A trip to Ikea (the new catalog is out too)

A trip to ikea header by TwoPlusCute

Since hubby is complaining about the long journey to IKEA “just to browse” (and he is right as it will means hours of driving), I took The Cute and off we went in one of the Greek ikea stores, to pre-browse, get inspiration and save us a trip.

My sweet (and awesome and etc etc – you know you are taking me shopping – right?) hubby: I took a lot of pictures for some “straight out of the store” inspiration and I’d like you to check them out and see some ideas I liked. Some old, some new, all pretty.

Table setting at ikea by TwoPlusCute

 

The new catalogs are out for 2016 but while I devoured them, nothing beats seeing and feeling the real thing up close. Right? For example, while the ektorp sofa is so convenient and charming, I have sat on the – display – ektorp sofas in two continents and both times I felt the support woods cutting into my leg. (Plus I found a much larger, new sofa for only $260 and even ikea can’t beat that – but, I will tell you about that another time).

I liked the lower profile of the new gunnabo frames, the 100% cotton pilort fabric and the lillerod curtain panels. I also gravitate around the idea of contrasting between neutrals and strong yellow details. Like this:

 

ikea bedding set, photo by TwoPlusCute

 

And maybe, it is time to get ourselves a couple Kallax bookshelves like this (unless we can make them ourselves for less than $65 each) and put them in the library room:

 

kallax at an ikea store, photo by TwoPlusCute

 

This super busy gallery wall, can actually make a small wall look rich and bigger:

 

gallery wall, frames at an ikea store, photo by TwoPlusCute

 

This we are getting for sure! See the metal racks on the right? They are very close to what I was thinking of hanging behind the office door, you know; for magazines:

 

office inpiration at an ikea store, photo by TwoPlusCute

 

For the record it costs $10 in USA (I am guessing without the tax as per usual) and 11 euros in Greece (I think with the tax – again as per usual, prices in Greece are by law, the final amount one has to pay and include tax). That is a little tidbit of info that many people may not know. The first time I shopped in USA, I was thrilled with the cheap prices. Until I went to the register and learnt all prices are PRE tax and all my calculations were off (good thing I had extra $$$ with me). Also a good thing, the tax in US is wayyyy lower than the Greek tax or else, my wallet would still be in pain.

Honey, look at this. Do you like it? Would it look good as a floor lamp instead of hanging? Yes it would!

 

lampshade at an ikea store, photo by TwoPlusCute

 

I love the colors of this bedding set (possibly because of the muted gorgeous blue tones):

 

bedding, sheets, at an ikea store, photo by TwoPlusCute

 

The syssan cushion can become a brilliant detail if I DIY some accent color on it (blue for example). Our sofa can certainly use some accent pillows!

The glon set of frames are perfect for a nursery or toddler room, at $5. Very cute shapes and easy to personalize.

Meanwhile, The Cute – literally – jumped onto this classic table (but there is an equally cute, smaller one, which I like more). I had a hard time persuading her to leave the display area of baby rooms and toys:

 

Toddler girl at an ikea store, photo by TwoPlusCute

 

Not to mention she made friends again:

 

The Cute at an ikea store, photo by TwoPlusCute

 

Back on the decor-track, I am attracted to these rattan lampshades and the gentle earth tones of the whole arrangement are always a favorite of mine. They would make an excellent outdoor addition, hang at a covered deck or a porch:

 

Rattan lampshades at an ikea store, photo by TwoPlusCute

 

PS. You can see that we definitely need a princess mirror for The Cute’s room, for her to check out her pigtails:

 

Baby girl, pigtails, mirrors, at an ikea store, photo by TwoPlusCute

 

So, when are we going shopping? 😀

 

 

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8 thoughts on “A trip to Ikea (the new catalog is out too)

  • July 2, 2016 at 5:45 am
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    We live far away from Ikea, so everytime we go to the airport in Athens, we make sure to stop by at the Ikea nearby. We make a day trip out of it have lunch and of course browse and spend way too much money. I love going there for the cheap stuff which can be upgraded into something personalized.

    Did you get a chance to go to Ikea when you got back to the states? Is the cute all set with her princess mirror?
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    • July 2, 2016 at 4:52 pm
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      We haven’t gone yet. 🙁
      No mirror for The Cute so far but I am looking around at thrift stores, too.

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  • November 18, 2015 at 8:32 pm
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    My hubby never wants to go to ikea either, when we did though we ended up getting our shelves from the children’s section where they are designed so toddlers can climb on them and are much stronger.

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    • November 21, 2015 at 5:33 pm
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      Another good idea! I didn’t know the kid’s shelves were sturdier. Certainly good to know.

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  • November 5, 2015 at 5:13 am
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    I love Cute’s hairstyle! 😀 So…the fact that I know our local Ikea like the back of my hand should tell you something. lol My new favorite are the Sanela curtains! Love! Very rich, soft, and come in long lengths – 118″. Yay!

    Psst…don’t forget the As-Is section at Ikea. 🙂

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    • November 13, 2015 at 6:41 am
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      You’re my girl! I always get lost in the fabric section and I do want to change curtains but I just couldn’t decide on the right fabric.
      Hubby has promised to take me to ikea back in US (several hours drive) and when we go I will first check with you for curtain suggestions.

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  • October 17, 2015 at 3:03 pm
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    I have never been to IKEA. Thanks for the small tour. The Cute does need a princess mirror, love the pigtails. 🙂

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