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This Chill Condo Proves You’re Never Too Old for IKEA

Oh IKEA, you are truly the great equalizer. From college kids to DINKs, you are the go-to for high-minded design with a low-shock-factor price tag. When Toronto designer Natalie Chong, of Nest Design Studio, was tasked with designing and furnishing a two-bedroom Empire condo from scratch, with a tight budget of $10,000, she booked it to IKEA. With her big blue bag in hand, she scooped up everything from bohemian pendant lights to streamlined seating (not to mention the IKEA mirror that luxury design shops have been known to hang in their stores!). Tour the full space for Natalie’s incredible IKEA finds, her tricks for expanding small spaces and the most gorgeous condo entryway you’ll ever see (you’ll be recreating this look in every hallway of your home!).

Published April 3, 2017, Updated July 22, 2019

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