How to Style a Credenza: Calm and Neutral

Sometimes I get a little overwhelmed by all the bright colors around me. Maybe I’m getting old. Or maybe it’s the onset of fall and cooler weather. Either way, every so often I like to step back from the vivid neons, deep, saturated hues, and loud primary colors. A neutral, calming color palette is what guided this little credenza re-styling. Read on to see how I did it.

I channeled a more minimalist, cool style to decorate our dining room credenza. Continue Reading

Styling a Credenza: Mid-Century Modern

MCM credenza - before Mid Century Credenza - after

This August we're devoting each week of the month to a different decor style or theme. This week, we're all about the mid-century modern (MCM) style. The clean lines, geometric shapes, and natural woods and metals make this style iconic and evergreen. MCM treasures are widely sought-after and coveted by collectors, making it difficult and pricey to get your hands on the real deal. 

The good news is you can achieve a MCM look in your home by mixing and matching vintage and modern pieces. Continue Reading

Turn Lack Shelves into a Modern Credenza

modern furniture DIY Ikea hacker

Pete at Open Source Storage Designs saw Ikea’s Lack shelves and thought ‘Credenza’. And not just any credenza, but a modern, sexy credenza at that. The only problem was that Pete used fairly expensive materials to make it (the maple europly was the kicker). Enter Mr. Plastolux, who was inspired by Pete’s design. Using  a couple of Lack shelves, legs, silver tracking and some Plexiglass and Mr. Plastolux has given us an attractive, affordable alternative. To see more pics, follow this jump. Continue Reading

Bug Table Ikea-Hack

I actually saw this credenza here first…. oooh, I love the word credenza. credenza. cred… Okaaay.

It's available at and is in this month's edition of Domino.

It's completely lovely and caused me to seriously consider pulling a bank heist, (George Clooney makes it seem so easy) But instead of that I deciced to do this:

I found some anatomically correct butterfly clip art, traced them onto wood effect contact paper, stuck 'em onto a LACK table (from Ikea) that we happen to have and there we go… 

Huh. Continue Reading