A Creative Apartment Living Room Makeover


In this special edition of the IKEA Home Tour Series, the Squad visits Diego Gonzalez-Zuniga, from the men’s fashion and life style blog Diego Downtown at his 2-bedroom apartment in Washington, D.C.. Diego loves the location of his apartment but feels that his living room doesn’t meet his entertaining needs, nor does it reflect his personal and creative style. Being that the living room is Diego’s all-purpose room where he hosts large groups of friends and does his work, it’s important that the room reflects who he is, as soon as his friends walk in through the door. With just 1 day to do the makeover, the IKEA Home Tour Squad started off quickly by adding a FJÄLLBO TV unit which provides a nice rustic look and offers plenty of storage. A HOLMSUND sleeper sectional, that just begs Diego to jump onto it and get comfortable, provides plenty of under seat storage along with plenty of room for Diego’s friends to sit. The Squad also added plenty of greenery, wall décor, and handmade KLOVAN pendant lamp shades for Diego’s lights to really tie the room back to Diego’s personal style. Since Diego loves entertaining guests, the Squad added a BESTÅ Storage combination system with plenty of shelf space to act as a new bar, complete with HEDRELIG red wine glasses and DIODER led 4-piece light strips with a wall mounted control that lets Diego set the mood. Now Diego and his guests have the perfect spot to make and enjoy cocktails, he just needs to add a little music and the room is ready for a dance party!

Behind the Design

Fashionable Living

Diego is the creator of Diego Downtown, a men’s fashion and lifestyle blog. Though he has a distinct personal style, his home was not a reflection of it. The goal was to transform his lackluster living room into a comfortable and creative living space.

See how we did it

Living Area

Diego lives right in the heart of Washington D.C. and wanted his living room to be a place where he can entertain and have guests spend the night. With the HOLMSUND sleeper sofa, he has room for plenty of visitors with the option to sleep over and the SANDARED pouffes provide extra seating when needed. To incorporate storage, two low FJÄLLBO TV units were placed across the length of the wall with EKBY HEMNES/EKBY HÅLL wall shelves above it.


Diego dreamed of hosting parties for his friends. By using a BESTÅ storage combination on STUBBARP legs, he now has a customized bar for entertaining. The adjustable glass shelves provide flexible storage for FESTLIGHET margarita glasses and other barware. With everything organized and easily accessible, the DIODER LED light strips added mood lighting to polish off the look.


With documenting his on-the-go lifestyle, Diego doesn’t work in a typical office. After finishing photo and video shoots around the city, he needed a place at home to sit and review his content. Surrounded his desk with artwork and decorations served as an inspiration while the LÅNGFJÄLL swivel chair gives him a comfortable place to work on his blog.

For some people, home is a place to relax and unwind but also work. It is important to create an environment that is suitable for a balanced lifestyle. Now Diego has a living space that truly reflects his style and inspires him whether working, entertaining, or spending a quiet night at home.

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