Showing posts with label Ikea. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ikea. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Living in (Ikea) Stockholm

I scheduled this post on Monday, because I will hopefully be napping in my old room in Germany with the kiddos, exhausted from a long night of traveling with them when it is published.

I just had to write a post about Ikea again. I'm sure that a lot of you have seen Apartment Therapy's posts about the new released Ikea 2014 catalog which you can now look at on Ikea's website. And I'm totally aware that other blog's (ok, a lot of blogs) wrote about it too.

I had to investigate a little on my own though because I'm never afraid to admit my love for Ikea.

The number one thing that I will HAVE to find room for in my house is the new Stockholm chandelier.
It's just soooo cool that it makes me giddy. Check it out:



And we just have to stay on the Stockholm subject for a while because that collection has a lot of new fabulous items. I think I will live in Stockholm!




Here are a few that stuck out to me and can you tell I'm a little on the midcentury modern kick lately?
I'm imagining lots of future hacks as well.



Ikea stockholm chair
Ikea stockholm chair
Stockholm bedside table
Stockholm bedside table

Ikea Stockholm TV Bench
Ikea Stockholm TV Bench




Ikea Stockholm chest of drawers
Ikea Stockholm chest of drawers

Ikea Stockholm glass door cabinet
Ikea Stockholm glass door cabinet

Ikea Stockholm Chair
Ikea Stockholm Chair
Ikea Stockholm coffee table
Ikea Stockholm coffee table
Ikea Stockholm duvet
Stockholm duvet

Stockholm pendant lamp
Stockholm pendant lamp

not new but awesome: the Stockholm pouf

Ikea Stockholm sofa in sandbacka green
Ikea Stockholm sofa in sandbacka green
Ikea Stockholm Rug Flatwoven
Ikea Stockholm Rug Flatwoven


Ikea Stockholm TV Bench
Ikea Stockholm TV Bench



Ikea Stockholm Coffee Table
Stockholm Coffee Table

green Ikea Stockholm cabinet with drawers
Stockholm cabinet with drawers

Ikea Stockholm Mirror
Stockholm Mirror
Ikea green fern Stockholm fabric
Green fern Stockholm fabric
Ikea yellow Stockholm fabric
Love this yellow Stockholm fabric!


And last bot not least. The Strandmon will be available in red. Yay!
I love my grey Strandmon and never regreted once buying it.

red Ikea Strandmon chair
Some more random chair goodness:


collection of Ikea chairs
1. Ikea Esbjorn, 2. Ikea PS chair, 3. Ikea Almsta Chair, 4. Ikea Brommo Lounge Chair


And how could I not love a new pink and orange fabric?

pink and orange Ikea ÄLGÖRT fabric
Ikea ÄLGÖRT fabric, you have officially captured my heart!


So much good stuff, right? Anything that has captured your heart or tickled your fancy?

My posts might be a little sporadic for the next couple of weeks by the way because I will be all over the place in Germany. Cut me some slack {wink, wink}! I'll post some nice photos too!

And don't forget that you can still enter the EPIC "Capture Summer Memories" giveaway by clicking HERE.

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Monday, June 10, 2013

On My Mind Monday - Blue Sofas

Today is another bittersweet day. One of those days where I look back and can't believe how old my little babygirl and boy already are. He is done with 4th grade and my baby is graduating from Kindergarten. I never expected her to do as good in school as she did. I haven't talked much about her struggles since she was born but I have mentioned before that she was the reason that I didn't start my blog earlier. She drained every ounce of energy out of me for the first couple of years and I invested all my time into trying to get over her struggles.
While we were blessed with a beautiful and healthy girl and boy, she always had certain issues that made every day a major struggle and for most people it was hard to understand. I got little to no help and understanding when it came to her. She was horribly colicky and I had gotten to the point where I wanted to punch the next person who told me to let her cry it out, because there are only so many hours of crying that you can take in a day. Later we figured out after trying everything, including different formulas that she had sensory issues. Again most people can't understand it but I was persistent and she had occupational therapy for several years.
But that wasn't all and here is her dark secret that we also struggled with for several years. She had Encopresis. And I'm so glad to say "she had". She struggled with horrible constipation and started withholding, which led to a bowl obstruction and a visit to the ER. Long story short it got worse and horribly embarrassing for her because kids started to make fun of her. I went to psychologists and lots of specialists. But I finally received help from a doctor that I found online (Dr. Collins - Soiling Solutions® The Clean Kid Manual, click HERE). And by the age of almost 5 she was finally out of diapers. Yes, that is how long it took her and she couldn't have done it alone. She didn't do it because she is stubborn or spoiled like certain people told me.
I thought about sharing this on here or not for the longest time but it was so terrible for all of us that if I can help anybody with this I will. So shoot me an email if you need to chat, ok? It took my husband a long time to get on board and his family pretty much just laughed at me. It was a frustrating and lonely time.
So with that said, I'm so proud of my little girl. She has come so far. Clothes and certain other things are still an everyday struggle but I'm thankful that she is healthy and doing well in school and that is such a reward.

This weekend I also discovered that you can actually check how many times your posts have gotten pinned (click HERE). Not repinned, just pinned directly from your site. I had never checked or thought about it. Can you believe that my cat enclosure was pinned 20,611 times as of last night. All I have to say is "thank you soooooo much" my friends. Y'all are the bomb and you make this blogging adventure so much fun.
Dang I'm just so thankful today ;)

Anyways lets get back to design because after all that's why you are here, right?  Not really because you want to hear how I've become a poop expert, right?

So as the headline said already, I have had blue sofas on my mind. I grew up with a blue velvety corduroy sofa in my parents house when I was little. There is something about the look that makes me think of my childhood and home.

When I was at Ikea last week I noticed the dark blue VELLINGE fabric. I love it, it's so, so soft:

Ikea VELLINGE fabric

They have it on the Strandmon chair  and on the Ektorp sofa:
Ikea Strandmon with VELLINGE fabric

Ektorp with Ikea Vellinge fabric
I don't care for this shape as much though.

You are probably thinking: why is she talking about sofas if she has that beautiful leather sofa in her living room? Well, we need a new one for our basement family room. Hopefully after our summer we can finally buy a new one. Preferably a pullout couch.
Part of me wants to buy a blue snuggly velvety sofa but part of me is reasoning and telling me to go light again. We have a white cat which doesn't do well with dark furniture or clothes and I like to change out colors which is way easier when you aren't restricted to a certain sofa color.

So here are several looks of blue sofas that I love and I'm sure you have seen Emily Hendersons room design with a blue sofa already. She loves blue sofas.

I mean how can you not like this one:


blue velvet sofa love
{image via Emily Henderson}

blue velvet sofa obsession
{image via Emily Henderson}
blue velvet sofa obsession
{more by Emily Henderson}
blue velvet couch love

large blue button tufted sofa
{image via www.theaestate.com}
this websites post is dedicated to the velvet sofa
large blue velvet sectional
{image via designtraveller.tumblr.com}

blue happy chic sofa
{Pinterest image with no link, sorry! I'll fix it if you tell me where it's from!}
There is something special about a blue couch, am I right?

And a while ago I had found one on Craigslist but didn't get it. I'm still so mad at myself.

So that's it for for today. I could have gone on and on about the blue sofas. There are so many pretty rooms out there with one in it.

What do you think about the blue couch. Should I just invest in stocks for lint rollers and buy one or is it really better to play it safe again and buy the light neutral?

Have a great day.

Tschüß

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