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BusinessWe are the IKEA Home Tour Squad – we help IKEA fans across the country complete a total room makeover – ask us anything!

Apr 10th 2018 by IKEA_USA • 22 Questions • 3309 Points

Hey, Michael Imperioli here. Ask me anything! I just released my first novel and it’s out now! “The Perfume Burned His Eyes” (http://www.akashicbooks.com/catalog/the-perfume-burned-his-eyes/).

You can also catch me with Zach Braff in the new comedy series “Alex Inc.” Wednesday’s at 8:30PM/7:30PMc on ABC.

Proof: https://i.redd.it/swr3rytpudq01.jpg

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Have you ever read SCP-3008?

It's a story about people trapped in an infinite IKEA store forming their own civilization.

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Hey Michael,

I've always wanted to know... how much fun did you and Tony Sirico have while doing "Pine Barrens"? I can't imagine you two not bursting out laughing at some points while shooting that episode.


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HAHAH! If only they had followed the arrows, their reward would have been cinnamon buns and frozen yogurt. LOL

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we are good friends and had a ton of laughs, especially when bacala shows up in the orange hunting hat


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Okay, so I'm terrible at laying out rooms, and it doesn't help that I've got an awkward shaped room. this is a poorly drawn lay out of my room with labeled furniture. Is there a different way that I could lay it out to maximize space?

To make matters worse, I enjoy watching tv while in bed, and hate laying on my side.

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What do you think happened at the end of The Sopranos?

Also, loved Summer Of Sam. Underrated movie. Were you originally planning to act in it as well?


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This is a cool challenge! It may work a bit better to move your bed to the corner of your room, just as you enter and place the nightstand to your left side of the bed. As you enter your room, place your desk on the left wall with your bookcase on the right side of it. Lastly, place your dresser in front of your bed and mount your TV above it. DM your email and we’ll send you a quick sketch we put together

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i think tony dies at the end of the show but that is just my interpretation. i was originally going to star in summer of sam but the sopranos was filming season one at the same time so i was only able to do a smaller role


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What is the best option for window treatments in a rental bedroom??

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Hey Spider! Two questions: 1) As you can tell I love Goodfellas so I have to ask, how was it working with Martin Scorsese? 2) What is your most prized possession, something you've had since even before the Goodfella days that you have and will never get rid of under any circumstance?


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We actually just did window treatments in a rental apartment in Philly! We used SCHOTTIS blinds. They attach to the window frame with a sticky adhesive, no drilling needed at all. You can cut them to size to fit your window, and bonus, either color is less than $6!

Your landlord will love you.

Here's a quick video that shows you how to install. Super easy! - https://www.hometourseries.com/ikea-schottis-blinds-how-to

You can find the blinds here - https://www.ikea.com/us/en/search/?query=schottis

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1)Marty was very kind, generous and trusting towards me on the set and really treated me like i truly belonged on that set for which i am forever grateful. 2)My most treasured possession from way back is my sanity which seems to be harder and harder to hold onto.


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Thanks for doing an AMA, what's the most gnarly room you've madeover?

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Is there a small part of you that gets tired of being recognized from the Soprano's? Spider was awesome, too.


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One of the most challenging rooms we helped makeover is episode 306 where a mother and daughter were sharing a room in LA. They were living in a small and cramped bedroom with architectural imperfections and were in dire need of a functional and stylin’ space. The makeover is so fun to watch because you can see how much of an impact it had on their lives; one of the best parts about the work we do! Check it out! https://www.hometourseries.com/shared-bedroom-ideas-makeover-306

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if i were to be remembered by one role i would be happy its the sopranos


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How do you feel that IKEA is as an employer based in Sweden? Do you feel that Swedish culture influences you through the company or would it be similar to working for an equally sized employer that's always been US-based?

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Hi Michael, I'm sorry I can't not ask you about The Sopranos. How hard was it to shed Christopher's attitude after a day on set?


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There are so many aspects of working for IKEA that make it special. The Swedish culture and values are a strong influence in everything we do on a daily basis. From caring about the planet to working together to make a better everyday life, we are proud of the Swedish heritage. There are a lot of amazing things that people don’t know about IKEA and there’s a great article that showcases the amazing initiatives in place by the company today.

