Wednesday, April 2, 2014

An Ikea Makeover

There are definite advantages to spending a majority of time indoors in the winter;
My house gets some much-needed TLC!
Let's face it: when the weather is as gorgeous as it's been the last few days,
the last place I want to be is in my house.
[I am quite efficient at concocting excuses to be outdoors, let me tell ya.]
But when it's cold and dreary outside, Ikea is the place to be.
I did something this time that I highly recommend:
I shopped online first, and prepared my list of the things I wanted/needed.
Ikea is amazing...but it can also be totally overwhelming!
This saved me so much headache,
and my shopping buddies still loved me when we were ready to head home. Win!

I got this fabulous new floor lamp for the corner of our living room.

I love the industrial style of this lamp. And the shiny chrome isn't too bad either!
It cozies up the end of the sofa,
and makes me want to sit down and read a book. 

The nursery needed some serious attention.
When you spend a majority of your time in a space, you want to enjoy being there, right?
Well, I didn't....until I made a few minor major changes.
Like the lamp that stuck out like a sore thumb because there was no other black in that space.

See what I mean?
A new lamp transformed the area!
I also added some artificial greens in a white pot, also from Ikea.

I didn't find this lamp online but I was sold as soon as I saw it in the store!
I love the classic design and how it blends into the room.

I got a pendant for the nursery for the whopping price of $5.
That's some bang for your bucks!
I'm working on a canvas for the wall behind the crib
and still plan to get some sheer curtains to soften the windows.
It's made a huge difference in how I feel about this room!

Then I found some smaller items that I just couldn't pass up,
like this pitcher and the runner underneath it.

I'm learning that a few small changes can make a dramatic change in a space
and it's wonderful to be able to do that without breaking the bank!
What's your favorite Ikea purchase?


  1. I LoVe Ikea, too, and have that exact same industrial lamp. :) I had it upstairs in the living room, but moved it to the boys' room when they moved to the basement. Your living room looks so inviting!

    1. Ohhh, that lamp would look great in a kids' room! And thank you...I do love it :)

  2. Ruby- I love your style! Isn't it amazing what little changes will do? ps. I love seeing those baby pics on your wall, that makes me smile. ;o)

    1. Those baby pics make me smile too!! Somebody did a great job on them :)

  3. I love Ikea too! And you were super smart to shop ahead of time, and know what you were looking for. Going there can be so inspiring and overwhelming all at once. :) I love the new lamp for your living area especially, and how you styled it!

    1. Thank you! I love when spaces come together like I see them in my head :) And for an indecisive person like me, shopping ahead was SO helpful!! I'm like a kid in a candy shop there :)