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Ikea Purchases: Part One



Last Saturday we took a trip to the magical place that is Ikea. A.K.A a claustrophobes nightmare. I had a shopping list that had built up to the point where the total spent came to more than our rent, so we decided to make the trip and avoid the list growing any longer. We returned home with half of the wish list, and although there are still a few pieces we will need to get at some point, we've got the essentials - including mini cactai, obviously - so we can get by for now.

Part one of my little Ikea series is just to show a few of the little bits we picked up that have a definite home - there are a few pieces that will work better once other items have been built - so I'm waiting on that one (read: hurry up and build, boyfriend). I picked up a few new mini cactai to add to the living room, as our bay window was just so bare and boring, but at the same time the ledge is really narrow. We also picked up another one of their statement cushions and I'm pretty sure this is the new one that everyone and their dog owns - it works nicely with the colour of the arm chairs and the little bit of greenery behind.

For the bedroom I picked up some white hangers - a total last minute purchase, but they really do look much nicer than regular hangers. Especially seeing as our bedroom is completely white. And then my last two impromptu purchases are the giant (and I mean bigger than my head and neck) milk bottle vase and fake flowers. The flowers reminded me of the norwegian flowers that we ordered in for an event recently and I LOVED them. The thing I found really difficult about the sections that house the little bits and bobs like this is that you end up styling (or is this just me?) and putting things together and before you know if you've picked up a ridiculous amount of small items that will work together in various corners of your home.

How we came in under budget I'll never know...
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  1. Such a great post!! I'm going to IKEA tomorrow to buy for my first house, do you know how much the mini cacti were?? I neeeed...

    Charlotte x
    www.styleaked.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. Ikea is amazing I actually love the mini cactuses they are great way to fill the space.

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

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  3. Love the mini cacti, so sweet!

    x, Sanja
    gypsetdays

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  4. Cute!! Love the little cacti!

    Nicky
    zeeblikesit.blogspot.com
    xx

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  5. I got the little cactuses as well, they are too cute. x
    http://www.thoughtsinstyle.com/

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  6. Such lovely things! I love the milk bottle vase, I have the smaller version and its so good for holding flowers! I'll have to look at the artificial flowers next time I'm in ikea, it gets so expensive buying fresh ones all the time! x

    SophiesMakeupBlog

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  7. Lovely post, the photos are wonderful. I absolutely love a good trip to Ikea, you cannot go in without buying something.

    Jess x
    www.jessicalaar.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. Gorgeous post, I love the look of the bits that you picked up!
    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

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  9. Love the photos ! I wish we had Ikea here :(
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  10. I bet your apartment is looking fab! I went to Ikea about a month ago and it was an awful experience; it was messy and SOOOO CROWDED. I'm avoiding Ikea for at least a year.

    WOMANOUK (beauty and portrait drawings)

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  11. I love this post and that pillow is SO cute. I have to go back! Do IKEA do clothes?

    http://whatmaisiedid.blogspot.co.uk/

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  12. love all the things! we always have an annual trip to ikea!!
    alice x

    http://alicelester.blogspot.co.uk/

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  13. The flowers are nice, and one can never have too many mini cactuses. Succulents look good too lined up like that.
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  14. Lovely purchases, especially the cactai and the vase!
    http://once-upondecember.blogspot.com

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  15. I love ikea! its so great xx

    http://cristynottingham.blogspot.co.uk/

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  16. Stunning photos! I'm in love with the mini potted cacti :)

    Esmé // CloudEsmé

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  17. ikea is my favourite shop and i actually went on the weekend, you picked up some lovely pieces

    lots of sparkle

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  18. Lovely pieces! Love the monochrome look!
    http://eternallyundefined.blogspot.com.au/

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  19. IKEA is that one place where I can float around all day no matter what - on my last trip I was extremely hungover but I still managed to spend 8 hours there!! Looks like you picked up some great bits and pieces though, and I can't wait to see the rest...although you've made me want to go there soon which is a baaaad idea!!

