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What I Brought Back From My First Time

9.23.2010

I know most people do not detail their IKEA purchases.  Because they go all the time and it could get really boring really fast.

But unluckily luckily for you, I am not one of those people.

Being that it was my first IKEA trip, and I am still 8 hours away from one, I just have to share.

The fabric was the first thing that went into the bag soon to be cart. 

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I had heard about the great fabrics at IKEA from my modern quilting guild friends and was really excited to see what they had.

And I even I had purpose in mind….those shrunken office drapes.  I wanted something more modern and washable and cheap because I needed a lot.  And before IKEA I was coming up with nothing.  A whole lot of nothing that was not over $20 a yard.

IKEA!

Of course as soon as I got the bolt home I had to hang it to make sure I loved it as much as I thought I would.  Not sure what I would have done with it if I hated it, but it turned out OK because I think they will look perfect. When I finally get around to sewing them of course. 

The next purchase I really  had no plan for.  I knew I wanted rugs for  the entryway, kitchen and possibly office.  And that black and white would look good in all those places.  So I bought it thinking that we could make it work.

So it was unrolled and tried in the entryway…

IKEA!

 

IKEA!

Ehhh not my favorite there.

Office?  Nope does not fit under furniture without covering up vents.

Kitchen?

IKEA!

(Imagine flowing white panels on all the windows)

IKEA!

(At least we have the rods up)

Even without the curtains I think we have a winner.  Which is good  because I was out of options besides Craigslist.

My final purchases were a pretty (and cheap) silver bowl that I am thinking about using in the dining room.

IKEA!

And the classic white pots which I am thinking will house herbs in the kitchen in the winter.  And an aloe plant which came highly recommended by Kim.   It had a couple battle scars from the car ride.

IKEA!

I could have bought a lot more….especially in the fabric if I had unlimited time to browse.  But I think for my first time I got a nice collection of things that ended up working out great.  And crazily enough not one of those items required any assembly.

Now if I can just become a curtain making machine……

21 comments on "What I Brought Back From My First Time"
  1. I love it all! Isn't Ikea so fun! I sometimes wish I didn't live close, because I always talk myself out of buying things because I can get them next time. If I had to make a trip I would probably buy EVERYTHING!

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  2. Let me tell ya...when Ikea opened a store in Michigan, the entire state ran to the opening! I do wish they did more shipping and ordering on line. Sometimes I can't stand going to the store. I have to know what I am getting and get out.

    Aren't their fabrics awesome?!?!

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  3. nice first purchases....the aloe plant can withstand almost anything. within reason. i'm thinking mine might be saved with a little CPR. we are at the last resort--but i've had it for 3 years. loving the black and white drapes and rug.

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  4. Cool decor...I was in Ikea just last week and I was looking at the same exact fabric. Something in common. Hahaha!

    Check out my DIY drapes on my blog I just made.

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  5. I love the fabric for the drapes. they are going to look great in that room!

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  6. Isn't IKEA just DREAMY!? It's a place you have to go to with a list....the choices, options, accessories...oh it's too hard to choose!! I drive my husband insane when we're there....I look at EVERYTHING. Now if IKEA would just open a store in Iowa I'd be all set. :-) You found some wonderful things!!

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  7. I love that fabric and rug! Ikea is so great. It's a good thing it's about an hour away from me, if it was any closer I'd be going there every weekend!

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  8. I've been eyeing that rug myself, but will just have to wait until IKEA opens next fall to make my decision. I'm so glad you've been to IKEA, it's pretty much my dreamland.

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  9. Im happy to know im not the only one who lives FAR away from an Ikea lol. Our closest one is about 6-8hrs also :( [so I to would be posting my purchases in all it's glory]!

    You got some great stuff! :)

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  10. Now, I will admit that until I read your blog I knew nothing of this IKEA store, and I live about 2 1/2 hours away from one.... I've been looking for places with nice fabric and the only place that I can find great fabric at is Joanns Fabric, and $$$ is the price you pay... Talk about wow, and a small world I live in!!! Great purchases!!!

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  11. I really like the rug in that space. Can't wait for the white curtains, too. =)

    And, don't even GET me started on the drapes. I'm dying over here. The fabric is perfection, seriously.

    I wish I would have bought one of those bowls.

    And, I haven't even taken my lamp out of the car.

    That is all. =)

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  12. IKEA is addicting! :)

    I love all your choices!! Great work!

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  13. I love seeing what other people pick up at Ikea! It gives me ideas for my next trip. I totally feel your pain on having to make a trek to one though. I used to live 4 hours from the closest one but now we're 30 minutes. Bliss I tell you! :)
    PS-love the curtain fabric.

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  14. Love the fabric you bought it so pretty and graphic -- the rug looks great under your dining room table. And the little white pots, yes! I'm always buying them.... :)

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  15. Great finds! I love that rug and drapery fabric. Can't wait to see the finished product!

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  16. Yay! :) I love IKEA...one of my favorite places to shop. I had to take the kids last time though---not horrible, but didn't get the chance to shop for as long as I would have liked. :)

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  17. I love the IKEA shopping adventure finds. Isn't that place just great for random items for the home? I came across your post this afternoon while browsing interior design blogs and the topic of window treatment selection was very interesting to me. A window treatment is one of the simpler ways to vamp up a room to its real potential. It is true that you must dress your windows appropriately to bring out their true beauty. Thank you for writing and as a special thanks to you and your readers, I would like to offer a 20% off coupon using this code upon checkout: BLG20.

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  18. I found your blog via Kim @ Newlywoodwards.

    IKEA is so fun... and addicting... and fun! I've liked that silver bowl for a long time, but never bought it. Please post how you use it! :)

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  19. I love all of your purchases Jenny, especially the fabric for your new curtains. Can't wait to see the finished product! Maybe it will motivate me to finally make drapes for my dining room...maybe!

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  20. I LOVE the rug and the curtain fabric...a lot!

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  21. Great purchases! I will definitely be detailing my "first time" in several weeks as well.

    I hate how far away Ikea is. I'd even be up for St. Louis getting one. At least that could just be a day trip.

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