I visit “The Homeland” pretty regularly. About every fortnight. I’m lucky enough to have one half an hour away, so it’s a good trip out for inspiration. Food. And child entertainment. My little boy loves it there. Running. Eating. Hiding. Playing. And then the tantrum bit when you get to the warehouse….. Always.
Every time I go, I make a beeline for my top ten pieces. Whenever I see them online, on websites, blogs, features, magazines, I want them in my home. Now. I always check if they’re in stock. If they’re there, I have a good nosey, I put them in my yellow bag. And then I take them out again. I don’t know why, but they’ve never made it to the check out. As soon as I get home and unload the car, i’m like, “Damn, why didn’t I get the (fill in the blank).” And the cycle begins.
Behold. “The 10 Ikea items of temptation”
EIVOR – Throw, black/white – £15
HEKTAR – Floor lamp, dark grey – £50
STOCKHOLM – Rug, flatwoven, black striped black, off-white – £100
BJÖRNLOKA – Quilt cover and 4 pillowcases, black white, black – £45
ÖNSKEDRÖM – Tray, white, black green -£5
RANARP – Wall/clamp spotlight, off-white – £18
SOCKER – Plant stand, in/outdoor, white – £25
I think you can see the pattern emerging here. Monochrome. Minimal. Classic Ikea. Recognisable Ikea. And maybe this is the reason I haven’t bitten the bullet with some of these bad boys. Perhaps just too many people have them? I don’t know.
The Stockholm rug has become a bit of a design classic. It’s in so many interiors shots and been styled in so many photos, and I love it in every photo i’ve seen it in. My fave pics being the ones above from decordemon. But the Stockholm rug is kind of everywhere. And I want something that’s slightly less everywhere, in an attempt to make my interiors unique.
“More limited edition stuff please Ikea so I can indulge and feel a little bit extra special!!”
You’ll also notice there are three lamps. I love lamp. I have just ran out of lamp free spaces. I have filled my lamp quota. No more lamps. None. Nada. It’s not a nice feeling that I can’t own any of these lamps. Not without some heavy duty eBaying anyway… Interiors is most certainly my fashion and I get a bigger kick out of sitting staring at a new lamp than I do busting out some new shoes. I know. It’s bad.
Everything else is just stuff I can live without (says my sensible head). It’s just stuff I really really want!! (Anyone listening??)
Does anyone else have a shopping list in their head that never gets ticked off? And do you constantly put the same thing in your yellow Ikea bag, shlep it around the store only to leave it with the Daim bars and boxes of batteries before the check out?
Tell me it’s not just me!!