I’m wholeheartedly dedicated to being an IKEA geek. Like, so much so that I bought three books about the company and their design history to read when I was in the store last week. Remember this infographic I shared with unexpected IKEA stats back in 2013? And then there was the time I went behind the scenes of the IKEA catalog photo studio, too. Fascinating! Many may turn their nose up at the Swedish megastore but I’ve long championed the store. I appreciate how my relationship with the brand and it’s furniture has endured through the various stages of my life to date. Sure, I look back on the tiny bookcases and chests of drawers I bought for my university bedroom knowing I would never buy those pieces now. Yet, they served the exact purpose I needed back then. Since then, I’ve gone onto include many pieces of IKEA furniture in my various apartments, both in London and New York City, and they’ve always served me well. Not only that, but they often are the pieces that garner the most compliments and visitors are shocked to discover that they are from IKEA. I think it’s a common misconception that they only carry Billy bookcases (although I won’t hear a bad word said about those, either – have you seen how awesome they can look when turned into built-in like shelving?! Love.) and so it can come as a surprise to see their less generic pieces. Case in point was the surprise from many of my followers that the sofa in my recent decorating video on Instagram was indeed from IKEA, and proved to be super comfortable and stylish, too! I always keep an eye on the brand’s STOCKHOLM and PS collections as they tend to include some of the more design forward and exciting products. As the IKEA STOCKHOLM 2017 collection gets set to launch, I’m using today’s post to share inspiration for decorating with rattan furniture and blue colors. Plus, there’s a round up of 10 pieces that, if you’re anything like me, will have you wanting to run to your nearest store. Dive in after the jump!
One of the classics past collections has been updated in a fresh tomato red colorway for the IKEA STOCKHOLM 2017 collection – the split stripe rug! I used the black and white version of this rug for two of my previous apartments in London, including the one that made the cover of my first book, so I will always be fond of it. I am digging it in this vibrant red, too!OK, so this rattan cabinet is my stand out piece from the new IKEA STOCKHOLM 2017 collection. I LOVE it. It’s the perfect piece of furniture to bring texture and warmth into a room. The combination of rattan and ash has a beautiful light finish that doesn’t feel at all heavy or imposing. Wouldn’t this is perfect in a coastal cottage?The new IKEA STOCKHOLM 2017 collection is inspired by Swedish light and nature and all 47 pieces are designed to easily blend in with what you already have at home (good news as I plan to buy several pieces!) and are made from natural and tactile materials such as rattan, hand-blown glass and ash.I’m really pleased the designers placed rattan at the heart of this collection. As I researched how the brand used this tactile, natural material for the collection I learned that Nike Karlsson, one of IKEA’s designers, travelled to the factory in Indonesia to collaborate with the local craftspeople to ensure the best possible quality. I was pleased to learn that it’s very sustainable, too.I like how this collection has much more light wood in it, with rattan and ash replacing the darker walnut of previous years. The dark, Nordic blue color that runs throughout was inspired by Swedish lakes, and the fabrics and cushions are inspired by that shimmer you see in water that’s come from the cold sea, as well as a cold winter’s night sky. I love how, when paired with the warmth of the rattan pieces, this palette becomes warm and inviting.Below, I’ve rounded up my favorite ten items from the IKEA STOCKHOLM 2017 collection. Let me know which pieces are catching your eye and where you would use them in your home!All products are available from the STOCKHOLM range at IKEA | Photography by IKEA, published with permission.