Ikea Family Live Magazine

Akiyo in Ikea Family Live Magazine This week has been amazing! I first shared about My Dear Darling now being available over at Gifts.com Shop, then my Meet the Artist interview, and today I'm ecstatic to share my Ikea Family Live Magazine feature! :D Hello, to all my new visitors!

I am no interior designer (clearly) but I do love our ever changing home. Here are a few more peeks:

My Dear Darling Workspace

My Dear Darling Workspace

My Dear Darling Living Room

My Dear Darling Living Room

My Dear Darling Bruce's Room

My Dear Darling Bruce's Room

My Dear Darling Bruce's Room

My Dear Darling Bruce's Room

You can see more on Ikea Family Live Magazine.

Do you love your Ikea furniture too or have an obsession with white ceramic things like me? ;) Many of our Ikea pieces have moved with us over the past 3 years and they've all held up well, which is why we keep going back. What's your reason?

A huge thank you to Helen, Brandon, Bruce, & Soyary!

Lots of Smiles, Akiyo

P.S. A few major changes were made earlier this year (like replacing Bruce's crib with a big boy bed!) so I'm hoping to share updates next month! ;)

New Bookshelf

Grey Bookshelf Happy Monday! :D

I had been eyeing this piece for a month at our local antique shop and we brought it home this weekend! It's my first antique shop piece and I love it for all it's imperfections and details.

Grey Bookshelf

Grey Bookshelf

I'm hoping to paint it down the road so it will blend in better with the rest of our home but right now, I'm enjoying our little bookcase as is.

Grey Bookshelf

Do you remember Bruce's book basket? It's been overflowing with books! Whenever there's free books donated to his preschool, he's the first to pick one up to take home. It becomes his daily read until the next time he spots one in the box. :) His collection continues to grow and this little bookshelf will be the perfect home for his favorites. His current favorite book is Dr. Seuss' One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. He asks me to read the "yell, yell, yell" rhyme at least 3 times when we read through the book. Haha, I wonder why.

I'll be placing more books after I start organizing but I think some of my penguins are quite happy with a new spot to hang. ;)


And I had to note my beautiful orchids that have survived a month with my black thumb! They just keep blooming so it's been rewarding watering it every other day. (Thank you, Chi-mama & mom!)

Did you add anything new to your home this weekend? What's your favorite children's book? Or do you have any tips for me about taking care of orchids? I'd love for them to last a lot longer than my last two orchids!

Have a wonderful Monday!

Lots of Smiles, Akiyo

Living Room & Bedroom

Sofa2-72Welcome to our living room / bedroom! Well, it's one side of it but we're not ready to share the crazy busy office side of it yet. ;) Like the rest of our place, it's a work-in-progress but it's a good start, no?


Everything in our home except the sofa bed is what we already owned before the move. We're trying not to spend much until we know what we want and know what would work for us and our new place. Since our old bed was too big and because the room was going to be used for multiple purposes, we decided to forgo the traditional bed and look for other options. We did a ton of research and considered many different solutions but we stumbled upon this beauty, tried it out, and bought it at a huge discount since it was a floor model! :D Not only was it the perfect color, style, and size, but it fit our tiny budget. It was meant to be! The back of the sofa can be brought down to create an even surface for the bed. (Does this make sense? I'm very bad at describing things.) As far as comfort, it's very comfy as a sofa and if you're sleeping on the seat portion. The back part is a bit more stiff so Brandon and I switch off once in a while.


Our nightstand doubles as an entryway catchall and offers a lot of storage to hideaway a lot of clutter. (Don't mind Bruce's folding chair under the sofa.)



The weekend before we worked on Bruce's room, we hung up the picture ledge above the sofa bed. At first, I debated whether or not to hang anything on the clean white walls but the boxes and boxes of picture frames and tchotchkes were haunting me (and taking up space) so we decided to put them up. I'm happy we did since it made it feel more like home. Our home.

In case you're planning to use a picture ledge with Ikea ledges, it's a good idea to hang the bigger frames directly on the wall because they will fall very easily. Not only do we live in a state with frequent earthquakes, but this wall has a staircase running behind it, an entryway door on the left, and continues down to our downstairs neighbors who tend to slam their door. So it shakes quite often and we didn't want to risk anything falling on us. I haven't secured the little other things, but if you want to be extra safe, you could use sticky dots for light objects. I've only had the mini penguin fall once but I think it was just because he was sneaking around the house when we weren't looking. ;)


I was so happy to find my Pingu and Pinga cups after this move! I don't think I had a chance to unpack them after moving to our condo. They remind me of the good times I had when I was a kid visiting my relatives in Japan... and they're penguins!


And this guy loves photo bombing so I had to add him in. ;)


If you spot the changes in the background decor, it's because I had to take photos another day when Brucie wasn't able to sneak up on me. Hehe.


I'm dying to change out the pillow covers! I want to add some pink and was thinking of making pillow covers out of this curtain. Do you think it'd be a waste to cut them up to sew pillow covers out of it? I love them and was hoping to use them, but none of our curtains are long enough to cover the sliding doors without having to take down the blinds. Is it crazy that we want to put the curtains above the blinds? I think so. So maybe we won't be adding window treatments in this room. Haha! We're also on the lookout for a storage solution for our bedding. We're currently using a wicker basket but it's much too small that the duvet spills out of it. Any suggestions? I'd love to hear!

Well, that's one part of our living room / bedroom! Maybe if I'm feeling brave enough, I can share the office side next week. Maybe. ;) Have a wonderful Monday!

Lots of Smiles, Akiyo