It’s cheap, has everything from neutral to eclectic to modern, and even though the furniture isn’t likely to make it through more then two moves we sometimes buy it anyway. I’ll be the first designer to admit that we have some Ikea pieces — Malm dresser anyone? Also for us, Ikea’s a go-to for things like watering cans, simple picture frames or planters, and kid toys. I probably don’t even need to mention any other perks of going to the mega-Swedish-furniture-store, but I’ll just drop in a few others: teeny tiny pencils, paper measuring tape, the smell of lumber, product names that make you giggle, and of course, cinnamon rolls.
I’ve looked through the new 2011 catalog a few times this past week, and below are ten of my favorite Ikea finds that won’t break the bank and will add some interest to your decor…that is, if you’re not afraid of a little particle board and not averse to some conservative spending.
1.) ENGAN Chest, $149
2.) GYLLEN Lamp, $39.99
3.) PS MAKROS Pendant Lamp, $89.99
4.) TRADIG Bowl, $24.99
5.) MONGSTAD Mirror, $99.99
6.) GLASORT KULLE linens, $19.99/twin
7.) KIVIK Chaise, $319
8.) MUDDUS Drop Leaf Table, $59.99
9.) EKBY VIKTOR wall shelf, $10.99
10.) …and finally, saving the best for last, the DUTIG food toys, $499 – $7.99
And for those of you who are lifelong Ikea snobs, I won’t try to twist your arm any more but I will direct you to this website, which will generate your Swedish furniture name at the click of a button.
Happy Ikea Shopping!