I fell in love with a black rattan chair.
The agenda: Spy for a desk.. table.. whatever that can rest against my window and carry my laptop. Even considered a coffee table too! Then again, I love walking through their showroom – the agenda was just to keep me in check 😉
I did spend 3.5 Hours (including a 45-min lunch by myself) and a pretty penny!
Prior to iKea:
Spotted the table on HipVan while scurring the internet for ideas. The size looks quite right at 90cm x 40cmB x 78cmH. With a discount and $10 off, it feels promising.
Even took a memory lane walk on what was Carrie Bradshaw’s desk – remember that oak table where she would sit at looking out the window, sometimes smoking?
But first… ikea!
Right after Zumba class and with the aid of 2 buses I made my way to the bigger outlet in SG and had lunch first. Was in for a rude shock when I saw how crowded it was though, on a Wednesday afternoon. Damnit. Gone the moment of thinking you had iKea to yourself. hahaha!
Interior inspirations following close to their catalogue in terms of highlighting key items. Tempted to get hold of that green trolley but… I wasn’t going to carry that back on my own just yet.
Back on agenda, the Study section blessed me with an array of tables to look at. Some were even the size I wanted, a narrow desk board. Others had functional spaces below to store the laptop and hide cables, nothing less from iKea I suppose.
Chanced upon my current desk (which has been stowed away), an outdoor white table. More for outdoor teas and what not, I was starting to resent it’s width and the gaps in-between. But somehow in the showroom, the table looked quaint, small and gorgeous again. I checked the dimensions, the name and… it was the same table.
Confused, I continued walking carrying a heavy iKea bag filled with miscellaneous items (see photo below!). Glanced at the ladies forming a queue at the Fabrics section, my mind just did a “hummm”. Never have I bought fabric as it is. Looking at the prices, I realised that the fabrics came in multiple patterns and colours – would look lovely as a tablecloth. TABLECLOTH.
I walked away but wandered back twice as I compared the prices. $140 for a new table vs $29.90 for a tablecloth vs $9.90/meter of Fabric (150cm x 100cm). The last option seemed very cost efficient and so I troubled the nice lady at the Fabrics counter and bought 2 of them!
The part where I fell in love: Somewhere down the way, a black rattan chair (Älmsta Chair) caught my attention, afterwhich bold black and white stripes/prints called out to me. A fresh look for March awaits. Grabbed a couple of stuff including a black flask as requested by #insiderenemy, a beautiful white ceramic with blue prints, water glasses with prints and laptop board.
So, it is settled then (for now) – I shall revive my forsaken white outdoor table by throwing on fabrics to set the mood! Why I love iKea – Magical solutions, sorta 🙂
Now, off to clean up my bloody mess to beautiful mess (I still love my white with a wall of dirty green!
Images taken by me with Olympus Penlite, unless credited otherwise.