Check it out here: https://www.ikea.com/us/en/about_ikea/newsitem/030917_IKEA_named_2017_Fortune_100_Best_companies

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sometimes it would be hard to shake a certain mood of anger or frustration but the character itself i was always pretty good about leaving him on the set.


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Do the people in the videos get to keep all of the furniture and items you set up? Or is most of it taken back? Also, do they have to pay for any of it?

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Thank you so much for responding! I'm a huge fan so I'm kinda freaking out.


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As a participant, they are subject to pay a gift tax but they get to keep all of the products that are used in the makeover!

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thank you!


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I have some wall sconces that came with my apartment whose lightbulbs are 50% dead, My landlord says they don't make them anymore and to pick out new ones (they'll even reimburse me if they're under $100 for the two!). Most of the sconces I've seen are not good for my place because they point the light down (I have super tall ceilings, and the sconces are my main source of light when it's dark out). My place is super modern/contemporary and I am afraid that a large lamp could add clutter - it's a studio apartment, and I don't know where I'd even put a large lamp. Any ideas? https://78.media.tumblr.com/1471cc518c20cf56323956b6b1f0eaac/tumblr_oryq4mnN1C1wsigz9o2_1280.jpg

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You’re an Emmy winning actor. You’re an author. You’re absolutely one of my favorite actors of all time. I have incredible respect for you. What’s something strange or quirky about you that no one would ever imagine?


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We have a new wall light called NYMÅNE that is an up/downlight. It’s a modern design. Also since it’s plug in you can place them wherever you need. Here's a link to it on IKEA-USA.com We hope this helps! https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00397859/

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i hate watching violence in movies, and am very squeamish


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Meatballs or ribs?

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How did you feel about your death in The Sopranos? Did you think it was a good end to Christopher's story?


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This question could tear the Squad apart!!!! JK - We all have our own thoughts on this, so for the sake of keeping the team together, we're answering individually ;)

Rocky - Ribs x20, Jesse - Veggie Meatballs with Marinara, Genna - Classic Meatballs with Lingonberry, Maria - Ribs (her mouth is watering thinking about it), Steph - Chicken Meatballs

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i think christopher's death was spot on and very necessary to the story, especially in terms of who tony became...which is, in the end, a vicious criminal


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Looks like ribs win in a landslide - 21 to 3

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Very true, really spoke to his true character no matter how much he was adored. Best of luck with the book, I look forward to giving it a read!


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HAHA! For real!

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thank you !


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Veggie Meatballs? How does that even work?

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Michael, thank you for your tremendous career. If Tony had not killed Christopher after the car accident, do you think there was any chance at reconciliation between the two characters? Also, if not, do you think Christopher would have attempted to harm Tony eventually?


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Oops! We meant Vegetable Balls. No meat involved.

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I think what happened was exactly what needed to happen so its hard for me to envision an alternate version to be honest


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Is there like a contest to enter? I would love to have my daughter's room made over. Shes such a good kid and all her stuff is falling apart because I couldn't afford anything new. Shes an awesome kid and totally deserves a nice room!

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Is your book based on actual events?


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Hey! Even though the submissions are closed for season 4, we do have a ton of inspiration at our website HomeTourSeries.com. Our goal is to provide tips and solutions for people with all sorts of challenges. While we were in St. Louis we had the opportunity to help Annie with her bedroom. Perhaps this could provide a starting point for inspiration! https://www.hometourseries.com/teen-bedroom-makeover-210

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it is not based on actual events but Lou Reed is a character in the book and he did live in NYC in the mid 70s where the book is set


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Can you share some storage tips for people who don't have a ton of floor space? I live in an apartment of about 700-800 sq ft with no closets and am always challenged by organizing and storing (out of sight) daily items and clothing/accessories.

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As soon as I saw the title of the book, I wondered if it was the lyric from Reed’s Romeo and Juliette. I love the imagery he paints in that song.

I’m a big fan of your acting and will definitely check out the book!


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We love small space solutions! Our designers are on it :) In small spaces, taking advantage of every available inch is key. A great starting point is to think vertically. Wall shelves, bookcases and wardrobes will give you the most storage without taking up valuable floor space. Also, storage boxes are a great way to keep your items organized and out of sight. We always love to use stackable boxes because they’re super functional. Lastly, a great tip is to take advantage of the space under your bed; there are a bunch of affordable under-bed storage solutions that keep your items clean and easy to access. There’s this amazing seasonal guide with tons of storage and organization tips! We highly recommend checking it out. We hope this helps! https://onlinecatalog.ikea-usa.com/US/en/Organization-Guide/

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sorry that should be "the better part of two years"


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I have about 3 walls with virtually no art hung (I have a good 15 framed prints of varying sizes in my closet) because I'm incredibly OCD and can't figure out the "perfect" layout or where to hang em.

