Tag Archives: IKEA

all catalogue prices are maximum prices valid until august 1, 2011

25 Sep

Something came for me today, delivered in a car (because I’m special) by a good friend, and I’m very excited about it. I had been perusing the online version for a few weeks now, but nothing beats the feel of the real deal.

As a bit of a design addict, you tend to find inspiration in anything. I’ve met too many people (we’ll call them “design wankers”) who dismiss this place as cheap, nasty (mainly because of where the Queensland one is located) and devoid of any furniture or decorative item worthy of merit or purchase.

They should be shot.

And of course I’m talking about IKEA. And I’m now the proud owner of the 2011 IKEA Catalogue

I do agree that you can’t just buy everything from IKEA, because then your home would be devoid of any real personality (it takes time, searching and a lot of trial and error to come up with a look that really shows who you are, and that will forever be changing!), kind of like when someone just buys a bedroom or lounge room set to furnish their place (or those hideous “deals” from Fantastic Furniture…. furnish your house for $1500!…… most of the stuff is shoddy, weak and wobbles like hell).

Having said that, some pieces from IKEA are generally considered staple pieces. The EXPEDIT and BILLY systems come to mind.

The catalogue is a fantastic diversion from the store, and gives you a greater sense of what you can do with the furniture you find there. There are also some fantastic little design gems… artwork designed for the sets that you can’t buy in stores, an interesting paint job.

I’ve gone through the catalogue and found a few of my favourites.

Showing off their new wall cubes. They’re not that cheap, but I love the tin robots and paint job. And moreso, I LOVE the tin robots!

These sort of artwalls have been done to death lately. Unorganised and fantastic to look at. But I don’t blame them – they only get one catalogue a year. And I think it all looks great set against the white.

I’m a sucker for bursts of colour, what can I say.

8-bit floral KLIPPAN sofa. I’m not a fan of the couch comfort wise, but they really do rock out with some awesome cover designs for this puppy. If they’d make it softer, I’d consider buying one. Maybe.

IKEA will help you install your new kitchen! And… I’m guessing another part of them saving money is to just clone this one person, and send his copies out. You only need to pay the person who was cloned right?

OK – that had nothing to do with design, but it made me laugh when I saw it.

Oh you’re all going to learn how much I love quirky, odd things. This cloud ceiling is great. And if I wasn’t renting, I’d probably do something similar to my drab white ceilings.

This was great. Above a page advertising BILLY bookshelves, this cute art series with leaves, beetles, butterflys and patterns.

Bit of boho morrocan chic for your family kitchen!

So now, I just have to wait for my next IKEA trip. Though I’ll probably end up splurging on a cowhide rug. Something about them just feels right in my place. (It’s probably the balsa wood deer head and plush bear hunting trophy I already have….)

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…because they’re filled with pretty pictures.

24 Sep

I have a confession to make.

It’s a substance abuse problem.

I’m addicted to interior decorating magazines. Quite heavily.

It all began while I was working at an architecture firm last year. Turns out, among the ones I had worked at, it was the most boring, uninspiring job I’ve ever had, with very little to do, and I needed something to pass the time.

Enter the newsagency down the road. It started innocently enough. A copy of InsideOut magazine.

From there it ballooned… Vogue Living, Belle Magazine, Real Living Magazine, Australian Home Beautiful (a free subscription with my switch over to 25% green electricity through my energy provider!), Australian House and Garden, and (once upon a time, when Borders actually stocked it) Ready Made magazine.

Sometimes, you realise getting them monthly just isn’t enough. A landscape architect friend hooked me up with about 30 back issues of InsideOut that he had stashed under his bed, and the Lifeline Bookfest (another addiction that happens two or three times a year where they fill 2 large warehouse rooms at the Southbank Convention and Exhibition Centre with books, magazines and more old people stocking up on books then they’ll never manage to finish in their limited remaining time that you can poke a stick at.)

They’ve been a great source of inspiration, and for letting me show off to my friends my trendy design knowledge.

Though really, they just make me want to buy things. Things I couldn’t afford in my wildest dreams! Or fit into my unit!

So until my dreams come true, I continue to buy these magazines, stash them away, perve on the Todd Oldham house tour, and wish that maybe one day, in the not too distant future, I’ll have a slightly bigger place to deck out in a hipster meets Swedish design style. (Though I did manage to finally get my hands on a BILLY bookcase from IKEA – totally needed it for all the new books and magazines).

Even then, I don’t think I’ll want to kick the habit!

This is BILLY here by the way (bad iphone photo….), a little overstuffed because I’m shifting my loungeroom around at the moment and my other bookshelf is slightly emptier for it…

Oh, and yes, that is a giant matchstick next to it.

Mr Bookshelf