9.30.2011

A trip to the promised land





A couple of weeks ago, I wrote here about the new IKEA catalog and what a joy it was to receive...well, the Southern Man and I travelled south recently and visited the nearest IKEA store to get my yearly fix of this sweet Scandinavian shop...













The sign is like a beacon from the interstate...leading you in...its huge and very tall...you can't miss it!




As you enter the store, there's a number of quotes on large scale walls...it gets you into the vibe of the setting...
and then I saw the best kitchen layout I've ever seen...and it made total sense that size has nothing to do with great design...I was so enthralled, that I neglected to take a few photos...but here's a slightly tweaked version from their website...the layout is a little different than the one in the store but the space planning was well thought out...it just felt right to us...all within 81 square feet!





Throughout the store, I noticed that the most common of items made a design statement when grouped together....

white display shelves...
storage canisters...
even wine corkscrews...
A few things really caught my eye...strong graphic fabric designs...
clear glass lamps...the bottom of the lamp base is open...think of all the great things you could display in the base and change out according to your whim...
this substantial woven wicker chair...I'm thinking two of them with our round dining room table...perfect place to lounge, eat, relax, enjoy...the price here includes the seat cushion...I can make better looking cushions...so the chair itself is only $79...its on the list of possibilities...
and of course, no trip to IKEA is complete with a stop at...

So what did we come home with...6 white cotton kitchen towels, 5 yards of the numbers fabric shown above, and a couple of HEMMA light cords...its a light assembly cord from which you can hang your own pendent light...I find these indispensable in designing hanging lights...such as the one seen here that I just finished...








I had some old garden fencing that I thought would be perfect for a light fixture...a few twists & turns and a HEMMA cord - its done!
and just wait and see where the numbers fabric shows up...

8 comments:

  1. Amy - love your lamp...and can't wait to see what you do with that fabric. It's funny to see the excitement about IKEA, because it is so 'mainstream' over here...they are everywhere, and in every home. That cool graphic fabric was designed by a group of students. I think they did a fabulous job with it!
    Michael

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  2. Fun excursion! I love the lamp you made :)

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  3. You know...there's an Ikea just up the interstate from me...and I've never been! I do need to get up there someday just to take in the sights....

    We're off to northern Michigan in the morning to do some leaf peeping and lake adventures...I need the change in scenery...

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  4. Yes, IKEA is wonderful.. such simple minimal line and design... we have one but it is a long drive and so we do not go there very often... lucky you!

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  5. IKEA is our favorite place to shop! You have some great finds and you really have a knack of putting them together with found objects for a great look.

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  6. Wonderful post. Love how your eye saw those great designs in the "everyday" things at Ikea and what a creative lamp you've designed. Just wonderful!

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  7. My next inkodye project is letters/numbers much like the numbers on fabric but a smaller piece of fabric :) I can't reply now to your comment for some reason but it did come through on my blog. I need to look into those lamp cords!

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