I finally made a trip to Ikea a couple of weekends ago. It’s one of the places people love or hate (or so I heard), but I definitely fall in the former camp. I think Ikea has a lot of beautiful, affordable designs and while everybody can rather easily spot Ikea furniture in other people’s’ home, I think you can totally make the home decor your own by mixing it with other pieces (although I have to admit, come to think of it, most of our furniture is from Ikea. I should mix it up a bit.)
I love when the new IKEA catalogue comes in the mail and I could peruse it for hours on end.
don’t mind enjoy putting the furniture together. I know a lot of people hate it and get frustrated by it, but for me it has a really soothing effect. It feels like you’re actually building your own furniture, without actually having to measure, cut and drill holes into wood planks. Haha.
I wanted to go to Ikea ever since we moved into our house (3,5 months ago), but I was afraid that I really would have liked to buy everything and decided that I needed to hold off for a bit and make (at least a mental) plan. A list of our needs vs. wants, so to speak. Now that we’re a little bit more settled, there are still quite a few things I want to get for our new home (some I deem necessary, others maybe not necessary, but well… much desired.)
A few things I bought on my last trip…
Råskog cart (in teal!) for my craft room. I’ve wanted one of those carts for forever.
Hejsan Pen cup set (this was just too cute to resist + on clearance and really, who wouldn’t have put that in their cart?).
Two Vörda knives (I already cut myself with one of them. Holy moly, they have sharp blades when they’re new. Be careful!).
Ikea 365+ food storage box for the pantry.
I saw a few (a gazillion! Who am I kidding?) other things that I would have liked to buy, but didn’t (yet), because a) money and b) because I haven’t decided if this is really what I want, as I constantly change my mind about styles/colors, but here are a few things I am contemplating (and yes, you guessed correctly, I am slightly obessed with Ikea’s HEMNES series. I just love the design. No shame.):
Kallax 16-cube shelf (in white) for my craft room
Hemnes bedframe. We haven’t had a real bedframe (I don’t call the metal thing under the mattress riser a bedframe) in forever. Do we need one? No. Do I want one to make the bedroom look more put together? YES.
Hemnes dresser – see above.
Hemnes shoe cabinet . Since we don’t have a real entry way, I’d at least like to create the illusion of an entry way area by putting up a shoe cabinet and coat rack or something.
Seglarö Parasol (for our backyard deck!). We have a place to sit outside now (hooray!), but we also have afternoon/evening sun in our backyard and I really need some sun shade to be able to enjoy the evenings outside.
Luns Chalk/Magnet board for our kitchen. An organization station, if you will. I have just the right spot for it.
Hemnes nightstand. Everybody needs a nightstand.
Hemnes TV stand. We have a little shelf that holds our TV right now. This would look so much nicer though (with more storage).
Hemnes coffee table. We haven’t had a coffee table, ever. I just think it’s time.
And here are even more miscellaneous things I could easily see myself add to our house. Maybe some of these things will replace some of the things that we have already. Maybe some will just magically come home with me sometime. Who knows.
Byholma/Marieberg rattan chair // Maryd tray table // Hjälmaren leaning shelf // Gregor swivel chair //
Rundlig Serving bowl // Hjälmaren shelf // Knagglig storage box // Kvarnvik boxes //
Alex drawer unit // Stenstorp Plate shelf // Finnby bookcase // Solvinden led-solar powered outdoor light //
Äpplarö /Klasen charcoal grill // Äpplarö Hållö chair // Gåro Fredön hammock // Äpplarö Hållö chair with footstool //
As you can see, my love for Ikea (which is pronounced [ɪˈkeːˈa], in case you want to pronounce it the (correct) Swedish way. I’m a bit on a mission here, ha) is strong.
Do you have any favorite Ikea items? Where else do you buy furniture/home decor? (Do tell!)