Saturday, April 16, 2011

IKEA Snobs

Why do some people have such disdain for IKEA? They sell chic, contemporary and - the best part - economical products. Yes, some of the furniture can be a bit flimsy. However, there are several items that have proven to be versatile and long-lasting. Plus, with items sold at 1/4 the average cost of its high-end competitors, IKEA seems to be an excellent alternative. Check out these fabulous, affordable IKEA pieces from a few of my favorite bloggers.

butcher block {sanded + painted turquoise = LOVE} :: jennifer johner

karl sofa :: young house love

bjursta table :: love and lace

expedit shelves :: live creating yourself

At long last, here is a picture of our beloved Mongstad mirror from IKEA, now residing in our Master Bedroom.
It is massive and we love it!

What are your thoughts on this admittedly Walmart-esque home decor giant?

14 comments:

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

I have a couple of bookcases from Ikea and I'm pretty happy with the quality in relation to the price I paid for them. Ikea offers quite a few affordable, clean-lined pieces that can be customized with the addition of mouldings, a paint treatment or new hardware.

Personally, I think it's great that there is a place where people with limited resources can find stylish furniture at a price point that they can afford.

Adalita said...

I love Ikea - pity there is only one in my vicinity and that is nearly 40km away!

California Wife said...

I have never been into an Ikea, and it's making me crazy! I think I would love it. We're looking for a big black full length mirror like yours, so now I have a good excuse to go. I think our closest store in San Diego, so maybe I can plan a little weekend getaway soon. : )

simplyvonne said...

the first pix is genius! love the fact that they painted blue!

Toots said...

I HEART Ikea!!!!!! I have so much of their stuff and it's sturdy and lasted years!! I absolutely love your mirror...will have to look at that!!! :)

Michelle Vandepol said...

i painted my IKEA hutch tourquoise too :) love it!

http://nothisplace.blogspot.com/2011/03/preoccupations.html

Hilary @ My So-Called Home said...

I love Ikea and although I've never purchased any furniture there myself, I think it is a practical and (for the most part) durable product- at least from what I've seen. And since the buyer assembles the product, a lot of the quality depends on the assembler themselves. What I do have from Ikea are two of their Jonsbo Barby lamps which I love!

http://www.mysocalledhome.com/2011/02/if-i-was-from-paris-i-would-say-ooh-la.html

Jesse {GoodGirlGoneGlad} said...

Yeah, I don't get the distain either. I LOVE Ikea!

MEGMAC said...

slightly obsessed with that turquoise butcher block!!

megmacdesigns.blogspot.com

Stephanie said...

It appears we follow the same blogs. Not surprising. Ikea is truly my favorite and I've been coveting that mirror for years because it's MASSIVE. Thanks for the shout out and I'm loving your above post with the doors. Amazing details. It makes me sad that our city is so new, no cool old buildings to admire.

simplyMae said...

i'm in love with the butcher block!! Gorgeous color. Nice mirror too, and I love your outfit :)

FanSea said...

He he. I kind of am an Ikea snob. There. I said it. But don't get be wrong! I have TONS of ikea in my home. I can not speak for all ikea snobs, but for myself, I think I just get fed up with the idea of a "paint by number" Ikea house. Mix it up! Grab an ikea mirror and mix it with some interesting items in your bed room! AND, YOU DID THAT! I think Ikea snobs are only snobby when people idealize ikea...instead of using it creatively. Besides, I have to say, no one can beat their swedish meat ball meal!!!

FanSea said...

P.S. I think part of the disdain comes from the fact that it doesnt really grow with you. If you move, it often breaks. Not built to last. Bummer.

Edna said...

That's why IKEA gets snobbed because it's economical. People are all about the price tag because that means high status. Not for me though, i'm economical all the way and i do love IKEA as well. Sure if I had the money i'd buy the real deal but since I don't, modern furniture replica will do. Sometimes it's a matter of having the style to put cheap things together than having the money to buy anything even if it doesnt look good. Oops sorry for the rant.

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