IKEA, my favorite retailer for houseware and decor. I recently got to partner with them for an article, but since then I have switched my view on a few things.
I promise, these rants will all make sense. Eventually. Just read!
You see, I wanted to write about how IKEA can accentuate minimalism. I love minimalism, and how you keep only things that serve you purpose and bring you joy. If you haven’t already heard, there’s the KonMarie method to minimalism. You essentially thank every item you own, and keep it until it no longer serves you, then you say goodbye and thank it again, then dispose of it by recycle/trash/regifting. A lot of people take the KonMarie method to the extreme and only own XYZ amount of items, including the things around their home, clothing, and even medications! It’s something that can get obsessive, and that’s how I was – obsessing over the actual amount of items I own.
I wanted to pair my love for minimalism with IKEA and feature the fact that many IKEA items are multi purpose.
If you’re on Pinterest, I suggest you search “IKEA Hacks” – but wait until you read this article first. Here’s a sneak peek:
Somebody took this IKEA product, a Kallax shelf unit,
and made this for their child’s playroom
then someone else made an entryway cubby stations with the same unit
My point is, I wanted to showcase how multi-funtional IKEA products are, to aid in minimalism.
Except, I no longer practice minimalism to the extreme.
I recently worked with a Feng Shui expert. After she toured my home and gave me some pointers, everything made sense. There needs to be a balance in each room, and I can’t just throw everything away and hope that the room somehow balances itself out and feels serene.
I got rid of my bed frame.
The IKEA Hemnes line of bedroom furniture has been my favorite since I first toured my IKEA Ottawa location.
Fun fact: wear a Fitbit to the Ottawa location and get over 5,700 steps if you follow the arrows.
I had the whole set,
well, that isn’t my photo, but you get the idea.
but, I got rid of the bed frame. Minimalism was about less stuff, and who needs a bed frame anyways?
My bedroom never felt complete until I started working on this article (scrapped it many times!) and realized my bedroom wasn’t a bedroom, it was a room where I slept and otherwise ignored.
I had all these beautiful decor pieces from the wonderful employee who let me do a little shopping on the house. but my bedroom wasn’t complete.
So I took my butt back to IKEA and what did I do? I bought another bed frame. This time, I chose the Leirvik frame.
because it’s white and minimalistic. Right?
My style was so confused up until I met the Feng Shui expert.
I’ve decided to get out of minimalism and just live. Use the pieces I enjoy, that flow together cohesively. If I own an item simply because it’s aesthetics, then oh well.
Here are the items I got from Ikea, and how I have used them.
Here are the products I was able to snag from IKEA,
What I love about this is the fact it can be indoor and outdoor. It’s 3qt so it’s a great size, although I’m still not set on what I want to use it for as it’s bigger than the plant I chose for it. Ha-Ha. Here’s a photo from Pinterest of the SOCKER line, that shows it beautifully.
I think I’m going to use it with a real plant – which is scary in thought as I have the blackest of thumbs.
At 2 feet, this artifical bamboo plan is a perfect pop of green for any decor. I currently have mine sitting in a candle holder on my dining table, because why not?
recognize the dining table? It’s also from IKEA. It’s the Ingatorp round/oval (opposed to the square/rectangle option)
with the Ingolf chairs.
This was my dream set for as long as my boyfriend and I have lived out on our own.
I wish I knew then, what I know now about the IKEA delivery option. They’ll bring your purchases straight to your door. Most IKEA products are flat packed and designed in such a way that they are easy for you to take home yourself. However, if your car isn’t big enough like in our case (thanks, Civic), or you just don’t want to take your purchases with you (because it’s heavy, perhaps), they can deliver your purchases right to your door. Actually, who are we kidding, those nice delivery men will probably bring it straight into your living room.
I stress this delivery option as I paid movers to bring the dining set to my home. Yep. We’re not even going to talk about how much I paid for that.
But let’s pretend you’re one of the fortunate who has enough room in their vehicle for IKEA purchases (totally jealous) – IKEA has the cool option called Click & Collect. It’s essentially a super convenient way for families, or single ladies, men, whoever… to choose and pay for their items online, and have it ready for you to pick up without having to maneuver Aisle 17 bin 6 and OH, we missed Aisle 2 bin 18.. have to go back, again. At a convenient time for you. You can find some FAQ about this amazing service here.
There are a few different sizes and models of the Tjena box, but no matter what you choose, you’re getting a heavy duty cardboard box with handle cutouts. You can see the whole series here.
I’m currently using the boxes in my closet to organize clothes. I have some winter tops in one box, as well as jeans that would probably fit me if I laid off the cake, in another.
another style of Tjena comes with modifiable dividers. I’m using this box to organize my leggings. As you can see, my fleece leggings are thicker so I was able to take out one panel to make extra room.
