In Like With: 20 Favs at IKEA

With the holidays right on our tails, now is a good time to put the finishing touches on your living space, pick up a couple things for entertaining, stock up on hostess gifts or get ready to deck the halls.

IKEA is a great place to hit up for inexpensive extras and essentials. I was there last week and came across some great stuff so I put together these roundups for you broken into groups of 5 Favs.

5 Favs for the Living Room:

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  1. Cozy up a dark corner of your entertaining space with this floor lamp. Hektar Floor Lamp, $69.99
  2. Break up your seating arrangement – to allow for better conversation – with this small arm chair. Ekenaset Chair, $199
  3. Refresh your space with cabin-y pillow covers in this buffalo check fabric. Berta Ruta Fabric, $8.99/yard
  4. Don’t hide your good china or collection of travel clocks. Displaying your favorite things can lead to good conversation. Fabrikor Glass Cabinet, $199
  5. Layer a colorful rug over a well worn space for a strategic pop of color. PS Flatweave Rug, $129

5 Favs for the Kitchen:

Raised by Design - 5 Favs at IKEA Right Now - Kitchen

  1. Set out inexpensive tumblers for guests to make their own cocktails. Pokal Tumblers, $1.49 each
  2. Add sophisticated color to your holiday table with these lucite settings. Dito 20-piece Flatware Set, $14.99
  3. You can use this baby everywhere – in the kitchen for extra storage or as a bar cart at the door. Raskog Kitchen Cart, $49.99
  4. I would prefer to make my gravy in a cute mint green saucepan this year. Kastrull Saucepan with Lid, $19.99
  5. You can never have too many pots this size and shape over the holidays. Trust me. Kastrull Pot with Lid, $24.99

5 Favs for Hostess Gifts:

Raised by Design 5 Favs at IKEA Right Now - Hostess Gifts

  1. These paper napkins are so posh, who needs good linens? Fanigt Paper Napkins, $1.99/pack
  2. Wrap your favorite host in cozy knitted warmth with this chunky throw. Vinter Throw, $29.99
  3. Bring your cookies or hors d’oeuvres on a tray your hostess will want to hang on to. Barbar Tray, $6.99
  4. Good for friends with kids, this design-minded memory game will be a regular on Family Game Night. Bevisa Card Game, $9.99
  5. You can’t go wrong stuffing a cute basket with wine and fruit or bread and cheese – or all four! Gaddis Baskets, $4.99 each

5 Favs for the Holidays:

Raised by Design 5 Favs at IKEA Right Now Holiday Decor

  1. Who wouldn’t feel gay and bright with these guys hanging around?! Vintermys Glass Owl Ornaments, $7.99/2 pack
  2. Upgrade your holiday packaging with these dapper bows. Vintermys Bows, $1.99/4 pack
  3. A classic vintage spire at a 1950’s price, yes please! Vintermys Tree Spire, $1.99
  4. Glam it up this year at the holiday table with this runner. Vinterfint Table Runner, $9.99
  5. Ice for your tree. Enough said. Vintermys Hanging Gems, $3.99/set of 8


Halloween Friday LINKS!

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Happy Halloween! This is a holiday that I enjoy observing from the sidelines – happily handing out candy to little ones and watching cheesy Halloween movies at home. But however you like to celebrate, happy to ya!

This week’s mischief:

Loveyoubye! Maggie

Jo and Joe’s Tribeca High Rise

Today I’m excited to give you a peek at an e-design consult I’m currently working on.

Joanna and Joe are moving into a fabulous high rise apartment in TriBeCa next month and they’re in the process of defining their style as a couple as they merge the contents of their respective bachelor and bachelorette pads. Always a fun exercise.

Joe is a music/tech entrepreneur and Joanna is in finance and active in the NYC theater community. They’re both live music junkies and fell in love shredding fresh powder and building bon fires at a ski house they share with friends in Vermont.

In their Manhattan pad we’re pulling together a palette that will feel cozy in the winter and breezy in the summer. Grays, blues and whites anchor the living room, paired with warming wood surfaces and leaving room to introduce city-chic feminine details and layered masculine textures. 

