Stephen was working all of the last weekend and, when I heard that my parents were planning on a little Saturday trip to IKEA, William and I had to tag along.
I, like the rest of the population within a decent distance to the IKEA in Ashton (or so it seemed) am utterly obsessed with this flat-pack heaven. I can’t enter those blue and yellow walls without a firm knowledge that I will spend money. I just can’t help it.
The main reason for visiting – yes, there was intent – was to check out the EXPEDIT shelving unit for our lounge (when we get round to decorating it…). As I’d hoped, it was exactly what I knew it would be – the perfect combination of practical storage and an unusual feature. We want to get the four-by-four stack, and use the bottom half to store W’s toys and books and the top half for our things, whether books, DVDs or knick-knacks.
I didn’t purchase it there and then, as there’s no point right now, but along the way, I accumulated a few other things instead…
First-up, is this gorgeous paper lantern lamp. We blew all of our existing lamps (fuses and all) when we first moved into our house as the socket we were using was dodgy. It’s since been replaced, and we’ve been lampless ever since. This one, known at VÄTE, was pretty, simple and cheap, at £8.50, and it will fit in with our style once we have decorated too.
The little plastic KALAS bowls, were just £1.00. They are just handy to have with William and the little rainbow selection makes me smile too. I wish I had them when I did William’s Rainbow-Themed Birthday Party.
I am addicted to candles, so I couldn’t go to IKEA without buying some of their 95p TINDRA candles. The scent of the spiced one wasn’t as strong as I’d hoped but the vanilla one is lovely and strong. I finally nabbed myself two of these gorgeous SKURAR plant pots, except I’m using them to hold my candles at the moment. I may nab two more for brush holders in my bedroom too.
As we have leather sofas, which are quite tall and slippery, William always has quite the mission getting up and comfortable when he’d like to watch the television or just relax. My parents, very kindly, bought him this POÄNG chair, which I built while he napped. He absolutely loves it and I’d recommend it to anyone. At £20, I think it’s great value and it was easy to build too.
The little dragon fellow, known as a FLYGDRAKE, called Gregory Puff (don’t ask), found his way into our trolley as my parents couldn’t resist that friendly, little forked-tongue face. He’s been dragged around our lounge a lot already. Poor old Greg.
When I saw the LILLABO play mat I squealed! I had one just like this when I was little and my brother and I would play on it for hours. We’d even build our Lego village on it and it was so special to us. I’ve been teaching William how to play on it already and I love the bright clash of fun that it will add to our lounge one day. For now, it looks a bit wacky on our hideous carpets, but we don’t mind a bit when we see our little boy wheeling his cars along it.
Oh and didn’t I tell you? I found my dream kitchen too…