My Ektorp Sofas Get a Luxurious Ikea Hack from BEMZ

Belgian Linen Bemz cover for Ikea Ektorp sofa at fixer upper for Hello Lovely Studio
BEMZ Belgian Linen Slipcover on Ikea Ektorp Sofa

If you caught my post on Valentine’s Day,

then you know I just returned from Arizona,

where my family resides and where we bought

a love shack of a fixer upper no. 2

(a way easier DIY makeover

than the Chicagoland fixer upper!!).

Hello Lovely Arizona Fixer Upper!

While my time was limited for renovation

projects this visit, it was exciting

to open a big box of slipcover goodness

from Bemz Design

to transform two Ektorp sofas from Ikea.

Bemz invited me to select a fabric from their

lovely collection to have custom covers created

for the Ikea Ektorp sofas we purchased for the living room.

These are not your run of the mill slipcovers, friends.

Take the Respect collection from Bemz:

They create SUSTAINABLE covers,

where leftover fabrics from the clothing industry are:

collected

sorted by color

shredded

ground into cotton fibers

and

spun into yarn.

Those fibers get mixed with recycled plastic bottles,

and then the yarn is woven into a new textile

for pieces in the Respect collection.

Is all of this soaking in?

Bemz not only takes waste and recycles it into lovely

without using water or dye, but their sustainable

creations  then extend the life of Ikea furniture.

The makeover is underway so there aren’t

gorgeous finished rooms to share yet of the

desert getaway (which is part investment,

part maybe-retirement-home, and mostly a

toasty lovebungalow to escape the cold), and

today we’ll take a peek at progress in the living room

where a dated Southwest styled space is getting its

Euro-Serene-Timeless ON with

a smart furniture extending option!

Below is the BEFORE living room at the fixer upper

with its earthy browns and reds and masculine furniture

from the previous owner.

The floorplan features an open concept for

the living and dining areas, and today’s focus

is a simple design enhancement from Bemz

for the living room sofas to provide instant

“ahhhhhhh.”

By the way, don’t even tryyyy to put a price tag on a peaceful

AHHHHHHH moment…it’s money…and capturing it

is what Hello Lovely is all about…it’s how

we all want to feel when we arrive home.

Here’s another shot of the BEFORE living and dining rooms

when we toured the house.

We’re starting completely from scratch for all the

furniture and accessories and bought two

Ikea Ektorp sofas (his and hers!) for two reasons:

Budget and L o u n g i n g lovely…

one for him to stretch out, one for me.

I’m a fan of beachy/casual/white,

and Ektorp sofas have garnered a reputation

for beginning life as a temporary fix

and then lingering as an unexpected informal find.

Here is one of our white Ektorp sofas in the Arizona

living room with newly painted walls

in Sherwin Williams Salute.

BEFORE

I’m cool with the white Ektorp covers.

They are good.

They’re fine.

But I’m also keen on a luxurious Ikea hack.

So when Bemz came into the picture…

Ya know?

Picking a fabric from Bemz to dress up the Ektorps was easy.

A longtime fan of online shopping, my only worries

were (1) making a good fabric choice and

(2) whether the covers would look as good

in person as on the Bemz website.

Bemz fabric samples for cover for Ikea Ektorp sofa at fixer upper for Hello Lovely Studio
BEMZ Fabric Samples

All of the Bemz samples had a gorgeous hand feel,

and I even took video when I opened up the sample pack here.

(please follow me on IG @hellolovelystudio!)

On the back of each fabric swatch is detailed info

to keep the ordering process organized and easy,

and I couldn’t wait to have those babies sewn!

Some of you asked me about Bemz

shipping costs, and here is a link to specifics,

for customers in the USA. Shipping is a flat

rate of $20, and there are no customs and duty fees

tacked on to that for orders $800 and less.

But you’ll run into paying fees for

orders above $800 so keep that in mind

when ordering (maybe place multiple orders

to avoid fees that have nothing to do with Bemz?).

Bemz fabric samples for slipcover for Ikea Ektorp sofa at fixer upper for Hello Lovely Studio
BEMZ fabric samples

Are you even surprised that I immediately fell for a

natural Belgian Linen fabric from Designer’s Guild?

