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Dressing up your sofa (or table, or chair, or…)

Right now we are smack in the middle of a year-long spell of temporary living, somewhere between the designed-it-myself happiness of our old loft in the city and the excitement of a big, new house in the quasi suburbs. We’re in an apartment, decently sized for city-living standards, and located in an awesome neighborhood we knew nothing about, but at the end of the day, it just doesn’t feel like home. I’ve spent some time trying to fix that, adding curtains here and there, making sure all our artwork is on the wall, insisting on using our rugs even when rooms have carpet (much to my partner’s chagrin)… and little by little we are creating a space that feels less like a hold-over and more like an enjoyable space.

But between you and me, if you care at all about design, living in a temporary space isn’t really all that appealing. It’s frustrating because the spaces aren’t designed the way I would like them to be, there’s no overhead lighting, the walls are this bizarre almost-but-not-quite white, you know the drill.  And then there’s the question of storage space, and temporary apartments often have none. In our case, we intentionally designed our previous loft to have ample built-in storage options: casework galore. But the new apartment? It has essentially none. So we need to buy new storage solutions, and lots of them. Dressers, kitchen cabinets, living room cabinets… the list goes on. Not knowing what we’ll need yet for the new house, I recently turned to good ol’ Ikea to find some reliably modern and functional yet economical pieces. And as I flailed about on Ikea’s website (it’s pretty awful, and particularly awful on a mobile device), desperately seeking something interesting looking and lamenting the options there and elsewhere, my good friend Martini showed me something pretty clever: PrettyPegs.

PrettyPegs is a business that allows you to find interesting and design-friendly legs for furniture that you want to dress up. For example, let’s say you buy a piece of Ikea furniture, which has a decent modern look, but there’s nothing particularly unique or interesting about it. You decide you’d like to give it a finishing touch or a bit of design flare, so you visit PrettyPegs where you can find a vast array of colorful and whimsical furniture legs that simply screw onto your existing furniture. There are all sorts of great colours, shapes, sizes, and even patterns, like these:

Pretty Pegs_Estelle-north-170Pretty Pegs_hillevi-170

The solution was clearly designed with Ikea in mind, because the site even includes an inspiration section with Ikea furniture. They have different lengths and shapes, appropriate for tables, storage units, armchairs, sofas, beds, coffee tables etc. I haven’t tried them yet so I can’t comment on the quality of the product once its in your hands nor on their customer service. But I would love to try them, and if I can find some that would work with the bulkier furniture that I’m currently hoping to beautify, then I’ll be first in line to have them in our space.

Pretty Pegs_svea-150 Pretty Pegs_estelle-120

Such a clever idea and a great, simple way to incorporate a touch of eye-catching design for otherwise basic furniture. Have you seen them? Used them? Loved them? Would love to hear your thoughts.

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