Swedish Charms

I hate to admit it, but IKEA’s latest catalogue is filled with things that I think I might really love. It landed on my doorstep this weekend, and I opened it expecting to be underwhelmed. Instead, I found lots of mid-century inspired items, playful accessories, and classic basics that will be a good base to build around. Well done guys.

Here are six things that, once we’ve seen them in person and are happy with the quality, we’ll definitely be ordering for the new house. Every single item but one is under £100, which will leave us a good budget for a few feature pieces. Like this dining table from West Elm – yum:

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If you want to see the items listed here on the IKEA website, just click the photo and it will take you straight there. If you’re outside the UK, you might have to search so I’ve included the names.

First up, the Arod Floor Lamp:

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This cute little guy is competitively priced at £50 and painted a nice powder grey. He’s no Anglepoise, but he is pretty close and £170 cheaper. So two of these for the bedroom as reading lamps, and we can invest the difference in some amazing sheets or mattress. He also comes in chrome so if we do decide to paint our bedroom walls grey, we can opt for that instead.

Hektar Floor Lamp:

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Liam and I have always liked music and the theatre. So this spot-light inspired lamp will bring a touch of backstage style to our front room. Paired with some of our artwork, we might end up with a bit of a green-room inspired feel. Without the green, or the stale cigarette smoke, or the dodgy couches and empty booze bottles, of course. But a nice, chilled out place to relax with a bit of a fun vibe.

Knapper Standing Mirror

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I need a freestanding mirror in the bedroom, just to check everything’s in order before heading out the door. And Liam likes having a cat-hair free place to set the clothes he’s going to wear the next day. (He’s organised like that. I’m totally not). So this clever little guy with hooks on the back to hang a few clothes and accessories seems like a smart addition. Positioned in the right place it will also add light and make the space feel a bit larger than it actually is. As long as the metal feels like good quality (maybe we could spray it if not?) and it is sturdy enough, it seems like a good deal.

Expedit Shelving Unit

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We’ve been checking out some custom shelving from BoConcept, and got really excited by a few options. While I am a bit obsessed with the shop and the fact that everything comes custom-made, I can’t quite bring myself to buy something that looks so similar for nearly £900 more. Don’t get me wrong – I completely believe in investing in things that I know will last and are special. But perhaps with our first place we need to be pragmatic, and then slowly replace things over time once we’re 100% sure we have identified a style we like. We are starting almost from scratch, so I want to leave us room to make mistakes without them being too costly.

Lack Shelf Unit

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I have a few plans for these. Our spare room has a small wall where I think one or two will fit quite nicely. Also, they can be turned and laid flat, so I’ll lay a small row of one or two horizontally below the built-in window seat I’m planning in our bay window. That way we’ll have book storage underneath the seat and I can paint the wood behind it a fun colour to contrast with the high-gloss white.

One last little thing – not sure why, but I definitely fell for this little touch in the bedroom.

Dekad Alarm Clock

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Liam and I are starting a ‘no technology in the bedroom’ rule, but both currently use our phones as alarm clocks. Which means we break the rule all the time. This little one won’t take up too much space, and has a really nice classic little face. For less than £5, he seems like a good investment. Between him and the 6am wake-up we get from the cats every morning, I think we’ll be set.

What about you – any IKEA finds that you’re loving at the moment? Are there any furniture pieces that you would never skimp on? Hope you’re enjoying the long weekend! And for those of you back to work tomorrow, enjoy the last week of August.

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6 comments

  1. Recently we moved, selling a lot of the furniture with our previous house. Starting at scratch we needed chairs, tables, lamps, and one thing I’ve decided not to scrimp on is the chairs we relax in. If it isn’t comfortable you aren’t going to relax there, the chair won’t wear well, and you will hate it every time you look at it. So a good chair, sofa etc., is necessary. The other thing not to go cheap on is the mattress you sleep on. You spend 1/3 of your life there (if you’re lucky) so it must be comfortable. And, by the way, your choices are very functional and attractive. PS, don’t forget to wind the alarm clock lol.

  2. We have three of the same white ‘Expedit’ units. They’ve lasted four years and one move and show no sign of collapsing beneath the weight of design mags and books they’re burdened with. Very good value – especially if you’re just starting out and your budget won’t stretch to an arm and a leg!

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