Any suggestions on how to approach this?

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  1. I enjoyed the one episode of "Girls" you did. Would you work with Judd Apatow, Lena Dunham, or Jenni Konner again?

  2. When you agree to do the Sopranos, were you worried about being typecast as "Mafia guy" from then on?


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There's a new wall hanging template that will make hanging pictures some much easier! It's called MÅTTEBY. You just hang it up and follow the template markings!

Find it here - https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40373757/

We also have some videos to check out on the way. https://www.hometourseries.com/5-easy-steps-to-create-a-gallery-wall

https://www.hometourseries.com/art-display-ideas-tips

https://www.hometourseries.com/simple-stylish-gallery-wall-ideas

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i loved doing the show "girls" and would gladly work with any of that team again

i was never worried about being typecast from the sopranos because it was a unique and groundbreaking show


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I'm pretty much done setting up my battle station but I have a rats nest of wires to deal with! Any tips on how to organize all the wires under my desk??

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Is writing a book something you have always had an interest in doing?


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Cable management can make all the difference for a clean and clear space. Some desks, like the BEKANT series, have cable management included. But for others, you can easily install SIGNUM cable management under your desk. For other areas, we have more solutions to keep your cord neat and tidy. BEKANT LINK – https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/departments/workspaces/18960/ SIGNUM LINK – https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/30200253/

Check out this video to see what we do and use at our makeovers: https://www.hometourseries.com/cable-management-made-easy

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I have wanted to write a book for many years, have started a bunch but have never finished till now


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Hey squad!! I have an IKEA sofa that I just bought—the borred gray-green KIVIK. What cushions and/or throws would you recommend I pair with it? I feel like I need to add more color here... (Other than that sofa, my living room has a lot of black/brown furniture and white walls)

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Thanks ... I wish Detroit 187 would have stayed on longer, really good show, my wife and I enjoyed it a great deal and you were a big reason it was so good.


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For cushions, RÖDPLISTER multicolor and the SOMMAR 2018 yellow cushion will add a pop of color. The LISAMARI throw is a nice neutral with a yellow band. It sounds like you have the opportunity to play with any colors that you love in your living room.

Here's a quick link to the cushions page on IKEA-USA.com - https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/departments/Textiles/10659/

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thank you !


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i'm about to move into a 900 square foot 1.5 bedroom apartment and we need help figuring out where our furniture will go to make the most use of space! Do you folks have any free online tools you know of that could help with my planning? Also do you deliver to new york? : )

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Hi Michael,

I loved both the Sopranos and your character. I have recently started watching an Italian series called Gomorrah (which follows a mob family set in southern Italy) and am obsessed with that to.

Are you a mob film/series enthusiast and if so: favourite movie and favourite series?


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We have some planning tools available for our different furniture systems and there are buying guides available at IKEA-USA.com to help with the process. If you are visiting the store the coworkers can direct you to products they think will work.

https://www.ikea.com/ms/en_US/customer-service/about-our-products/planning-tools/index.html

And yes, we do deliver in New York!

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The Killing of a Chinese Bookie by John Cassavetes is my favorite mob movie of all time


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I broke the backing on a Hemnes Glass Door Cabinet trying to get out of the box. I really don’t need the cabinet anymore (it was too large). I’ve tried to get a new backing but was told that’s not something Ikea can provide. I’ve already discarded the broken piece (probably a mistake on my part). Can you help me get a new backing, or can I return it without it (it’s been less than a year a do have the receipt)? Please help, no one else at Ikea has been able to.

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Hi Michael, what music did you listen to while you were writing this book? Thanks!


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Unfortunately, we aren't the right team to answer this question. However, please DM us your email and we'll get you in touch with someone who can help!