Here’s the mood board I put together:

Raised by Design - Jo + Joe's Tribeca Highrise - Wintery Palette Mood Board

Our first step was to establish some basics in the space – they needed help putting together their living area starting with a new couch, area rug and end tables. Most of the furniture they’re bringing into the space, including their coffee table, is darkest brown wood so we wanted to lighten things up a bit.

I sent them to shop for couches at Room & Board‘s SoHo showroom, my favorite source for big ‘All Growns Up’ furniture purchases. Everything at R&B is American Made with high quality craftsmanship. Their pieces are gorgeous and it’s a great place to make that first investment purchase for your home. The Jo(e)s ended up going with the super versatile Metro Sofa in a custom L-shape with cement-gray upholstery.


Next we chose an area rug from West Elm – the Andes Wool Rug in Dusty Blue. Rugs are tricky and Joanna was leaning towards a playful chevron pattern but we agreed that chevron is a well-worn trend and she’d be sick of it in a matter of weeks. We settled on this more sophisticated, subtle iteration of a chevron in a wool blend that will stand up to high traffic but still feel soft under bare feet.

WE-andes-dusty-blueWith these anchor pieces locked in our next thing to tackle was end tables. Here’s where things got fun. I try to avoid anything too matchy-matchy or strictly symmetric in my designs – although the eye likes symmetry it can sometimes feel too rigid or bossy.

I think living spaces should make people feel inspired, calmed and comforted. The best way to achieve a relaxed vibe is to establish a balance while maintaining an ‘undone’ or organic feeling.

So to start down that path, I recommended that we go with two different end tables that will bring asymmetry into the space but play well with each other.

Joe and Joanna describe their style is ‘classic’ and didn’t want anything too ‘crazy, art deco or modern’. I turned down the funk and stayed away from anything too artistic, abstract, vintage or bohemian and tried to choose pieces that were simple and clean lined without being boring.

Here are some of the options we’re considering:

Raised by Design - Joanna and Joe's Tribeca Highrise - End Table Roundup

  1. Distressed Metal End Table from Target – $83
  2. Safavieh Wynton Table from Target – $136
  3. Allard End Table from Room & Board – 429
  4. Wicker Drum from Pottery Barn – $149
  5. Eden Table from World Market – $70
  6. Driftwood Side Table from Crate & Barrel – $399
  7. Martini Side Table from West Elm – $119
  8. Oslo End Table from Target – $129
  9. Safavieh Josef Table from Target – $229

The Jo(e)s are leaning towards the Driftwood Table from Crate & Barrel so I’m encouraging them to bring a new material into the mix. I’m loving the balance that a steel or bronze piece would bring into the picture. What do you think?

Loveyoubye! Maggie


Before + After – Painted Blanket Chest

In the bedroom of today’s woman, it’s absolutely, 100%, no bull crap essential to have a place where you can slump your clothes, sit and zip up your moto boots or rest a stack of clean laundry for a week before you finally get around to putting it away. Double bonus points if said place can also store extra blankets or bulky sweaters that don’t fit in your closet.

Ever since we moved into the smaller bedroom I’ve been searching for the right piece to go at the end of our bed. This toy chest from my childhood bedroom fit perfectly, but it needed a little love to go from 80’s nursery life to grown-ass lady bedroom.

Before and After - Raised by Design painted bedroom chest

Sometimes, all you need to pull off a good Before + After is a couple coats of paint, for real. All designers will tell you that paint is their best pal – the quickest (and cheapest) route to big time change.

For this project I used two coats of Benjamin Moore’s Midnight – a deep navy with slate gray undertones. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

Benjamin Moore Midnight

In natural light, it looks more blue but by lamplight it looks almost black. It’s moody and lovely, just like me.

Raised by Design - Before and After - Painted Bedroom Chest

I’m especially happy with the way it makes the colorful art we hung above it pop.

The top work is a 1980 Mary Engelbreit original of three girls that reads “Koki, Muffie, and Bitsy shop for circle pins.” I love this drawing dearly because “Muffie” is my Mom, “Koki” is Mary – my faerie/art godmother – and “Bitsy” is Nicki Dwyer – my actual Godmother. I love these ladies and I love the cherry red frame Mary chose all those years back. This illustration hung right where I had my timeouts growing up. I wonder if Mom did that on purpose so we had to sit and reflect on how cute she was while we were being punished.

