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! ;)

Bits of My Workspace

AloeVera-72 Happy Monday, darling friends!

I had an amazing weekend with friends and I'm starting this week with a smile. On Saturday, Courtney invited Roe and me to share a table at her California College of the Arts Spring Fair to sell some of our items and had a delicious dinner at her home afterwards. In between the Fair and dinner, we stopped by Ikea and ran into a few friends (Bruce's girlfriend)! It's moments like these when we're surrounded by loving friends that I feel so happy and thankful. <3

I made a few purchases including the aloe vera plant above. Aloe vera always reminds me of our childhood home where we had a few plants lined up outside the backyard windows. Anytime my sisters or I would get cuts or bruises, my mom would break off a piece, peel it, and bandaid it on. I grew up thinking it was a magical plant that fixed everything! If only, right? ;) Now that I have a son who often gets cuts and bruises, I'll have a natural healer right at my fingertips. That is, if I don't kill it.

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Another purchase from Ikea was a Snille office chair. They fit my body perfectly. It's not my ideal office chair, but Brandon and I figured we could get something that's comfortable enough for now until we save up to buy a better one. I was using the dining chairs before this and it would kill my back everyday because there was no support. So far, I'm loving my Snille. :) I did have a hard time choosing between the hot pink and the white. But I chose white because I figured I could just put a pink cushion if I wanted to add color... Or maybe paint a pattern in pink? We shall see!

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The fair had so many amazing handmade items from CCA students but when I saw they had a glass sale, I knew I was going to go home with something. My love for white ceramics and glassware is... ridiculous. Ridiculous because I have no place to put all my purchases but I just can't say no. Anyway, Courtney took me to the glass workshop and she found this penguin looking vase and I knew this was it. Oh, but if I could, I would've bought a lot more than this! There was also this super cute floral cart by Vivian Truong, who makes felt flowers. I really wanted some but I needed time to think about which ones I'd want so I just took her business card. :) You can check out her Etsy shop, The Fiber Florist. They are just as beautiful in person as they are in the photos.

And since I'm already sharing a few photos of my workspace, I thought I'd add a few more...

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Boxes and baskets... and more boxes behind these which is why I'm not ready to share the entire office. ;)

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YouTube taught me how to crochet granny squares. I'm determined to make a blanket. I'll share more photos and links to videos when I'm closer to finishing or when I'm done with it. (Don't hold your breath though, it might take a few months.)

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And one of my favorite groupings of my white ceramic collection. This makes me smile. Everyday. :)

What makes you smile on the daily? Do you like your workspace? Do you have an addiction to white ceramics or glass too?

Lots of Smiles, Akiyo