My IKEA Shopping Trip

I wanted to share with you some of the fun things I picked up at IKEA this weekend:

Hedda Blad Curtains for my living room- I love them!

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And the Ekarp floor lamp which I love even more:

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I saw a lamp very similar to this one in this month’s Elle Decor by Comfort & Co.  It was the Torsade floor lamp which I have tried to find online to no avail.  I’m sure it is at least triple the price of the IKEA version so I’m sure you can imagine my glee when I spotted the IKEA one.

Here is the lamp nestled nicely next too the new curtains:

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Don’t get me started on the garish yellow walls.  I am not a fan.  My whole townhouse is painted the same color, except for the bathrooms which are painted an awful white which I shall describe as fluorescent white…. it is so bright white that it is almost neon and glows.

I rent so I know I am not supposed to paint the walls, but I am planning on being here a few years so I think a paint job will be in order soon.

I used to think that I loved yellow for walls and hated blue because it was the color of depression.  I am now finding that I really love blues on walls, like Mikonos from C2, which I unfortunately can’t find online but just imagine a crisp Greek sky blue.  It actually is quite similar to the blue background on this blog.  Go check it out at your local paint store.

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You may also notice the icky metal mini blinds…. oh how they make me cringe.  I am dying to get rid of them, but again I rent so I am not anxious to invest too too much money into the house since I won’t get it back.  If I did I would most likely just install a simple white roller shade for privacy at night.

Back to my IKEA trip.  I bought the Knappa light to replace the current chandelier in the dining room that dates back to approx. 1964.  This was a a very out of the box purchase for me as I normally would have gone with something more Restoration Hardware-ish, but I have been so inspired by Nicole’s lovely home and blog at www.makingitlovely.com that I decided to spice it up a bit.

Knappa light from IKEA:

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I have become such a big fan of IKEA as of late.  I used to think that when I got my own place it would be done up 100% in Pottery Barn.  I am now realizing that my style is a little more funky, modern and whimsical than I thought.

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