My first visit to IKEA was in 2006 in Atlanta. I had heard rumblings about the best home store in the world, but I wasn’t prepared for the endless halls of Swedish magic.
I went home with the dizzying realization that I needed all the things. I returned the following weekend with a rented U-Haul truck. It’s safe to say I’m a die-hard fan. Our recent haul from the Seattle store wasn’t nearly as massive, but we still did some damage. We had a few must-buys on our list, but we always leave with way more than we planned.
- Mister is eight months old now, which means he is ready for pureed meats and nylon castles.We satisfied the latter with this adorable tent. The toys to fill his Highness’s lair quickly spiraled out of control.
- What castle is complete without a fluffy soccer ball? Mister’s classroom at school has a few of these and he loves them.
- We recently bought some blocks from a local outlet store. We unwrapped them to find unsanded and gritty shards of wood. I’m still finding splinters, hooray for child safety! These smooth and shiny alternatives suit us much better.
- Speaking of food, I can’t shovel Mushed Potatoes into Mister’s mouth fast enough, and these spoons are the perfect size and curve for an impatient diner.
- We’re trying to encourage more water drinking, and while this sippy cup is currently a water bomb directed at kittens, hopefully its use will change soon.
- Once Mister is finished with dinner, he can move on to his basket of play food. The bread and cheese are Velcro which allows for some pretty adorable sandwiches, complete with fish and eggplant (I don’t ask questions).
- Math is important, right? Right. We really had no reason to buy this calculator besides its cuteness. Who knows, maybe I’ll use it for taxes in April.
- Despite his parents’ small stature, Mister is all kinds of heavy and tall. He’s in the 99th percentile across the board, which was fine until he grew out of every sleep sack I could find. Enter IKEA. I had no idea they even made this one, but it could easily fit a fourth-grader. It’s also super soft and warm. Score!
- The final baby purchase was a total impulse buy, but I couldn’t resist this mini armchair. It’ll be awhile before he can use it, and Gill is test-driving in the meantime.
Once Mister was squared away, we moved on to a few things for the rest of the house. I LOVE what we found.
- Plants live an average of 6.2 days in this house, so it’s a good thing IKEA supplies vibrant and fake alternatives. We bought two sets of the Fintorp rods and hooks along with several white caddies and pots. BIG plans for a color splash in the kitchen!
- Maybe this pillow is meant for the bedroom, but I couldn’t get over the idea of piling a gaggle of them on the living room sofa. They are soft and sophisticated and subtle. We bought two along with their feather inserts.
- Dave’s IKEA war cry is “No more pillows!” but I practically threw myself at these when I saw them. They are yummy, oversized and full of character. The dense fabric, striped flap and triple ties make these another cozy addition to the living room. We bought a blue-gray version (unavailable online) and they look fabulous. We bought four, and I call that self-control.
- My office is a hot mess at the moment, but I plan to change that very soon. These magazine files are an attempt to organize the pile of paper and business docs floating around my desk. They fit nicely in the glass storage cabinet and the little metal labels match the desk knickknacks.
Phew! That’s everything for now, though I’m already thinking of what we need for a return trip next month. Definitely some shoe storage for the coat closet, some bathroom drawer organizers, and a few more pillows wouldn’t hurt!