While Corey was out of town this weekend, I felt a random need to visit Ikea. Doesn’t it just hit you sometimes? I don’t ever get that feeling with any other store, but Ikea just calls out to me sometimes. And I can’t resist it.
Ikea always inspires me like no other store can do. I always leave there with a million new ideas for the house, and I could spend an embarrassing amount of time in that store just staring at their displays. This time while I was visiting I decided to snap a ton of photos of the things that inspired me so I can share them with you guys – I hate shopping alone, so it made me feel a little bit like I was shopping with all of you (which, by the way, would be amazing. Let’s work on that).
First of all, that print is fabulous. It’s one of those things I could never pull off in my own home (it has that Anthropologie vibe that I’m just not that good at accomplishing) but I adore it.
But the real reason I took this photo is because of those pendants. I’m obsessed with those pendants. Corey and I actually snagged one for $4 from the As-Is section recently and haven’t found a spot for it yet, but I love them paired together over a table like this. I’m thinking if we get a second one they would look fabulous over our eventual peninsula (once we knock down our bar to counter level) – they add such a nice industrial touch! I also love all of the little accessories scattered over the area – the blue dishes are gorgeous and I love the candleholders and the little pitcher on the shelf!
This comes in yellow too. Um yeah, you know I stopped in my tracks and practically bowled everyone over in order to rush over and drool all over it. I am obsessed with the amazing pop of color it would bring to the room and I’m always a giant fan of glass doors on bookshelves.
I don’t know if you can see that price tag, but it says $79.99. Less than $100 for this amazing (AMAZING) bookcase that could totally make a room. I might be having dreams about this guy tonight. I want him.
Corey’s really into this line of furniture and I’m a pretty big fan too. I love the spindle-y legs, the muted colors, and the beautiful lines. I think the either one would look fabulous in our kitchen where we currently have our wine rack. Hell, I could probably buy every single piece in this line (I believe there’s also a nightstand, a dresser, and a vanity) and find a spot for it in my house. It’s just all gorgeous – it looks like something you would find in an amazing antique store, but still in perfect condition. That’s always a good thing!
I snapped all three of these photos because I wanted to show these pieces to Corey. We’ve been looking for ideas for something to go in our kitchen to hold wine, our nice dishes, and other random things, and I thought any of these could be a good candidate. Two of them are technically entertainment centers (as evidenced by the television in the first photo) but I think that any of these could look work double duty as a china cabinet, entry-table, or really anything you want ’em to be. One thing I love about Ikea is that it always inspires me to think of different ways to use furniture!
These photos were taken because Corey and I are (very very seriously) considering getting an Ikea wardrobe for our bedroom! We have a very large room and a pretty small (and very awkward) closet, so something like this would fit in perfectly – and bring some much-needed height to our room!
I was really excited to see these (which is why I took photos) because I had no idea that these options for the doors existed. Most of the doors I’ve seen are very plain, and while I like them I want something a little more visually interesting for our room. The seond one is definitely my favorite (and while I haven’t had a chance to show these to Corey, I predict it’ll be his favorite too!) and I think it would look amazing in our room. Seeing all of these in person (and the absolutely amazing interior organizers they have) made me even more excited to get one of these guys for our room!
Okay, it took every ounce of my self control to not bring home every one of the above lamps. I have a serious thing for glass lamps right now and I cannot believe how insanely affordable most of these are. Do you see that $14 price tag? Ridiculous! I’m predicting a really good possibility that I’ll be forcing Corey to go back to Ikea with me soon so I can pick up a couple of these. A glass lamp is one of those things you can always find a spot for, right?
I couldn’t resist snapping a photo of this guy because I’ve seen so many glass terrariums like this all over the place for insane amounts of money. I know for a fact West Elm used to have a similar one for over $100 – this one is twenty bucks. Seriously, y’all, TWENTY BUCKS. I almost bought it just for the principle of saving that much money. I didn’t though, so I’m pretty sure one of you needs to go buy this and then send me photos of how amazing it looks in your home – because it WILL look amazing.
And lastly, we have a quick reminder to always, always, always check the as-is section. Corey and I found our tulip table there for 40% off, and while I was there this weekend I found this gorgeous stainless steel sink for 50% off. I also saw some insanely gorgeous chairs that I wanted to snap a photo of but couldn’t because there were people sitting on them (I think they were staking their claim on them. Boo!)
I can’t even begin to tell you how many awesome deals I’ve seen in the as-is section, including steep discounts on cabinetry, lamps, and kitchen cabinet organizers. It’s my favorite part of the store. Seriously – the only reason I tolerate the insane maze that is this store is to make it to the awesome-deal-mecca at the end.
Okay that’s a lie. I’m also obsessed with the rest of the store. But that as-is section is something special and you need to check it out next time you’re there. Do it for me.
And that’s what inspired me this week at Ikea! I don’t want you to think that I actually had the self control to go through the entire store without purchasing anything, though, so I feel compelled to share what I bought.
Remember our succulent centerpiece? The one that I loved so much?
Yeah, about that. About three-quarters of the succulents died.
It was partially because I suck at taking care of plants and partially because Corey and I didn’t plan well and built a planter with no drainage to plant things that desperately need drainage. No matter what the cause was, though, the truth is that those plants were looking really sad. Every time I walked into the dining room I got a little bit depressed, and while I was hoping that they would magically revive themselves it finally got to a point where I couldn’t handle it anymore.
So, Corey and I decided to do away with the big succulent centerpiece, and I grabbed some cute white planters from Ikea (for $1.99 each – seriously!) and transferred over the surviving succulents.
I should probably clean the dirt off of that first one, huh?
They still look just as fabulous, and now I can see my beautiful table again (which, surprisingly, I really missed seeing more of when we had the big centerpiece there!) We’ve scattered the little planters around the house, and now I have succulents to smile at in several rooms throughout the house rather than just in one room. I’m disappointed that our planter didn’t work out, but I’m really excited about this new solution and I love how it feels like we have even more plants now that they’re in several different rooms.
Let’s just hope I can keep ’em alive this time around.
How are you with plants? Do you have a black thumb like me, or can you actually keep plants alive? What inspired you on your last trip to Ikea (or Target, or the mall)?