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Lux Hax customers show us their ah-mazing IKEA MALM hacks

November 03, 2019

Lux Hax customers show us their ah-mazing IKEA MALM hacks

Want to save thousands on bedroom furniture? Or elevate your flat-pack furniture into something not so… umm… IKEA-ish? You’re in the right place! We’ve put together a selection of IKEA MALM makeovers from our creative customers.  Read on to see fabulous examples of humble flat-packs being transformed into hero pieces with Lux Hax Styl-Panels.

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Attaching your Styl-Panels to mirror or glass surfaces

October 08, 2019

Attaching your Styl-Panels to mirror or glass surfaces

Our advice for attaching your Styl-Panels to wooden, painted or laminate furniture is “stick ‘em on.” It really is that simple. But what about glass and mirror? The process is just as easy, but you want to make sure of these three little steps.

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Lux Hax customers show us their KILLER IKEA KALLAX HACKS

September 02, 2019

Lux Hax customers show us their KILLER IKEA KALLAX HACKS

The IKEA Kallax range is one of the most popular of IKEA’s storage solutions. It’s modularity makes it super flexible. Plus, its clean, cubist design makes it a blank canvas ready for elevated styling - Hamptons, Boho Chic, Classic... whatever!  We take a look at some of the ways our customers have restyled IKEA Kallax into killer furniture pieces using Lux Hax Styl-Panels.

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How to patch a hole in the wall (and why)

June 10, 2019

How to patch a hole in the wall (and why)

A friend recently admitted to me that the bare walls of her home were not a continuation of her journey towards Minimalism, but due to the fact she was afraid to put hooks in the wall.  What? “I’m renting” she explained. “I’m not going to put hooks and holes in the walls because it will cause problems when I leave.” 
Read on to learn how easy it is to repair a hole and the benefits to causing a little damage. 

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How to make your rental feel like home

May 23, 2019

How to make your rental feel like home

It’s your home but it’s not your home. You want to fix and redesign. You flick through design mags and are inspired, but can’t follow through. It hurts. Even the IKEA catalogue seems to taunt you with all it’s space-saving tips and helpful hooks, racks, and floating shelves that require you to drill into your landlord’s precious walls. 

Read more for simple, effective ways of styling your rental so it feels like home.

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10 luxury IKEA BESTÅ hacks (to raise your home organisation game in 2019!)

December 15, 2018

10 luxury IKEA BESTÅ hacks (to raise your home organisation game in 2019!)

If you've got a home organisation challenge (and who doesn't?) or want storage furniture that can elevate a space, look no further than IKEA BESTÅ. Whaaaat? Flat-pack??? Uh-huh! What do you need? A TV bench? Dining console? Office storage? Sideboard? IKEA BESTÅ is your go-to and, in this article, we've selected 10 projects that show just how versatile - and luxurious-looking - it can be. We've also included handy D.I.Y. tips for tackling these projects yourself.

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"My expensive-looking IKEA cabinet"

November 15, 2018

"My expensive-looking IKEA cabinet"

This post comes via Laila Ayoubi and her blog 'Lilzyliz.' She recently made-over an IKEA Besta sideboard, transforming it from a Scandi staple into a luxe and expensive-looking Hamptons hero! Laila shows how the project came together. With her permission, we've shared her photos and provided a link to the full post. Enjoy!

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DIY Project: Placemat Cushions

October 13, 2018

DIY Project: Placemat Cushions

Have you popped into Spotlight lately? For readers outside of Australia and unfamiliar with Spotlight, think: Hobby-Lobby-meets-Bed-Bath-and-Beyond. They currently have a selection of woven placemats that look great on the table and, with 20 minutes of hand sewing, can be transformed into fabulously textural throw cushions. Read more for project details.

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How to make your home look luxe for less

October 01, 2018

How to make your home look luxe for less

"In an ideal world, we would all have a world-class interior designer at our disposal to create a space that exudes comfort, luxury and sophistication," writes Caitlin Chander from News.com.au. Read Caitlin's interview with Lux Hax's Kylie Hughes about her five tips for affordable, DIY-driven interior design.

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DIY Project: Jewellery Display and Storage

September 07, 2018

DIY Project: Jewellery Display and Storage

No more necklace tangles or widowed earrings! This easy Kmart-slash-IKEA hack will turn your jewellery collection into a display-worthy piece of art and home organisation triumph!

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DIY Project: Built-in IKEA BILLY Bookcase

August 07, 2018

DIY Project: Built-in IKEA BILLY Bookcase

Here’s the ultimate “shelfie”… A DIY customised bookcase that started its life as IKEA Billy shelf units and is now mistaken for expensive custom cabinetry. This project will show you how to save thousands on a custom-built bookcase, yet still achieve professional-looking results that "wow". Handyman/girl skills are all you need - no advanced carpentry skills or special tools required.

