The Annual Christmas Beach Cottage IKEA Pilgrimage
Fri 25th, Nov, 2011
Hello Beach Cottage lovelies. Ready for some Christmas Ikea bling?
Ooh yeah, I have some Christmas decor to show you from my personal little Nordic boutique, Iqkea.
Wanna see what’s in my bag? Dive on in.
Now every year I make an IKEA Christmas trip…yep I am really that easy to please…I start scheming this as soon as the Christmas section hits the website and I spy things I might like…I plan when I am going and mark it in the diary. Every single year.
When I lived back in England, I saved the trip til late afternoon, so that when I came out all the lights were on and it was all twinkly and cold and festive….here that doesn’t happen, there certainly are Christmas decorations around but it’s not quite the same when it’s light outside. I can cope with that.
So this year, I had one day this week ear-marked…I like to go alone, so no-one can annoy me and mostly I like to just peruse the Christmas set-ups. Gotta say this year that my IKEA were not overly abundant in Christmas decorations in the store and Christmas tablescapes, I was a little disappointed with that…hello IKEA do you need a table decorator to help you out, are you feeling the Christmas stress, errrm I know one, she lives on the beaches and would be very happy to come over for the day and help out. ;-)
Soooooooo, this Annual Christmas IKEA pilgrimage has to involve the free coffee (you get that if you are a Family member) and a plate of meatballs…you see even though these are rather ahem heavy in the calorie department, they are pretty much compulsory to keep you going as you wander around ooohing and ahhhing and pretending that you live in a cottage where no-one makes any mess and that your bed really does have 3 layered up quilts on it, and 25 cushions all perfectly non-perfect ;-)
So here are the things that took my fancy as I wandered in Christmas IKEA bliss (this is a long post, scroll down if you wanna get straight to the juicy and what I came home to this ratty old cottage with)
This is the first idea I liked…the icy blue with the silver and white with the mirror underneath…I think they are mirror tiles…too easy…not sure how good this would be with children around, even big kiddos like mine…I think it might make me tense, but I love it anyway…
I loved these hanging stars, but thought they were kinda modern for my cottage, even though they aren’t modern, so none of these came home with me, I think these would be stunning in a large beach house setting…with windows overlooking the sea….just need oh about 6 million dollars more than I have right now…anyone like to assist with that?
trays of red and white things…nice
stacks of white Christmas china
I loved this bedding…why oh why did I not come home with it is beyond me, oh yeah I know I think I could start a linen shop with all the bedding I have now and in this place a red, white & blue plaid bedding set I could not have pretended we had had for ages. But, I am doing a Christmas bedroom this year….I am gonna be in twinkly heaven in bed drinking mulled wine (this is one of the things on my list when we did the Saturday Club Christmas edition the other day) and piled up with white lights and white linens and maybe the odd French cafe chair to ogle and this would have been PERFECT underneath the doona don’t you think? (no matter that some days it’s touching 100F on the mercury in Sydney at Christmas roflmao)…
errrm this made me laugh…think the stylist got a lil bit carried away here…a pile of plates like that.. and the garlands…
those IKEA people, gosh they are so thoughtful..they had even this white, silver and loveheart tree ready just for me at the entrance ;-)
and this idea I have done before in this old place….icicle lights on the windows…this year I am gonna give it a coastal christmas twist….
in line at the end, taking a photo of my shoes and bags, as you do…no there were not enough checkouts open, no I didn’t turn into the IKEA Witch…but I was close
What came home with me this year (not really Mr Beach Cottage if you are reading this, I am just doing this for the blog readers and taking it all back next week :-) )
loveheart cushions in red gingham….love me a bit of red gingham at Christmas time, I wish they had had other shapes of these…
a couple of these trees…now I don’t really like artificial trees…never have done, but I quite liked these…I deliberated them for ages, I nearly phoned Mr Beach Cottage, cos he woulda really like a phone call about whether or not I should buy two artificial Christmas trees while he was working hard to keep this family in food :-)…I decided after much head-to-side thinking that these would be lovely on the deck, by the new BLUE front door…with some of those battery operated twinkly lights on them…I would prefer mini-real trees but it’s super-duper hot out there in the middle of the day and I am not sure how long real ones would stand it without getting all limp and droopy. I don’t need limp and droopy in my life. Do you? So in they went….
