Have you ever been to the fabric section at Ikea? I hadn't. I guess when people talked about Ikea fabrics I always assumed they were hacking up the curtains or something. Not so. The fabric section is crazy - just massive bolts of fabric tossed everywhere, with no labels or anything. You are pretty much guessing at the cost, but nothing is over $8.99 a yard, which is amazing for the quality. Yes, I said quality in reference to Ikea. But they are nice cotton and linen blends that actually have a nice heavy weight. We picked up a couple yards each of these three:
Patricia, Fialena, and Stockholm Blad
The one with black and white triangles is ridiculously cute, but you have to see the whole pattern.
I will say that while picking out the fabrics is fun, getting them cut is not. Various employees milled in and out of the fabric section, but it took a long time to snag someone. And he was maybe 16 years old, and couldn't remember how many inches were in a yard, and they don't have actual fabric scissors, so watching him hack his way through my gorgeous Fialena was making me wince. Then, because the bolts aren't labeled, we all had to pitch in to try to figure out what fabrics we had and how much they cost. I was so relieved to get out of there, clutching my hard earned pieces.
Naturally, I picked up these little guys on my way out.
Farm vases from Ikea ($1.99 each!)
I've been staring at them online and on other people's blogs for quite a while now.
And those couch cushions I've been thinking about? Well, these aren't Marimekko, but they are green and graphic and they fit the throw pillows on my couch perfectly.
Hedda Rak cushion covers ($12.99 for two) from Ikea
Sorry. The picture is a little blurry, because the light was low, and that is the loveseat and not the sofa where they actually live, but you get the idea.
Yes, I did other things over the weekend besides shop at Ikea. Maybe I'll eventually get around to posting about them.