Ikea Sofas Review Sharing My Thoughts on the Karlstad & Nockeby Sofa

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After having our Ikea sofas for 1.5 and 2.5 years, I thought it was time to do a (very informal) review of them for all who are curious what we think and how well they’ve held up! We chose Ikea sofas due largely in part to all the great reviews I read on other home blogs, so I hope this is helpful if you’re considering an Ikea sofa!

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Karlstad Sofa

We have two different sofas (and one arm chair) from Ikea, and that’s because we really love the quality/price ratio they offer, as well as the styles! Our most recent purchase was this Karlstad sofa. At just $400, it’s one of the more affordable options that Ikea offers, while still being a beautiful sofa. You may notice that we switched out the legs… we just picked up an extra set of Stocksund legs and screwed those in rather than the blocky legs that normally come with the Karlstad. I think this really helped elevate the look of the entire sofa.

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The fabric on this sofa seems to be super sturdy, and although we haven’t spilled on it yet, it seems like it would clean up really well. It’s pretty tight knit and seems like it repels liquids. Plus, the whole things is slipcovered, so you can remove all of the fabric and throw it in the wash! I’m banking on that for when we have kids. It’s a pretty light gray, which goes perfectly with our decor, and we get compliments on the comfort of it frequently. It’s definitely not a lounging sofa, but it makes for the perfect sitting sofa, if that makes sense.

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I love how modern it looks, but also classic with the legs we put on it. And the neutral color works perfectly for switching out the pillows and throw for a different look!

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Stocksund Armchair

Although it technically isn’t a sofa, I thought I should mention the Stocksund armchair we have as well. I wanted a deep comfortable chair, and this is it! I love that I can curl up on this chair to read a good book, and it has the same slip-covered nature that will allow us to wash the fabric if need be.

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Nockeby Sofa

The second Ikea sofa we have is the Nockeby sofa. We’ve had this one longer—about 2.5 years. It is the perfect lounging sofa! This sofa easily fits four people, and because of it’s larger structure, I think it was around $700 when we purchased it. This was our first real furniture purchase in our marriage, and we’ve never regretted it!

The cushions are all removable, so it’s easy to keep fluffed, the fabric is super indestructible, and it’s so deep that it’s perfect for cuddling or splaying out while you binge Netflix. We find that having a lumbar pillow behind your back creates the optimal TV-viewing comfort with this sofa, and it really is a great piece!

So if you were to ask if I’d recommend Ikea sofas, I would heartily say yes, 5 out of 5 stars! I really don’t think you can beat the price/quality/style ratio of Ikea’s sofas. And with a bit of styling (see below), they can look so much more high-end! So if you’ve been on the fence… do it! Plus, who doesn’t love a trip to Ikea?! 😉

Bonus: 3 Tips for Styling Your Sofa

Here’s my recipe for a beautifully styled (and comfortable!) sofa:

1. Variety of Pillows
Having an assortment of throw pillows on your sofa is always a good idea. Not only do they add pattern, color, and texture, they also add coziness and comfort. Depending on your sofa and pillow sizes, as well as how often the sofa is used, one to five pillows should suffice.

2. Cozy Throws
A comfy throw (or three!) is a must for any sofa, especially here in Minnesota! To ensure comfort for guests, have a beautiful and warm throw within reach. Throws are another great way to introduce new colors and patterns to your styling. When you sign up for my newsletteryou’ll get my free guide to mixing patterns!

3. Side & Coffee Tables
Consider what’s surrounding your sofa. Providing side tables with adequate lighting and a place to sit a drink will make your space much cozier and functional. Coffee tables should generally be two-thirds the length of your sofa and the same height as the cushions (or 1–2 inches lower).

Remember—these are simply guidelines. Feel free to break the rules here and there, and let your own unique style shine through your sofa!