Next up these crochet stars…these have to be one of the best Christmas IKEA finds for a long time…at a couple of bucks each, I threw a few of these in
…and these puffy embroidered hearts…love these too…my philosophy this year is keep it simple even though I am really into it this year…the past few years I haven’t been so much, this year I feel very Christmassy…but I am trying to remain realistic and keep those purrrrfect Christmas images out of my head…and so I am gonna just go wild on the sparkly lights (I raided the local dept store for new lights, don’t tell Mr Beach Cottage, errrrm we did have quite a few already ;-) ) and just sorta hang things randomly around…I figured this is easy, quick and also will be easy when it all needs to be taken down again…these fit that Christmas philosophy perfectly …hanging things on rusty old knobs??? no brainer ;-)
and then we move swiftly along to wrapping…truth be known, I prefer brown / kraft paper on my parcels and presents…and then to adorn them with things I have collected and at Christmas add a few in white and some red…this bores the pants off of my children…they are not with me in the chic and simple brown paper formula, those babies like a bit of bling…well I say you want bling, you want colour, you want YELLOW at Christmas, or worse purple and black, well you my little cherry pies are quite welcome to get yourself to the mall and buy your own….
but I liked this
and then we have OMG Christmas paisley
with OMG silver
did I say OMG love?
I saw these on the little trees they have on top of all the products displayed on a Christmas tree…but I couldn’t find them anywhere…a few things were sold out already so I was a bit disappointed…and then I saw them stashed up in a box and a sorta squealy hiss came out
“Yesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!’ they were like OMG only a few bucks a packet….
Alongside me was a man, in the middle of the afternoon, an obviously retired man in chinos, with retired wife in chinos too…retired man in chinos was leaning on the post examining the ceiling, retired wife in chinos was scooting about filling her trolley with gold things…when I hissed/squealed /jumped up and down and punched the air in Ikea Christmas Pilgrimage delight he almost jumped out of his skin and he OMG TUTTED.
Can you believe that.
I rammed my trolley in his shin-clad chinos and pretended it was an accident.
How dare he try to ruin my Christmas Pilgrimage?
these….tea towels, I am not sure if these are meant to be part of the Christmas range or not, but I bought a couple of packs of them, I wish now I had bought more, I am going to make things with them…thinking a cushion and something for the table….
I bought a few packs of these bags, I always like to have bags in the house for wrapping, about a million times less stressy when the date is looming…I have a whole stash of brown paper ones I bought from a local paper wholesaler that I tie sparkly stuff on but I thought these red ones would blend in nicely, plus the funny little santa on the small bags I thought was right up my little one’s alley…
next up we have more hearts, more love, more silver, more delight, but no shin-kicking
did anyone around here say hearts?
OMG love white hearts?
they had these in other colours too, but I already had quite a few silver hearts from other IKEA Christmas years, so went for white…
I also spied this silicone cake tin….I loved the blue (we all know I am having Beach Cottage Blue Phase right now)…and the hearts were reduced so I thought I might make my lovely Beach Cottage Crew a loveheart sponge to let them know how much I love them….I have only got a couple of my fall-back recipes to share now…the Victoria Sponge is one of them…I thought in this I’d do a Christmas version, I would really like to find some edible glitter in silver…anyone know where I can get that in Australia without having to trek over mountains to find it????
I also bought some lights, the star icicle ones, I am going to hang them somewhere pretty….I forgot to take a picture of them but at the moment they are only $20, a great price compared to what I have seen elsewhere….
And that is it for my Annual Christmas IKEA Pilgrimage…gotta say I thoroughly enjoyed myself….I don’t quite know how though when I got to the registers I had managed to spend so much when supposedly everything is only a few dollars…it’s the IKEA conundrum that no-one will ever know…it must be something they add to the meatballs ;-)
Bye for now lovelies, I’ll be seeing you next time…
Bye for now lovelies, I’ll be seeing you next time…let me know…what did you like in IKEA this year for your Christmas goodies, and I hear from the Facebook girls that a whole lot of us take a pilgrimage there at this time of year…do you?
oh and hello to Nicola who came to say G’day to me while I was in the cafe and recognised me from this blog…errrm yes this was ‘all’ I ended up with!
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