Every so often I make a trip to IKEA, which is like an enormous souk filled with bright and cheerful Scandinavian home furnishings. I’m always amazed at how many things I see there that are attractive not only for economic reasons but also for their design and construction. Here are a few of my favorite items.
VÄRDE base cabinet, in birch veneer and white melamine, is ideal for use as a free-standing kitchen island. It’s available in all sorts of different interior configurations; just add your own stone or quartz counter top.
BRASA floor reading lamp comes in black or chrome finish, has a really stable flat base, is height adjustable, and has two different light intensities. Perfect!
GÅSER high-pile rug is really fluffy and vailable in a good taupe color (as well as brown and gray-blue). The biggest size is 5′ 7″ x 7′ 10″; put two together if you need something larger.
ALVINE RÄFFLA pillow comes in a great red/blue/natural combo; it’s well made, the stripes match nicely, and the buttons make the cover easy to remove. Buy at least three. IKEA also has terrific long, skinny pillows.
PAX wardrobe in white stained oak with sliding doors; great quality, with elegant yet sturdy glass-and-aluminum doors and a robust track system; the interior is designed to accommodate KOMPLEMENT organizing elements.