My IKEA Wishlist

I am trying to keep myself occupied as the days until the move slowly tick by (65 and counting!) while not spending too much money on things we are just going to have to pack and move later. I have started making a mental list of the furniture we will need, and I know a trip to Ikea will be one of our first stops. I thought it would be easier to have a list to refer to if I forget something in the excitement and chaos that will be the move.

First, I think we will be getting an Ikea PS cabinet in white for the office. I am trying to go with a minimalist look, whites and charcoal with a bit of black and some pops of colour (maybe).

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And for the kitchen table, which is an old antique table that I love which has been waiting in my parent’s basement for me to have enough space to use, I would love to have a set of white Eames chairs but let’s be honest here, I don’t have that kind of money. Instead I like the idea of juxtaposing some modern chairs with the old wooden table, maybe these from Ikea:

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or these, except I would want to test them out to see the quality of the plastic beforehand:

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Also, I bought three posters from orkposters.com, with maps of Manhattan, LA and Boston, and i can’t afford to have them custom framed so I think I am going to pick up three of the Fjalsta frames in their largest size and cut some custom mat to fit them:

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If it fits in the office space (the walls are vaulted so I am unsure of the height until we move in) I would like to get one of the Expedit bookshelves for all our stuff to stay organized:

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I think we may also end up with a Poang chair but I am resisting, they are not my favourite aesthetic choice but Sean really likes them, so maybe for the “man room” downstairs.

I think that is it for now, but I am sure things will be added soon enough!

Inspiration – Bedside Tables

Since the days are ticking by slowly towards the big moving day, I have been using the house as an excuse to submerse myself in the design blogs that I love so much, but have never had much room to actually put their advice to use, living in a 500 sq ft condo. So, I am slowly trying to stockpile some great ideas so that we don’t just end up ikea-ing the entire house (not that there is anything wrong with that) and living in shambles, when there is so much possibility.

Our budget is slightly, ok very, limiting and so I am thinking we are going to do a lot of Craigslist shopping and thrifting in order to furnish the house. I know we are going to need two bedside tables, and I found a few that I loved when going through the blogs. I love the idea of getting an old antique cabinet and painting it white, cleaning it up and giving it new life. My father, who is an antiques dealer, might not love the idea of me painting over wood, but what can you do!

Here they are:

White nightstand
Source: Little Green Notebook

I love the little doors on this one, but it is a little shorter than I am thinking since our bed is so high. I would need it to be maybe a foot taller than this

Green Nightstands

Source: Design*Sponge

Although not the color I would choose, I love that these tables were converted from a desk and look so perfect on their own. I am really drawn to the tables with spindly legs. More to come!