Working With What You Have

It's okay, we're not judging you because you bought that IKEA couch. And If you don't already know, LOCZIdesign believes that everyone benefits from good design. Our mission after all is to "create spaces that balance and inspire" — at every budget level. With this in mind, we're delighted to let you in on some of our favorite companies creating IKEA upgrades. And though we prefer to venture locally for one-of-a-kind, artisan furnishing design, we understand that sometimes all your home may need is a furniture facelift.

Meet Semihandmade, a group of custom craftsman whose company, based in Los Angeles, started in 2003 as a sustainable fine custom furniture and cabinetry. In 2010, they commenced Semihandmade with the idea of offering similar high-end handmade craftsmanship to a larger scope of consumers — more affordably.

They do this by customizing IKEA cabinets and kitchens with doors, panels and drawer faces that are measured to fit any IKEA cabinetry, new or old — saving you money and landfill space. What really makes this all a perfect fit is that IKEA offers the flexibility of buying their cabinetry in pieces either with or without doors, allowing you to choose from semihandmade's array of selected door materials such as DIY (unfinished), classic, specialty, or premium doors (from salvaged from framing lumber, old redwood from wineries, and old basketball courts).

How many times have you spilled coffee or pasta sauce onto your new white, off-white, cream IKEA couch? Or better yet, have you ever been to a friend's housewarming only to realize you have the same exact sofa pattern as your friend? Well it's happened to me and there's a company that has you in mind when it comes what we all love in life: variety.

Bemz, the Swedish based firm says that "the IKEA sofa inspired their business idea. An idea so self-evident that Lesley [the owner] couldn’t believe that anyone else hadn’t thought of it first...Today Bernz is marketed and sold in 35 countries worldwide, and has revolutionised the accessories market in the furniture industry. That is why Bemz focuses on individual design, and personal expression." With 180 classic and modern design fabrics to choose from, you'll never have to worry about the haunting same prom dress-like disaster again.

Lastly we give you the low down on our absolute favorite little upcoming company, Prettypegs, the radically cute furniture legs shop that swaps out perfectly with your already purchased IKEA furnishings. Prettypegs' vision is to create a new way of presenting rooms by adding color and personality to furniture from brands like IKEA. Founders, Jana Cagin and Mikael Söderblom decided that they too wanted more variety in the typical pine or plastic legs provided.

"We always strive to be classic yet new and in the forefront of everything we do and our proud to say that all Prettypegs are produced in Sweden in line with our proud Scandinavian design heritage." Well, we especially are smitten about their newest prettypeg (coming soon) the Essy that undoubtedly resembles the Alexander McQueen's 10-Inch Stilettos seen down the runway and on red-carpets alike — talk about legs!

At the end of the day, it's really all about working with what you have. This keeps things more sustainable and functional for those of us that aren't quite ready to committ to a full-scale remodel. Maybe this is a good time to let you know that we, in addition to full-service remodels, also happily provide the LOCZI Design Remix for that exact reason. Because ultimately as designers we know that the significance of creating a space that truly reflects your style, energy, and budget are the most important elements of design.