Interior Inspiration: Open Shelving An Ode to One of My Favorite Design Elements

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By now I’m sure you all know how much of a fan I am of open shelving, after adding a whole wall to our kitchen (above). I love how it adds endless opportunities for styling, extra storage, and depth to what can otherwise be very flat walls. I love that it works in practically any room of the home. I love that it can be DIY-friendly, affordable, and a relatively short and easy project. I love that it can work with virtually any style. Thank you, open shelving, for being my best friend. 😉

So today I want to share some inspiration with you for different ways you can incorporate open shelving into your home! We’re going to look at open shelving in the kitchen, the bathroom, and elsewhere in the home.

In the Kitchen

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Open shelving works in the kitchen for SO. MANY. REASONS. Shelves can help a kitchen feel more open and airy than cabinets, and can easily mix with cabinets if you want a bit of both (which is what I would suggest). If you plan to display your dishes on open shelves, plan to have a limited color palate, or even choose one color to keep things extra cohesive.

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Creating a coffee bar is a creative way to incorporate some open shelves if you aren’t wanting to display all your dishes on shelving. Just pick one little area to install some shelves above a buffet, small area of counter, or cart. Then go to town with mugs and coffee accessories!

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Another great way to incorporate shelves into your kitchen is by creating an open-air pantry. This is a wonderful solution for people who don’t have pantry space built into their kitchen. By putting some of your essentials into matching jars and baskets, you can have them on display and handy for baking and cooking needs.

In the Bathroom

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Open shelves in the bathroom are a great way to keep these often small spaces feeling larger and more open. You can install shelves above your toilet to store extra TP, baskets of necessities, or extra toiletries.

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Open shelves above a counter in a bathroom provides lots of storage, but keeps things in sight for a guest bathroom. Providing essentials and towels for guests is far easier when they know exactly where to find them!

Elsewhere in the Home

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Lastly, open shelving can work great in many other areas of the home. In a laundry room they can both provide extra storage, as well as a space to show off art or other decor to help spice up the room.

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Open shelves can also work wonders in bedrooms, especially nurseries or children’s bedrooms. They provide great storage for books, toys, and decor.

So moral of the story?! Go nuts with open shelving! You might be surprised by how much it improves a room in your home… whether it makes it more spacious and airy because you’re removing cabinets or it adds more storage and function. And then please, let me know how it went!

How to have a life-giving home this year 5 New Years' resolutions for your home

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Now that we’re a couple days into the new year, I’m sure many of us have thought through some resolutions or goals. But have you thought about any resolutions for your home? Here are five to get you started.

1. Choose Gratitude

Gratitude makes what we have enough. When we choose to have an attitude of thanksgiving for our home, we will be able to appreciate what we have. Choosing gratitude for your home is as simple as creating a list of all the things you are grateful for, sharing what  your love about your home with others, or thanking God for the home He has given you.

2. Fill your home with things you love

There’s a time and place for trends, but ultimately, your home should be filled with things that you love. Filling your home with little things that make you happy, such as photos, special memories, and mementos will help you create a life-giving home.

3. Fill your home with people you love

Practicing hospitality will make you fall more in love with your home, because it will be filled with people you love. When you gather friends and family in your home, even if it isn’t the “perfect” space, you will see it through new eyes. It will become a space where lives are shared and love is felt, and what’s more life-giving than that?

4. Make your home Christ-centered

When you commit to having a Christ-centered home, your home will instantly take on more meaning than a simple dwelling place for your family.

5. Show your home some love

Whether that means organizing your home, coming up with a cleaning/tidying schedule, creating a home manifesto, repairing something that’s broken, discovering your style, or calling in a professional to help you decorate a space, your home will feel much more life-giving if you give it some life!

What are your home resolutions for the new year? Share them below!

P.S. Here are my top 5 blog posts from 2017!

Some Mysa Housekeeping Updates & Happenings

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Happy Christmas week! I wanted to pop on here quickly to fill you all in on some fun Mysa happenings. If you get my weekly newsletter or follow my Facebook page, then you’re probably already aware of most of this, but I realize that some of you are solely faithful blog readers, so I wanted to make sure you were in the loop too!

Christmas Promo

There are just a few more days to take advantage of my annual Christmas promo! Through Christmas Eve, you can purchase a mini consult for just $35 or get 20% off three hours or more of my services. See more info and book here!

