Monday, January 7, 2013

a little IKEA trip


Oh my gosh today was so much fun! It had been so long since our last visit to IKEA. In the meantime I had been circling things in the catalog and pinning on pinterest. And today I finally got to go see all this fabulous stuff in person. Today's crew was Walt's girlfriend Val, me, and Aaron. 
Do you see this amazing "scary lady" pillow?! Yes that is what we call cabinet card ladies. The name came about because our fave one had such an unpleasant expression...and then we came to realize that most of them are sorta scary.


Some of you may remember our huge Scary Lady portrait (the gal who coined the nickname) that we had hanging in our bedroom at our last apartment. Since moving to our current home she has been in storage upstairs. But as soon as the house is back to normal she'll be hanging in a place of importance. I found the cabinet card lady pillow a bit out of character for IKEA. But I'm thrilled that they strayed from their comfort zone. I feel in love with it when I saw it on their website...and as soon as I saw it in person knew I had to have it! 



I cannot wait to get the kitchen done. I know that I said that the most important room is the studio. But the kitchen is the room that I like to decorate most. And once again, Ikea simply dazzled me with this offering of ceramic glasses. We bought them in ice cream shades: pink, cream, and pale mocha. And some adorable pink dish towels as well.

I just love the look of these glasses all lined up!


We also grabbed some pink and gray napkins. And as for that black and cream striped throw... I ended up putting it back...for now. I know I'll end up grabbing it the next time we hit Ikea...which will be soon.

For our studio light fixture we picked up one of these large Foto pendants. It looks black here but it's more of a dark gray. Love it!


I didn't come home with any of these this time around but I know I'll be grabbing a few next time. They are so summery! So vintage beach house! When Aaron and I had an antique booth years ago we'd come across the vintage version of these all the time!

And of course no visit to Ikea is complete without sitting down to eat some Swedish meatballs and cutesy cakes! 

The adorable little pink cakes are even better than they look! Hard to believe but true. They are delicate little fluff balls filled with a sweetened whipped cream, a bit of raspberry jam and golden yellow cake. So so yummy! I bet they have bags of them for sale in the little to-go food department by the check out...but I didn't look. I'd love them for a tea party!

Gosh, it was such a fun time. A much needed break from the crazy work going on around here. In Jersey our Ikea is located right next to Newark International airport and there is pretty much nothing but oil refineries and smokestacks for as far as the eye can see. This is the little sliver of a region that Jersey is famous for, even though the majority of the state is so picturesque. Admittedly, the refineries, smokestacks, and roaring jets may not be pleasant...but we oddly enjoy looking at the spectacle of it all from time to time. And then we get out of the car, stroll into Ikea and get to look at all the fabulous stuff you see above. Contrast is necessary in the well examined life. 

Not a bad way to start off the week! So thrilled to have some happy, pretty things to brighten up our "work in progress" home. Tomorrow it is back to the grind. Filling orders, working on the studio walls and some other things.

Hope your week is off to a great start! And if you have an IKEA near you...don't walk...run!! So  many cuuuute things!!

xo Jenny




37 comments:

  1. I haven't gone to ikea in ages - something that needs to be fixed asap so I can try that gorgeous cake! *_*

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  2. My husband occasionally go on IKEA dates... and while eating our Swedish meatballs, watch the planes take off at sunset. (Romance for under $10).

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  3. Okay, now I HAVE to go to IKEA very soon! I've been eyeing some of the organizing items but I may have to pick up some of those vintage inspired glasses!

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  4. I love seeing Ikea through your eyes! You make everything seem so lovely, from vintage to brand new :)

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  5. I just went to Ikea and bought two of those pillows. I love those and I don't think she looks scary at all. They are actually discontinuing them so I am glad I got a couple. Don't they have some cute things right now? love those glasses with the pink flowers on them.

    Danielle

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  6. how awesome are the ikea collections right now?! i want everything!!

    romantically challenged

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  7. I love IKEA. I wish we had one closer to us. I only get to go on road trips. All their stuff is so cute. Glad you had a good time.

    Vintagehoneybee.blogspot.com

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  8. Oh my gosh i LOVE Ikea! Always so much random cheap stuff there. And of course..... the meatballs and pretend rooms. yes.
    Trish

    www.jellybonesblog.blogspot.com

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  9. I've yet to go into an IKEA - I've heard wonderful things about them but I'm not even sure where the closest one is! cute stuff!!

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  10. Ooh, I wish we had an IKEA here! (I say this often!)

    x
    Lost in the Haze: a Fashion Photography Blog

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  11. Way past due for a trip to IKEA! Your photos were great - isn't it like a huge treasure hunt there? I must put a visit on my calendar really soon!
    Thanks for the post! :)
    LuAnn

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  12. I think they are romantic not scary :) I'll check whether these cushions arrived in ikea in istanbul :) thanks for sharing =)

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  13. I love how very *you* all of your finds are, you managed to find the Jenny-est items, hehe. They're all beautiful!

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  14. I loveeeeeeeee IKEA and I love your finds!!!!

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  15. Pink floral mugs... I really need this!

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  16. Fun! Some good finds for sure. I wish I lived a bit closer to an IKEA, but then how would I still have a savings account?

    Lovely Llorys

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  17. In Sweden we call them Prinsessbakelse (princess cake)
    Looks nice!

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  18. New follower - I freakin' love your bedroom decor SO MUCH!

    M.

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  19. Hi! I'm your newest follower and I found your blog through a blog hop! I just love IKEA, but the closest one to me is 5 hrs away! :(

    http://jenesaisquoi1980.blogspot.com/

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  20. I need those little cutesy glass mugs! Darling!

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  21. hooray to getting away, new things, and finding the joy! :)

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  22. I am in love with everything you got! Gorgeous muted tones.

