IKEA 2015 Catalog Review

I know I’m a little late to the game here, but IKEA’s new catalog is out and… I have to say I’m a little underwhelmed. I haven’t bought much from the Swedish furniture giant since my college days, but their catalogs have always provided great inspiration for DIY projects and decor improvements.

It’s pretty sad that my favorite picture in a furniture catalog is this one:

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Though how could you not like that kid? Also, why don’t they make these hooded bath towels for adults? STANKA baby towel with hood, $8

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There were actually a couple things from the kids section that caught my eye. This two-shelf table in the foreground is a changing table. Spray paint that baby and add some contact or wrapping paper, and it can be a personalized, well, pretty much anything—bar “cart”, kitchen island, craft station, garden table, etc. I’m not sure exactly what purpose it’s serving here… SNIGLAR changing table, $30

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And it’s definitely the little girl in me that would love to have a fushia sofa someday! FRIHETEN corner sofa, $699

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But in adult world, this room is more me. Gray, polka dots and a pop of color. My favorite space in the catalog. REIDAR chair, $50; STENKLOVER duvet cover and pillowcases, $30; and more

How did you feel about the new catalog? What’s on your wishlist?

(Images: IKEA)

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On My Mind: July Edition

Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 12.00.09 PM1. As much as I enjoyed hosting the Garden Party, it could’ve really been something special if I owned my own place—and especially if that place was THIS place. I am totally loving the entertaining possibilities with this fabulous layout (click through for more pics) by one of my favs, Frank Lloyd Wright. The house is for sale, but at $3.2 million it’s a little out of my price range. Well, and it’s in Houston. (Thanks to Tracy for passing along the link!)

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2. We’re in full-on sweet corn season here in the Midwest, and I’ve been dying to try out an elotes/Mexican street corn recipe. Anybody have a go-to they’ll share?

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3. Speaking of the Midwest, I’m loving Buzzfeed’s 23 Facts All Midwestern Women Know To Be True. No. 21 hit especially close to home this week: “You know that people who hate on lakes just haven’t been properly introduced to your part of the country.” My parents and extended family are vacationing on a lake in Minnesota right now, and I’m very jealous.

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4. Have you guys seen that tutorial bouncing around Pinterest about remaking lampshades out of leggings? Mandi over at Vintage Revivals is a genius! Who would have thought there’d be such an easy—and budget-friendly—fix for an ugly thrift store shade? Amazing.

img9o5. I need some polka dots in my life. I’ve been trying to figure out where I can incorporate them into my apartment, and I think maybe I’ve found my answer: In the bedroom! With all the effort I’ve been putting toward the living room revamp, I need to follow Gold and Williams’ advice and give some TLC to my nighttime retreat. New sheets could be a great jumping off point.

(Images: 1. Houston Chronicle, 2. A House in the Hills, 3. Buzzfeed, 4. Vintage Revivals, 5. West Elm)

I want that Wednesday

I’ve been wracking my brain about home stuff, so I thought I could use a little break and focus on fashion for a hot minute. Speaking of hot, I ordered hot pink jeans—yes, I know it’s the dead of winter, but I had Arizona on the brain—and I’m already in love with them. The price helped: Originally $68, I got them for $29.99! Thanks, Macy.

You know what would look phenomenal paired with ’em? These navy polka dot oxfords…

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They look like something my grandma would’ve worn because she’s a classy lady, just like me. (I don’t know Mim, what do you think?) Unfortunately, I didn’t come across them until it was too late—they only have size 6 available left. Those probably would fit my grandma! Fingers crossed they restock.

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I want that Wednesdays

I am really enjoying taking the train instead of driving to work every day. It takes about the same amount of time, but I don’t have to get all stressed out about traffic or worry about parking if I want to grab a drink or run errands after work. I do wish I could read on the train (damn you, motion sickness!), but I couldn’t read while driving either so no loss there.

But I am on the Cadillac of el lines, the Brown Line, so I need to step up my game. Back on the Red Line, nobody cared about the homeless guy peeing in the corner. And nobody cared about my plastic grocery bag of shoes, lunch items, books, etc. But now, I feel like I need a legit tote to carry my miscellaneous things around in so I don’t look like a bag woman. Enter, my newest crush:

I must be going crazy because there was a time when I never would have even considered buying a $178 turkey sandwich and flip flop transporter. But I do love Marc Jacobs. And I do have my “Christmas bonus” Nordstrom gift card…