The kids had half-days last week and I had the brilliant plan on Thursday to take them all with me to meet up with my mom at IKEA.
Here’s something I’m learning: I don’t have preschoolers anymore.
I used to meet my mom at IKEA regularly when the kids were little – especially when the older two were in school and I was looking for things to occupy my time with two little ones at home. They would either go into the playland area or stay with us and snack on IKEA letter crackers while my mom and I shopped. It was always slightly stressful with those wonky carts, but mostly an enjoyable way to pass the afternoon.
So I thought I was pretty clever to take the kids along with me to pick up a few things and spend some time with my mom while we were at it.
Well, now I know that shopping at IKEA on a half-day of school is not the ideal way to spend your time if you are a 13, 12 or 10-year-old boy. Audrey didn’t mind so much, but she’s little and can still fit in a cart. The boys had to walk their own feet through the miles of the ikea maze and wait for us ladies to look at and touch everything. The kids were fine … but next time I’ll leave them at home :)
While shopping, I found a few things (see what I bought at the end of the post) and spent the rest of my time snapping photos of things I liked. I’m on a purging kick right now, so I wasn’t super tempted to buy a bunch of stuff, but if you’re headed to IKEA any time soon, I’ve done some picking out of cute things for you.
We’ll start with this pretty green vase. I maybe should have bought this one.
These metal side tables were intriguing. My 10-year-old son wanted that shorter coffee table version for a lego table and it actually would be a great option since it has a lip around the edge.
I was very happy to see a new black and white stripe blanket option. This one almost made it into my cart … but we all know I do not need another black and white striped throw blanket in my life.
This thin blanket did come home with me. I am thinking I’ll cut it up and make a pillow out of it … or keep it as a throw. I haven’t decided yet. The color is so good.
Need a perfect pot for little plants or candy or your daughter’s hair bows or dog treats or anything else you can think of that needs a home? These are a great size, stackable and chic.
Christmas is coming and these gold stars are really pretty. And there is that pot with a great artificial tree in it. Line three of those up on your table and you have a great centerpiece for the holidays.
I’m partial to real greenery, but these next few medium-sized artificial plants caught my eye. I had just read a post from Young House Love about their very convincing faux front porch potted trees and all three seem like great options if you need fairly realistic plants for front porch pots.
This next one is the most indestructable indoor houseplant ever. If you have a low-light situation or forget to water your plants, this one is perfect.
We have this mirror in our entry (see it here in the old house) and I might call it the best buy at IKEA. It’s big, has a simple, yet substantial frame and is less than $50.
This little light is very cool. I wish they pulled that caution sticker off there … but just imagine how modern it would look without it. And the beloved black and white cord is forever my favorite.
These pendants are fun.
You’ve likely seen this line of lights – they have a pendant, floor lamp, table lamp and sconce version and everyone is great.
This little hourglass is a great decorative object for a bookshelf or coffee table.
TILLSYN HOURGLASS $7.99
And add this glass dome to your shopping list, too. It comes in two sizes.
These hooks are not particularly heavy, but very cute looking. We have a similar iron hook in our boys’ room to hang sweatshirts and it is so useful.
The kids were getting very tired of walking and shopping by the time we hit the bedding section.
Mason camped out right next to the bedding that is actually on his bed (see it here).
This cutie clock is fun for styling a bedside table (it’s similar to the one on my step-stool-turned-nightstand seen here).
I’m partial to anything with graphic lettering or numbering and I nearly bought these candles. I’m assuming they are used for Advent, but I like them just for fun, too.
And – at last! – we made it to the checkout … and better yet, the $1 ice cream cones.
Curious to see what made it into my big blue ikea bag?
I went with the intention to buy pull down shades for the kids’ windows. I did buy them, but they are not right and will be returned.
The rest of the stuff was just random grabs.
Straws, because my children find drinking out of straws so much more enjoyable than not.
A large sifter, because I only have a tiny one and I’ve been meaning to get a bigger one for baking for a long time.
Child-sized wood hangers, because I have a little project in mind for how to embellish them.
That blue blanket.
A roll of white paper, for my creative kids and possibly for Christmas wrapping.
Bag clips, to keep open bags fresh.
It was a productive trip, and after we overcame the mild dissatisfaction with spending an afternoon off of school out shopping, we ended up having a great time, indulging in Swedish meatballs and walking out with a long list of cute things to get next time.