The Cultivated Home Facebook Group

I recently created a private group on Facebook for Christian women who want to serve and honor God with their homes. If you long for your home to be more than a refuge for your family, but also a safe haven for the hurting world, this is the place for you. If you desire to learn more about Biblical hospitality, living on mission in your home, and finding contentment and joy with the home you have, this is the place for you. There are currently over 50 women who are excited about this vision, and if you’re one of them, request to join here.

Home Feature on Style Mutt Home

Last week I had the honor of sharing my home on a favorite home style blog, Style Mutt Home! Check out the post to see updated photos of my blended style in our home! My awesome sister-in-law, Lana, captured our home beautifully, and I love getting to talk about design decisions, style, and more!

Merry Christmas, friends! I am continually so grateful for this space to share my home and life with you all, and wish you all a very happy holiday season!

So You’re Looking for Dining Chairs 28 Affordable Dining Chairs

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I’m always keeping my eyes open for good (and affordable!) dining chairs. We currently have a mish-mash of chairs from thrift stores and Ikea around our dining table, and while it was definitely the most affordable option a couple years ago, I do yearn for the day when we have a bona-fide dining chair set.

Dining chairs are tricky things to shop for. You have to take into account the style, color, and material of your table. You have to decide if you want a hard or soft surface. Whether or not you have children will definitely impact what kind of dining chair you look at, as well as factors like your space and budget. All of these things make dining chair shopping rather tedious, so I’m hoping I can help you with that first step of sourcing some good options.

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So today I’ve created a round-up of some of my favorite (and as always, affordable) dining chair options! There are seriously so many styles in here that I love, and I know I’ll be coming back to this post for myself when we finally decide to pull the trigger on getting a set of chairs of our own.

I hope this round-up is helpful for you, and remember, I use affiliate links, which means that you get the benefit of my hard work scouring the internet for the best of the best, while I get a small kick-back. Happy shopping!

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Why My Home is (More Than) Enough And Yours Probably is Too

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My home is enough.

It may seem small, or old, or outdated to some. Yeah sure, the floors need refinishing, the bathrooms and kitchen could use some updating, and we don’t have air conditioning. The bedrooms are tiny, there’s only one shower/tub, I don’t have an island in my kitchen, and the sidewalk outside is cracking. The trim isn’t white, half of the basement is unfinished, the appliances are on the old side, and the windows aren’t air-tight. We could use a new front door, a new garage door, new light fixtures in the bedrooms, and a carpet runner down the stairs.

But my home is enough.

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It’s the biggest home we’ve lived in. There are two more bedrooms than we currently need and use. It has new tile in the kitchen, new carpet in the basement, newly painted walls, new light fixtures in all the living spaces, and new shelves in the kitchen. We have a dining room large enough for a giant table. There’s a bathroom attached to the master bedroom. We enjoy a walk-in pantry, a covered porch, a huge shed out back, and tons of built-in storage.

My home is more than enough, because, materially speaking, it’s far more than what most have. It’s warm and dry and spacious and beautiful, and those are all things to be so incredibly grateful for.

But even if it didn’t have all of that, my home would still be enough.

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That tiny bedroom is where I get a good’s night sleep, and the outdated kitchen is where I nourish my body with food. The scratched up floors are where I sit when I’m beating my husband in card games. The non-white trim surrounds us as we laugh around the table with old and new friends. That half-finished basement is where I binge watch Downton Abbey and Stranger Things.

This imperfect space is where I return after a long day of work and where I prefer to spend any evening. This home of ours, it’s where I read and journal and pray and connect with God. It’s where I learn and grow and discover. It’s where I become more of who I’m created to be.

My home is more than enough, because it’s where my one precious life is lived. Is yours?

