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  1. Leah
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    Wow, amazing job Alex. This looks awesome and is so practical!

  2. ScrapAndSalvage
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    great and creative thinking, alex! i love the fabric and the final result is very fun and matches the desk wonderfully. you got the fabric so even and taught, it actually looks like canvas!

  3. Victoria Elizabeth
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    Having spent every last second of the last month at a desk that has recently revealed itself to be WAY too small… I need pretty much everything you built. Maybe then I could avoid the explosion of junk that seems to keep growing in a radius equivalent to my arm’s reach.

    The under-shelf lighting makes it look kind of heavenly… I fear a trip to Ikea may be in my near future.

  4. Gilit
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    It looks so good! I love the fabric and the unconventional way you made the bulletin boards AND we just got those lights from Costco and I am OBSESSED they are amazing and I bet as a kid I would have gone crazy for them (sort of like now..)
    The desk area is coming together so nicely!

  5. now at home mom
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    Oh! I love these! can you start making some of these for me now 😉 great idea! they look so pretty and fun with the IKEA fabric 🙂 this is the first time I see or heard of these handi pacs, I had to click on the link to know more about it, you just gave me great ideas for projects 🙂

  6. Time With Thea
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    This is absolutely brilliant! I love everything about this project! The lights, the fabric, the design and the budget. I am so making this in my home studio! Summer project here I come. Pinterest get ready!

  7. Danielle
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    You guys did an amazing job with this and the stripes are perfection. The lights are a brilliant idea too. Might need to get something like that for our kitchen. 🙂

  8. thethinkingcloset
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    I’m going to respond in list format, because that’s where my brain is today:

    1) I’ve always gawked at IKEA’s fabric but have yet to make a purchase. I love how you thought creatively to cut out the strips of colors that you wanted. It looks great
    2) Industrial strength velcro? Love this! I can think of so many fabulous uses.
    3) I’m glad to know you love IKEA as much as we do. Although I realize not everything is made to last, you can’t beat the price, and if you have a discerning eye, you can usually tell what is made well and what is…well…crap.
    4) We have two expedit shelving units and love the death out of them. Although I’ve never built one, depending on how much you’re willing to pay me, I might consider your offer. (Only half joking.)
    5) Those lights on a remote would have my husband swooning (if husbands swoon). He has nearly every light in our house on remote. It’s pretty sweet. (Until you can’t find the remote.)

    Great post, Alex!

  9. Time With Thea
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    Just to let you know that I pinned this on 4 different boards on Pinterest and it has been repinned about 60 times since last night! ~Thea

  10. jolene
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    I’m so happy to have discovered your blog Alex! I’m in Ottawa, so I can’t tell you how convenient it is to get links to the supplies you use! Thanks for sharing.

  11. cheryl
    cheryl at · Reply

    LORD have MERCY!! I absolutely ADORE what you’ve done with your daughter’s room! I’ve been looking for cheap file cabinets off and on for two years now, and I’m so jealous of your find! I don’t understand what it is about my new local thrift stores. I can’t seem to find squat in them, although I always had luck back in Pittsburgh. Sigh. Seriously though, this room transformation leaves me a bit breathless I love it so much!

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