I chose these cushion covers because something in my head screamed: “you need pastel pink somewhere”. Well, I can’t make them work – anywhere. I tried so hard but the pale pink just doesn’t fit my decor. With that being said, I’m very impressed with the material. For a product that costs less than a Starbucks frappe, it was nice to see that it wasn’t lacking in quality.
I’m going to be completely honest. This is the one item I’m unsure if it was worth it. It’s 20×20 but very thin, so if you use it on your couch, it slumps down. I picked up some other cushions (you’ll see in a second) and I think they spoiled me because the full-ness is completely different. I should’ve paid more attention in store.
The harmonious pattern on this fluffy pillow resembles a stormy sea with sunshine reflecting on the water’s surface. Is the description from IKEA. I’m currently in love with navy blue. These cushions are extremely fluffy and stand up well on beds, couches and chairs. I have the other navy cushion, too…
You can see both cushions in the above photo. This was before I went all feng shui and turned everything around. Another item you can see in the photo is…
This is such a cute piece. It’s on a canvas backing but it’s made of polyester material and silver string. It’s unique and a showpiece.
I would show you what this looks like hung up on my wall, except there’s currently nothing on it. We have it secured to the wall with drywall plugs as IKEA suggests. I haven’t found the perfect pieces to put on it, yet, so it’s staying blank. Although, I did originally grab these frames for it…
with these to go inside,
Going back to my speal about minimalism. It’s practically engraved into your brain, as a minimalist, that you do not keep clutter or things simply because they’re pretty or to take up space. Definitely not. To have these decorative items on my furniture is a weird feeling, but I’m loving how it looks.
I think my new style is “clean but cozy” in the sense that everything has a place but it still feels lived in. I’m not sure if I’ll ever take the leap into cozy where I start hanging pictures of people I know… that’s still a strange concept to me. Why would I want to look at myself and my boyfriend on the wall of my living room, when I can just look at his face whenever I want?
As you can see I have these photo frames + photos on my Hemnes dressers. You can also see that I have this candle trio…
The candles, floral scent with notes of red apples, like a blossoming apple orchard. Smell abso-freaking-lutely amazing. I have yet to burn them because they’re just so pretty, but they smell great! We styled them to sit atop the glass bowl that is actually mouth blown by a skilled craftsperson. How neat? You can use this bowl for so many uses. Potpouri (is that still a thing?), candles, fruit, flowers, even to serve food in! Again, there IKEA goes being multifunctional.
Again, there IKEA goes being multifunctional.
I also have this cute little plant pot up on my dresser. Inside, I have,
Although the plant pot is waterproof, I’m still going with the artificial plants in the Bamboo variety (Fejka is artificial house bamboo) because my green thumb does not exist. I love how crisp and clean it looks.
Next, I have two plant pots and one plant. What do I do?
First, here’s a coffee table I got from IKEA,
This multi-talented table is also a tray for serving snacks and a basket for storing throws or magazines – out of the way but in sight. Spacious, airy design with matte steel surface and curved legs.
On top, I have these items, (Gecko not from IKEA)
This waterproof plant pot houses a very fake plant,
A potted plant that remains looking fresh year after year.
The next item I have on my coffee table is,
See what I did there? I used it for something other than it’s intention. I feel a little badass. It’s on a table, not hanging! Although, I just want to say that for $7.99 these are a steal. They’re beautiful and a great size. I’ve even used them to house my fake plants.
I have this candle inside it currently,
I can appreciate an unscented candle. Especially nowadays that unless you want all your candles to be the same color, you can’t get matching smells. I love the color of this candle as it matches nicely with the pink of the plant pot. I can just hear my Feng Shui expert say Good, Brandy, get those pastel colors in for fertility chi.
Last but not least, this throw blanket…
We currently have it draped over our loveseat, as it’s the coziest little couch blanket I ever did use. It’s an off-white, but not off-white where you question if something is clean or not, but a nice off white. Yes, these are the things I think of.
It’s also a great blanket for cat photos,
And that’s it, ladies and gentlemen. I have shown you a tour of my house, practically, and my confessions of being an IKEA-addict. Getting back to my Minimalism rant, I wanted to show you all that I am not perfect, and there’s no certain way to do something, but when you label yourself you just set up boundaries and may end up unhappy, like I was. IKEA does a fantastic part in any lifestyle/decor route you choose, and it’s so easy to play around with their products to suite whatever you need it for. Possibilities are endless.
Another thing I wanted to mention is IKEA Family.
IKEA FAMILY Benefits:
What does this mean? Every month a whole slew of items are put on discount for Family members only. This can be new items or your old favorites – you never know until it changes!
You can see the current Family offers here. So don’t forget to join, as we can all use some savings! It’s completely free to participate in.