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  23. I love how magical you make going to IKEA sound! I'm going this week and you showed some cute stuff I didn't know they had! And I may have to get some of those cakes... :)

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  24. Oh!!! I love love love IKEA. That throw is probably my favorite, followed by the dish towels, heh!

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  25. I literally tackle Ikea backwards, haha. We hit the ASIS section first then make our way through the rest of it, and we never really go through the display area because, in my opinion, it's displayed a lot better in the catalogue. Oh, how I love the IKEA catalogues, haha. We've gotten so many good deals in the ASIS section from whole dinner settings for a $1.00 or less a piece to a sofa bed and mattresses. Maybe it's just where I live but every IKEA I've gone to, no matter what time of day, the parking lot is always packed, haha, so strange. I love the ceramic pastel cups you got! So versatile. Gah, I write such long comments, hehe. I just love IKEA and great post! x

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  26. @Kailey Oh my gosh there are so many cute things right now! Lots of pink! :) And oooh those cakes!! :) xo

    @Heidi haha! Ohh we are so so with you on making IKEA a date day! :) You know...once we saw Mike Sheehan from Fox 5 news was having lunch there! So funny and random! he was alone! We seriously think he was there for the meatballs and the view! :)

    @The Domestic Plate Yes! The glasses are super duper cute! So many to choose from! Orrrr you can buy them all! :)

    @ Leah Ohh thank you! I know what you mean though...I'd love to send some fave bloggers in and then check out their shopping carts! Totally different color palettes and vibes! :) What a fun blog challenge that could be! :) xo

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  27. @ Blessed Serendipity Oh gosh I had seen these pillows online..couldn't wait to see them in person! They are fabulous! The cow pillow is great too...just not fitting for our home though. Oh, when I say scary..I don't actually mean scary...haha! Just that most non blogging non collector friends see the things we collect(dollheads cabinet cards) as creepy or scary: ) We LOVE "scary" Yes the flower glasses are adorable!! Thank you so much for visiting!! xo

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  28. @little yes yes indeed! I was smiling so so big as I walked around! I had a very limited budget this trip..but hope to be back very soon! :)


    @vintage honeybee & JellyBones Gosh I remember my first trip to IKEA years ago...my eyes were as wide as saucers and I was just beaming!! I couldn't believe all of the fabulous little room set ups and all of the amazing kitchen-y things....and everything was sooo affordable! :) I wish everyone had an IKEA near them! :) ha!


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  29. @Sippy Cups & Pearls Ohhh gosh well I promise your first trip will be life changing! ha! So much goodness under one roof! :) No matter what your style is! :)

    Thanks bunches for visiting! xo

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  30. @ Jo Lost in the Haze I wish I could tell you that you weren't missing anything..but gosh....IKEA is a wonderland! So much fun stuff! Yes I am thankful to have one so close! If you ever come to the NJ Shore we'll take you there! :) xo

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  31. @ LuAnn Yes! It really is! You truly must do the store like a grid as to not miss anything fabulous!! :)

    @rainbow gatherer yes I agree....we truly love any old "scary" photos....so this pillow was a must have for us...they are indeed romantic. Check the website! :) xo

    @ Ms Dee haha! yes yes...I agree. That is so fun to me! Like I commented above...I'd love to see the carts of some of my blog friends! It would be fun to guess who they belong to!!! right?! :) #nerd #weirdo

    @Julie Thanks!! It was a fun fun day!! :)


    @Angela Luckily ours is close enough to make a day of it..but far enough away to not break the bank! ha!

    @ madelein - mother of six yes!!! I've seen green princess cakes! Not only are they so so cute..but sooo yummy!!! :)

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  32. @Meggs hi!! So nice to meet you! :) And thank you so very much for the kind words! xo

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  33. @Marie Valmond hello hello! So nice to meet you! And thank you so much for following my blog! So happy you found me! Oh gosh 5 hrs...yes that is indeed far. Are there any other fun destinations near it? Could you make it a weekend trip? Our IKEA is about 35-40 mins away. xo

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  34. @lizy b Yes! they are adorable! Perfect for summer!

    @Teddi Thanks for always being such a sweetheart! :) It really was such a nice day! Such a nice escape from all of the craziness. ha!

    @Katie Thank you! Yes I was just so excited about everything we picked up! And yes it is so fun to look in the cart and see all of the goodies together! :)

    @lisa ha! Oh gosh..really? well thanks! I think being shut ins for the past few months and having a gutted house due to Hurricane Sandy...it was easy for IKEA to be very magical for us! :) And ohh gosh the cakes are wonderful! :) Thank you for visiting!! xo

    @Angie Bailey Yes IKEA is one of the greatest places ever! The throw is such a classic! I have a very long wish list for my next visit! :) ha! Lovely to see you here! Thank you so much for visiting! xo

    @Elle haha I love long comments! And yes the ASIS is so great! We've also come across some amazing bargains there! I could spend hours and hours and hours at IKEA! Thanks for visiting!! xo

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  35. Wow! I sure do love Ikea, they have the best selection in homewares. I've seen some of those pretty pink floral glasses here in the UK too - I bought a little trinket bowl in the same print :) xxx

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  36. Just wanted to stop by and say hello! Its such a small world I found you as I found your cupcake print on etsy YEARS ago and finally just stopped by your shop and bought it along with the me and you print. ♥♥♥♥♥♥ I am praying for you every day and know how hard of a year its been for you. My 2012 was.....not grand. We have so many of the same loves! I'm so glad I found you again after etsy. It was a random click from Heidi Kenny's pintrest. After I started seeing all the pink and aqua my cheeks hurt from smiling :)

    BrookeLynn

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  37. I love those glasses with the pink pattern--so pretty. I normally hate going to Ikea but now I wanna get some cute glassware.

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