Adventures in Sweden

After getting the latest Ikea catalog, I was itching to make a trip to my favorite big-box retailer. So I ventured to Ikea last Sunday, braving the afternoon crowds to snap pictures of some of my favorite products and vignettes. Without further adieu, feast your eyes on my Swedish adventure.

The first thing I did after arriving was scope out all of the couches, in case I ever get brave enough to fight for the freedom to choose our own sofa. The Karlstad sectional in Isunda grey – a gorgeous, tweedy color with plenty of variation to hide the sins of everyday life – very nearly came home with me.

When we dive back into the kitchen reno, I’d love to bring home 4 of these chairs. I can see the white chairs around a weathered, wood-tone table, or the warm, woody chairs around a pristine white or charcoal black table. At $59.99 each for hard wood, Ingolf isn’t too pricey.

This grey bed had me at hello – from the upholstered headboard to the vintage-y, flowered duvet cover. I was entertaining serious visions of reupholstering our headboard in a warm grey and snapping up the Alvine Kvist duvet cover to give our bedroom a cozier feel.

The mirrored Malm dresser is seriously swoon-worthy, but the $299 price tag seemed a little steep to me. The regular colors are just $79.99.

The striped Stockholm rug has been featured in every magazine under the sun, in addition to making a cameo in David Bromstad’s condo. Although it’s been on the Ikea website for years, it’s never been available online and JUST made its first appearance in a Texas store. Hello, love!

The instant I laid eyes on the Premiar wall map, I knew Tony would love it. The only problem: where exactly does one put a  map that measures 55″ x 79″, besides in a classroom or a child’s bedroom?

This butterfly art reminded me of my heart art project from last year.

In addition to my friend Karlstad, the Hemnes media center also came THISCLOSE to climbing into my car with me (although I would have swapped the narrow bookshelf on the left for a second large bookshelf – that asymmetry is not for me). At $665, it’s definitely not cheap, but each piece is solid wood. Plus, after investigating the cost of building our own, $665 seems like more of a bargain. Time to save my pennies…

Before I headed home for the day, I stopped by Rooms to Go to see what other sort of sofas exist in the universe. Although I’ve got my heart set on a big sectional, perfect for snuggling up to watch a movie with the family, I really loved this sleek, slim-lined pair from Cindy Crawford.

In other Ikea-related news, I happened to mention the amazing new Ikea catalog to my father, and was astonished to spend the next five minutes listening to his tirade about how he hates it. He had major complaints about how the catalog read more like a magazine – which is precisely what I love about it. Is that a generational thing?

Have you peeped the new Ikea catalog or stopped by everyone’s favorite Swedish retailer lately?

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