On Saturday we went to Ikea. I love Ikea. I love the colours, the design, the way they curate their products in a beautifully designed ‘I am Art’ kind of way. I love the shapes, the patterns, the solid ‘this will last forever’ look, the organised ‘this way please’ tour of the showrooms before the exciting ‘ooo I can totally find a use for this/full of magic’ marketplace and the meatballs….oh the meatballs…with the gravy…and mashed potatoes…wow!
It’s a day out, we will stop for coffee half way around, discuss where we would fit this ridiculously huge piece of white storage furniture called ‘Billy’ in the studio only to find an hour later we probably can’t fit it into to car anyway.
I love it. So, this time, for the first time ever, I took my camera and boy did I have fun!
I just love the patterns I found on the way around. The bold, striking prints, the soft delicate floras, the mix of the two together in harmony with each other. The colours this season are gorgeous too, really rich and deep, really sumptuous and luxurious. The feeling of warmth and cosy snuggles in front of the fireplace with a good book. I guess what I like the most about Ikea is that it sells a lifestyle. It conjurers up these images in your head and you are suddenly transported to a chic New York apartment or a penthouse overlooking the Thames or maybe even a stylish Parisian loft with exposed brick, all with just a glance at a turquoise chair or a spy of a well designed chest of drawers. Maybe that’s why I love Ikea…its the giant blue and yellow box of imagination for big kids!
You can click each individual image to open the full photograph. Do you love IKEA? What is your favourite piece in store? Do you have any really great uses for their furniture?
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[disclaimer: I do not work for IKEA and have not received money for this blog post – I genuinely just love IKEA!]