A Foto Light for a Beach Cottage from the Swedish Boutique aka IKEA

Thu 22nd, Aug, 2013

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Well, would you Adam and Eve it Beach Cottage friends, we have not one but three lights over the dining room table….it’s only taken me one hundred and sixty five years to get my act together and get some little lights in place in this space….

You know that thing I always say on here, like why didn’t I do this ages ago?  Yup, yes sirrreeeeeee Mr President, this is one of those momentous, infamous moments in my life when sigh, up went the lights and oooh said me.

Now I’ve already rambled on endlessly about how I needed a shed full of lights for this old cottage and that every single one I came across was either not right or extremely not budget friendly.


So one day, at the Swedish Boutique, aka IKEA and also the place of my peely kitchen drawers, I was shopping for a chair…when I came home with a car boot full, literally of lights….

Since then it has taken forever to actually get someone to turn up to fit the darn things but now that they are in, wowzas I wish I’d been a bit quicker off the mark in getting these up because my oh my oh me oh my does the whole dining room just look well….finished!


Now, there was a slight bit of a problem here, we all know I beat small children and large teenagers about the head with a whitewashed oar if anyone snaps on an overhead light in this old place so I was thinking would three of these things be way way way too much for my liking?


Well, nope, these are low enough so that they just light up the table and make it look all glowy and soft and happy and lovely…yep that is possible even in the rattiest old cottage in Sydney…


To say I am pleased with these for the budget I had is an understatement.  Good old IKEA does it again in this old cottage.

Let’s just hope they don’t peel like my units did or I’ll have to hit someone else over the head with that oar.



p.s. there has been a rumour that little old Mrs BC is sponsored by IKEA…but alas, no, tis not true ;-), if it were I’d be moving into the Tempe store, eating meatballs for breakfast and tablescaping all day long roflmao but instead I must find myself cleaning toilets and washing the undergarments of teenagers.



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21 Responses to “A Foto Light for a Beach Cottage from the Swedish Boutique aka IKEA”

  1. Mary says:

    Hi Sarah, great post! I love the Swedish boutique too, but haven’t ventured to the Tempe store yet. It is fair way from my place so I would probably need to stay the night and foof cushions, eat lots of meatballs, salmon and breakfast. But it would be fun…Mary

    • sarah says:

      Mary the Tempe store is great – it’s much bigger than the Rhodes one and very nice inside, I recommend it – it’s the same as the one I used to go to in England and the parking is sweet…not like the Rhodes one where you have to pay and it’s so dark and tight x

  2. corrie says:

    ohhhh I like these! might need a run out there before the kitchen goes in and am sure they are a lot cheaper than the $800+ I paid for 3 lights at my old kitchen! nice work!

  3. sue says:

    Love the lights! Did you put them on a dimmer switch?

  4. Jenny McAteer says:

    Hi Sarah,

    The lights look amazing, so wish we had Ikea here in NZ. Without it i’m probably saving heaps though, from looking at your purchases I would be there all the time with the trolley full.

    • sarah says:

      Yes I think you probably are saving lol! But I must say I do like to live in driving distance of a nice big IKEA, if only for the meatballs!

  5. Lyn says:

    They look great !!! Get a dimer though because they will look even better. Like you I love my lamps but I have dimers on all my overhead lighting – great effect! :)

    • sarah says:

      thanks, I love the dimmer on my bath lighting – there is a single downlight on the bath head where I hop in and read – it was a great decision x

  6. Fleur says:

    Lurve the lights (glad they light up your life! Boom tish)

    We have hardly any over head lights in our home, a few down lights, but mostly lamps… I am seriously crushing on these.

    Xxx Fleur

    • sarah says:

      I have gone from not a single light to lights everywhere lol! I must say it has made a HUGE difference to making the house look finished, I never really realised before…never underestimate the power of a pendant light, hahah xxxooo

  7. Karen says:

    They finish off the room perfectly good ole Ikea! Any chance of some pix with them on, to see how glowy and pretty they are? x

    • sarah says:

      oh I didn’t think of that duh, I’m looking at them now they look lovely :-) I will take some photos and blog one day yes, thanks

  8. Neen says:

    Don’t they look amazing actually hanging from the ceiling !! Beautiful work Sarah.
    Excited to see more of the kitchen and new bigger deck too.
    Luuuuuurve the swedish boutique and the idea of living there and tablescaping !!!! ;) Neen

  9. Jodi R says:

    Lol – don’t we all wish we were sponsored by IKEA… Love the lights. Can’t wait till I get to that part of the decorating post renovation… I love a good light and this house doesn’t really have any yet so I will have lots to choose.

  10. jody says:

    they look great and you place does not look a tad bit shabby! positive pride in your thriftiness is what i hear. you go Sarah! xo jody

  11. alison says:

    The lights look great and add to the overall finish of the room..


  12. Alice says:

    lol! Hilarious! Loving the lighting and goes well with the overall theme. Bought one of these babies for my almost finished laundry (man of the house too busy and will not allow me near tools simply because I am a terrible klutz…. I happen to agree ;) !) and I really like it! On another note I had a man come in to check my washing machine and sort out some manufacturing issue the other day. As he left he turned to me and said something along the lines of… I really like how you decorated your house.. It looks very shabby chic… First, I had to stop myself fainting – what?! he knows what shabby chic is?! Secondly I just wanted to say NOOOOO… It is not shabby chic it is thrift-ed/coastal chic! (I would say 95% of our decor is thrift-ed – hard times)But I just smiled and nodded and said thank you ;). I thought of you Sarah and a post you wrote about people commenting that your place is shabby chic….Any who back to washing those bed sheets, in the garage line they go!

    • sarah says:

      haha yes funny when you get the shabby chic comment, people think white furniture is shabby chic :-)

  13. DeAna says:

    I make my resident teenagers launder their own undergarments. ewwwww… You are too kind. Oar or not. ;)

  14. DeAna says:

    P.S. Love love love the lights!