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!!