As I said earlier this summer, this is definitely a space that I would like to be back in more often. However, to do that, I just need to jump in, and I have lots of things that I want to share. I haven’t been doing much crafting in the traditional sense, but I have been doing lots of renovation/redecoration planning. So, I thought that I would share a little of that.
This bit of decor inspiration came because it is that time of year! That time where I receive the one catalog that stays on my coffee table all year long. The catalog that almost everyone that comes over scours for information and ideas. And, now that we are living back on the east coast, I have one five minutes from my house!
That’s right, boys and girls (or rather girls and the one boy that sometimes reads this!), the 2011 Ikea catalog arrived in my mailbox last week, and I have been carefully combing each page for all the new goodies out this year.
Now, I know that Ikea can sometimes be hit or miss for some people. For a long time, they were the quintessential Scandinavian modern cheap furniture. And, while they definitely have some modern undertones to most of their stuff, they also have some really beautiful, urban modern/vintage pieces too. Like the Hemnes line, which I love.
I also love the textiles from Ikea, particularly their duvet covers. I like to change things up, and you can often find king-sized duvet covers with two pillow shames for under fifty bucks. And, they are cute too! The boy and I like to layer them on the bed and use one as a sheet. I say we, but really I don’t like a top sheet and he does, so this is a happy compromise for us.
Those are the types of things from Ikea that I gravitate to more than anything, but now with a little one, some of their kids stuff is pretty killer too. And, if you are looking to outfit a little kitchen, or a big one for that matter, you can’t beat the real-to-life accessories.
So, back to the catalog update. Here are the things that I am drooling over just a little:
This is the Songe mirror. It is a huge full length mirror that I would love to have for our bedroom. The best part, it is only $99! It isn’t in stock right now, but as soon as it is back in, I will be snagging one for sure.
I am also really digging this new shoe rack. I keep thinking about all the things you could use it for. I am thinking about using it as a place to stash some of my cleaning supplies in my mudroom. I need to check it out again first, though.
And, I am loving this new Hemnes hutch (I told you it was my favorite line). I think I have a perfect spot for this in my kitchen, but I need to break out Stanley, that’s what we call our tape measure, and measure to be sure. I am thinking it would be great for table linen storage in my kitchen.
And, last but not least, I have been wanting to make myself a new cutting table for a while. The one I haven’t doesn’t quite do what I need it to, and it isn’t quite wide enough. I am loving the butcher block that Ikea has, and I would love to use it as the top for the new table!
Any Ikea lovers out there with a list of their own?