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More IKEA eye candy

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.

Moving on, you know all those amazing hacks of IKEA kitchen cabinets and bookshelves into benches? Here are two really great examples from Centsational Girl and Aubrey & Lindsay.

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.

And IKEA now has terrariums. Rather the SOCKER greenhouse. I can just see the potential contributions to Terrarium Tuesday already.

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.


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  • Reply
    November 26, 2012 at 9:46 am

    *sob* Ikea is so far away from me… I don’t understand how Chicago can have THREE Ikeas, but Indianapolis, St Louis and Louisville (all in a 2-3 hour radius from my home) don’t even have ONE. Figure that out!

    I love that terrarium! I love everything about terrariums. It’s my own captive little ecosystem that only I have the power to nourish or destroy. Sidenote, my terrarium plants usually end up dead. Maybe I can’t handle the power?? =P Also, those PS coffee tables with the caster wheels are adorable!

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      [email protected]
      November 27, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      I don’t have a clue how they decide where and when to open a store. I agree that that needs to be remedied.

      If I tried to make a terrarium there’s a good chance the plants would rot inside before I even remembered to water them.It’s also one of the words I am constantly misspelling. I always write ‘terranium’ and not terrarium.

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    Pillows A-La-Mode
    November 26, 2012 at 9:54 am

    We don’t have IKEA in our city, but you SO make me want to travel just to go through one!!! 🙂

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      [email protected]
      November 27, 2012 at 12:09 pm

      Again, that’s so needs to be fixed. If we can have a Tim Horton’s coffee in every corner of Canada, at least one IKEA store per state should exist. Or they expand their shipping.

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    Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
    November 26, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    I just saw an Ikea ipad app being touted over on Apt Therapy… Sounds like you are their target audience… Which may or may not necessitate you getting an ipad first.

    I thought about going there two weekends ago. And then I was like, am I insane? I try not to go there unless it’s absolutely unavoidable. I come home exhausted. And with random stuff I don’t actually need—but is so cheap and ingenious I couldn’t pass it up.

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      [email protected]
      November 27, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      I saw that and I am not even touching that. My entire house is already so IKEAfied that I am now trying to un-IKEAfy (I make up words) it or else you start resembling the catalogue. We have a Samsung Tablet but I am starting to think it’d be easier to type on an iPad. Crap.

      Weekend trips there should be banned. Hell weekday trips after lunch hour should be banned. I remember coming in during the lunch hour period and I thought I was at a football game intermission in the snack area.

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    now at home mom
    November 27, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Hi Alex, when I opened my e-mails and I read the title of your last blog, the name “IKEA” made me open it up right away! OK, so we seem to have the same taste in a lot of the IKEA furniture and accessories, because I was going to get the TARNBY rug and didn’t because of my hubby, he says he didn’t like it 🙁 & the round table I had it in my basement but because we made it my son’s playroom it is now at my parent’s house 🙂 As for the benches, we were supposed to DIY them this last summer, but didn’t because we ended up having a full kitchen reno this last fall, Oh, how I would love to have a bench/banquette in our small eat-in-kitchen (we don’t have a formal dining room) 🙂 I love IKEA !!! 🙂 btw, those SOCKER vases, I haven’t seen them here, maybe I just passed by them and didn’t noticed them!

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      [email protected]
      November 27, 2012 at 12:15 pm

      Hilarious! I liked the rug a lot but it was so hard on my feet and our kids sit on it all day so even though I was sure it would withstand the stains, I kept thinking this is going to scratch their bums. We don’t have a formal dining area either. Did you blog about your kitchen? If so I need to find that! I love kitchen renos just b/c I am so not a fan of my own.

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    now at home mom
    November 27, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    you are right about the rug! 🙂 I haven’t blogged about the kitchen yet! I started writing the post but haven’t post it yet because believe me the contractor didn’t place the order correctly, so we are still waiting on some of the cabinets. I’m so done with it, I told my hubby we cant wait anymore so we will do with what we have now and wait until they get them (I already put all my dishes and pans away) , but I wanted to write a post about it because we had some ugly experiences with it! 🙂 I will let you know when it’s posted, hope you like it! 🙂

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    November 28, 2012 at 3:10 am

    Husband’s can be total party poopers when it comes to our decorating genius. Why?!! 99% of the time I love that our home reflects both our tastes, but it’s that 1% that get’s me all, “Seriously?! Come On, Man!”

    Interestingly enough, we were just talking this evening about a new sectional for our family room and discussing which (between the two styles that you featured) we like better. Love the L-shape, but the chaise look is cool too. We might have to go test drive these guys.

    Thanks for sharing these fun finds!

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      [email protected]
      November 30, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      I am going to eat some crow here and mention that he actually has a much better design decor sense than me for what I like to call “real life” living. You know how when you see a pinterest pin and go Oh my God I totally want my kitchen to look like that. Then your kid gets out the washable yet not so washable markers and draws all over the cabinets and you go Ohhhhh that’s why I haven’t painted them white yet. He’s the voice of logic. In the case of the rug he was like do you really think they’re going to sit on that and be comfortable and I was like but it’s for me (outside voice).

      I love L shaped sectionals. I want a warm camel coloured brown leather one and I’d have to sell a kidney to afford one. Get one!

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        November 30, 2012 at 11:49 pm

        Tyson is that voice of logic too. It’s a real pisser to not get your way AND have someone be right about why you’re not getting it. Somedays I think, “when the kids are older we’ll be able to handle nicer things” and then I go and use the staple gun on our dining table and know the real truth. 🙂

        I am hoping that Santa will bring me a chocolate brown leather sectional, but I’m pretty sure he’s not willing to sell a kidney for one. You and I need to find a two for one deal.

  • Reply
    Stephen Hughes
    November 29, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Great collection of shots – and now I’ve talked myself of visiting!
    I tend to go to Ikea to buy on item and come back with a boot full!

    Mind you the Christmas stock is in now….
    (Seasonal Greetings)!


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      [email protected]
      November 30, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      Go visit! And pick up some bakers twine that I totally forgot to buy and am wondering if it’s worth the gas money to go back and get the once a year supply.

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    December 21, 2012 at 7:33 am

    My husband felt the same way about the comfort level of the rug – but caved when we stopped by an Ikea on the way home from a Chicago trip. [Insert villainous laugh here.] And to be honest I was secretly hoping he wasn’t going to be right about it. AND HE WASN’T! Other than it needing to be shaken out a whole bunch when you buy it [and vacuumed] the rug is remarkably soft on the knees and bum. I’d start off with their smaller one. Maybe in the kitchen or entryway? To get him used to the idea and feel of it. Trust me, SO worth it. And no where near the price tag of rugs similar that I’ve looked into.[That were like sandpaper!]

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    Shannon Acheson
    November 26, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Oh man, I wasn’t planning and Ikea visit again until next year – but now? Thanks a lot! 🙂 Hubby is not going to be please.

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    May 22, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Hi Alex, sorry to comment on an old blog entry, but I’m in search for banquette options for my basement and I came across your photo from the Ikea store showing the Stuva storage bench with cushions and a pad. I was wondering if you remember what the name of the blue pad was? I can’t seem to find it on Ikea’s website. Thanks so much if you can help!

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      May 22, 2014 at 11:14 am

      Hi Nelson! I’m terribly sorry but I have no idea. I never looked at it when I was taking the photo if only because I was concentrating on the bench. Worst case email IKEA with this entry and maybe their Customer Service can help you find it. It always helps them to have a visual. They’re usually very good at that. Hope that helps some!

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