Today we’re heading out on one last little trip before I head back to school Thursday after four months off (boo). And on our way to our destination, we’re planning to make a little pit stop at the beloved IKEA.
Nothing big this time, just small things that can fit in the van and not be in the way for the rest of our trip.
Here’s what’s on the list:
Smasha 3-piece flatware set
I randomly picked up a set of these last time we were there and since then have been wanting a couple more. Of all the utensils we have for Elliott, these get used the most. They’re easy to eat with and the perfect size for her chubby, little hands. Also, I like that it comes with a little knife. While I’m making dinner, I’ll give Elliott a little cutting board and whatever I’m working with (pasta, veggies, fruit, cheese, bread, etc.) and let her help chop it. What normally happens is she either eats it or mangles it so bad nobody wants to eat it, but it keeps her busy, she gets to “help”, and I get dinner done. Everybody wins.
Lillabo Rail kit
Elliott got the 20-piece train set for Christmas and loves to play trains with Chris. And Conductor Chris has requested more tracks to help make their train town the best. So we’re getting this extension kit so they can keep rollin’.
Ribba black frame
I’ve been working on a wall of black framed photos, artwork, and random found items in our living room for about five months. And I’m at a stand-still now because I know I can get the frames I want at IKEA and I refuse to buy them anywhere else. I need lots of different styles and sizes. And then I need to print some pictures of Harper to put in them. That poor girl is three and a half months old and we don’t have one printed picture of her. Bad Mommy.
Renate Flora curtains
I recently painted our kitchen, changing it from a green to a soft, off-white. It really brightened it up and made the space look and feel a lot bigger. But I have a hutch that I painted a while back that is bright yellow. It looked fine with the green, but I’m not so sure what to do with the rest of the kitchen now that I have off-white walls and a yellow hutch. But these curtains (that I love.love.love) would be a great jumping off point for the rest of the colors, patterns, and wall art. I just love them and they’re exactly the feeling I want in my kitchen: light, airy, playful, and happy.
I love the idea of having pillows on our kitchen chairs. To sit on, to lean on, to look pretty. Mmm, it just makes me want to stay in my kitchen longer if it looks cozy. And I’m in the process of painting my old kitchen table and replacing the chairs with random, found ones from yard sales or thrift stores. I want the look of eclectic, but put together; mismatched, but cohesive. And it’s fun looking for chairs. It’ll make a dramatic statement without a dramatic price tag. And these pillow will help them all look pulled together.
Fillsta Pendant Lamp
We need more lighting in our kitchen. When we moved the hutch in, we took out a light fixture that was in the way and just put a cover over the hole. But I love light, and since then it’s just been too dark on that side of the kitchen. This would look perfect hanging above (and slightly in front of) the hutch. A little mix of old and modern. Let’s just hope it’s not too big.
So that’s about all we’ll have room for in the van (and our budget). It might take a minute to get everything put together, but I’ll share pictures when it’s done.