My 5 Favorite Places to Shop for Home Goods The Best Spots to Find Affordable Furniture & Decor for Your Home

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I’m often asked what my favorite stores to shop for home goods are. So I thought I would share my top five stores to purchase home goods from, whether I’m looking for rugs or furniture, candles or photo frames. And keep in mind, I’m not sharing my top five stores for daydreaming or inspiration; these are the real-life places that I buy 99% of my home goods from (because let’s be real, Anthro & Room & Board would definitely be on this list if it was the former). 😉

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Target

Ahhh, good ol’ Target. I really can’t resist their home section, especially when things are on clearance. With their recent releases of Project 62 and Hearth & Hand, they’ve been hitting it out of the ballpark with their home goods lately. Target is probably my favorite spot for throw pillows and other random odds and ends since many of my purchases there end up being impulse buys. 🙂

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Ikea

We’ve gotten quite a few larger pieces from Ikea, such as our two sofas, an armchair, a couple dining chairs, shelves, and a rug. You really can’t beat their price to quality ratio. Since we live about 30 minutes away from Ikea, it’s usually a special trip, so I make sure I’ve perused online and have an idea of what I want to get. Ikea is great for some of your more basic pieces.

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Home Goods

Home Goods is an incredible source for all the decor accessories you could ever want! I often shop their frames, candles, faux plants, and accessories for the kitchen. They also have some great furniture if you’re looking for something that’s cheap and trendy (but might not necessarily last for years).

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Thrift Shops

A large percentage of my furniture and accessories have come from thrift shops. I love purchasing art, mirrors, styling accessories, lighting, and hard furniture like end tables from thrift shops, since those things can be expensive. If you live in the Twin Cities area, one of my favorite thrift shops is the Salvation Army on 4th St in the North Loop. The basement has mainly new Target products, and has a whole room of new furniture, rugs, lighting, and more! It’s a gold mine. You can read more of my best thrifting tips here.

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Online

When all else fails, look to the internet! I have gotten a few really great things from online stores that I wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else, including our two large area rugs and our extra-long curtain rod. Amazon, Rugs USA, and Overstock are all great places to check for home decor.

I hope that’s this is helpful to you! You don’t have to have a huge budget to have a beautiful home. By mixing high and low pieces, new and vintage, and what you have with a few new things, you can create a space that you love and works well for your family. Happy shopping!

5 Unique Christmas Gift Ideas Thoughtful Gifts for Every Person on Your List

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With Thanksgiving being TOMORROW (yayyy turkey day!), Christmas is right around the corner! And although there are those of us who love the challenge of coming up with gift ideas for all our friends and family, there are others of us whose hands get sweaty just thinking about it. This post is for the latter group.

I happen to be in the group who gets giddy about present-giving, so I wanted to share with you five unique ideas for Christmas gifts this year. Some of them are more conventional than others, but they’re all thoughtful and would work well for different people on your list.

Give Homemade

There are tons of awesome DIYs out there that range from super basic-beginner to expert crafter. Why not choose one that suits your level of expertise and give some homemade gifts this year? I love these 13 ideas for hand printing… most of them are right around my DIY level—low skill, low patience! 😉

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Give Education

For the constant learner and discover-er in your life, why not get them the gift of education? Whether it’s a class from Groupon, a subscription to a magazine that interests them or a how-to book (may I suggest How to Discover Your Style & Create a Cohesive Home*?), they will thank you for helping them learn and grow. (*My guidebook is 25% today through next Monday for Thanksgiving/Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday, so grab your copy now for just $8.95!)

Give Cozy Home Goods

Cozy home goods may not be exactly the most unique gift idea, but they’ll definitely be a winner! Whether the recipient is cuddled under a throw, making a pot of soup in the kitchen, or smelling a candle, they will certainly think of you with fondness as they get to enjoy their practical (and beautiful!) gift!

