Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Designing With Ikea

With measurements, a shopping list of items needed for Max's room and a serious budget restriction the only place to shop at was Ikea. I crossed my fingers that some good finds would be waiting for me and headed out.

First on the list, a small desk to fit between the two beds. After seeing Isabella's desk in her room Max really was hoping for one in his. So much for making do with a little table that had been brought in as a temporary solution when we moved into the house.

I was very happy when I came across this desk. Right price, right size, though not crazy about the color. But upon looking at the tag I saw it also came in black. Perfect. (Hopefully he won't notice the slightly girly turn of the leg!)


I'll have to find a small stool or ottoman to slide under the desk for seating. Perhaps something in a fun color. A chair would be too big for the spot, blocking access into and out of the beds. But I'll look for that another day.

Next, drapes. (The ones currently in the room are not wide enough for the window, having been purchased for his first room which had a smaller window.)

After considering a couple of different styles I decided on this panel with its gray and yellow stripes. I thought the gray would work nicely against the chalkboard stripe that runs around the room, so into the cart a couple packages went. (I'm hanging two panels on each side of the window for enough fullness.)


I then decided on more gray for the bedding, more stripes for pillows and an accent green found on a couple of throws.


Back home I only had time to lay out the pillows, but tomorrow I hope to hang the drapes and build the desk. There is a somewhat big instruction pamphlet that came in the box filled with more pieces than I expected.


Max was very excited when he saw the additions to the room, but wanted to know how long he would have to wait to have the desk built...hum. Well see.

25 comments :

  1. Love your blog (and style!!!)! Just found it a few weeks ago and have enjoyed looking at old posts and anxiously await your new ones. Oh how I wish you were in Dallas!

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  2. Ooh- I love everything you picked out! Good luck with putting the desk together, just take your time and it should turn out fantastic!

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  3. Looking great so far! Oh I can't wait until I have a kid to decorate a room for. This sounds like so much fun...

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  4. Wonderful finds. I think it is going to look fantastic together. Can't wait to see final results!

    ~jamilyn

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  5. Love the colors. They are so pretty for a boys room. The desk looks fabulous. Great finds. Hugs, Marty

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  6. Looking great! I love IKEA - such great finds and you can't beat the prices!

    Danielle

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  7. This is turning into the best little explorers room I have ever seen...

    come on Mama...get the desk made already...I'm with max!

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  8. So many great finds! Ikea has the best stuff, stylish yet not pricey! I have to say My firstborn Jordan was almost a Max or Maxwell. I love that name but I allowed my family to sway me into Jordan. We were in the hospital for awhile and by the fifth day we still didn't have a name and my mom started calling him Jacob. Funny! Enjoy your day, looking forward to seeing the room completed :)
    XO
    Kristin

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  9. Wow, you're good ~ jumping right back into the thick of things just back from vacation, Janell! Love the items you found at Ikea and, like Max, I want to know when the desk will be together, too. : )

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  10. Looking good! I love that desk too! Cain't wait to see more...

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  11. aww. thats so adorable that he was excited. you have some great sense of style! ikea really is a great staple shop! :0)
    happy wednesday sweets.

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  12. Looking forward to seeing how all your purchases come together!

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  13. Good luck putting it together! I have had my share of Ikea furniture - my piece of advice - wood glue. I glue all the joints together, I don't trust the wooden pegs as sturdy, so glue helps. I also find their wood soft so you may need to cut a piece of glass for the top as the pencils make indents in the wood.

    Can't wait to see it all put together! Love Ikea!

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  14. Love your choices, and am looking forward to seeing Janell-style on an Ikea-budget!

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  15. It is going to look amazing! Max will love it too.

    xo,
    cristin

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  16. I love all the stripes and soft grays and yellows. IT's perfect with the walls. Can't wait to see it all set up!

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  17. Looks like it's shaping up to be a fantastic room! I love the grey & yellow combo- always a good choice. By the way, I just featured you in a little post on my blog. :)

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  18. love the colours you choose for max's bedding...i used something similar for my boys rooms too.cant wait to see the final results.. :)xx

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  19. oh! i love the gray! cant wait to see how it all looks together!

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  20. Ikea is the best, they have everything there! I love the curtains and the pillows are very boy looking. Max's room is going to be perfect for him!

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  21. I recently decided to paint my son's walls stone (gray) and use that same green as an accent color (we already have a chair that color that I planned to use). The rest of the colors aren't the same as your son's but I am nonetheless excited to see it come to fruition under your talented hand before I try it myself!

    Welcome back.

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  22. Those drapes are going to really really look killer with the chalk stripe!! I'm just dying to see how they look hung. It's not even my room and I'm way extremely excited about the drapes. Loserish right?! lol.

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  23. looking good! i'm impressed with how fast you put your rooms together. i wonder what my problem is???

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  24. I just love how this room is coming along! We are starting in on our boys' room soon, and this is all great inspiration. We just having to finish painting the dining room first...

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