The Annual Beach Cottage IKEA Pilgrimage
Tue 27th, Nov, 2012
Oh yay! Oh yay! Roll up Beach Cottage ladies near and far, it’s our favourite time of the year and the beach cottage annual trip to Christmas IKEA.
Oh yes, in my exciting life, not only do I have Christmas baths with sparkles, plan a reading fest with Christmas magazines, I take myself off, alone, for a Christmas mooch around IKEA.
So, sit back, strap yourself in and get ready to see what those people at my personal little Swedish boutique, Iqkea, are offering us this year.
Now,before we start though, can I just get something straight…we all know I love IKEA, but what I didn’t realise is that some people are under the illusion that I am sponsored by them. Errrrrm no, that would be a no, well not that I know of anyway. I am thinking that Mr Beach Cottage may well be thinking it is the other way around. I am possibly thinking that Mr Beach Cottage may be thinking that we be keeping IKEA Australia in business sometimes.
Anyway, let us get back to the trip…
Now I must say I was surprised this year with the whole IKEA Christmas displays…this year they were at the bottom of the stairs as you come down from the cafe (where the super cheap offers normally are). Ooooh I thought, they didn’t run that past me, chief Iqkea boutique shopper and my view on how that would go
and then the lights were separate in the lighting department
The star lights were everywhere, I bought these last year and they were great!
as were the little trees, I also bought these last year and at the time remember thinking they weren’t that cheap if you wanted more than one…but they looked really good when I got them home and are great to pop in little spots around the house …they don’t take up much room either so if you need a space-friendly version of a Christmas tree, one or a few of these could be for you….
I did this look last year with the lights behind the curtains…
These big stars were around and about again this year, I guess they must be good sellers….
(lovee dovee these curtains and fell.in.love with this velvet sofa in raspberry)
These are some of the little treasures I came home with below…I must say I had a wonderful time indulging in all the little bits and pieces.
I LOVE mixing things found on the beach, coastal decor and IKEA finds at Christmas for a sorta Euro, Scandi coastal beachy Christmas look…
Here are some of the things I picked up this year
I always pop in a couple of packs of the gift bags in red – I mostly wrap presents up in brown and white paper but like the Christmassy Nordic pop from polka dot reds..IKEA always has them for a great price and lovely quality…
I needed to invest this year in lights and after a few years of trying different places to buy them in Australia, I have found that IKEA’s offer good value and good value…these Strala lights did well last year and I plugged the in this year hoping that they still worked and they did…so I got some more of these
These puffy white furry hearts topped with red, a bit twee perhaps but once home I am liking them…
Again this wreath I bought before and it’s done really well…personally I prefer a real wreath but in this climate I have to say it’s tricky keeping one alive on just about any door…and especially the front door which roasts at this time of year…these are pretty good alternative, I like them left pretty plain but will be doing a little zooshing on them…
and my best buy?
these little beauties below and once out of the packet and on the deck of this old cottage, I am kicking myself that I did not get more…little glass lovehearts make me swoon…and look and feel a whole lot more expensive than as if they came from the place that they did!
I hope you enjoyed another little Beach Cottage Christmas Tradition! (I have come to know that some of you who read this blog cannot actually very easily get to an IKEA (shudder) and I know that you enjoy these posts, so I hope this went down well….)
All I have to do now is get decorating….
I’ll be seeing you…
and Barley super dog blogged here! bless his cotton socks xo