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My sitting room refresh with Bemz

I'm super excited to reveal my new sitting room today. It's been a long time in the making since I simply couldn't decide which sofa to go for: I've been looking for something our entire family could get cosy on in this Autumn, and of course, a piece that looks beautiful too! The answer came in the form of a marriage between two brands: IKEA and Bemz! Of course, we're all familiar with the first, but have your heard of the latter?! Bemz makes the most beautiful customised, replacement covers for IKEA sofas and armchairs (as well as curtains, cushions and bedroom textiles).  It's such a simple process too. You basically pick out the piece you like from IKEA (or if you're lucky you can find it online second hand), better yet upgrade an existing IKEA piece at home, and then choose from over 250 Bemz colours and patterns, all of which are machine washable and sewn to order in Europe. How great is that?! Here's a sneak peak of what has officially become the most cosy corner in our house... and a little more information about the make-over.



I invited Gen (the wonderful My Scandinavian Home interior designer) over for a brainstorm (any excuse for a coffee and a chat!) and we opted for the SÖDERHAMN three-seat sofa with chaise longue with a Bemz Urban Loose Fit cover in Rosendal Pure Washed Linen in Silver Grey. I have a weakness for relaxed, natural textures and absolutely love the pronounced seams - such a beautiful touch, don't you think?! Not only that, but the Bemz loose fit slipcover completely transforms the look of the original IKEA SÖDERHAMN, giving it an exclusive touch - love that! 



The cover was added to the sofa during the assembly process (admittedly I've never been great with an Allen key so I might just have got the man involved at this point!). Of course, while strolling through IKEA I also picked up a few accessories to match - including the Stockholm 2017 chair, GRADVIS vase, VILJESTARK vase, and ARV bowl (hey, the new IKEA catalogue 2018 came out this week, how could I not?!) - but some of the older, more rustic pieces at home fit really nicely with the look too. I hope you like the result as much as I do!









Photography: Niki Brantmark - My Scandinavian Home. Interior design / styling: Genevieve Jorn

Roll on Autumn!

If you fancy giving an IKEA piece a new lease of life at home, it's well worth checking out the Bemz covers and slipcovers - there are some really beautiful ones. The great thing is IKEA sofas are built to last, and the SÖDERHAMN has a 10 year warranty so if you tire of it or spill your espresso martini, it is easy to update the cover - yay!

I think I might go for a headboard next...! 

Have a lovely day!

PS If you're wondering where anything is from, please do ask away in the comment section below!


This post is brought to you in collaboration with Bemz. However, all words are my own and I only ever work with brands I absolutely love and think you will too (#Ilovemyjob!). Thank you for supporting the businesses that help bring fresh content to your mail box and make My Scandinavian Home possible.


36 comments:

Imogene said...

What a gorgeous transformation! I have a Söderhamn armchair covered in the urban loose fit Rosendal linen (in unbleached) and it's a joy to look at and sit in – so tactile and a huge improvement on the IKEA-supplied covers. What I don't like however is the fact that I had to take a pair of scissors to the base cover to attach the armrests. I wish they'd gone for an integrated base/armrest cover option. I still don't regret buying it though and am now saving up for a sofa cover!

Anonymous said...

Hi,

Looks great! Please let us know where the decorative cushions are from. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

hellloo,


wow thats amazing!! really like the idea of the picture wall behind the sofa, I've just placed a umbra hub round mirror behind mine think that may be on the move now, I have been finding it hard to give my home that relaxed lived in look rather than a magazine page think more linen could be the answer :)

Salvagebythesea said...

The coffe table is amazing ❤❤❤ the entire space!

Anonymous said...

where is the ceiling light from?

Vytautė Nemanytė said...

What's the carpet material and where is it from? I'm looking for something in a very similar color - looks really great!

Cassie Adams said...

Bemz came to the rescue in our household not long ago- I was trying to throw out an old Ikea sofa much to my husbands horror as nothing was wrong with it aside from the hideous cover. My husband did a little research and discovered Bemz. We ordered a new cover in a much more agreeable colour and fabric and it has transformed the sofa and room and solved an argument! Ours was really easy to fit- it just slipped straight on, no hard work, heavy lifting or trips to the shops needed!

Your sitting room looks amazing.

Emily said...

Wow, it looks amazing!