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DIY Project: Drop Zone! A Victory for Home Organisation

July 17, 2018

DIY Project: Drop Zone! A Victory for Home Organisation

Do you love an organised home? Yep, me too. Yet our kitchen was constantly littered with the daily detritus of work and school—bags, shoes, sports stuff, books, keys ("where are my keys?!") and drifts of sand my son likes to empty out of his shoes. This solution was a DROP ZONE! Here's how it happened...

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'Cheat sheet' for taking Insta-worthy interior design photos

May 24, 2018

'Cheat sheet' for taking Insta-worthy interior design photos

In this article, I share some tips for taking Insta-worthy photos of your home and décor. Don’t be intimidated—there’s no technical jargon here and I’m not going to recommend a $3000 camera. This is a cheat sheet of hints and shortcuts for people who, like me, don’t have the inclination to learn about ISO, lenses, apertures, exposure times etcetera, ad infinitum!

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Building a backlit media console using IKEA BESTÅ

May 04, 2018

Building a backlit media console using IKEA BESTÅ

Discover how to design and build an IKEA BESTÅ media console that's a happy compromise between "his" desire for a large-screen, surround-sound theatre experience and "her" desire for an affordable solution that hides all the freaking equipment and cables. Read how the project came together and, of course, links to the IKEA products used!

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Five Mother's Day Gifts for Mums Who Like their IKEA Hacked

April 20, 2018

Five Mother's Day Gifts for Mums Who Like their IKEA Hacked

Mother’s Day is just a few week’s away (Sunday, 13th May), so chances are your family are starting to think about what to get you. Quick! Before you end up with a bath bomb you have no time to use or yet another pair of fluffy slippers, start dropping hints about what IKEA hacking women really want. Here are a five suggestions.

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Good, Better, BESTÅ: IKEA’s storage superhero

February 12, 2018

Good, Better, BESTÅ: IKEA’s storage superhero

Clever dimensions, a modular approach and the ability to mix-and-match door fronts, gives IKEA’s BESTÅ system a level of versatility that’s Houdini-like. What do you need? TV bench? Dining console? Office storage? BESTÅ is a storage superhero! In this article, we share what we love about BESTÅ and show you how to customize it into the hero piece it deserves to be.

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New after-market peel-and-stick panels to suit IKEA's Malm range of furniture are here!

December 17, 2017

New after-market peel-and-stick panels to suit IKEA's Malm range of furniture are here!

Whether you're looking for multipurpose storage or minimalist style, the Scandi-ness of IKEA's Malm range of furniture makes it an affordable, evergreen winner. But those classic lines also make it perfect for customisaion, which is why I'm excited to say... Our new after-market peel-and-stick panels to suit IKEA’s Malm furniture are here! 

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7 tips to make your home more "hyggelig"

December 06, 2017

7 tips to make your home more "hyggelig"

Stylkea was recently tagged in this Insta-worthy photo and the first word that popped into my head was hygge! The photo is a sneak preview of soon-to-be-here B3's nursery and I couldn't imagine a more welcoming, loving, hyggelig little nest! (Not sure what hygge is, whether you want it in your home or even how to pronounce it? That's ok, I'm about to explain.)

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Why furniture "hacking" matters

November 20, 2017

Why furniture "hacking" matters

Modern lifestyles are mobile and dynamic, which is why we gravitate towards furniture that can accompany us on the journey. The trend towards simple, timeless styles reflects a desire for furniture that frees us, physically and metaphorically, from encumbrances and provides a level of freedom and flexibility to personalise our spaces.

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An IKEA hack for bedroom storage that looks a million miles from flat-pack

November 16, 2017

An IKEA hack for bedroom storage that looks a million miles from flat-pack

What's one thing you'd like to have more of in your home? Storage! Am I right? We have bigger homes than ever but we're all short on places to put our "stuff". Well, here's an idea for a quick affordable IKEA hack that's not only functional and versatile, but also stylish.

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Rapid re-styling and making it stick

November 10, 2017

Rapid re-styling and making it stick

One constant about style trends is that they're hard to keep up with, but the great thing about IKEA's most popular pieces are incredibly versatile. Our aim is to that versatility to an even higher level and give you ultimate re-styling flexibility.

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IKEA's toy drawing competition 2017

November 04, 2017

IKEA's soft toy drawing competition

Do you have a budding designer in the family? Break out the crayons! Ikea's competition to draw the next Sagoskatt soft toys is now open to Australian kids aged three to 12.

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DIY Project: IKEA KALLAX Drinks Cabinet

October 03, 2017

DIY Project: IKEA KALLAX Drinks Cabinet

This luxe IKEA Kallax hack came together in the space of an afternoon, just in time for happy hour. Here are the step-by-step instructions to make this glam drinks cabinet for yourself, including a list of everything you'll need.

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DIY Project: IKEA KALLAX credenza, hall table or sideboard

September 21, 2017

DIY Project: IKEA KALLAX credenza, hall table or sideboard

Take IKEA hacking to the next level with this showstopping IKEA Kallax credenza. We've included step-by-step instructions and a shopping list that comes to a low AUD$300. (But your friends will think you splurged on designer furniture!)

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