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Not just meatballs – a run through Ikea’s novelties

Posted in Home & Decor

kitchen cartA few weeks ago I trekked to Ikea in Burbank to look for a rug for my bedroom. Two hours later I left with no rug but with $200 of assorted merchandise I picked up here and there. The way all the Ikea stores are laid out makes it impossible to leave empty-handed but, on this particular occasion, the pickings were really ripe.

Ikea has always been excellent at providing stylish furniture and accessories at moderate prices and, even if some of the items will not last a lifetime, they must have helped millions of people start up their apartments – or just make their living spaces more pleasant.

Here are some of my picks during my latest jaunt:

Tray Table $29.99. This made it home with me, for my patio, in this exact color. Isn’t it adorable?

ikea green table

Recycling Bench $99.00. I am not quite clear what a recycling bench is but it does have storage and I picture it as a gardening bench.
ikea bench

Dish Towels $5.99. I am a sucker for dish towels which I amass with impunity. These are whimsical and the cotton is perfect for drying dishes.tea towelsDesk lamp $17.99. I am toying with the idea of replacing my current Ikea lamp for this slim beauty.
ikea lamp

Storage combination $135. All the different colors and sizes can be mixed and matched to one’s needs and desires.
ikea storage

Bowl $0.99. Entertaining large parties does not require expensive china sets.

 

Iikea plate

Table $199. It would make for a nice kitchen table.
Ikea tableOttoman $159. Sadly, pink has no place in my bedroom but I wish it did. It comes in many colors but I love this pink.
ikea ottoman

Utility cart $29.99. Kitchen or bathroom?

ikea utilty cart

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9 Comments

  1. When my son and his wife separated 5 years ago, he moved into my house because I wasn’t living in it full-time. Last year, when he moved into his own place, I gave him the bedroom furniture he had been using. That left me with an empty guest bedroom. About a month ago, my daughter called to tell me she bought new bedroom furniture and did I want her old stuff. Her old stuff was the Ikea bedroom furniture her dad and I bought her when she was 19. She is now 49. So, yes, Ikea can last a lifetime!

    September 2, 2016
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  2. One of my favorite places to spend time. From the decent coffee straight downstairs to the candles, I love every minute I spend in “Sweden” via the US. 🙂

    August 28, 2016
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      Me too. Provided it’s on a Monday at 10 and not a Saturday at 4 pm!

      August 30, 2016
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  3. Some good stuff there, camparigirl. More than $200, methinks. I particularly liked your salad bowl for 99c. My husband collects crockery btw, usually expensive stuff, Portmerion in particular, supposedly ‘reduced’.

    August 26, 2016
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      I collect crockery too, way more expensive than Ikea, but I thought these would be so easy to have on hand for those informal occasions when you have quite a lot of people and think of resorting to paper plates (which I loathe). And no, I didn’t buy any of the stuff, just the little table and other bits and bobs…just a wish list.

      August 26, 2016
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      🙂

      August 26, 2016
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  4. Always some fun treasures to find at Ikea. I had to look up the recycling bench to figure out how it is used. Raise the lid, drop the recycling into the bins (so far so good) and then wheel it all to maybe the curb? I think your idea is better.

    August 26, 2016
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      Maybe in Europe they don’t provide you with recycling bins and you have to unload everything into the giant ones in the street (I know that is the case in Italy) but it doesn’t make much sense over here. Still, it’s ridiculously cute.

      August 26, 2016
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