Blended: a combined household with space for a big family
They met, they fell in love and after some time, they decided to blend their lives, their families and their home. Together with their four children and much-loved hound, they’ve created a place that is distinctly their own, where there is much exploring to be done, inside and outdoors – together and alone.
A warm welcome
Large windows let in lots of natural light, keeping their indoor plants happy and giving the entire living room a warm and welcoming glow – perfect for an afternoon of quiet reading on the sofa alone, or a family boardgame battle around the coffee table.
For the love of art
Both lovers of art, combining their collections was one of their favourite parts of creating a home together. In their living room, their gallery wall tells their story: two different halves that, when combined, have created a new, beautiful household.
Come one, come all
They’re a big family with a hearty appetite for food and fun. Their sizable dining table delivers on all fronts, whether that be long pancake-fuelled Saturday breakfasts, competitive quiz nights or neighbourhood potlucks. Take your pick, they all happen here.
A kitchen where everyone plays their part
When house hunting, a spot with a generous kitchen was a must. Cupboards and drawers provide ample storage, but hooks and rails give their smaller pieces an easy to reach, attractive home. The older kids often help out, while kitchen trolleys filled with pens, paper and toys keep the toddlers entertained.
A deep, necessary sleep
With so many different lives to think about and a home to run, these parents prioritise getting in proper sleep. Their bedroom’s dark colour palette makes for a calming, sleep-inducing space, and with their own desk and bathroom, they can get started on the day well before the rest of their household rises.
A teenage bedroom for alone time
She’s just stepped into teenhood and with it, the need for her own space. Her bedroom has become her haven for all things artistic, where she can sit at her desk, working on a script for the school play, or spend hours delving into her wardrobe for something fun and expressive to wear out with her friends.
Two halves of a whole world
Their toddlers happily share a room – one in which they can each grow into for quite some time. Even though they may still be little, their personalities are reflected in their halves of the room, from the toys they play with to the bedding they sleep in.
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Sanctuaries to recharge yourself across the home
We all need a little alone time every now and then. But how do we create the environment for it? Welcome into a home where all six family members recharge in their own space, in their own way.
Creating calm and order in a family home
Every home has its busy pockets, but how we plan these areas can make all the difference. Step into a home where organisation in high traffic zones makes life easier for all six members of this family.
Ask an IKEA interior designer: combining households in style
Making one, new household out of two can be tricky. What works together and what clashes? Take a look at some tips and ideas from an IKEA interior designer on how to mix and match to create a new, cohesive look.