Who doesn’t love a bit of Ikea? Originally I wanted this post to be a shopping spree in Ikea on a $100 budget, but alas I wasn’t strong enough. Of course that’s totally do able but in my defence I haven’t been to Ikea for at least a year and a half and some things are just inevitable. Instead I thought it would be good to share with you some of the more decorative pieces I picked up, that in my opinion, don’t look obvious that they are from Ikea. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with things looking recognisable but the trick is not to end up with rooms that bare resemblance to the Ikea catalogue.
My favourite part of decorating is dressing the surfaces, creating ‘shelfies’ and adding the finishing touches to the tops of cabinets or anywhere that can create a bit of visual interest. On this recent trip to Ikea I was overwhelmed with their current stock, I feel like they’ve really upped their game, especially with so many other great retailers making home ware more affordable at the moment. Most of the decorative pieces I bought we’re under $20.
First up this golden candelabra is just stunning! It’s such a great feature piece, and I think of gold as a great neutral and a nice alternative to black. This cost $14.99 and I think it has the perfect balance of modern elegance and mid century style, but it definitely looks like it could have cost a lot more than 15 bucks. Next up is this Gold Napkin Holder. This feels a little bit Art Deco to me, and when paired with contrasting paper napkins (also from Ikea) style and function really come together.
Because the cabinet shown here is actually our bar cabinet, I wanted to also get some glasses that would be housed inside it. Glasses are one of the many things Ikea excel at, and these square/circular shape wine glasses look very chic and like they could have cost ten times more than what I paid for them ($3.99 each). I can be pretty clumsy so spending a lot on glassware is never going to be where I prioritise my spend, but thankfully Ikea ensures that no one knows that.
The mini wooden and glass display cylinder is something I’ve been after for a while, and while I don’t have anything in it yet, I’m putting my thinking cap on with what will be housed in side it, perhaps even an interesting shell form the beach or a piece of coral. The last piece I bought to decorate our bar credenza was another smaller gold and glass tea light holder, this was only $5.99 and compliments the other components nicely without outshining the main candelabra.
Styling the mantle piece is pretty easy because nothing has to be hung up unless I want it to be, and I like that it means I can change up its decor whenever I want to. Ikea frames are brilliant and similar to the glasses, I don’t see the point in paying a lot for basic black and white frames when I can get them for a snip at Ikea.
Below the mantel I bought pillar candles in a mix of sizes to sit in the hallow of the mantel and then I’ve gone for vases in a mix of different heights, shapes and textures to create some interest either side of the candles. I bought the matte smooth pale blue grey one for $9.99 and the Clear blue glass vase for $12.99 and filled it with some dried flowers. I’m going to talk more about the dining table in a later post but I did pick up another set of candle holders this time in Black ($12.99), which makes a nice contrast against our hecienth table runner and the maple wood.
The trick is mixing a few high street pieces with one or two more unique pieces, or even a mix of second hand and vintage finds. I love items that I’ve received as gifts because they feel more personal and when put next to a high street item and keep my space reflective of me and my style. I’m really enjoying scouring the high street for affordable home wares so you can expect to see more of those from me soon, but I wanted to start with Ikea as it’s pretty widely available compared to some of the other budget friendly stores. I’m also thinking of making content on where to save and where to spend when it comes to home decor for a rental, so let me know if you want that in a blog post or a video.
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