I Went to IKEA and all I got…

Fri 16th, May, 2014

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Good afternoon from Sydney, I’m sitting out on the deck with my new MacBook Pro (omg why why why why why did I wait so long, whole other world, it’s a trillion times faster and cleaner) the sun is shining, 75,000 laundry loads are drying in the sun and Barls is crashed out asleep at my feet.

So if you’ve read this blog for a while you will know I love the Swedish Boutique, indeed I make a pilgrimage there at Christmas and go there for a day out, yes my life really is that interesting.  To be fair, in Australia I like going there because, it’s a little bit of Europe, I love the food and stock up on Swedish bits and bobs and I like, bottom line, to walk around made up pretend rooms, where the occupants have all white books and their storage solutions, are, quite, you know, phenomenal.

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You’ll also know that in the last few months we’ve had a tonne of appointments at various medical places and it’s been tough, but, everything has a silver lining right, because one of them this week just happened to be a stone’s throw from IKEA.  OK bring that right on.

However, the last few trips to the boutique of all things Swedish, well, I’ve been under-whelmed to be honest, lots of black and wild colours and, as always, the stuff I wanted wasn’t in stock.

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So the moral of this blog post is I went to IKEA and all I bought was these 4 place mats & a watering can.  Is that, in itself, not a miracle??? I made it all the way around and came away with 4 placemats.  Are you falling off of your chair in disbelief?  I tell you what, I now someone in this old cottage who was!  I normally kiss goodbye to a few hundred bucks somehow just walking into the place.

I must say I did display some restraint, there were two gorgeous throws that were in the basket but got removed, I mean how many throws can one cottage take and there is also the slight problem of rather a lot of espadrilles in here at the moment.

So yeah, just the placemats & a watering can it is.

To be honest these are rocking place mats –  easy to drop a bit of coastal rustic chic onto your table and at $5 a go my kinda home decor.  In the store I was like, hmmm, I’ve looked at these a lot of times before and was like what the heck chuck ‘em in…when I got them home and put them on the table…loved.

OK, I’ll be off, I’m getting picked up by a friend for lunch and some beachside exploring, wonder what we will find, I’m hoping it might be a vintage door, cos I so need a few more of those in my life, or indeed a pair of wedges wouldn’t go amiss.

Next time lovelies.

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14 Responses to “I Went to IKEA and all I got…”

  1. Melinda says:

    So Virtuous – such a good feeling to escape with next to nothing, my staples are usually tealights and white paper napkins x
    ps mats look great

  2. merilyn says:

    good to go to ikea … “start the car!” bargains are always good! … place mats look great on that table!
    such restraint shown today honey!… amazing!
    lol m:)X

  3. Martine says:

    Looks lovely, I’ve got something similar but from Malawi, Africa, from when we lived there.
    I love Ikea too. When we lived in Russia we moved from a place which was 1000km to the east of Moscow, to an empty house on the outskirts of Moscow. The driver and I dropped the three boys and husband at the house, and we went shopping at Ikea. I couldn’t quite believe that my task was to shop for a whole house in Ikea, not just bits and bobs.
    The only problem is when you have to do it in a couple of hours its not as much fun as taking the time to mull over whether this will be better or that, if you get my meaning.
    Never mind, it all worked out. And I was thrilled to be living with an Ikea 20 minutes drive to the east and one to the west of me. Ikea was big in Moscow! So there was every reason to collect the boys from school and stop off on the way home for a quick tour of the shop. Usually the bribe of soft serve and a hot dog was thrown in.
    Now I live an hour and a half’s drive from my nearest Ikea so don’t manage to get there so often, just a few times a year.

  4. alison says:

    I like the timber in your tabletop.

    Browsing and not buying can be fun.


  5. DeAna says:

    It must be the yoga…;)

  6. Tricia Rose says:

    I find it quite alarming when there’s nothing I want.

  7. Elisha Ross says:

    I know the feeling when it was a disappointment shop at Ikea. i went 3 weeks ago after about a year between trips and all I got for me was a red bath mat. Eye candy everywhere though. My excuse though was having the 2 kids in tow. No time to look at anything. The blinkers were on for 2 bed spreads for the kids and I got them too. I did see those placemats and loved them too but I don’t have the house to match them yet. They look lovely on your table.

  8. Neen says:

    More wedges…lol….you really are addicted !!
    So lovely to read that there is a silver lining in your life ;)
    Happy, happy days with your watering can and placemats :)))) Neen
    I popped a few yellow pansies in pots today (never ever had yellow before always white, but they look so’HAPPY’)

  9. JN says:

    Does this table have a wash? is it pine? Thank you


  10. Sarah this is SO pretty! I love the pink against the table… Just gorgeous :)

    Nat xoxo

  11. Lisa Mckenzie says:

    Those placemats are lovely as is the watering can…it’s nice what you can buy that adds a pop of love to a table xx