This year the IKEA Life at Home report is not just a survey, it’s a conversation.

The 2017 Life at Home Report.

(Not just a survey,
a conversation.)

BY CRAIG PRATT


IKEA is guided by the vision of creating a better everyday life – and what better place to start, than at home? But if you’re going to make something better, you need to know what makes it worse. And that means asking people – lots of people – what they struggle most with at home.

Thanks to the involvement of more than 22,000 people from 22 countries, this year’s Life at Home Report presents a refreshingly honest view of what life at home is really like for the many people. It reveals five common battles that take place when the places and spaces we live in, and the things we own, are at odds with the people we live with.

But during the research, IKEA found some people who take living to the next level. People who are challenging convention and traditional priorities. People who are passionate, curious and disruptive. People who are successfully beating the battles at home.

They call them …

Home pioneers.

Head shot of Izumi, an IKEA Life at Home Report Home Pioneer

Izumi, Japan

Head shot of Jennifer, an IKEA Life at Home Report Home Pioneer

Jennifer, USA

Head shot of Christian, an IKEA Life at Home Report Home Pioneer

Christian, Denmark

The Home Pioneers IKEA met lived in curious places such as RESTORED CASTLES, CONVERTED MILITARY LANDING CRAFTS and BUILDINGS ON STILTS OVER THE SEA. IKEA wanted to know what they could learn about life at home from people who live very differently to the rest of us and are connected with a common mindset. As a result, they found that home pioneering thinking is something anyone can do, if they:

- accept their homes are always evolving

- embrace change and do what scares them

Meet Lydia Choi-Johansson, Intelligence Specialist for Inter IKEA Systems, as she explains how we created this year’s report and what we discovered along the way.

Nataliya, a home pioneer
We built a round house; next is a square house, and then a triangle house. Building these is my self-realisation.

– NATALIYA, RUSSIA, LIVING IN A ROUND HOUSE

Nataliya’s round wooden home.
Head shot of IKEA Life at Home Report Home Pioneer Christian from Denmark.
I renovate my home every five years, the drive never dies because there is always another project on the horizon.

– CHRISTIAN, DENMARK, LIVING ON A BOAT

The houseboat where IKEA Life at Home Report Home Pioneer Christian from Denmark lives.
Head shot of IKEA Life at Home Report Home Pioneer Amélie from the USA.
The stronger my sanctuary the more I can reach out and be bold in my life.

– AMÉLIE, US home pioneer, LIVING IN A VAN

A view from Amélie's van.

To read more about the battles and get some home pioneer hints, explore

lifeathome.ikea.com

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