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Lou Reed, Suicide, T Rex, Mott the Hoople, David Bowie, Dion, Patti Smith, John and Yoko, The Smiths,


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I understand that the IKEA catalogs differ based on country. Is this limited to cultural items only (IKEA Japan may carry katsuobushi graters, while IKEA USA would not), or are there differences across the catalog? Would I be able to find different dining set styles in Europe than I would in the US? And, most importantly, how would one go about previewing these different items in person short of taking a trip to different countries?

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Who was your favourite guest star to work with on The Sopranos, and why was it Ben Kingsley?

(Sorry, your opinion may differ, but friends and I still look at each other and deliver Sir Ben's "FuuuUuck" semi-regularly.)


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There are a lot of home furnishing options that IKEA has available worldwide. At times, countries may find that certain solutions are needed to meet local needs. For instance, mattress sizes vary across the globe and different sizes are developed accordingly.

It's always fun to travel to different countries to see what unique IKEA products they have!

The best way to see those items is to visit IKEA.com and choose which country you want to browse.

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Ben was great but my fave was Julianna Marguiles


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Any solutions for dorm rooms?

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Will you be in The Sopranos prequel?


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Definitely! Here's some inspiration below. https://www.hometourseries.com/dorm-d-cor-essentials https://www.hometourseries.com/update-your-college-space-with-100

Also, be on the lookout for Back To College events happening at the IKEA stores soon.

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I doubt it. My character was not even born in the late 60s which is when the movie is supposed to take place.


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I have limited space in my room and need a desk for my new computer I am building. I've heard great things about IKEA desks. What would your team recommend for a desk that is compact, sturdy, and minimalistic?

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Hi Michael!

I'm a big fan of Christopher with my favourite scene of his in the series being when he goes to rob and punches Lauren Bacall.

I was just wondering if you had any great set stories during your time filming The Sopranos and what was it like shooting that scene with her.


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Based on the description, it sounds like the MICKE desks could work well for you!

https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/series/17499/

We also like both the VITTSJÖ and LILLÅSEN for compact desks:

https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40303444/

https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90278277/

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i had met "betty" bacall many years before in Paris on the set of Robert Altman's "Ready to Wear" and was in awe of her every time I was near her. She was a legend, truly and a class act all the way. Punching her difficult for me but a highlight of my career to be sure!


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Hello, great idea! Do you guys have a UK equivalent?

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Great job as Stu Ungar. What connections did you feel with him?


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Nothing at this time but who knows what's coming next? Fortunately, the solutions are relevant to anyone, regardless of where you live.

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I got to meet a lot of people who knew him in las vegas...people who both loved and hated him...he was an obsessive human being and pursued his interests with lots of passion and intensity...i guess i try to do the same


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In all of your Furniture you assemble, what is the hardest piece to put together?

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Out of curiosity, when you were growing up, was there a particular movie or TV series that really stood out to you and made you think "I want to do that"? or any actor(s) that really stand out to you as all time greats in your mind?


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Good question! We haven't found a product we couldn't build!! If you ever need assistance with assembly, we suggest using Task Rabbit or one of our other assembly providers to get the job done.

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Midnight Cowboy and Dog Day Afternoon probably more than any others


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I'm in Québec city Canada and I love your designs. I can't wait for all the new episodes. What's each of you favorite piece of IKEA furniture?

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Love this question! Here's our answers:

Genna - Anything from the IKEA PS series

Steph - IVAR storage

Maria - SEKTION kitchens

Jesse - Anything in the art event collection

Rocky - SEKTION kitchens - I used to work in the kitchens department! Love them!

What's your favorite piece of IKEA furniture?


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Hey! I have a roommate who is a minimalist and I enjoy colorful spaces with a ton of character (we are polar opposites). Do you guys have any recommendations on wall decor (outside of paintings and photos) that strikes the balance between a minimalist and non-minimalist person?

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Adding a bookcase or any other shelving unit can be the perfect solution for both of you. This will allow space to display your favorite pieces of art and add character to your space. Also, adding doors your you bookcase will give you a pop of color and are great for storage.


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For walk-in closets we love ALGOT. It's a super affordable and customizable system that you can easily change over time.

https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/departments/bedroom/11468/


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Which IKEA values do each of you most relate to? ;)

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We definitely love all the values. It's hard to pick just one but here's our favorites! - Different with a meaning ( Jesse ) - Togetherness ( Genna ) - Give and take responsibility ( Maria ) - Cost Consciousness ( Steph ) - Togetherness ( Rocky )