Oh, woe is me. My IKEA Ektorp ‘Blekkinge White’ three-seater sofa is more like an Ektorp ‘Blekkinge Grubby Yellow’ three-seater these days with black cat hairs, muddy paw prints and red wine stains (!) to complete the overall effect of minging-ness. The practical solution of course, would be to buy a cover in a grey or a black – much more sensible – and I wouldn’t have to wash and iron the bloomin’ things every month. But Bemz has just created a range of loose-fit, linen shabby-chic style covers for the big IKEA ranges and I’m completely smitten with the white one…

These new pure linen covers are available for the Ektorp, Tomelilla and Nikkala sofa ranges as well as the Henriksdal dining chairs and, until Thursday, you can get 10% off all of them – which means I’m really tempted. My living room would look fantastic with a new, crisp, white linen sofa cover…for a few days, anyway! Have a lovely weekend. – Ellie

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I’ve just been admiring, stroking and generally cooing over the 11 new Marimekko covers from Bemz, the lovely Swedish chaps who produce stylish slipcovers for IKEA‘s sofas and armchairs.

Unikko_Henriksdal_7b_lowresNow, I don’t know about you (you might be an oligarch for all I know), but my budget’s not quite up to a designer sofa. I do, however, have a trusty IKEA Ektorp three-seater, which started life as Blekkinge White but these days is more, well, Blekkinge Grey – and not in a good way. It’s been washed many times over the years – after the famous Lasagne Incident of 2005, following the notorious Kitten Accident of 2008, and more recently, in the aftermath of the Red Wine Catastrophe of 2009.  It’s time for a change. These Marimekko covers might just be the answer…

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It’s hard to choose, but my fave classic here has got to be the Fandango print, which comes in a light grey and a hot pink. Gorgeous! – Ellie

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