Our latest IKEA day trip was a spur-of-the-moment trek to pick up the new kitchen pendant light (read about its installation here). Besides buying that fixture (for $30) and picking up a few Christmas gifts for the IKEA-maniacs in my life, I picked up a few additional items to accent our abode.
(Side note: Couldn’t find a picture of me with a thumbs-up, bouncing around. That would’ve been more accurate. That background shot was taken from here, btw.)
1. The cutest $1 alarm clock I’ve ever laid eyes on.
Mostly to be used for the clock functionality, it’s mod white frame and clean typeface are looking plenty spiff on the bedside table alongside the West Elm Peacock and a tiny silk print (although there’s quite a bit of glare and reflection in that second photo).
2. Shower Curtain Happies.
Merchandisers: These should be as easy-to-find as lint traps in the supermarket checkout line. For some reason, I have a hard time locating affordable plastic curtain liners that aren’t tinted or designed with etched waves and stripes for less than $8. If I had an IKEA more close-by, I’d probably swap out the good ol’ NACKTEN every time I scrubbed down the shower. What, clean freak? They were only $1.49 each.
3. Give me magazine organization or give me death.
Exaggeration. But it did become abundantly clear that I’ve hoarded my body weight in magazines when I re-organized the bookshelves. Old Domino, Dwell, Cottage Living, and BHG issues had been lying flat to take up minimal space, but with these new (sale-IKEA-priced) KASSETT magazine files, my archives can now be concealed on the same EXPEDIT shelf. At $3.50/pair, I spent $7 and am feelin’ fine. They even match the photo storage on the bottom of the shelf and have pretty metal edges all around for reinforcement.
4. Give Pete organized coffee or give him death.
His main goal of the trip was to walk out with new countertop canisters for essentials: coffee, creamer, flour, sugar. We both agreed on the etched glass and clean-lined design of these. He immediately transferred the creamer and coffee; the sugar and flour will occupy the larger models and make more space in the baking cabinet. If I recall, the smaller ones were $6.99 and the larger canisters were $9.99.
5. Fancy Cards.
Impulsively, I picked up a pack of 5 postcard-sized KORT prints sale priced for $.99. Read closely and appreciate the Swedish cities incorporated into each design. They could make a fun framed series someday, or else will actually be used for casual postcards.