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Give Experiences

Giving experiences is a great way to fight consumerism and clutter while making memories instead! The experience could be tickets to a concert, museum or zoo, a coupon for a meal or date with you, enjoying an activity together (like a shopping trip or puzzle room, or gifting a service. Consider purchasing an hour or two of consulting or home styling for your wife, mother, sister, or friend this holiday season! I had multiple people purchase my services last year, and their recipients really appreciated their gifts! Check out what one wife said about her Christmas present:

“Heather from Mysa Home Styling was so fun to work with in my home! My husband took advantage of a promotion she did over the holiday season and bought me a styling package. I loved receiving it– home styling with Mysa is like a spa day for your home! 🙂 Heather came in and helped me put up and rearrange decor in our new house and involved me and my style in the process. She was very flexible and modified her service to fit my wants and needs. I would gladly recommend her to anyone, of any budget, who wants help making their home comfortable, beautiful, and welcoming!”—Laura

Keep your eyes peeled for a few Christmas deals I’ll be rolling out around the first week of December! I’ll be giving a discount on some of my consulting and styling services, as well as introducing a brand new service perfect for gifting for the holidays!

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Give Words

If you’ve decided not to exchange gifts with monetary value this year, then giving your words this Christmas season may be the way to go. Write a letter sharing how you feel about someone, what you appreciate about them, and how you see them growing and succeeding. Or create a piece of art or a homemade card that shares your sentiments. Words can carry a lot of weight and power, and will last longer than any material gift.

How do you plan to give this Holiday season?

Minimal Advent Calendar DIYs That Double as Decor 3 Ideas for Celebrating the Advent Season in Style

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With Advent right around the corner (only 2.5 weeks away!), I’ve been on the look-out for some Advent Calendar DIYs that can double as decor… because killing two birds with one stone is totally my jam. I’ve found three that are especially cute, and would work in pretty much any aesthetic, with just some switching out of colors and materials (although I think they’re all so lovely as is!).

The above paper bag idea from Rue Magazine is so simple, yet would definitely make a statement and would be hard to forget to actually use. (I’m often guilty of forgetting to utilize our smaller Advent calendar!) This one would be so customizable, as you could use different colored bags or fonts and colors for the numbers, and could dress it up as you like with greenery and garlands.

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I love this adorable craft stick advent calendar from The Merry Thought! Again, the simplicity is striking, and this one does take up quite a bit less space if you don’t have a large wall to fill. You can write activities, scripture, or whatever you want on the other side of the stick, so it’s still interactive. The bit of greenery that this option will add to your space is juuuust right for more minimalist or smaller spaces.

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This gorgeous embroidery hoop wreath from Lapinblu might be my favorite of the three. Not only do you get a fun Advent calendar out of the deal, but you also end up with a beautiful wreath! I’ve been interested in making an embroidery loop wreath anyway, so this may be the winner for this year! I do prefer Advent calendars that have scripture reading or activities rather than gifts though, so I may try to figure out a way to create a hybrid.

Do you have an Advent calendar? Any fun DIY ideas?

Interior Inspiration: Garlands Examples, DIYS, and 21 Beautiful Garlands for Your Home

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If you’ve noticed garlands popping up everywhere, you aren’t the only one! From wood beads, greenery and macrame, to tissue paper, felt balls, and fabric, garlands of all kinds are showing up in homes. And I’m not mad about it! (In fact I’m very, very happy about it!)

If you’re not as convinced, let me make a case for garlands. They can:

  • add color, texture, and pattern
  • help you celebrate events (hellloooo the easiest party decor ever!)
  • add an extra layer so your home feels collected
  • highlight something in your home (a mantel, piece of art, or window)
  • be draped, hung, wrapped, set—so versatile!
  • help you bring a new material into a room
  • add a feeling of whimsy and can help a space feel more care-free

Convinced? Good. Now feast your eyes.

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How stunning is this macrame beauty?? Imagine this fireplace without it. This space would have far less impact and would be far less cozy.

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And this colorful number definitely brings a whimsy touch to this otherwise very regal room. It also ties together the colors in the room… a great little trick when decorating with garlands!

Then there’s the giant rabbit hole of DIY garlands that you can find on the internet. I especially love this wood bead garland and this paper leaf garland.

But if you’re crunched for time, or just don’t have the patience for or interest in making your own, I’ve got you covered. There are some seriously good choices, guys! They’re affiliate links, which mean we both win, so click away! 😉

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