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An Ikea hacks expert took questions about getting a custom look on a budget

Every Thursday at 11 a.m. Eastern time, Jura Koncius takes your questions about home design. (Simone Noronha for The Washington Post)

Lotta Lundaas, a Swedish-born entrepreneur based in New York, answered your questions about customizing furniture and achieving a one-of-a-kind look on Thursday. She is on a mission to help people liberate themselves from cookie-cutter furniture. Her company, Norse Interiors, produces fronts, panels and hardware that are compatible with popular models of Ikea furniture, making it easy for consumers to customize pieces at an affordable price. Norse pieces are crafted in Kentucky largely by hand using only SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) certified and locally grown wood species. Lundaas is a passionate sustainability advocate, which is at the core of her work and life.

Here are some of the questions she answered:

Every Thursday at 11 a.m. Eastern time, Jura Koncius helps you in your quest to achieve domestic bliss. She and weekly guests — whether it’s Martha Stewart, Marie Kondo, Jasmine Roth of HGTV, Paula Sutton of Hill House Vintage or TikTok’s Folding Lady, Sophie Liard — answer your decorating, decluttering, design, entertaining and home-keeping questions. For more than 20 years, our Q&A has hosted conversations about how to make your home comfortable, stylish, organized and fun.

Recent Q&As have covered whether it’s okay to replace a tub with a stand-alone shower, how to keep mice out of your house, what to do with a collection of costume jewelry and how to use the steam settings on your washer and dryer.

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Helen Carefoot, writer and editorial aide for the Lifestyle section, produced this Q&A.