Last Sunday I got a wild hair and decided to take a last minute trip to IKEA -- I called a girlfriend and we packed up the kids and headed out. The two hour drive is much more bearable with someone to talk to! We got the news a few months ago that Indiana is getting an IKEA (I may have cried with joy) but we've got another year and half before that one is ready.
I've purchased a number of items from this wondrous place, from less than five bucks to furniture for a few hundred, and I've been really happy with every one. I can't think of one thing I was disappointed with. I like mixing in pieces from IKEA around the house and I think my favorites are some of their most inexpensive.
I've pulled together a list of my five favorites and it turns out all are under $10. Actually all but one are under $7 -- so good!
I LOVE love love these FRASERA glasses. I grabbed a few of the smaller ones a few trips ago, then got the taller versions on the next trip.
They call the smaller one a whiskey glass but we use it for juice and milk:
They are really beautiful glasses. I just love them. I replaced most of our mix matched glasses with these. The price is great -- $2.50 for the smaller ones and a dollar more for the large.
They are nice and heavy too -- very substantial feeling. The taller ones are perfect for margaritas. :) See how pretty they are?:
I think faux plants are coming back! That's a whole other post but these little faux FEJKA plants have always been a favorite!:
Of course they have super cute planters that these fit into perfectly:SINDAL door mat:
I don't find this photo that they use to be a good example of what it looks like. This picture looks more like a jute woven rug, but it is actually much thinner than typical jute.
This is exactly what the texture looks like:
I love it because it is so thin -- it makes it easy to open doors. Also, the fibers don't slough off like some natural rugs. And it has a backing underneath that prevents water from going through to the floor and keeps it from sliding around (no rug pad needed!).
I am kicking myself for not grabbing at least one more -- next trip for sure! And oh yeah, it's only $5!
Here's one that's purely functional but I love it. The VARIERA iron holder works great:
And finally, one of the best deals you will find at IKEA -- the FJADRAR feather insert. I only use feather inserts in our throw pillows (I just think they look better and are more comfy) and the day I found this one at IKEA I swear I heard singing:
If you go to a fabric store (or somewhere like Pottery Barn) to buy them you'll pay around $20 for a 20x20 insert. These are SIX BUCKS. That is crazy, crazy good. And I'll tell you what -- I actually like these better than the more expensive versions because the feathers on those will poke through the covers. It drives me crazy. IKEA inserts will do that occasionally but not nearly as much. I LOVE them.
There you go! Five of my IKEA favorites for under $10! Have you tried any of these? Any inexpensive items you love that I didn't have on this list? Do tell!
By the way, here's how I use the $6 feather inserts to make "Pottery Barn" pillows (for way less):
Have a great holiday weekend!