    Fiona :)

    http://alwaysbananapancakes.blogspot.ie

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  20. Great post :)

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  21. I'm also going to Ikea next Monday and I shouldn't have read your post because for some unexplainable reason mini cacti are a necessity in my new apartment!
    Very lovely post and great photography :)
    www.iliamura.blogspot.com

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  22. fab pictures! I love everything about ikea- from their succulents to their cinnamon rolls!

    holly | hollylerose.blogspot.com ♥

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  23. The fake flowers are so pretty! I need to do a massive trip to IKEA as soon as I arrive at Uni, can't wait haha! :) xx

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  24. I love the idea of having white hangers as oppose to regular ones! :)

    www.lilyroselo.blogspot.co.uk

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  25. I have yet to come across a person who doesn't like Ikea! Shopping there is like a therapy for me (not for my back account though) because everything is just so pretty. Love the succulents, I'm obsessed with them lately xx

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  26. The cushion looks amazing ! Ikea is just one of those places where you can find everything for the home, gotta love them :)

    Andrea //
    gucciandpola.blogspot.com

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  27. love the little cactai! need to get some for my room as well :)
    xo, cheyenne

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  28. Oh Ikea, ruiner of budgets! Those fake flowers look so beautiful - they make such a lovely accent. I've been meaning to pick up a new duvet from Ikea and now I might have to add a few more things to my list.

    x
    beauty, style, life || bespectacled

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  29. Everything is really gorgeous and chic. I love it!
    Katie x
    www.vanillainnovember.blogspot.co.uk

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  30. IKEA is one of my favourite places! Sad, I know x
    http://my--socalledlife.blogspot.com.es/

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  31. Ikea has so many cute things! Everytime I go there I have so much fun taking a look at every single piece even though sometimes it's full of people!

    http://riitamacedo.blogspot.pt/

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  32. I found myself in Ikea this weekend as well. I always find something I'm in dire need of! I left with a black and white bathmat and new pillows. (One can never own too many Ikea pillows is my theory!)
    Love your little succulents, I never seem to find cute ones like yours in my Ikea!

    xx

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  33. These pictures are so lovely !

    Sara,
    http://thecrimeofashion.blogspot.fr

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  34. How much were the fake flowers? At first glance I thought they were real! They're such a nice colour:-)
    racheljaynebeauty.blogspot.com

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  35. I need to go to IKEA soon to buy the rest of the stuff I need for uni! :)
    http://charlottesophiaroberts.blogspot.co.uk

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  36. such lovely pieces!!

    http://pomegranateandcoffee.blogspot.co.uk

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  37. Love the cactai :)

    Cheryl
    http://daisycandle.com

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  38. I love the little IKEA cacti, so cute!

    http://shewhoisshort.blogspot.co.uk/

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  39. Your home looks beautiful! So relaxed and lovely!

    http://emmtoria.blogspot.com/

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  40. I love IKEA and I need to get those mini cacti asap! x

    Sophia | sophiebysophia.blogspot.com

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  41. Love that cushion! I wish we had IKEA in NZ, I would be spending a heck load of money there!!

    CassandraMyee | NZ Beauty Blog

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  42. Beautiful photos! I love cacti, looks like a successful trip to IKEA!

    Ioanna | www.hearting.co.uk

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  43. Such nice pieces! I am moving out in a couple of weeks and cannot wait to take the plunge into Ikea.

    www.emandthem.co.uk

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  44. I love these photos so much, there is just something warm and homey about them. I've been looking for those little cacti every time I go to Ikea but I'm worried that they don't stock them here!

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  45. I need to buy more plants. Love that cushion. :)
    -Ru
    Lovesicklilac

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  46. This looks like you bought some fab stuff, I love Ikea - they have some great homeware bits

    LondonBeautyxx

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  47. This has excited me because I'm going to IKEA tomorrow to get some bits for uni! x

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  48. I recently went to Ikea and I saw these things! I am lovely their monochrome range!

    Michelle xx | http://michelleasousa.blogspot.co.uk

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  49. I'm going to IKEA soon and I am far more excited about it than I should be....
    Megan x
    London Callings

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  50. I love the mini cacti! I am about to go to Ikea and I am already scared of the bill that I will come out with at the end! H xx

    www.hopesgone.blogspot.co.uk

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  51. Adore the cacti. I have the IKEA cushion and it just works in so many spaces.

    http://gemandblueskies.blogspot.com.au

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