Did you think I could go to IKEA and not do a run down of the other items that I came across and wanted to chat about or wondered how to convince my husband to bring back home? Not a chance in hell.
Here we go. First off IKEA’s styling team always brings it and I hate when they do because then you sit there and go I have an IKEA table set in my house and it looks nothing like this. Possibly because the top of the dining table has been destroyed from hours of craft time.
I love the PS 2012 tables. My husband. Not at all. Damn it.
One day however I will convince him to bring either this KIVIK sectional into our home. It is so comfortable.
Or the KARLSTAD sectional in this colour grey…but we have to wait til the kids move out because that grey will be mauled by goldfish crackers/grape juice/chocolate milk/insert stain maker of choice. I know IKEA has very kid friendly furniture, however my kids will find a way to antique those couch covers faster than you can say Arm & Hammer with Oxy Clean. Unless it has a plastic cover on it, forget it. It’s going to be washed every week.
Red and white blanket. The BJÖRNLOKA.
IKEA fabric and textile heaven.
Picked up several metres for a DIY bulletin board for my daughter’s room – that I will eventually blog about once Christmas passes and the explosion of Christmas art work is removed so that you can actually see it.
I really regret not getting some of this fabric. It’s called the LAPPLJUNG RANDIG and this iPhone photo does it no justice. It’s this thick rich woven fabric that is asking to be made into a rug, a runner, pillows, anything. It’s fantastic and a very expensive looking fabric that is only $9.99 a metre and believe me I’ve see fabrics of this same texture go for 4x that cost in fabric stores. Total steal.
I finally got to the see the TARNBY rug that I have wanted to see forever in real life. Our kids have destroyed two rugs in the past year and a half. Including the striped one I bought back in February of this year. Gone. See couch commentary above as it was the rug under the couch in our main living room (I say main as in we only have one living room). The reality is it’s a high traffic living room and we currently do not have a rug there because we got tired of spending money on one and having it destroyed in months. So I thought maybe we can get one made of Jute and it will withstand all the trauma that is thrown at it on a daily basis.
I liked it. My husband hated it. Damn it again. Back to the drawing board. His drawing board is a flat out refusal to get a new rug until we get the basement done and the TV/play area goes down there. I will admit it’s been easier to sweep daily messes off the floor without one, but our living room looks so bare right now. So sadly it stayed in the store.
Well guess who came out with the STUVA bench with a decorative trim around the front. Initially this was from the kids line. Not anymore by the looks of it. I did a double take and checked the name to make sure it was the same name as the original kids one. It is very nice.
I hadn’t seen this member IKEA dining table family. It’s called the HAJDEBY line and it’s not on their website as of today so I can’t link you up to it. Very good price for the table. Costs just a little more than the red and white blanket I showed above. I’m not kidding.
I hate the yellow Now or Never tags on IKEA items. It makes me feel like there will come a time where I go That’s exactly what we need for here. And it’ll already be in the never pile. I’m surprised this is one of them considering the popularity of lockers as decor. The PS Cabinet.
The new PS coffee tables.
Lunch interlude. Meatballs. Lingonberry juice.
The OTTAVA pendant lamp.
The FOTO pendant lamp. Best DIY pendant lamp. Even though it currently comes in 6 different colours, if you still need a colour, get a can of spray paint and you’ve got instant matching decor to any colour scheme that you desire.
And this was new, IKEA now sells backpacks. And travel items. And laptop cases. Walls of them.
I loved this mirror. The GRUNDTAL round mirror. The DIY frame potential for this is endless. But I’m a sucker for a good round mirror.
I now bring you to the two most desired items on my list.
The FJELL line from IKEA kills me. Kills me.
This is the FJELL chest of drawers.
Oh here’s another view.
But then they had to go and make a matching FJELL wardrobe.
I swear I sat there and tried to figure out where I could put this in my house. The kitchen at one point in my brain seemed like a great idea. Travesty. I have no room for it.
Did I mention that it comes with a matching bed that alas is still not here in Canada. Dear IKEA, why???
This is what it looks like:
Dreamy. That is all.
Did I also mention that this line however costs a hell of a lot more than the typical IKEA furniture normally costs. They’re going back to their pine and rustic furniture roots. They know people will pay for this.
Do you want another view of this line? Here you go. Now cry with me.
photo: The Share Space
There are even more on the site. Go visit. It’s where IKEA lovers and owners share their IKEA-fied rooms. It’s similar to IKEA Family Live but without having the camera crew showing up to your house. You submit the photos.
And then in the final great irony of my me loving thrift stores and IKEA, I recently found a nice metal tin that I loved at our local Goodwill that I filled with Christmas twigs and put up next to our couch for some holiday decor.
See? I stole that from my Instagram.
So when I came across the SOCKER vase at IKEA as a new item, I actually did a back step because I almost passed it and then stared at it thinking “How did my thrifted bucket appear in IKEA?”. I see then.
It comes in many colours.
The moral of the story is I can’t escape IKEA even when I go to thrift stores looking for retro fun pieces that I think no one else will own but me. Such misconceptions. It’s like Star Wars. It just follows me.