Thick, luxurious, and nubbygood, I knew

its timeless Euro essence would enhance

and help our plain ol’ Ektorp sofas live large.

It was tres helpful to be able to see

a rendering of the linen on the Ektorp sofa

on the Bemz site right on my computer screen.

There are all kinds of reasons you might

want to invest in a new cover for Ikea furniture,

and one of mine was design flexibility.

As a creative free spirit, I grow easily

bored and get the itch to change things up

to suit my mood or the season (wanna hear

awesomeness about aging?…there’s

no more apologizing for being gifted

with such a spirit).

Classic white sofas work superbly for creating

a coastal, informal, beachy vibe,

yet what a lovely bonus to be able to dress up the

Ektorps in warm, natural, high quality linen

WHENEVER I FEEL LIKE IT,

WHENEVER I WANT WOW,

WHENEVER I CRAVE LUXURY,

WHICH FOR NOW IS…

A  L  W  A  Y  S.

Here is a close-up of the Bemz Belgian Linen

custom cover on our sofa:



Belgian Linen Bemz cover for Ikea Ektorp sofa at fixer upper for Hello Lovely Studio
Bemz cover on my Ektorp sofa

It took about 20 minutes to get each cover on properly,
and the hand feel of this linen is heavenly sunshine…



Belgian Linen Bemz cover for Ikea Ektorp sofa at fixer upper for Hello Lovely Studio
Dressing the Ektorp in Pretty New Clothes

Belgian Linen Bemz cover for Ikea Ektorp sofa at fixer upper for Hello Lovely Studio
Bemz Belgian Linen from Designer’s Guild



Belgian Linen Bemz cover for Ikea Ektorp sofa at fixer upper for Hello Lovely Studio
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Belgian Linen Bemz cover for Ikea Ektorp sofa at fixer upper for Hello Lovely Studio
AFTER: My kind of Ikea Hack!



Belgian Linen Bemz cover for Ikea Ektorp sofa at fixer upper for Hello Lovely Studio
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Belgian Linen Bemz cover for Ikea Ektorp sofa at fixer upper for Hello Lovely Studio
AFTER



Belgian Linen Bemz cover for Ikea Ektorp sofa at fixer upper for Hello Lovely Studio
Bemz Cover for Ektorp Sofa



Belgian Linen Bemz cover for Ikea Ektorp sofa at fixer upper for Hello Lovely Studio
Bemz Cover for Ektorp Sofa



Belgian Linen Bemz cover for Ikea Ektorp sofa at fixer upper for Hello Lovely Studio
Bemz Cover for Ikea Ektorp Sofa

We remain happily busy at work on this place and
will be returning to the site a week from today!

A big thank you to
TO MY SISTER JO for snapping photos
for this shoot…she is magic.

ANOTHER HUGE SHOUTOUT OF GRATITUDE
TO BEMZ FOR THEIR COMMITMENT TO
SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION…thank you, Bemz,
for caring so much about the earth and recycling.

Bemz Belgian linen slipcover for Ektorp Sofa in Arizona fixer upper of Hello Lovely Studio

I am having a blast decorating this Arizona fixer upper,

and I sure hope you stick around for the journey because

the makeover from Southwest Masculine to Euro Serene

will be a dramatic, budget friendly, lovely one.

Peace to you right where you are.

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Thank you, Bemz, for partnering with me on this story
about creating timeless and tranquil peaceful decor at home.

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4 Comments

  1. February 18, 2017 / 6:01 pm

    The new slipcovers look divine….wondering how much they cost? We're doing a small fixer upper to escape to as well. You and your blog are much loved.

  2. February 21, 2017 / 3:20 pm

    Not sure how I missed the news about the new "fixer-upper" but is looks fabulous so far! I love these slipcovers!!!!! I cannot wait to see more.

    • February 21, 2017 / 4:56 pm

      it's all my fault, elizabeth. i have been short on time and haven't properly introduced that project! i'm getting there though…stay tuned! xox

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