The bottom piece is an original masterpiece by my little sister, Mo, from when she was probably four or five years old – elevated to legit abstract art in an IKEA matte and frame. I adore the colors she chose – she had an eye for style even back then.

Raised by Design - Before and After Painted Bedroom Chest

Here’s a view from the door of our bedroom:

Raised by Design - Before and After Painted Bedroom Chest

And here’s a closeup of the dreamy breakfast in bed that I’ve never enjoyed in real life but totally makes the picture feel cozy:

Raised by Design - Before and After Painted Bedroom Chest

And that, my friends, is all there is to it. Paint saves the day. Now you’ll have to excuse me while I eat that piece of apple cake in two bites.

Loveyoubye! Maggie

RBD Notepad: Mainstream vs. Upstream

This edition of Mainstream vs. Upstream hits on a couple of trends that I love and use in my own home.

You can’t go wrong with barn lighting; a classic industrial-chic look that I’ve used in my home for years and probably will for years to come. The pendant over my childhood dinner table was a white barn pendant like the one pictured below. They go with every style of decor and are fairly inexpensive. This trend isn’t going anywhere.

If you’re looking for the next-level iteration of metallic pendants try the copper pendant. I prefer Tom Dixon’s rendition with its super sleek shape and high shine finish.

Kilim rugs are flat weave Persian rugs that were traditionally used for prayer but made their way into American households as furnishings in the 1960’s. Today they’re a super popular option in modern eclectic homes and do a great job of softening super modern lines with an edgy, rugged look.

But another traditional rug style is making its way back on the scene: the hooked rug. Originating in colonial New England, rug hooking had its moment in the 1980’s folk art craze (my mom was is a master hooker…don’t tell her I said so). Today’s spin on this country craft uses geometric designs and brings in bright cheerful colors. I’m totally into it.

How does your garden grow? Terrariums are another trusty trend that is definitely staying put. There are tons of options in stores these days so if you’re hankering for a miniature ecosystem for your succulents and baby ferns, you shouldn’t have to hunt too hard.

I’m seeing a lot of macrame planters creeping back into haute homes. The difference between these and your mom’s macrame are the brightly colored fibers being woven in. Gimme some a ‘dat!

Raised by Design - Mainstream vs. Upstream - hooked rugs - copper pendant - macrame planters
Image credits: barn pendants /// copper pendant /// kilim rug /// kaleidoscope hooked rug /// glass terrarium /// macrame planters

Loveyoubye! Mags


9 Easy Halloween DIY Projects

We already talked about my lukewarm enthusiasm for Halloween. And we’re still friends, right? So here are a few Halloween DIY projects that are just about my speed. Most take a few hours, some a few minutes (!!) and all can be done with things you either have at home or can find at your local hardware or dollar store. Go get weird!

raised by design - 9 easy halloween diy projects


Top Row: ghost garland /// spirit jugs /// spider ice cubes

Middle Row: pumpkin party cooler /// mousy book cutouts /// trash bag spider webs

Bottom Row: spooky eggs /// candy corn wine bottles /// spider’s nests

Loveyoubye! Mags

When the Cat’s Away…

…for the weekend…this. Roxy’s not quite this cute about it, but she does saunter across my keyboard at least once a day, (in today’s case while I was watching this video!) looking for my attention. Swear that animal has boundary issues.

My sisters and I are heading to an off-the-grid lake house this weekend to celebrate a belated (big) birthday for Mom, so this video will have to tide you over until next week’s ‘back in the saddle’ schedule! Looking forward to our usual antics of frog hunting, scrabbling and crafting by the fire.

fall leaves with yellow pants

In the meantime, any tips on how to get ahead of the ball (on content) as a blogger would be greatly appreciated. Do you use editorial calendars? Do you front-load and schedule posts in advance? Work on the weekends? Never sleep? Have a wireless photo card? Mobile blog?

Who has a secret pile of filler posts waiting for days when your cell phone company calls to cheerfully announce that your identity has been stolen? Ergh.

I feel like I’m constantly chasing my tail on content – not getting enough out of my head and into the blogosphere…and there aren’t even any babies in this house yet!

Loveyoubye! Mags