’t live without, and let me know when you do.

xx, Annette

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