Tuesday, February 17, 2009

All them modern things

A little trip to IKEA yesterday. I could spend all day there- not much in the way of decayed glamour and 'Dickensian bohemia', but OH so clean and organised! I'm worried I'm becoming anal in my old age- I bought more refrigerator containers than I thought I'd ever need in life- my ideal 'fridge scene' is just shelves of neatly stacked boxes, each stating what's in them with a nice little label.

Everything so fresh and well-kept, no stray tomatoes finding their way into the back of the shelf and hiding there. No more hap-hazard piles of random packaging, screaming it's unattractive graphics. I get anal about packaging, that much I'm sure of and am happy about. I'll happily spend a dollar more on something that has a better label than it's identical product brother. Take this bottle of Camp pure maple syrup for example:

I don't care that it's the most expensive- I'm paying to look at it as well as eat it!

Anyway- what was I saying? Oh yes, IKEA. We were wandering around when we happened upon a room half-done (going up rather than coming down I hope) which had the most wonderful wallpaper:


I'm so in love with it! It's called woods by Cole and Son, who have a wonderful selection of modern and traditional wallpapers.

In searching for the image I came across a beautiful blog, Desire to Inspire. So clean and organised, just like IKEA! Further from there I discovered the work of Aimee Herring...



I have no idea who this chap is, but he's very dashing! Why aren't there more dashing chaps like this about the place?

8 comments:

Jackie said...
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Jackie said...

I deleted my previous comment because I suddenly realised it was innapropriate at the moment in Australia. Sorry for messing up your blog. I love it and I love your ethos. I too am taken out of my comfort zone of shabby and faded when I visit IKEA it makes me want to throw all my clutter away.

Lorie M. said...

Yes, but then I come to my senses and hunker down amid my fluffy pillows! I love the idea of Ikea, and this is my kids idea of nirvana, chrome, metal, wire..I thought of you,Penny, as in the US, the public television is showing the latest BBC incarnation of Oliver Twist..much grime and tattered clothing! I love your comment, too about spending the extra $1 for a better package, me too!

ArtSnark said...

Fun post! There is (finally) an ikea going up nearby. Can't wait.

For a time I worked in an antique shop. We had several thousand pieces of depression glass. The glass fridge containers (with matching water jugs, glass lids, etc) were just fabulous.

Pherenike said...

dashing chaps are a rare breed. I expect any one whos got one keeps them under wraps.

RowanDevoe said...

I must be just like you because I love all of this! I stayed up half the night looking for 2 lost books-still can't fing them! The boho look is great, but I need to find my stuff!

And, yes, where can I find that handsome chap? ha! Look at the tie he is wearing and his waistcoat-you don't just see that everyday! Must check out your new links-thanks for finding them!
Take care,
merle

Sue said...

Mmm this guy is rather nice isn't he? I may just bookmark him...

Lovely blog :-)

Miranda said...

Goodbye Mr. Darcy ... Hello dashing John Doe.