Before and After: IKEA transforms Bear Cottage in Manly


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I love a feelgood moment – especially when it involves decorating and homewares. Throw in my fave store for on-trend affordables (that’s IKEA) and you’ve got a decor transformation dreams are made of. A few weeks ago, a 25-strong IKEA team from the Rhodes and Tempe stores got together to do-over two family suites at Bear Cottage in Manly, making the lives of the families who stay at the hospice all the more comfortable!

The whole concept for this makeover was to give the spaces the families used at the hospice a bright and fresh feel, while ensuring they operated from a practical perspective and had plenty of durability. The cottage is 12 years old, so has been the recipient of some wear and tear over the years (making this transformation very timely indeed).

Here are some of my fave shots from the makeover and why I love them:

FAMILJ - Lounge B

Above: The power of a well-executed feature wall is illustrated perfectly here. Notice how the rug unifies the space perfectly and picks up the colours in the couch and cushions? The soft hues make the room feel incredibly calm.

HEM - Lounge C

Above: Orange and blue are an undeniable power couple and their magic really shines in the living space above. The room feels lively but not overwhelming. That’s because the furnishings have been kept to a minimum. I also love those yellow chairs; very summery.

Below: A monochromatic colour scheme like the one here brings a real sense of serenity and calm (exactly what you want in a bedroom). The wall canvas gives some visual interest, while the netting above that cot injects some whimsy into the space.

HEM - Master Bedroom A

“Bear Cottage is designed to be a home away from home to support families who are caring for a child with a life limiting illness in the comfort of a homely environment”, IKEA’s Sustainability Manger Richard Wilson tells me. “IKEA is honoured to have been able to make such a difference to Bear Cottage and the environment provided for these families”.

Kudos to the team at IKEA. I’ve been a long-time fan of their furniture and homewares – and I love what they’ve done with it in this transformation!

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