How to Shop Like a Decorator—at IKEA

Want to know what a pro would pick for her own home? Real Simple’s senior style and market editor shares her 7 favorite finds.


Fabrikor Glass-Door Cabinet

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Reminiscent of vintage glass and metal medical cabinets, this three-tier curio is insanely versatile—use it in a kitchen to hold glassware, a bathroom to corral towels, or a bedroom to put favorite accessories on display.

To buy: $199,


Maffens Seagrass Basket

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This handwoven container with a black stripe pattern makes a chic planter for an indoor tree. It’s also a stylish catchall for toys, blankets and pillows, or even papers to recycle. With woven handles, it’s easily totable too.

To buy: For a similar product, $20, go to


Ranarp Pendant Lamp

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This classic, refined-looking fixture, with a braided cord and beautiful brass hardware, comes at a reasonable price. It's available in two sizes—9- and 15-inch diameters—so you can use multiples above a kitchen island. You can also hang one in an entryway or above a dining table.

To buy: from $25,


Alvine Ruta Rug

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This handwoven, dhurrie-style rug is notable not only for its sophisticated design, but also for its durability: Made of soil-resistant wool, it has the same pattern on the reverse side, so you can flip it to extend its life. The subdued palette works with a wide range of color schemes.

To buy: $249 (5 ft. 7 inches by 7 ft. 10 inches),


Lisabo Desk

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Clean lines and an ashy wood surface make this desk super-chic on its own or a blank canvas for DIY-ers. Coat the entire top with a glossy black, gold-leaf the legs, or paint the drawer front a saturated color that complements your space.

To buy: $149,


Lyckad Serving Dishes

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This two-tone pair brings a modern look to your kitchen and table. Made of oven- and microwave-safe stoneware, they can be used for both cooking and serving. Perfect for potlucks and for gifting baked goods.

To buy: $15 for 2,


Nyponros Duvet Cover and Pillowcases

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A timeless ticking stripe gives any bed in the house a beautiful look, especially when paired with crisp white sheets. Contrast piping and fabric-covered buttons dress up the pillowcases. Offered in three sizes and a trio of colors (gray, blue, and yellow), they'd make a perfect pick for your guest room sofabed, too.

To buy: $30,