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3 PRETTY IKEA DUKTIG HACKS

I’m often asked for creative gift ideas and I absolutely love the process of finding that perfect item, it’s the perfect way to indulge my shopping habit without spending any money (and I still get that warm and fuzzy feeling when I hear how much they loved my choice!).

When it comes to kids, I’m all about the pretty but practical.  I’ll always suggest wooden toys and playsets which will withstand a good battering and still look good, especially for mums who are trying to keep at least a semblance of grown-up design in their home!

Loads of my friends swear by Ikea’s DUKTIG play kitchen, so when a friend asked me for some ideas for her soon-to-be-four-year-old daughter this immediately made it on to the list.  It’s pretty solid construction, but fairly basic in style, just white and natural   At £65 it’s pretty reasonably priced (especially when compared to other play kitchens available) and leaves a few pennies to do what we all love most about Ikea products – the hack!

There are so many pretty Ikea DUKTIG hacks, so whether your home is Scandi-cool, country casual, or contemporary and colourful you’re bound to find something to suit your style:

PRETTY PASTELS

Obviously these pretty designs fill my pastel-loving heart with joy! This style would make a cute addition to a little girl’s room or playroom, but I’m not sure I could resist re-styling the rest of the room too! I adore the colour choices and fun wallpaper which add a fun pop of colour.

Ikea DIKTIG Play Kitchen (£65) | Rust-oleum Furniture Paint 25ml (£4.95) | Next Pastel Geo Wallpaper (£20) | B&Q Metallic Spray Paint 150ml (£3.95)

MODERN MONOCHROME

If you have boys and girls (or just boys!), a gender-neutral hack will be enough to encourage the most boisterous to fix you a cuppa.  I love the addition of chalkboard paint to the doors and the chic monochrome styling, especially those chunky handles which are perfect for little hands!

Ikea DIKTIG Play Kitchen (£65) |  B&Q Chalkboard Spray Paint (£6.94) | DIY Drawer Pulls via Apartment Therapy

GROWN-UP GLAMOUR

Ikea DIKTIG Play Kitchen (£65) | WhiteTimber Effect Adhesive Vinyl (£5) | Rust-oleum Furniture Paint 25ml (£4.95) | B&Q Copper Spray Paint (£6.87)

In smaller homes, chances are your little one’s toys are (proudly?!) on display all over your house, so a stylish set that matches your home decor is a parent-friendly choice.  I while I love the elegant grey and copper fittings, the addition of a metro tile splashback and wood-effect worktop, which makes this kitchen just like mama’s!

If only my kitchen was as pretty….!

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Louise

After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

You’ll also find me working as an Editorial Stylist, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as contributing as a founding member of bridal inspiration hub Aisle Society, and running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive from our super pretty base in London. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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