The sofa is beautiful, and looks sooo COMFY. That's important!

My Scandinavian Home said...

It's kind of addictive! The moment you see it in your house you start thinking... 'right, what else can I transform?!' Defintely the bed headboard for me!

My Scandinavian Home said...

All of the light and dark grey cushions are from Bemz, the pinkish one is from Nordal.

My Scandinavian Home said...

I've added a linen sofa cover, cushions and a linen curtain! It certainly feels a little more cosy!

My Scandinavian Home said...

Thank you! I love my bench too - I move it around the house all the time - sometimes it's a coffee table, sometimes at the end of my bed or by the dining table! I think I need a couple more...😊

My Scandinavian Home said...

It's the Z1 pendant by Ay Illuminate

My Scandinavian Home said...

The rug is from Nordal. It's cotton and lovely and soft!

My Scandinavian Home said...

Love that it solved the argument!! Can just see it in front of me...

My Scandinavian Home said...

With you on that! I decided that this was the time we'd get the most comfy sofa EVER! 😊

em said...

Beautiful and restful to the eyes! May I ask where the rug is from?

Yuko said...

Looks like a comfortable couch! Where are your picture frames from, especially the wooden ones? Thanks!

My Scandinavian Home said...

Thank you! The rug is from Danish homeward brand Nordal.

My Scandinavian Home said...

The frames are from The Poster Lounge 👍🏼

Sarah said...

Looks very peaceful.

May I ask where the vase on the table is from? The vase that's on the stand? Thanks!

My Scandinavian Home said...

It's a test tube which came with the stand, originally in a Chemistry lab in Hamburg in the 1930s! I found it in an antique shop in Germany this summer :)

tanjaskoro said...

Thanks so much for such a great idea! I have been going in circles what to do with my IKEA sofa. The color combination is also amazing. Love the brown - grey effect.

My Scandinavian Home said...

I'm so happy it's helped you find a solution! It really is such a great way to update an IKEA sofa!

Anonymous said...

I love it. Could you please advise the color of both cushions on the left. It looks like a dark grey and lighter taupe color.

Belen said...

It looms sooooooo great. Beautifull, cosy, chic!! I might copycat the sofa Niki. It looks really nice. Cab you tell the name of the lamp. It is kind of a classic but I can't name it. Kiss

Doré Way said...

Did you make the bench/coffee table? If not, where did you buy it? The whole room looks great - perfect.

I've been wanting the Hays "Mags" sofa for so long but very expensive in Canada - this gives the same kind of look - so thank you.

My Scandinavian Home said...

Thank you! yes, the two cushion covers are both from Bemz - they areUrban loose fit in Rosendahl Pure linen - and the colours are mid-grey and siver-grey.

My Scandinavian Home said...

You totally should! One word of warning though, it's hard to leave the sofa (seriously comfy and cosy!).

My Scandinavian Home said...

The coffee table is an old farm bench which I picked up at Lovely & Co (in the UK) - I believe they have them in stock now. Sofa-wise, I can totally recommend this one, I really love it!

Jethro Seymour said...

That is a very nice design. The colours match well for the design.

Belen said...

Niki can you tell the name of the Lamp? Tanhks <3

Eugénie Bonneville said...

Amazing stairs! Where did you find the lamp on the wall?
Your blog is soooooo great; it's been my daily therapy for the past four years! Thanks!

Eugénie (Montreal, Canada)

The Girl in the Cafe said...

Hi! Gorgeous! I am going to shamelessly copy, here in Toronto. I looked on line at Bemz "silver grey" but it looks so dark on their website. Your cover looks so pale! I am confused. May I please DOUBLE check that you chose Silver Grey? Might be one of those weird screen problems, I guess, but it sure looks pale in your photo. I'm this close to ordering -- no pressure! lol.

My Scandinavian Home said...

Please do copy away, everyone should have this sofa cover :) The team at Bemz are lovely - perhaps the best is to write a note to Christinaand the Bemz team and say you've seen this sofa on my site and would like to get the same. They can also send samples so you can double check which colour works best in your space (well worth doing). Give me a shout if you need any more info!

Velvet said...

What a cozy living room! I love your coffee table and these slipcovers look quite nice. They disguise your IKEA sofa so well. Beautiful setup!

 

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