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!


And the Ekarp floor lamp which I love even more:


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:


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.


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 that I decided to spice it up a bit.

Knappa light from IKEA:


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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