One of my favorite times of year is when the annual IKEA catalog arrives in my mailbox. By the end of the year, it will be well loved with coffee cup rings on the cover, notes in the margins, and a rainbow of sticky tabs marking my must haves.
I’ve been a loyal fan of IKEA for at least fifteen years. I adore their fresh, Scandinavian style, endless storage solutions, and creative, budget-friendly design options. They offer countless ideas to jumpstart my imagination and create a home that is inviting and comfortable.
My personal design style is a mixture of old and new. Much of my home is garage sale finds, repurposed treasures, and vintage goodies. IKEA is my staple store when it comes to seamlessly adding touches of family-friendly + new pieces into my home and marrying a mixture of old and new.
I literally have IKEA home décor in every single room of my home! I thought it would be fun to share a few of the ways I’ve stylishly welcomed IKEA into my home.
The focal wall in my family room is covered wall-to-wall with bookcases from the Billy series in white. Our family room was originally a garage and the electrical panel is concealed behind the stacked frames and mirrors to the left. For that reason, we chose bookcases over built-ins in case they ever need to be removed in the future. One of my absolute favorite things to do is style shelves with layers and layers of decor. These shelves allow my imagination and creativity to soar.
Couches + Chairs + Ottoman
I’m often asked how I can have white furniture in my home with two busy, little boys. The answer is the Ektorp series! The couches (both Craigslist finds), chairs (one is a Craigslist find), and ottoman all have slipcovers. Caring for them is quite easy. Here’s what I do to keep them bright and white:
- Remove the slipcover.
- Wash with Oxyclean.
- Hang them to dry.
- Put them back on the furniture,
- Fill a spray bottle with hot water.
- Spray the hot water on the wrinkles and smooth with my hand.
- Say goodbye to wrinkles and snuggle in with a cozy blanket.
We purchased our first piece from the series almost five years ago and it’s still going strong.
I’m fond of the peaceful calm and color plants bring to a neutral palette. Sadly, I did not inherit my grandma’s green thumb. I lovingly refer to myself as plant challenged. The maintenance free, artificial potted plants from the FEJKA series are a staple in my home décor and you’ll find them scattered throughout my home.
The oversized, floor lamp in the back corner is from the Hektar series. It’s the perfect dark gray that almost reads black depending on the light. It has a modern but classic feel to it. The Hektar series and the lamps from the Ranarp series (I have them in my office) are my faves.
I have a slight addiction to baskets. I rarely meet one I don’t adore… which isn’t good on my pocketbook since baskets aren’t cheap! The budget-friendly Byholma baskets nestled in my bookcases hide DVDs, remotes, and even toys. I also use them in my closet and pantry. The color I have here is an older color. They currently come in a gray that is simply divine.
Pillows + throws + curtains
Pillow covers, pillow inserts, curtains, and throws are a few of my go-to items at IKEA. I routinely scour the as-is section and it’s paid off on more than one occasion. I have found some incredible deals while digging through bins of linens.
My favorite pillow insert is FJÄDRAR. I never buy them full price. I always look in the as-is section and buy them whenever I find one. I love using a cover and insert combination. I can easily change the style of the pillows and, just like my family room furniture, washing away stains isn’t a big deal.
The Ofelia throw, Ursula throw, and VITFJÄRIL cushion cover are a few of our family favorites. My pillows and throws do not have a “permanent” home. My kiddos love to make pillow + blanket forts. Since all of my pillows and throws are neutral, clean up is easy and hassle free.
The Vivan curtains I have in my downstairs are only $9.99 a pair! Our cats have claws and at one time found it quite enjoyable to climb the curtains. Our remedy was to “invest” in inexpensive curtains until they grew out of that phase… they have but the curtains stayed because we love them.
Rugs + Chairs
The dark gray and white Hovslund rug under my dining room table is simple to care for. My kids spill on it and you’d never know. Clean up is super simple!
The rug on the arm of the chair is IKEA. I couldn’t find a link online. Last I checked they were only $3.99 and come in several different colors. I have them draped over chairs. I’ve also used them as table runners and even as rugs.
The Byholma wicker chair is my favorite chair. It has been in my dining room, family room, master bedroom, office, and even on my front porch. I found this one in the as-is section for 40% off the retail (and, yes, I was jumping up and down with joy when I spotted it). I’m on the hunt for another one for the other end of the table.
Plates + Placemats
The Scandinavian inspired white plates are from the ARV series (the gray bowl and plate are from Target but IKEA also carries a gray version). They have a darling ruffled edge that mixes perfectly with my vintage glasses and SOARÉ placemats. The dishes come in an 18-piece dinnerware set or are also available in individual pieces. When we transitioned out of plastic, kid-friendly dishes, I picked these dishes because they offer individual replacement pieces. When a dish accidentally breaks it isn’t expensive to replace it. And that, my friends, makes my heart happy!
We store our shoes in our laundry room + mudroom in the Hemnes shoe cabinet. It’s the perfect solution to stylishly wrangle in the astonishing amount of shoes we have and keep them up off the floor. (Pssst… IKEA has a new lower price on the shoe cabinet!)
The steel, blue-green Socker vases are also IKEA. I bought these a few years back and the color has been discontinued; however, they still carry them in a lovely green.
I always grab a box of these KEX alphabet biscuits right before checking out. They are yummy and my kiddos love spelling out words with them.
My IKEA Shopping Tips
- Plan on staying awhile. Visiting IKEA isn’t a quick in and out. If you’re anything like me, it’ll take you multiple hours to stroll through the store and soak it all in. When I was pregnant and almost two weeks past my due date, I’d stroll through IKEA in the hopes it would jump start labor.
- Drop the kiddos off at the play area while you shop. IKEA’s a family-friendly store. They do an excellent job of adding special touches into your shopping experience to ensure everyone enjoys their visit.
- Take pictures and notes along the way. Most of the larger furniture pieces are located in the warehouse at the very end of your shopping experience.
- Stop to grab breakfast, lunch, or dinner along the way. My personal fave is the Swedish meatballs.
- Stop in the as-is section before checking out. My favorite pieces to look for here are pillow covers, pillow inserts, throws, bed linens, baskets, dishes, glasses, and faux plants.
- Treat yourself to a frozen yogurt at the end!
I adore IKEA! All of the above opinions are my own. IKEA did not sponsor or pay me for this post.
Until next time, friends.