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A Taste of Koko Featured In InStyle Magazine

January 05, 2017

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A Taste of Koko Featured In InStyle Magazine

Last year when IKEA gave me a home makeover, I was literally jumping up and down! IKEA transformed my small space of 300 square feet into a fully functional and organized workspace to support my blogging lifestyle. I couldn’t believe it when my IKEA home makeover was featured in InStyle Magazine!!


InStyle Magazine Nov 2016

Beyond thrilled to be featured on the inside back cover of InStyle Magazine’s Home & Design November 2016 issue! Not to mention, to be featured in the same issue as Lea Michele’s beautiful L.A. home.


IKEA Home Makeover

Imagine a whopping 300 square feet for your living room, dining room, and kitchen. Now, add in a dog, a love for home entertaining, and the fact that it doubles as your workspace.

Welcome to food and lifestyle blogger Jane Ko’s home.

With the help of IKEA, Jane was able to transform her space into a functional and beautiful living area. “Before my IKEA makeover, I was embarrassed to have people over and didn’t really spend much time downstairs. IKEA sent its experts to help change all that. They listened to my space challenges and came up with really great solutions like a modular sofa, which is perfect for entertaining or relaxing – something I never envisioned could work in my space!” says Jane. In addition to the sectional, the functionality and look of the room was improved with one of IKEA’s multi-use entertainment centers. It not only stores my electronics but also doubles as a liquor cabinet, complete with a backlit area for glasses,” says Jane.

For the kitchen and dining area, rethinking the format to cut down on clutter was particularly important. To gain counter space, a microwave with a built-in vent replaced a range hood. And a light color table was brought in instead of the previous dark one, allowing Jane a better area in which to take food photos for her blog.

For her entryway, a mirror was installed. But it’s not just any ordinary mirror. Hidden behind it are hooks that hold Jane’s keys, her dog’s leash, an umbrella, among other essentials. “The clutter by the door was something I just assumed there was no real solution for. I was wrong!” says Jane. “This makeover has really elevated and enhanced my lifestyle.”

– InStyle Magazine


IKEA Home Makeover

IKEA Home Makeover

Thank you so much IKEA!


Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.