Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Ikea Purchases

I stopped by Ikea to pick up some rugs for the apartment. I wanted a shag rug for the living room, a door mat, and a runner for the kitchen. My preference is to buy things “pre-loved” from Craigslist or Kijiji because I always find good quality household items for way less than it would cost me for something new of lesser quality! I looked around online though and couldn’t find anything I liked. I wanted to buy something inexpensive so it wouldn’t be a huge deal if it didn’t fit in the space in the condo, so off to Ikea I went.
I ended up with this kitchen runner. It’s the HESSUM flatwoven rug. The colour goes great in the kitchen. It’s very neutral and the contrast shows way less than it does in the picture on the left. The size is 200 x 80 cm / 6’7” x 2’7”
Here’s a picture of the kitchen a few days before I moved in. The owners went with pretty much everything opposite to my taste lol, but the more I look at the dark cabinets, the more I’m starting to think they’re a good idea! They hide all the dirty fingerprints. Also, the configuration is very similar to the kitchen configuration in our condo (except we have a double sink and dishwasher yay!).image
I also bought one of the HESSUM door mats. This one to be exact. I thought I would like it, but it’s way too small and looks too insignificant, so it’s gonna go back… image
I wanted to exchange it for the other HESSUM rug (below), which is bigger, but ended up getting a rug with pretty much the same dimensions as the larger HESSUM, but in plain gray…from Dollarama! Ha! That store has everything…image
I also bought the ALHEDE high-pile rug in off-white and I love it. Even Riley loves it – she’s always rolling around on it. It’s so soft and the pile is dense and thick. I literally spent an afternoon lying on it reading magazines. The colour is fantastic too – I would definitely describe it as gray, not off white. From far away it reads gray, but it’s off-white with flecks of black and gray. I bought the 195 x 133 cm / 6’5” x 4’4” size. It’s not quite big enough. The next size up isn’t much bigger but costs a considerable amount more, so I’m considering buying another one in the same size I have now and stitching them together along the long edge. I saw Sarah Richardson get that done with two zebra stripe rugs on Sarah 101. If I stitch two together, I have choices: I can keep them stitched together or cut the stitching it the configuration doesn’t work in the condo.
As much as I love Craigslist/Kijiji, it’s really nice to own something brand new every once and a while… even if it’s just from Ikea. Don’t you agree?

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