It was another busy weekend. A lovely shopping trip to Ikea on Saturday; a bit of furniture renovation on Sunday; followed by a tidy up of the garden before the weekend came to an end. I had quite a long list of items to buy at Ikea. I only tend to go once a year and head straight for the Marketplace to stock up on everyday essentials such as crockery and linen.

This year, high on my list, was a vase which would be suitable for my home grown dahlias. Before I even reached that section of the store I stumbled across this lovely white china jug in the kitchenware section and decided that it was the perfect height and width for the flowers.

Ikea jug and home grown dahlias

Ikea jug and home grown dahlias

My next port of call was the linen section as I needed to buy a new quilt set for the children’s bedroom.  I learnt, to my cost, some years ago that bedding at Ikea is not a standard UK size and therefore a standard quilt case does not do the job.  That aside I love the colourful characters and designs of the children’s bedding and was pleased to pick up a set that I know will be adored.

Ikea single size quilt case

Ikea single size quilt case

Lastly, I picked up some grey linen cushion covers and curtains.  It is my intention to use these as a neutral backdrop in my dining room to which I can add and subtract colours as I wish.  Currently, I am looking to add some pinky/red hues to the otherwise yellow, grey and white scheme to give it a bit of autumnal warmth.  The dahlias are the first step soon to be followed by some colourful scatter cushions and framed photographs.

Ikea curtains and cushion covers

Ikea curtains and cushion covers

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