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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:


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)


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


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….!



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.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.


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