August 30, 2012


Since this weekend happens to be a holiday weekend where I get 3 days off, I'm planning on making the most of it. In doing so, my boyfriend and I are going to make the 2 hour trek up to IKEA to pick up (and look at) a few things!

The first item on our list is the Bjursta dining table I mentioned in this post:

We don't really need a dining table right now but with holidays right around the corner, I figured now is as good of a time as any to buy it! Plus, buying it now means we'll have plenty of time to put it together, find some chairs for it (that don't cost $1,000...) and get it set up in time for the first year of holiday dinners at our new house!

The second item on our list is the Dalfred barstool:

If they're in stock on the day of our trip (they tend to sell out fast at our IKEA), I'm planning on buying 4 of them for our breakfast bar/island in the kitchen. A while back, I mentioned how our breakfast bar is 42" high which means we need barstools that are at least 30", preferably 32", and those can be expensive.

The Dalfred stool is adjustable and according to IKEA's site, it's suitable for bar heights between 35 3/8" and 43 1/4" AKA our bar. I like the industrial look and I read something in HGTV magazine's latest issue about how round barstools offer a better flow to a room than square ones do so I feel like I'm on trend with this choice haha (Lame, I know!)

The third item on our list is the Hektar floor lamp:

I never really thought I was a floor lamp person until I spotted Hektar. Something about his cool industrial vibe got me hooked and I think he'll look nice hanging out in the corner of our living room by the as-is IKEA club chair we got back during our last trip in April:

While we're there, I'd also like to check out the oh-so-popular Alvine Ruta rug:

I'm thinking about pairing it with Chester in our loft but I don't know if it's going to be big enough so we'll see!

I also want to check out the larger planters they have (since our front porch is nekkid and needs some love), their throw pillows (I'm eyeing this one in particular), the as-is section, and all of the other fun little things they have to offer!

Have you been to IKEA lately? What caught your eye? Did you go home with anything good?


  1. You'll have to let me know what you think of all their new stuff! It looks amazing in the catalog but I've been dying to see it in stores. Happy shopping! I love all of your picks!

  2. Oh, I am soooo going to IKEA before the end of Sept. I won $100 gift card and your rug choice is calling to me :) Have fun.

  3. Emily - I'm hoping they'll have the new Strandmon chair on display as a teaser but I guess it's not supposed to come out until winter so we'll see! I'm going to try and stick to my list but I'm sure I'll come home with 100 other things haha

    Dharma - Congrats on wining the gift card! I wouldn't know what to spend it on if I won (so much to choose from!) but the rug is definitely a good choice :)

  4. I really want to go soon, I'm two hours away from the Charlotte one. I want a white Ektorp armchair for my master bedroom.

  5. Wouldn't it be nice if they built IKEA's in every city so we didn't have to road trip it out there every time we wanted some Swedish meatballs (or and Ektorp chair)?! We should start a petition :)

  6. Have fun shopping! Hope you have big car! LOL Can't wait to see what you get!

  7. What an awesome shopping list! So much for being an Ikea snob! =) I'm going to suggest that floor lamp to my friend! I LOVE it!!

  8. Thanks, Crystal! I have a small SUV but I can cram a lot into it so we should be OK! I'll be back to share my finds either on Monday or Tuesday :)

    Nancy - Isn't the lamp cool?! Check it out on IKEA's site, they actually show it in a couple of rooms and it looks so good :)

  9. just wondering if you had luck actually BUYING the hektar floor lamp? i've been waiting for it to be in stock since august in our area and i've had absolutely ZERO LUCK. it's starting to drive me mad.


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